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GPS unit finds satellites but wont navigate or show lat/long etc

I have a generic windows CE based GPS/hand held PC unit that is able to locate upto 12 satellites and get signal strength in the 80-98% ranges from all of those sats, yet it can't determine lat/long/alt position data. When I try to use any navigator software they all show a location I was at over a week ago. Hardware reset has not changed anything. Any suggetions would be greatly appreciated.

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Not knowing what brand you have, most gps allow you to set your location then try and sync to the sats. have you tried that

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If it always shows a particular location when started, but does navigate to where you ask it to take you, but always returns to the base location when tuened off and then on. The program in your home address or in SETUP program your location and time zone to have it always start in Maryland.

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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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