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I have a Garmin 2006/2010 GPS 17N installed on my boat. During a trip this week I lost antenna/gps reception and it never came back. Tried unplugging turning off and on, nothing worked. Everything appears to be plugged in correctly. Any suggestions?

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Trip & Waypoint Manager should be all you need.

The USB drivers should have been automatically installed when you installed the program. If your computer prompts you for the driver location when you connect your GPS via USB, then you'll just need to reinstall the latest drivers (one time only--after that the computer should automatically detect and use the GPS whenever it is plugged in)

The latest drivers for your unit can be downloaded here. There is a new version (v.2.2.1) as of about one year ago.

Posted on Apr 04, 2008

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I have being having similar problem as every one else. There is nothing wrong with your Nuvi. Garmin (the company is the problem) they are trying to make you buy a new map--Not Exactly Cheap--Do Hard Reset and solve all the problems.

1) Place a finger (Any finger, middle finger worked for me!) at the left lower corner and turn on the Nuvi unit a message appear saying "Do you really want to start up in maintenance mode?" tap Yes
2) At the Maintenace screen tap clear user data (this will restore to factory condition) and follow the instruction on adjusting your prefered setings.

3) turn it off and Repeat step 1, this time when you get to maintance screen tap on "Clear waypoints" and follow the instruction. Let it sit for about an hour then voila.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008

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Here is an email received directly from Garmin: I have tried this myself on several units and it worked. I can't gurantee it will work for all cases. In some cases the antenna may be defective. Also, click on the "wrench" symbol, then the "gear" symbol and then "about". Look at the number after the text "GPS S/W:" It should be a number like 2.9 or 3. If its 0.0, then the antenna is not communicating with the main board.

"Thank you for contacting Garmin International, I am happy
to help you with this.

Sometimes the almanac data that your nüvi stores for satellite acquisition becomes corrupted. This causes acquisition to become slow. To correct this we need to perform a master reset. This procedure will erase all user data.

With your nüvi powered off, press and hold the lower left corner of the screen. Next, turn the power on. Continue to hold the screen until it asks if you really want to enter maintenance mode. Next, choose clear user data. The screen will flicker a bit and then start up like it did when it was first turned on. Follow the directions to set time and location. You will have to reacquire satellites by turning on your nüvi with the antenna up outside in full view of the sky. This one time
acquisition may take up to 30 minutes. "

- Jim

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

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take it back to seller for replacement or repair

Posted on Jul 06, 2009

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DIY is risky in this situation, besides there is 3 months warranty by Garmin on their interventions I would suggest you get it done by the professionals

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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I have been experiencing the same problem many have been having with the Nuvi 6xx and 3xx series giving an error message “Lost satellite reception”.

My problem started mid April 2008 and got progressively worse. I would use my GPS on weekends and it would work perfectly for the first 10 – 30 minutes and then would loose satellite reception, rendering it useless.

I bought my Nuvi 660 when it first came out in October 2006 for just under $700 and is now out of the 1 year warrantee.
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I contemplated what I should do.
Return mine and get a refurbished unit from Garmin for $225 with only a 90 day warrantee?
Buy a new Nuvi 660 for around $300
Buy a new Nuvi 2xx series with fewer features for $200 to $275.
Buy a Megellian GPS?

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I repeated the same process coming home and once again, I connecting the external antenna after the unit reported loosing satellite reception, and it worked perfectly.

Conclusion: if your unit is experiencing loosing satellite reception, and is under warrantee, return it ASAP. If it’s out of warrantee, get an external antenna. There are other manufactures of external antennas and all should work as long as it has an MCX connector.

Side Note: This external antenna also worked perfectly on a friend’s Nuvi 350 with the same problem.

I wanted to share this with everyone because I’ve been racking my brain for months over this. I hope this helps.

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