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Navman s35 won't connect to satellite

I've tried to reset, just keeps saying unable to connect to satellite. i've only had it 4 months,.

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Make Sure the GPS has a good, clear view of the sky. “Clear” does not need to be sunny. Overcast skies have no noticeable impact on GPS performance. But buildings and trees do. So take the GPS outside where you have the biggest sky view as you can.

Next, wait for the GPS to acquire a signal. If this is the first time you have used it, expect it to take up to 20 minutes to find a signal. Most often it will take less, but prepare for 20 minute. Now for an important step… Once it has found your location, let it continue to sit there for about 30 minutes.
While the GPS is turned on with a signal, it is downloading “almanac” data from the satellites. This information will help it find the satellites much, much faster in the future because it will be better able to predict where to listen for the satellites.

It is important that while the GPS is acquiring a signal that you not move the GPS. A few feet is fine, however if you start driving with the GPS before it has locked into a signal, it will take much, much longer to acquire a signal, if it finds one at all.
Other Signal Impacts Rural areas don’t make a difference like they do with devices that rely on terrestrial signals like mobile phones. The GPS system was designed to work nearly any place on Earth. In fact, urban areas with tall buildings nearby are the toughest challenges for GPS systems.
GPS manufacturers are constantly working on ways to improve their products, and acquiring GPS reception is no exception. So check if there are any software updates available for your GPS. Some GPS manufacturers like TomTom also offer updates on a periodic basis that help it with that “almanac” data. TomTom calls this “QuickFix” updates and you can download them to your GPS to help it find a signal faster.
Some types of windshields (specifically athermic windshields) don’t allow the GPS signal to pass through as easily. In this case, an external antenna can help if one is available for your GPS. If you live in urban area with lots of tall buildings, an external antenna can help in that situation as well.

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