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Nuvi 250 NOT acquiring satellites

I have this NUVI 250 it will not acquire any satellites. Every minute I get a grey box pop up saying "updating GPS firmware 1%" follow by "GPS firmware update completed". I did a master reset to no avail. Any suggestion?

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  • Anonymous May 06, 2008

    NUVI 250. My problem started in Phoenix where I first attempted to use the unit. I was driving from Mesa to Tempe to an area I was not familiar with and just before a major split in the Hwy the unit said Lost satellite signal. It continued to do that almost every time we used it. We used it almost all of the way home back to British Columbia and it continued to lose satellite signal. I took it to my local Source store in Duncan BC and they advised me to get ahold of Garmin. This I did and a chap by the name of George DeLisio sent me an email. He told me to do a Master Reset which I have done. Then he also sent me the link http://www8.garmin.com/support/agree.jsp....

    Unfortunately this link does not come up so I do not know where to agree to the above terms thus I cannot get a download. Please help as we are leaving on another long trip in early June.



    Thank you in advance



    Win Teague (250) 743-2896

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After talking to Garmin talk support, I had to send my unit out for repair. Apparently they could not repair mine, they send me another one ( It is not new) but it works. Luckily I was still under warranty otherwise I would have have lost my money

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with the unit off, try pressing and holding your finger on the low right corner of the screen and slide the power switch to the on position until you see the message "confirm if you really want to delete all user data?" hit yes and let it restart. then it will set up the nuvi again, so follow the prompts.

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