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My garmin c320 wont track any satalites

Hi, my garmin c320 has a clear view of the sky but about 90% of the time it says a message " are you indoors" meaning it cant track any satalites i don't know what to do. or if there is anything to do. can some please help me. thanks

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  • palleyne May 04, 2008

    it is the same as what has been said. has a clear view of the sky and will not grab any satalites. i have even tried standing outside of the car and will not sync either. help please

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This will completely wipe all data on your unit including almanac data (satellite information).

Your unit would then need at least 20 minutes with clear view of the sky to update the almanac and reacquire.

To reset the unit you need to press the bottom right hand corner of your screen and hold in (relatively firmly) and then press and hold 'power'. You need to hold both for 30 seconds.

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Hi, my garmin c320 has a clear view of the sky but it cant track any satalites i don't know what to do. or if there is anything to do. can some please help me. thanks

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