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Garmin eTrex Vista Cx won't find satellites any more

I've had this for over a year now, has worked just fine with the maps. Last week it gave an error, poor satellite reception. It doesn't show the normal little changing bars at the bottom any more during this process.

If I select "continue acquiring" and leave it out in the garden face up for a couple of hours, it's still "acquring Satellites", and it previously took only 2 minutes there.

I've updated the software using the web updater, I've replaced the micro SD card for one I know works in other devices.

The only cause I can think of, is it was left in a hot car for a couple of hours: could that have damaged something?

Can anyone help, or do I have to buy a new one?

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If it hasn't been used in a long time it could take up to 30 minutes to get positioning. Get a clear view of the sky and let it set at least 30 minutes. If that doesn't work antennae connection is bad. Its not a software issue.

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My Etrex Legend would not aquire satellites and after several call to tech support, I finally reset the whole unit. First I saved the waypoints on Mapsource. Then with the unit off press and hold the page button (upper right) then push the rocker button in and then push the power button. Once it starts you can then release all the buttons and set the unit outside for about 20 minutes.

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