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When i put it on, GPS is trying to locate satellites for 15-20 minutes?

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Try resetting the unit and also charge it using only the wall charger overnight. Here's how to reset -it just puts everything back to factory settings - 1- Turn unit on WHILE HOLDING your thumb in the lower right corner as shown in picture. 2-Select YES PLEASE Take the time to vote me up this is my only reward for trying to help. Thanks

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How do you put in your location?


Hello,

being a GPS the unit should automatically know what your location is, if you find that it does not know where you are try resetting the unit and give it 20 minutes stand alone to see if it will lock satellites for you. If this does not work it may need an update using Garmins WebUpdater Software.
If all else fail try giving garmin customer support a call.

Hope this helps!

Mar 21, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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The unit keeps displaying "acquiring signl" - what does this mean?


Your unit is trying to locate the satellites for location fix. If it cannot acquire the satellites in couple of minutes, you should move to a place where the unit has clear view to the skies.

Dec 26, 2009 | Magellan RoadMate 1340 GPS Receiver

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My garmin takes a long time to find a satellite at least 13 minutes


try placing the gps in a different location in the vehicle. it is not getting a good view of the sky to find the satellites.

Nov 03, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 250W GPS Receiver

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TomTom slow and sometimes won't configure to satellite


All gps units do not do well trying to find a satellite on the move. You should let your unit locate satellites before you start moving.

Sep 05, 2009 | Tomtom ONE GPS Receiver

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Nuvi350 doesn't locate any satillites. What can I do?


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  • If your unit is trying to acquire satellites for the first time, it may take longer than normal to establish an initial position. If the unit is powered on and outdoors with a clear view of the sky this should not take more than 3-5 minutes.
  • If your unit has not been used for an extended period of time (more then a month), it may take 3-5 minutes to acquire satellites.
  • If your unit is indoors, it may not acquire satellites. Even standing next to a window indoors will block a majority of the sky which is needed for a device to locate and lock onto a satellite signal.
  • If you have just finished updating the software in your unit or you have performed a master reset, your unit may take 3-5 minutes to acquire while outdoors as the data that is used to locate satellites may have been erased.
  • If your unit has traveled over 500 miles while turned off or not tracking your travel, it may take 3-5 minutes to acquire even in ideal conditions.
  • If your vehicle has a protective coating on its windshield or electronic devices which interfere with the unit receiving signal, your unit may need an external antenna* in order to acquire satellites.
    • If you suspect this to be an issue, try taking the unit outside of the vehicle with a clear view of the sky for 3-5 minutes so that the unit can acquire satellites. If your unit loses satellites once moved back into your vehicle you will most likely need an external antenna*.
If your unit is still having trouble acquiring satellites, please ensure that it has the latest version of operating software by using our WebUpdater program. Once your unit is updated please allow the unit to acquire satellites outdoors in a stationary position with a clear view of the sky.

Jul 11, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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Brought my NUVI from NY to San Francisco and it doesn't locate any satillites. What can I do?


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  • If your unit is trying to acquire satellites for the first time, it may take longer than normal to establish an initial position. If the unit is powered on and outdoors with a clear view of the sky this should not take more than 3-5 minutes.
  • If your unit has not been used for an extended period of time (more then a month), it may take 3-5 minutes to acquire satellites.
  • If your unit is indoors, it may not acquire satellites. Even standing next to a window indoors will block a majority of the sky which is needed for a device to locate and lock onto a satellite signal.
  • If you have just finished updating the software in your unit or you have performed a master reset, your unit may take 3-5 minutes to acquire while outdoors as the data that is used to locate satellites may have been erased.
  • If your unit has traveled over 500 miles while turned off or not tracking your travel, it may take 3-5 minutes to acquire even in ideal conditions.
  • If your vehicle has a protective coating on its windshield or electronic devices which interfere with the unit receiving signal, your unit may need an external antenna* in order to acquire satellites.
    • If you suspect this to be an issue, try taking the unit outside of the vehicle with a clear view of the sky for 3-5 minutes so that the unit can acquire satellites. If your unit loses satellites once moved back into your vehicle you will most likely need an external antenna*.
If your unit is still having trouble acquiring satellites, please ensure that it has the latest version of operating software by using our WebUpdater program. Once your unit is updated please allow the unit to acquire satellites outdoors in a stationary position with a clear view of the sky.
Good Luck

Jul 07, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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Why does my GPS system have a difficult time locating satellites?It says ''acquiring satellites'' for about 5 minutes. Then it says it can't locate satellites. Should it continue trying? Why does it do...


this is what my navigon says about gettting the gps to connect.

Initializing the GPS receiver
In the upper right-hand corner of the display, the GPS symbol appears. As soon as
data from at least 3 satellites is received, the symbol changes to (GPS Ready). Note: If possible, position the device with a clear line of sight to the sky to successfully
receive messages from the GPS satellites.
Note: GPS initialization requires data from at least three satellites. If GPS data is not
available, the receiver will not initialize.
Note: It can take up to 20 minutes to initialize the integrated GPS receiver for the first
time.
Note: Each time you turn on the device, GPS receiver initialization begins. When GPS
data is available, reception starts within one minute.
If the navigation device has been switched to standby for more than a week, the next initialization
can take up to 10 minutes.

Jun 19, 2009 | Garmin GPS

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Is not able to access the satellite


Update your unit. Garmin has this problem where you try to enter a location before it acquires satellites. It is very noticeable on the Garmin Nuvi 650 also. Another thing you can try is wait for it to acquire the satellite and see if you don't get up and running. In some cases, it can take up to 4 minutes to acquire satellite information. If this is also your case, updating the firmware to 6.10 should fix that also.

To find what your firmware version you have, click on the TOOLS icon (wrench), click on SYSTEM, ABOUT (bottom of your screen). Anything less than 6.1, you'll have issues.

Jul 21, 2008 | Garmin StreetPilot C330 GPS Receiver

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When i put my Navman icn 320 on sometimes it takes upto 30 to 40 minutes waiting for the GPS signal to come through


Hello adamant,

In order to determine your current location the GPS needs to receive telemetry information from several GPS satellites. In order to do that it needs a clear view of the sky. This should happen fairly quickly, typically within a few minutes, but depending on how and where you are operating the GPS the process could take significantly longer or the GPS might be unable to aquire a satellite lock at all.

Local geography such as mountains, hills, tall buildings and heavy forest can block the GPS's ability to receive satellite telemetry. The same thing can happen if you are trying to operate the unit indoors or inside of a vehicle without an external antenna. That's why most GPS receivers are installed on the dash board of the car: the windshield and side windows provide it the best view of the sky.

It is also possible that there is a problem with the GPS receiver or the antenna. To test it, try using the device outside in a relatively open area with a clear view of the sky in all directions. It should aquire a satellite fix in about five minutes or less.

Best Regards,
Ken
"Go Ahead. Use Us.

Jul 08, 2008 | GPS

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GPS 60 unit shows "Searching the Sky" status message all the time


The "New Location" fix above brought my GPS 60 back to full operation. I did reload the GPS software from Garmin but the recovery depended on well charged batteries and as above: turn the unit on
press MENU button
scroll to "New Location"
wait 10 minutes for the GPS to recover.

Jan 02, 2008 | Garmin 60 GPS Receiver

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