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Garmin Edge 305 won't acquire satellite signals

When I power up my Edge 305, the "Acquiring Satellites" screen doesn't show any signal bars, it just shows the four compass points.  I have tried a hard reset and left the devise outside while in the above mode for about one hour, but to no avail.  The Garmin support website offers virtually no support, and live support is not open on the weekends.

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  • ehsank78 May 11, 2010

    exact same problem. mode switch also does not work

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I had the same problem. With unit off, press upper left corner of screen firmly and hold while using another finger to press the "power" button. This will cause device to boot up in the "maintenance mode". I usually hold screen pressure until I see satellite icons appear. This may not be necessary.

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If the option of working without GPS receiver enabled is turned off, then it may be a real damage.

Only thing is to check this option.

Posted on Sep 04, 2010

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Garmin c330 says trouble tracking satelites, not acquiring signal. what to do?


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:

Why won't my unit acquire satellites?

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.

If you have tried all of the above suggestions and your unit is still not acquiring satellites, you can perform a master reset by doing the following:

Note: A master reset will erase all waypoints or favorites and will restore your unit to the default factory settings.
  1. Start with the unit powered OFF and unplugged from power.
  2. Touch and hold the bottom right corner of the touchscreen.
  3. Power the unit ON and continue pressing the screen until a new message displays, "Do You Really Want To Erase All User Data?".
  4. Touch Yes and go through the set up again.
Take the unit outside and let it set with a clear view of the sky for 3-5 minutes to acquire satellites. If the unit still does not acquire satellites after this, please contact Garmin Product Support.

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While driving Garmin Nuvi 250 constantly loses satellite signal. The screen says that it is aquiring a signal. It is also constantly refiguring the route.


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  • If your unit is trying to acquire satellites for the first time, it may take longer than normal to establish an initial position. If the unit is powered on and outdoors with a clear view of the sky this should not take more than 3-5 minutes.
  • If your unit has not been used for an extended period of time (more then a month), it may take 3-5 minutes to acquire satellites.
  • If your unit is indoors, it may not acquire satellites. Even standing next to a window indoors will block a majority of the sky which is needed for a device to locate and lock onto a satellite signal.
  • If you have just finished updating the software in your unit or you have performed a master reset, your unit may take 3-5 minutes to acquire while outdoors as the data that is used to locate satellites may have been erased.
  • If your unit has traveled over 500 miles while turned off or not tracking your travel, it may take 3-5 minutes to acquire even in ideal conditions.
  • If your vehicle has a protective coating on its windshield or electronic devices which interfere with the unit receiving signal, your unit may need an external antenna* in order to acquire satellites.
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If your unit is still having trouble acquiring satellites, please ensure that it has the latest version of operating software by using our WebUpdater program. Once your unit is updated please allow the unit to acquire satellites outdoors in a stationary position with a clear view of the sky.

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Edge 305 quit acquiring satellites


Are you in open space ? Remember GPS won't work well indoors.
Even near a high wall in town it may be hard to catch satellites.

If you are in open space, then check the option that disables GPS receiver in the system menu (see your manual for details)

Oct 03, 2009 | Garmin Edge 305 GPS Receiver

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Cannot acquire satellites and freezes


Hi,
use the web-updater at garmin
or update the firmware at garmin,
turn WAAS on

turn GPS signal off
go outside after the update
turn GPS signal back on ( takes upto 15 mins to locate satelites )

should be good

Regards
Richard.

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Have you tried an external antenna? The flip antenna's are known to give problems,

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Acquiring satellittes function is not working


This will sound absurd, but I have had 100% success with the following "fix" for 3 months now: drop the unit on a table from a height of 10 to 12 inches and then power up. It acquires every time! I have reloaded firmware, reset, everything and this problem persists. I do not get satellites about 9 out of 10 times I power up. Then I drop it and try again and I always get them. I think it's a cracked circuit board? I waited 3 months before posting this to rule out coincidence. If this method is a coincidence, then it is an amazing one that repeats over and over again!

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The problem might be that your GPS is not able to connect to the satellite.
I'll see what the problem might be.

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I cannot acquire satellites signal. What to do ?


I experienced the same problem about acquiring satellite signal even when it's a clear sunny day. After 30 mintues, it was still searching! The unit appeared to have "stuck" in this acquiring mode. The following worked for me: 1) open the GPS antenna 2) press the bottom left screen while holding the power button to turn the unit on 3) enter maintenace mode 4) select diagnostics 5) clear error report, do NOT clear any user data 6) restart unit the usual way My GPS 350 was able to acquire satellite signal in less than 1 minute after the above steps were taken.

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