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C330 Won't acquire satellites..

My c330 won't acquire any satellites. I was working just fine before. Garmin recommends leaving it on for approx. 45 min. in the car whilst stationary to fix the problem. Didn't work. I tried to reset. Played with all the settings features. Entered different destinations. I drove around with it for a whole day, and still nothing. What is up with this?

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  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2008

    Have the same problem, I'm going to leave it on until the battery's dead to see if that works....

  • CBC1 Jan 23, 2008

    I have an external antenna coming via eBay for the c330. However, it was working fine before without an antenna. I have a Garmin nuvi 660 which has a full set of "signal bars" when I use it. Any other solutions?

  • Rick LS Jan 25, 2008

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"My C330 no longer stays on for 30 seconds after switching off power to it like it used to, it does not operate unless hooked to the external power. While it does acquire satelites, it's pretty slow at it.. I am replacing the internal battery to see if that remedies the problem. It is 2 years old and out of warranty."
Your problem is due to a dead battery. "While it does acquire satelites, it's pretty slow at it.." This is because it has lost all data information (time, date, and last location). It is like starting out for the first time every time you turn it on.

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My C330 no longer stays on for 30 seconds after switching off power to it like it used to, it does not operate unless hooked to the external power. While it does acquire satelites, it's pretty slow at it.. I am replacing the internal battery to see if that remedies the problem. It is 2 years old and out of warranty.

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When Mine did that I bought an external antennea and now it works great

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SOURCE: c330 Won't acquire satellites..

please do a firmware update sir

Posted on Mar 21, 2008

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