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Satellite reception I have a fairly new Garmin nuvi 350 GPS and I turned it on on Friday and I had no satelitte reception. I turned it on and off during the day and I had the same problem. I even tried it this morning and it does not have any reception at all. What do you think is the problem? Or can you help?

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I have being having similar problem as every one else. There is nothing wrong with your Nuvi. Garmin (the company is the problem) they are trying to make you buy a new map--Not Exactly Cheap--Do Hard Reset and solve all the problems.

1) Place a finger (Any finger, middle finger worked for me!) at the left lower corner and turn on the Nuvi unit a message appear saying "Do you really want to start up in maintenance mode?" tap Yes
2) At the Maintenace screen tap clear user data (this will restore to factory condition) and follow the instruction on adjusting your prefered setings.

3) turn it off and Repeat step 1, this time when you get to maintance screen tap on "Clear waypoints" and follow the instruction. Let it sit for about an hour then voila.

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Posted on May 26, 2008

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I had this problem as well. First time it happened, it cleared itself up after a few hours. The next time (about 4 months later), after 2 weeks, hard resets, and software updates, I finally just sent it in to Garmin. I was lucky as I had a few days left on my 1 year warranty... when all was said and done, I ended up getting a refurbished unit back (which I think comes with a 90 day warranty).

Posted on Jul 22, 2008

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Ok I had the same problem you need to do a hard reset. turn off your nuvi 360 then place your finger on the left corner of the screen. turn it back on with your finger in place. It will ask you to do a hard reset then you want to reset the waypoints. Follow the instructions, this will be like you have never used the GPS before so all information will be wiped. Give it about an hour to find the SATS because it will think you are in Kansas.

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I own & operate the electronics repair company, Westek Electronics in Nashville, TN. We repair & refurbish GPS units among other things. We have repaired many nuvi 350/360 units with this issue.

This issue is typically due to a hardware malfunction and cannot be remedied by software upgrades, resetting, etc.

Do this test:

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  5. Once you have established that you have signal using the twist-tie, remove the twist-tie and confirm signal loss.

Your choices to remedy this issue is as follows:

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