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Re: waiting for a valid gps signal
Make sure you are outdoors. Some buildings are well shielded due to their construction.
If you are not downloading the GPS Quickfix every week then it will take much longer for the unit to acquire satellites. Perhaps as much as five minutes.
If you are outside set in a destination and if you have not got satellites within a few minutes then drive a a few tens of yards and it should suddenly find satellites. Happens to my unit as well. HTH Peter
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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
1) Make sure the TomTom can "see" the sky well... the GPS satellite waves are rather weak and easily blocked by trees, and anything not a window.
2) Hook up your TomTom to the computer (see details at www.tomtom.com or in the manual)
2b) Do a "sync" and download all updates. One of the updates is a small file that tells the TomTom where the satellites are located this week, and helps it sync up much faster. The longer time between uses, the longer it takes TomTom to find the satellites, and that can takes up to 2-5 minutes sometimes.
That can be frustrating with a car full of people waiting to get going and the driver doesn't want to drive without making sure the TomTom works and is giving valid directions.
check the port is set to 8 not sure if your model has GPS search wher it finds the port and vbaude automativcally, if it does use it and see if that fixes it if not your battery is too low you have a damaged SIIRF chip and that is expensive to repair
hi you need to reset the unit at the back near the connection there is a small button that needs to be held down when holding the power button on for a few seconds. once you have done this turn it on and it will work fine
I am the original poster, rdsrds2, and after 4 go arounds with TomTom tech support I finally got someone who knew exactly what to do. My problem is solved. Some of the other solutions posted here may be equally valid. To all who are having installation problems, here is the download you want: http://download.tomtom.com/sweet/application/releases/v2_3_1_92_win.exe
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,
I had this problem (waiting for a valid GPS signal). I did a factory reset and the unit started working
again (yes, I lost all my settings, but what good is a GPS unit that
just sits there waiting for a valid GPS signal?). To do a factory
reset, go to menu -> change preferences -> Reset factory