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Unit will not acquire the satellite signs

When the unit is turned on it will not acquire a signal. I have contacted Magellan for assistance and they recommend to reset gps and enter the position manually. Still the unit continues to search for signal

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  • mcduff111 Feb 12, 2008

    I get no signal from sattelites. I followed all the steps to reset the gps unit but to no avail. I would like to sell my old unit but cannot find anyone that does repair or remanufacture. After speaking with India 3 or 4 times and getting a taste of their customer service I bought a Garmin. I would recommend any brand over Magellan.

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FYI ....My Roadmate 760 would not aquire a signal, I went to diagnostic screen and found it was detecting/tracking 0/0 satellites. Held the plugged in unit out the window and within 10 seconds was tracking 7 satellites! Turned out my 1999 Olds Silhouette Van has a anti-glare filter inside the factory windshield that blocks GPS signals.My wifes 2001 Chevy Impala also has same type filter. Check your windshield, filter is visible inside glass to within about three inches of edges of glass. Worth a look.

Posted on Jan 30, 2008

  • Michael Tinsley Feb 03, 2008

    MY SOLUTION: After all the above, and my post about upgrading my Roadmate 760 which killed it dead, as in won't boot up, connect to computer, dead with blue screen, Magellan called and stated they are sending me a Magellan Maestro 4210 GPS replacement . After reading the specs I have only four questions:

    1. Will this unit work with the problems I had with the anti-glare shield blocking the GPS signal from my Roadmate 760?

    2. Will the map data be up-to-date?

    3. Since the Maestro 4210 has an integrated antenna, it seems that an external antenna is out of the question. If it can't pick up a signal, then what?

    4. Does anyone want to buy a brand new (still in the bag, never mounted) external antenna that fits Magellan Roadmate or Magellan Meridian GPS units. Bought it same time I was going to update my 760 GPS. If so, e-mail me or leave me a comment.

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