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It depends all on the sky... clouds... rain

You always need a clear view of the sky... always a great idea to carry a paper map if you are leaving on a journey with you.

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Gps singal lost


Often, when your GPS is in a "covered" area ... e.g. inside a building, in a tunnel, under a bridge, amongst / under tall buildings, etc... when there is no open space (directly) between your GPS and the satellites, your GPS will loose its satellite signals. If you're in such locations, try to find some "open space" and wait a bit for the signals to be picked up again.
Another common reason why the GPS doesn't get signals, or doesn't get the signals quickly, is because the "latest" satellite positions (locations) have not been updated in your GPS. If/when you connect your GPS to your computer (e.g. using HOME ) and download the GPS satellite (QuickFix) location information, your GPS will have the most recent locations of the satellites in your vicinity/region. With this information, your GPS can pick up the signals more quickly ... instead of having to search/scan around to find the signals ... which can take a bit more time. While your GPS is searching for the satellite signals, it shows the "signal lost" or "no GPS signal" message.

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Do a hard reset. Pull batt. let stand for 30 min or more.

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GPS can't get a lock on satellites?


If your GPS can't get a lock on the current position or find GPS satellites....

a) For TomTom only: Be sure you have the latest "QuickFix" update installed in your GPS. It helps to get a lock on GPS satellites much faster (within 15 seconds, instead of several minutes).

b) Be sure you're outside of any building. Most GPS don't work at all inside (with exception of TomTom and only if you have the latest QuickFix installed and you are within 10 ft. of a window).

c) Tall buildings can make difficult for a GPS to lock on the satellites. If you're in the middle of tall buildings (on the street), move to more open space (like a park or an intersection with shorter buildings).

d) Try resetting your GPS. Most GPS have a "RESET" button (TomTom GPS's have it on the bottom). Resetting your GPS may help it get a lock on its current position.

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Nuvi 200w will not pick up sattalites


Make sure you are outside and as much in the open as possible. Staying stationary is the best way to insure a satellite signal. Give your GPS a few minutes if necessary to pick up a satellite signal. Also remember poor weather can effect a satellite signal reaching your GPS, just like it will satellite TV.

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CANNOT GET SATELLITE POSITIONING ON MY NUVI 1340


What do you mean program in the satellites? There is nothing to program for that, unit will when powered up and with a good clear site line to the sky will usually find and access the satellites on its own. If you are looking for the gps satellites they will already be programmed into the unit, if your looking for different satellites, well you got the wrong tool for that.

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Delay while aquiring satellites, and then loses satellites frequently


Your problem might be that the GPS can't get a lock on the satellites and it doesn't know in which part of the world it is.

I suggest you download the latest updates and QuickFix, then leave the unti close to a window (even if you are indoors). The unit should be able to get a fix on the GPS satellites in less than 15 minutes.

Please, let me know if you need more detailed instructions

By the way, TomTom suggest to update your GPS at least once a week. This ensures that the GPS can finde the satellites quickly. believe me, after I did it the 1st time, the GPS was able to find the setellites in less than 10 seconds. Most GPS take a good couple of minutes :)

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Why does my GPS system have a difficult time locating satellites?It says ''acquiring satellites'' for about 5 minutes. Then it says it can't locate satellites. Should it continue trying? Why does it do...


this is what my navigon says about gettting the gps to connect.

Initializing the GPS receiver
In the upper right-hand corner of the display, the GPS symbol appears. As soon as
data from at least 3 satellites is received, the symbol changes to (GPS Ready). Note: If possible, position the device with a clear line of sight to the sky to successfully
receive messages from the GPS satellites.
Note: GPS initialization requires data from at least three satellites. If GPS data is not
available, the receiver will not initialize.
Note: It can take up to 20 minutes to initialize the integrated GPS receiver for the first
time.
Note: Each time you turn on the device, GPS receiver initialization begins. When GPS
data is available, reception starts within one minute.
If the navigation device has been switched to standby for more than a week, the next initialization
can take up to 10 minutes.

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GPS takes a long time to receive satellite signal.


You probably are just in a bad location where satellites are not reachable. All these units work from the same satellites and recieve them the same so it wouldn't matter what brand you have. I highly doubt that the powerlines and cell towers are effecting the transmission.

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Regardless of which GPS unit you use, finding sufficient satellites can be difficult if you are working in an area with trees/mountains/hills or other obstacles. Here are some suggestions to locking onto satellites:

1.) Mission Planning. If you think you're going to be working in a tricky area, but sure to check mission planning. This software allows you to input a location and obstacles, and gives you the times when satellites will be best.

2.) Wait. It takes the GPS units varying amounts of time to "find" satellites, but if satellites are visible, the unit should lock on within 5 minutes.

3.) Move. If possible, move into an area that has a clearer view of the sky.

4.) Face south. This is especially important if you are using the GeoXT. Turn the GPS antenna so that it is facing the southern sky. The majority of satellites have their orbit so that they appear in our southern sky. There are also satellites in the east and west, and almost no satellites to the north.

5.) Rotate around. If facing south doesn't work, slowly rotate the GPS around 360 degrees.

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Coordintates seem to ALWAYS be off by 20-50 feet


How are you determining your error? If you are comparing your position to a map and you are getting error consistently, it could be that your map datum does not match the datum set in the GPS. Without WAAS turned on, your error should be @15'. With WAAS on it should be @ 6 to 9'. If you are using the Sattelite screen to determine your error, remember that is just estimated error. Higher estimated errors can be caused by satellites that are blocked or not visible to the GPS, or poor satellite geometry. It is normal for example, to have more error in high northern or southern latitudes due to less satellites being visible. With good reception you should be able to see 8 to 12 satellites on your satellite page. Signal strength is also important, You can have a lot of visible satellites but if the signal is weak your error wil increase. The signal can be weakened by heavy tree cover or high objects such as buildings or mountains. Such interference is called signal path error. Another form of signal path error is when the signal gets reflected off something before it gets to your GPS. For example; you're in a canyon and satellite 1 is to the east of you. The eastern rim of the canyon blocks the signal from satellite 1, however the signal bounces off the western rim and your GPS then picks it up. Because it took longer to get to your GPS, the GPS thinks that the satellite is farther away than it really is, causing a postion error. (This would not show up on your estimated position error shown on the satellite page because the GPS does not know this is happening.)

When WAAS is turned on it takes a channel that would normally be dedicated to a GPS satellite. It's possible that turning off WAAS helped you because having an extra GPS satellite improved your geometry which improved your accuracy more than the corrections WAAS is designed to make. The next time your error seems high, check how many satellites are being tracked and how strong the signal is.

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