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Cant find satalittes

Ive tried it outside with no tall buildings and trees still wont connect but it did yesterday?

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Re: cant find satalittes

You may have to do a reset. The reset button is under the flip up antennae.

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a) For TomTom only: Be sure you have the latest "QuickFix" update installed in your GPS. It helps to get a lock on GPS satellites much faster (within 15 seconds, instead of several minutes).

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