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Will not aquire satellites

This is a new unit and it goes through the satellite almanac but will not aquire anything.

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  • MrEd137 Mar 31, 2008

    My unit has worked great for about 6 months, but on 3/27 it could not get any satellite signal. It had been turned off for about 2 weeks. All other functionality seemed to work fine; it just couldn't find any satellites.

  • dominiek Apr 02, 2008

    same problem - verything works fine but will not acquire satellites. Even after reset

  • dinkal Apr 03, 2008

    If this is a serious solution you peqaople are a joke. No wonder we are going to hell in a hand basket.

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2008

    wow, so mines just crapped out like 4 days ago. and its been workign fine for 6 months.

    do you think this is a coincidence? maybe garmin is doing some updates to their equipment?

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2008

    the same happen to me Nuvi 660 very expensive and now very bad device ......

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2008

    Same here. I live in NorCal, went to San Diego at end of March and it acquired satellites only intermittently.

    Went back home..worked fine. Now back in SoCal and not working again.

    Simulator mode works, all other functions seem to work. Upgraded firmware last month (before 1st trip to San Diego)..maybe this is the problem??? Thinking about trying an external antenna. Reset behind antenna does nothing.


  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2008

    Same problem. Worked fine for 8 months, then on March 26, 2008 my Nuvi 650 could not locate satellites on an 8 hour trip. I have since used WebUpdater to install the last software and done a reset, with no success.

  • kuhn123 Apr 26, 2008

    I have just ha the same problem with a Nuvi 660.  I have used it for over a year with never a glitch, and then all of the sudden it can't find a satellite.  Called tech support, said I was way over due for a system update.  Completed the update through WebUpdater, but still will not find a satellite no matter how many times I reset the system and reboot.  Please help!!

  • Anonymous May 07, 2008

    my 660 can not find a satelite ,i'm in So. California, this has been going for the last 2 weeks! Please Help.

  • Speeden71 May 08, 2008

    Same problem. After over a year of flawless use, unit quit receiving satellites. Did the updates and master reset. No go. Called for RMA. They said you are out of warranty but "we will go ahead and do a courtesy repair" no question, no argument. Sent my unit in over night via Fedex. Had a replacement unit back within 4 working days. I think they must know they have a problem with some of the early units otherwise they would not have been so cooperative. So they made good on a defective product. I am guessing they know what the issue is but it probably does not consistantly appear, therefore there is not a going to be a mass notification. Would be bad for business.

  • omanb May 23, 2008

    I too downloaded the updated for my Garmin 660 and in the middle of using it, it just stopped aquiring satellites. Tried reset button and no luck.

  • Anonymous Jun 04, 2008

    I bought my Garmin Nuvi 660 in Sept '06 and it worked well until recently.It now can not track satelites.  Garmin had me upgrade my system s/w, but this destroyed my Maptec data base.  They finally replaced the Maptec data with the new dvd and all went well for about a week.

    Now I have the same problem tracking satellites.  Finnally I see by this post there is a problem with the GPS antennae on the Nuvi 6xx.

    I will send his in ti garmin for repair.


  • dywlc Nov 17, 2008

    I've had my Nuvi 660 for 17 months and it's worked ok until, during a journey, it failed to receive satellites and stuck on that location mid reroute. Despite resetting with the reset button and with the screen reset it's still the same. I've today updated the software today without any improvment. While trying to find a solution I found this site.

    I have sent a message to Garmin Support.



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Just buy an external antenna $8 something from amazon and it will solve the problem. This model has an internal antenna problem. Hopefully garmin will resolve this issue.

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I had this Problem and Disabled Bluetooth. So Far so good. Now finds the satellites.

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The problem with the Nuvi 6XX series is the flip up antenna. I rang Tech Support today and they informed me that the antenna is the week link in an otherwise good unit
You will need to have the antenna replaced / repaired

Posted on May 02, 2008

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Okay so its a miracle. the nuvi is working again. the same week it stopped working (my previous post) i decided to make to trip to NY (i live in MA). halfway through CT almost getting to NY my nuvi kicked in again and started working perfectly again.

the problem did begin after i did the firmware updates and even after doing the hard reset nothing happened.
but i guess going for a long trip fixes it. well it fixed it for me. back in MA and no issues so far. i dont know how that makes sense but it worked.

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