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Takes forever for garmin 260w to locate satellite signal

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  • liz1952 Jun 29, 2008

    Mine is slow to find the satellite also.

  • Anonymous Jul 01, 2008

    Same issue cannot get Garmin 260W to locate any signal. My Garmin 200W aquires signal just fine in the same area I am testing the 260W. May have to replace or return the unit.

  • missjaneltow Jul 11, 2008

    trouble finding satellite

  • sharlenelu Jul 14, 2008

    Yes, same here, and over in the Amazon website for Garmin 260w, tons of reviewers report the same thing. I imagine Garmin should have a solution by now?

  • Anonymous Aug 14, 2008

    mine worked fine, immediate satellite lock about 5 seconds after turning on, after the new software update it takes like 5 minutes or longer

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    same problem, used to work fine, now it sometimes never finds signal. hit or miss. wtf



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It takes forever to get a gps signal on my garmin 260w , can you help please . thank you .

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