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Garmin Nuvi Firmaware Update Complete, Unable to catch satellite signal

Garmin nuvi200 was working fine and all of a sudden started getting following pop ups repeatedly and since then the GPS unit is not able to catch the satellite signal.

"Updating GPS Firmware 1%" This is followed by another pop up stating "GPS Firmware Update Complete". It can't "acquire satellites" either

I am still not able understand, how it started firmware update as I have never connected it to PC before. Is this set sophisticated enough to do firmware update from the satellite? :)

I tried reset on Garmin. After that, also tried with installing new latest firmware through Garmin Webupdater, But no results.

As soon as I start Garmin unit I get above popups. Please Help me.

My Garmin Nuvi 200W suffers from the same problem. Only difference is the unit still works. It is only an irritation. I have installed the latest software update, but still no change. Have reported to Garmin on this, but has yet to get a response.

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  • tehcg Jun 10, 2008

    The eventual solution I got from Garmin , after doing the usual installation of latest software update and resetting, is to send the unit back to them. Have done that and is now waiting for them to return my Nuvi 200W.

  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008


    I`ve the same problem with my nuvi 200.
    Does anybody has a solution yet?

  • benny233421 Jul 14, 2008

    same problem, PLEASE HELP

  • burnardt Aug 18, 2008

    My Garmin nuvi 310 cannot detect a satellite. After a while it asks if i am indoors,then it asks if i have moved 100 miles since my last use. I answer no to both questions. Then it keeps saying acquiring satellites but never finds one can you please help

  • bosveldspice Sep 23, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem first the firmware update and then the no sat signal.

  • chadadedmon Sep 27, 2008

    I have a garmin nuvi 660... it cant pick up any signals at all after i updated and reinstalled version and still cant pick up signals at all... version is 4.60 what is GPS SW version? and it s at 0.00 i cant find on the website that will explain or have firmaware update for gps sw version .. anyone can help me on that one ? i did the master reset...


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Same here - garmin nuvi 310 - bought it last year around March, said dowloading gps and then can't get a signal/satellite?? Will phone garmin tomo

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I get that issue on my StreetPilot C550.  It's is consistently followed by an inability to receive Satellite.  Here's how I can tell on my unit: When I get the Updating Firmware, 1%, Done message, the satellite reception indicator always shows absolutely nothing. If I power it off, pull the car charger, wait, replace the car charger, turn the unit on, the indicator shows one red block on the signal strength indicator.
When I see the red block, I know I'll get reception.  No red block, no amount of waiting will help...  I have to completely power-cycle the unit to get a signal lock.

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