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hi, it can take up to 15min to find the gps signal for the first time, also make sure you outside and away from any tall building then just wait and you should find it will come on.
it usually takes about 5min to find signal but the first time it can take up to 15min to find the signal.
you could also go through the menus on the tomtom and find the menu that says gps and click on this and see if it has found any signals from what i can remember it needs to pick up 3 satalites before it starts working properly.
Let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok
i would suspect that your battery is not getting charged properly before your trip The DC does not produce sufficient reserves to maintain a full chartge and so from time to time the signal will drop out and as ther battery depletes it gives wrong info and takes you on a journey to the land of the lost. Barc to Lisbon is a long Journey and unless you are charging inbetween stops at your hotel then your battery is very low. Charge it and it should work a lot better.
The most common problem to this is because the TomTom doesn't know it's current location. It may be that you last used your device a long distance from where you currently are now. I don't know how long you waited for the gps signal to acquire but it can take up to 10 minutes (even on military aircraft if they don't know current location).
Power it up and press on the signal strength icon. That will bring up your satellite tracking status. If it don't look like it's doing anything, then your gps has probably malfunctioned. If it looks like it's acquiring satellites, then give it a good amount of time (10-15 minutes) to see if it can find your location. I recommend doing it outside of your vehicle with no satellite obstructions to make the process go faster.