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GPS - TOMTOM ONE XL - first time locating position via satellite

Fresh out of the package, how to start TOMTOM ONE XL to locate my position etc.

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The unit was fully charged from the factory. Turned on thwe unit and followed simple directions to position my location. Rest followed.

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How to regain my gps signal?


The problem can be fixed by resetting the tomtom one xl gps receiver. Tomtom one xl gps receiver is common with this problem, after resetting it, it is most likely it will happen again. So be ready to keep resetting over time.

It most like is as a result of bad strength to search and detect the satellite. So you have to adjust the antenna also to a area where it can pick signals easily. This is quite uneasy because the areas to locate the satellite varies in terms of the location you are.

Software update will not fix this problem as well as the quickgpsfix, so the bes solution is for you to keep resetting it.

Hope this info helped. Thank you for using fixya.

Jan 21, 2011 | Tomtom One XL GPS Receiver

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Tom Tom 540 can't find satellite signal for past hour


The problem can be fixed by resetting the tomtom one xl gps receiver. Tomtom one xl gps receiver is common with this problem, after resetting it, it is most likely it will happen again. So be ready to keep resetting over time.
It most like is as a result of bad strength to search and detect the satellite. So you have to adjust the antenna also to a area where it can pick signals easily. This is quite uneasy because the areas to locate the satellite varies in terms of the location you are.
Software update will not fix this problem as well as the quickgpsfix, so the bes solution is for you to keep resetting it. Hope this helped. Thank you for using fixya.

Jan 20, 2011 | Tomtom GPS Devices

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Unable to acquire satellites


GPS devices do not work inside buildings or in tunnels. Even outside, high-rise buildings or trees can interfere with GPS signal reception. Car navigation systems do not work through the roof of the car, they need to be mounted to the windshield of the car with free view to the sky, or use an external antenna.
Some cars have metal coating on the windows for sunlight blocking or privacy protection. Such coatings may also block the GPS satellite signals.

Another problem: unlike TV satellites, GPS satellites do not have a fixed position relative to the ground, they move all the time. Your GPS device needs to locate and tune in on four satellites minimum first to start working for you. The scanning of the hemisphere to locate satellites takes several minutes (up to ten on Tomtom devices).

Tomtom devices use a device stored file with precomputed satellite positions to speed up the process to a few seconds. Since the file holds data only for about two weeks, the package "QuickGPSFix" needs to be updated at least once in a fortnight using the Tomtom HOME software, or it will fall back to the slow scanning procedure.

If you do have a different brand of GPS device, please add a comment to this post and I'll try to give further advice.

Jan 06, 2011 | GPS Devices

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Can not see the maps, stuck at home screen


If you had just started the device, you may have to wait a minute or so for the software (programs) to load, initialize, etc. before you start getting the user screens. Just make sure you are plugged in, or the battery is not low. When the programs start and after the GPS (satellite) signals are located, you'll be able to see your current location, etc. (and start using the device).

Jan 02, 2011 | Tomtom ONE XL GPS

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Poor gps reception on tomtom xl 340


The Tomtom devices need to locate GPS satellites in the sky in order to work. Unlike TV satellites, these do not have fixed positions but move relatively to the ground. The Tomtom can locate them by scanning the hemisphere, but this takes up to ten minutes after you switch on the device.

To speed up the process, the Tomtom receivers can use a helper file stored on the device. It holds precomputed positional data for the GPS satellites that makes finding them a matter of a few seconds.

However, the file holds precomputed data for some two weeks in advance only. After this period, the Tomtom device has to resort to the slow scanning procedure.

You will need to connect your Tomtom device to a PC with the "Tomtom HOME" software installed, available from the Tomtom company web site. Use the software by following the onscreen instructions to update the package "QuickGPSFix" at least once every two weeks and you will find your device much more swift in establishing GPS connection.

Dec 23, 2010 | Tomtom XL 340.S GPS Receiver

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NO GPS SIGNAL


The problem can be fixed by resetting the tomtom one xl gps receiver. Tomtom one xl gps receiver is common with this problem, after resetting it, it is most likely it will happen again. So be ready to keep resetting over time.
It most like is as a result of bad strength to search and detect the satellite. So you have to adjust the antenna also to a area where it can pick signals easily. This is quite uneasy because the areas to locate the satellite varies in terms of the location you are.
Software update will not fix this problem as well as the quickgpsfix, so the bes solution is for you to keep resetting it.
Hope this info helped.

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Old Tom Tom can't find signal


Replace the battery!. Maximum life is two years. If you have not fully charged it by usb or ac prior to a trip and then connected it to the 12v car outlet before starting the engine the battery becomes damaged overtime.
Battery level determines the time it takes to make a connection. Always keep it charged. Never plug it into 12v car power when starting engine. This will not only shorten the life of the battery, but wiull damage the SIIRF chip.

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Jul 01, 2010 | Tomtom One XL GPS Receiver

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Two year old tom tom xl can take up to 15mins to get a signal any advice


The TomTom device needs to tune in on three or more GPS satelites to find your position. On start, it scans the hemisphere for any satelites and ten minutes and more are not uncommon to establish fixes on them.

The solution is a data package you can download from TomTom servers via the Home software, "QuickGPSFix". It holds precomputed satelite positions for the next few days which speeds up locking to satelites to a few seconds from minutes. However, you need to update the package roughly once a week or the initial delay will pop up again.

Feb 03, 2010 | Tomtom One XL GPS Receiver

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Tomtom one xl V3 - cannot get a GPS signal i've tried all the 'proposed' solutions i've seen on the internet so far... resetting, upgraded s/w etc... no luck when connected thru my PC, it works fine, i.e....


I had the same problem on with my XL 340.s...it was taking 3-4 minutes to locate satellites. I found a solution and it works:

Delete the contents of the ephem folder on your unit using Explorer. Also delete the subfolders in the ephemeris folder on your computer found here:
C:\Documents and Settings\yourname\My Documents\TomTom\HOME\Downloads\complete\ephemeris

Now, connect to Home and try the update again. I now connect to the satellites in 2-3 seconds.

Good luck!

Sep 01, 2009 | Tomtom One XL GPS Receiver

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I have a Tom Tom GPS and all of a sudden it says searching for satellite signal but never picks one up. Any suggestions?


To pinpoint your location, you need to get signals from at least 4 satellites. If you receive signals from less than 4 satellites or the signals are not strong enough, the Driving View stays grey and one of the following messages is shown in the bottom right corner of the Driving View:
  • Waiting for a valid GPS signal…
  • The GPS signal was lost … sec ago
Note: In previous versions of the TomTom application the message may vary.

If you see any of these messages, try the following:

Finding a GPS signal
In the following cases it can take up to 5 minutes to find your current position:
  • You use your TomTom device for the first time.
  • You haven't used your TomTom device for a longer time.
  • Your TomTom device has been relocated without using it (e.g. after travelling by plane or train).
If it takes longer than 5 minutes, make sure that you are in an open place without tall buildings or trees around you.
Once your TomTom device has located your current position, the Driving View is shown in full colour and shows your position on the map.
Tip: Most TomTom devices can use QuickGPSfix™ to locate your current position faster.

Clear View
Your TomTom device must be outdoors to locate your current position.
Try repositioning your device in your car; ideally, try to position it at the lowest possible point directly on the windscreen.
Some vehicles have a heat reflective shield embedded in the windscreen, which may prevent your device from locating your current position. If this is the case in your vehicle, use the TomTom External Antenna Kit (available as an accessory).
Tip: As a reference, place your device outside your parked car to see if it can find your current position.

Make sure battery is fully charged before use

Reset your device

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