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Problem locating satellites

Only used the unit once then performed web update and now it is unable to find satellites. It just stays on screen "locating satellites"

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  • Noel Fox Jul 05, 2007

    Streetpilot i3

  • Noel Fox Aug 10, 2007

    Thanks Mr Mingle. Used your fix and the unit is now working fine.

  • hally2000 Apr 01, 2008

    updated map information etc and now cant find satallites

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I've just had the exact same problem, --- try this, it worked for me with the stret pilot i3. With the unit off press the left arrow - then wheel - then the on off button and hold them till you get a prompt, this will reset the unit so you will lose any data you have inputed, and it will tell you so. After that, take it into the back garden and switch on, - put it in the navigate mode, leave it,(the book says up to 40mins) Go in the house and have a cup of tea, (where do you live again?)This cured it for me.

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What brand and model are you using, this would help in the fix.

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Hi,
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or update the firmware at garmin,
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go outside after the update
turn GPS signal back on ( takes upto 15 mins to locate satelites )

should be good

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