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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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  • cassyd Oct 28, 2007

    I've waited about 3 mins, but no, I wasn't holding it vertically, so I'll try that as well as the lat/long suggestion and let you know if anything worked. Thanks!

  • cassyd Oct 28, 2007

    Ok, I just went outside to try again. It is a clearer day today (if that helps) and I held it vertically, and it worked! It still took longer than 30 seconds (about a min), but it worked. Then, I turned it off and back on in order to see if it would work again and faster the second time as it claimed and it worked right away. So, the problem appears to be solved. Thanks again for your help!

  • csauders Nov 10, 2007

    I have the same problems, my etrex legend show me wait locating satellites for more time. And then it show me poor signal

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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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