Question about Garmin GPSMAP 168 Sounder GPS Receiver
had the same issues as others here My unit is about 2 yrs old. And just
went AWOL searching for satellites.
I resolved this by accident by doing the following:
On short notice, I could not purchase a external antenna from a brick and mortar store, so I thought I'd use some wire.
1) Hook GPS to Garmin website and down loaded latest 4.7 ver. I was using 4.1 2) Perform the hard reset (push down on upper left of screen, hold, power and wait until it asks if you want to go in maintenance mode. There are posts here or google www.sharcnet.com. This website will describe exactly what to do to clear out the old satellite date by performing the hard reset . Once the unit thinks it's back in Kansas City then I did the following; 3) Take a piece of 14 gauge wire, multi strand, use just one individual strand, cut all the others off, so the wire doesn't touch the outer part of the antenna input connector and short. This piece of wire will act as the external antenna. 4) Insert that single strand into the center of the GPS antenna input. ( I only used a 6" piece of wire and btw, the wire has the protective casing on it. I didn't use a bare wire) 5) touch the signal strength bar on the GPS to get you into the satellites screen. 6) For me, the bars immeadiately started coming up and then filled. 7) I took the small wire out and my unit continued to work with the flip up antenna. I suspect that once the unit reset = re-flashed the new satellite info. into the GPS. Things went back to normal.
8) Turned unit off and on a couple of times to verify. My unit continued to worked normally with the flip antenna.
9) Tested over the last several days. No indication of dropped satellites or lost coverage so far.
No Promises here. This just worked for me. I hope it works for you. There are a lot of unhappy owners out there.
Posted on Jul 14, 2010
Turn the unit off then turn on after few minutes.Then recheck.If still the same problem,then check out if there are too many tall buildings or too much covered area to the place where the unit is.If it is that this happens sometimes.But if there is nothing like that but still problem in searching satellites then its the electrical problem of the circuit board in the unit.Its not catching signal.Get it checked by the Garmin,because only Garmin deals with low or no satellite problems in your gps,.It requires chip reset and replacement if required. Thanks. Keep updated for any more query. You can rate this solution and show your appreciation.
Posted on Jul 13, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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