Was working fine.then no signal I thought was just because it was a over cast day but it is still saying that. How do you fix? unit has only been used 6-7 times (couple of months old) shouldnt already be having problems.
If your inside a building, outside with lots of trees around, or in a city with lots tall buildings around, it may have trouble getting satellite signals. It can even have trouble inside cars if it's mounted too low on the dashboard or if your windsheild happens to have a certain coating that blocks signals (tomtom recommends buying an external antenna in that case, which works but is a PITA). If you touch the lower right corner of the main screen, then touch the satellite signal bars on the next screen, it will take you to a screen that shows you the satellites you're getting and their postions and signal strength.
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Have you been able to get satellite connections (signals) when you're outdoors ? and not under/around tall buildings or overhanging obstructions. Regularly get QuickGPSfix update (using TomTom HOME) to download the latest satellite positions (for the next 7 days), to enable your GPS to find the satellites quicker.
Usually, when it's waiting to get a valid GPS signal, it is "listening" (scanning) for satellite signals to establish your current location. If you are in the open outdoors, i.e. not inside a building or under extended covers, it should get the satellite signals within a minute or so.
Not sure if this will help you or not. GPS needs a clear line of sight, tall buildings, bad spot in your car or on your dash, weather conditions and pink elephants all will interfere with the GPS signal. Keep the unit low and as far forward as you can so that it has the best chance for signal. Best position i have found is 3-4 inches above the heater vents on the dash and directly in front of you since this is the spot that is generally unobstructed by anything. One final thing, sometimes you have to shut them down start driving then turn it on, they do sometimes lock themselves up and out of things. Don't know how or why but it does happen. See pink elephants for better results. Hope this helps
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If your GPS says you are in a building ... it is being nice when it says that. It is redally telling you it has no, little or poor signal reception. You can be outside and still not have a clear view of the sky. Your GPS wants a unobstructed view to find the signals from above. Other buildings, trees, etc. in the area can prevent this view.
If you are out in a field, for example, and it still tells you this - you should be asking Tomtom what to do. There is probably something they can do to help your signal reception. You could have a antenna or battery issue.
Do you live in a an area with plenty of tall buildings/trees around you? Do you live in a valley? GPS units need to "see" plenty of clear sky to work reliably.
Does the problem occur the same whether you're using it in the car or on foot? Many modern cars have solar reflective glass which has a microscopic metal coating and it blocks satnav signals unless a supplementary external satnav antenna is fitted.
If you press and hold the nuvi's signal strength bar on the display for
a few seconds you'll get a screen which shows how many satellites the
unit is picking up along with a display which tells you how accurately
the machine has fixed your position. It won't fix your problem but can help you find out what seems to be wrong.
If you're still having problems and these are not the causes then there's no point in doing anything further: just return it to the vendor for a refund or exchange as they are sometimes faulty straight out of the box.
Does your GPS have a good view of the sky? i.e. not mounted low on the dash of your car.
it really only needs to find 3 satellites to work but it might take a while to lock on if reception is low.
When you say every time you turn it on. I assume that you don't go days without turning it on. A GPS stores information about satellites and their orbits across the sky and keeps it for about 6 days. The download process of this information is fairly slow. If you run it most days the information gets updated while the gps is running so you tend not to notice.
You essentially have to reset the GPS. You can do this by holding the power button down for at least four seconds to get the Tom Tom to fully shutdown. You will know you successfully did this if you hear the tom tom sound and a warning message appears during startup. It then seems to work just fine after that.
on the bottom right hand side press the bars, next screen press the middle right hand sideellow the bars , then top right hand side is the orange and black disc spinning? yes then your unit is looking for a signal , if no then ask tom tom website for instructions,