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Green bars hav a redx thru them for sat signal,says GPS off, cant

New sat nav and green bars for signal strength hav red x thru them and it says GPS off, cant get the sat nav to work,different locations tried and its still saying GPS off

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  • sanwil1 Jan 24, 2009

    New sat nav and green bars for signal strength hav red x thru them and it says GPS off, cant get the sat nav to work,different locations tried and its still saying GPS off : I have the same problem

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SOURCE: sat nav

NUVI 660 ,

Well sir, did you flip up your antenna parallel to earth surface as mentionned into the manual.

Without the antenna you will not be able to get any signal.

Posted on Jan 21, 2008

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SOURCE: my garmin nuvi 200w sat

There are a few options for you...
1. Check to see under what kind of conditions the GPS loses it's signal. If there are tall buildings, is a cloudy day etc or even the position of the GPS in the car (does it have a clear sight of view of the sky)... In the latter case, you could change the position of the GPS where it gets a clear view of the sky. For Cloudy days, better have a map ready or preplan the route using mapquest/googlemaps, as nuvi 200 series is especially notorious for these type of situations. For tall building problems, what I do is (c330, not nuvi), just tap the route displayed on the top before the signal gets lost and memorize the next few upcoming turns. Or avoid downtown (where those huge skyscrapers are)
2. If you have enabled WAAS setting in the settings menu (it should be somewhere under "GPS mode", disbale/uncheck it and use the normal GPS mode. WAAS may provide you a more accurate position, but at the expense of some avaialble satellites.

3. Or your GPS may have a genuine problem, then your only recourse is to call Garmin and talk to them. Here's the contact info:
Support North America
(for all Garmin products except Apollo aircraft)
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Central time (closed holidays)
Email Product Support: TechSupp@garmin.com
Product Support Phone
1-800-800-1020 (U.S.)
1-888-442-7646 (U.S.)
1-866-429-9296 (Canada) or (913) 397-8200

Good Luck. Personally I would avoid the 200 series and go with the 3xx, 6xx or even better the 7xx series (if you need all the bells & whistles)

Posted on Jun 08, 2008

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SOURCE: Garmin Etrex Legend Cx - no signal

Have you tried upgrading the unit's software. Go to Garmin.com and download the latest software for your unit. This will sometimes fix satellite reception problems.

Posted on Nov 05, 2008

KingDWS
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SOURCE: sat nav turns off

Not quite 100% sure what your description of the problem is saying.

If it isn't the auto shutoff but is when you tell it to follow a route or other function the problem is most likely a corrupted map or part of the map.
If it is brand new don't mess with it take it back. If it were out of warrenty you would have to reset or reload the map. It's not a major problem but for a brand new unit it just shouldn't happen. Garmin makes pretty good units so don't get discouraged by one being wonky.

Posted on Aug 02, 2009

autotherapis
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SOURCE: Trying to register a new Garmin sat.nav. So far

Try this link. If you can't just click on it, copy it to your browser line, not a search engine like google.

https://www8.garmin.com/registration/contact_info.jsp?regID=07381817

Posted on Aug 28, 2009

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