My eMap (version 2.75) stays for hours in 'searching the sky'
My Garmin eMap (version 2.75) stays for hours in 'searching the sky', than sometimes again for hours in 'sattelite fix', but he does not finish after 10 hours. Apparently no sattelites are found. The eMap was not used for more than 5 years. What can I do?
Re: my eMap (version 2.75) stays for hours in 'searching...
My eMap was doing the same thing. Try putting in fresh batteries and make sure you are in a good reception area. While turning the eMap on, hold the on button and the ESC button at the same time until the system is on. It will ask if you want to reset. I opted for yes. My eMap started working again!
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make sure the gps have a full view of the sky. leave it in aquiring mode and let it sit there. My Emap took up to 35 mins once to reaquire the sats and get the updated info needed for position info.
if the unit has been off for a long time or moved a long distance from where it was last turned on, it can take a while for it to come back up.
The unit needs to have the screen facing up. The unit will not read if it is vertical. Garmin cust serv finally helped me with that one. Once you turn on the unit, it could take up to 20 minutes (usually about 3) to grab satelites.
I had a similar problem, and Garmin recommended that I reset the user data by holding "Power" and "Esc" when you turn on the unit. I think it remedied my problem to some extent. However, note that this will indeed delete all of your waypoints and other data, so be sure to back them up somehow (even if it means manually writing down the waypoint coordinates and re-entering them later) if you don't want to lose them. Good luck.
Do the following:1 - Make sure you have fresh batteries in the unit and turn the unit on.2 - Check the GPS date and Time. On the Main Menu at the bottom of the screen, you can see a date and time. If the date and time are not current, then the clock is your problem. You will have to wait for the almanac information to be updated. Details are below in a later section.3 - Make sure your GPS is in the Normal Mode and not a demo mode. Verify other systems settings.
Go to the main menu and click on Setup icon.
From the Setup screen, access the System screen icon.Verify the following settings: GPS: normalWAAS: EnabledLanguage: English or your choice.Battery: Set according to your battery types.4 - Check your GPSs Version Software.
Go to the main menu and click on Setup icon.
From the Setup screen, access the System screen icon.
From the System screen, access the sub-menu icon in the upper right bar.
Select "Software Version" from the list. Verify the actual software version for me.The latest version available for the eTrex Legend is version 3.90 dated March 2008.http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=711Update the unit using this latest software and using Garmin's Webupdater.http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jspIf that won't work, use the following download page to access the latest software updates per units.http://www8.garmin.com/support/blosp.jsp5 - Resetting your GPS clock and almanac informationNext you may need to acclimate your unit to a new date and time (almanac information). If you had your unit off and without batteries for over a month since you last accessed satellites, then your clock and almanac information may be incorrect. Even Garmin acknowledges this problem after software updates and the problem with accessing satellites. They state: "unit data including alamanac information may be incorrect or cleared. Back up all user data before upgrading. After installation is complete, place unit with a clear view of the sky for 15-30 minutes to re-acquire almanac data. "I know of no way to reset the clock using the GPS menus. All I can suggest is that you do the following:A - turn the unit on and wait 5 minutes or so for the "Poor Satellite Reception" screen to appear. See page 7 of the owner's manual.B - Set the "new location" to your area using the map when the "poor satellite reception screen" appears. Be sure to use the "map" option and not the "automatic". C - Set the GPS outside with a clear view of the sky. Check on it every 10 minutes. When the "Poor Satellite Reception" screen appears again, then click on "Restart Search". The "Restart Search" option is used when the date provided in the GPS is not today's date. (See page 7 of the Owner's manual for an example)Legend Owners Manual: http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/eTrexLegend_OwnersManual.pdfD - Once the GPS can track 4 satellites, then the clock should reset and you should be fine. This process could take up to an hour. I have had this problem with my eTrex Vista and eTrex Legend (both backup GPSs) and resolved it by having the clock reset. In fact, I just tried my eTrex Legend today after not using it for many months and storing it without batteries and it had this same problem. I followed the steps above to fix the problem. This took about 35 minutes.