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Locating satellites I just bought this brand new and when I turned it on outside to test it out, it continues to say "Wait locating satellites' The start guide says it is only supposed to say this for about 30 seconds the first time (and only a few seconds after that) before it says "Ready to navigate" So, what can I do?

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Re: Locating satellites

Hi cassyd

I have 2 questions in order to help.

1) It can take longer than 30 seconds depending on where you are, how long have you waited for it to acquire?

2) Are you holding the unit verticle while you wait for it to acquire?

If you know your lat/lon you can type that into the position screen while you are waiting for it to acquire, sometimes that helps.

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give it more time.
Go to an open area so that the unit has a clear view of all the satellites.
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If your StreetPilot c300 or c500 series device is no longer acquiring satellites please read the article linked below to ensure that this is not being caused by something in your environment:

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If after reading the above article your unit is still having problems, please ensure that your unit's software is up to date. You can do this by using our WebUpdater® program.

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