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Garmin NUVI 650 acquiring satellites

  My wife is on the road and her garmin will not acquire a satellite signal.  She says when she powers it up, it briefly shows a page which says "uploading gps update 0%"  then it goes to the regular menu screen but can't find satellites and, therefore, can't give her directions. I talked her  through the master reset and it still hasn't been able to find satellites.  but it did flash that message again.  Any solutions??

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  • mrmichels3 Apr 22, 2008

    I have had the exact same problem within the past two weeks. I called Garmin, and they directed me to do the update on the website and do a master reset. It still did not make it work correctly. I don't know what else to do but for what we paid for this item, it better be able to be fixed.

  • Anonymous Sep 07, 2008

    have the exact same problem, tried everything they suggested, not work. Garmin is ****...

  • Anonymous Sep 18, 2008

    Exact same problem with my nuvi 650.

  • carlie23 Nov 20, 2008

    I have the same problem!! Can anyone helpp?!!

  • romzee Dec 08, 2008

    same issue here. some days it takes 15min before a signal is found!

    by the time a signal is found, I'm already lost!

  • lkotlanger Dec 27, 2008

    I am having the same problem and I updated everything. It still can ot acquire satellite signal

  • joey d Jan 13, 2009

    I finally had to send my unit back in to Garmin and they sent out a replacement, which works fine. Not sure what the problem was, but Garmin was cooperative in sending a replacement unit quickly.

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    Aquiring satellites

  • romzee May 11, 2010

    let it sit there for 30 minutes...and?



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  • Make Sure the GPS has a good, clear view of the sky. “Clear” does not need to be sunny. Overcast skies have no noticeable impact on GPS performance. But buildings and trees do. So take the GPS outside where you have the biggest sky view as you can.
  • Next, wait for the GPS to acquire a signal. If this is the first time you have used it, expect it to take up to 20 minutes to find a signal. Most often it will take less, but prepare for 20 minute. Now for an important step… Once it has found your location, let it continue to sit there for about 30 minutes.

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SOURCE: Garmin Nuvi 650 will not acquire a satellite

Yes, this indicates that the main board can not communicate with the GPS receiver board in the flip-up antenna assembly.

Please see this link for more info:

- Jim

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