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My 10 year old gps 12 hasn't been used much except lately I've been using it a lot. It has quit locking on the satellites. The welcome page comes up, the satellite page comes up, satellite bars appear but they don't turn dark like they used to and it stays on the satellite page without changing to position page. It goes to autolocate epe. I have brought up the EZinit prompt, scrolled to USA OR. entered it and it makes no difference, it still won't lock on satellites and go to position page. What has happened and how can I get it repaired?

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SOURCE: excessive time to find satellites

Go to the Garmin.com web site and search under FAQ's. The "reset" method is described, and it works. Went to Spain and had to reset to pick up the satellites there. Usually, it is best to search the manufacturer's web sites for answers before trying to find the answers in these self-help sites.

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SOURCE: GPS 60 unit shows "Searching the Sky" status message all the time

The "New Location" fix above brought my GPS 60 back to full operation. I did reload the GPS software from Garmin but the recovery depended on well charged batteries and as above: turn the unit on
press MENU button
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wait 10 minutes for the GPS to recover.

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

SOURCE: having problems acquiring satellites

I know it sounds silly but sometimes when my Nuvi 350 does this, an hour or two in the freezer does the trick.

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SOURCE: shuts off, locks up

A new satellite was launched which is causing problems. Disable WAAS for a temporary fix. Update the unit's software for a permanent fix, the update addresses this problem.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009

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SOURCE: while using my gps 12, the screen suddenly went

it turns out I inadvertently adjusted the screen contrast. This is adjusted by holding the left arrow key down after powering up, until the contrast is corrected. If the screen was completely white, holding the right arrow key down after powering up would bring contrast back into balance.

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I haven't used my Garmin GPSMAP 292 for a couple


Have you tried pressing Page + Power at the same time while starting the 292?
Seems like there is a well Kinoen problem with the auto locate locking in wrong position and IF you reset the past position memory by pressing Page + Power while Power up should fix the problem.
You still need approx 20min location time but its better than 12-24h.

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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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I've had the tom tomxl 330s for over two years, it has never had a satellite signal, i've attempted several times to restert, the gps is updated, my configuration is in degrees, which seemed to activate 2...


its good you have 2 satellites but you need to see more for it to work.
the tt can take quite a long time to lock on.
make sure you have completely free view of sky and away from any buildings.
Give it a few minutes to lock on.
also make sure you have latest firmware updates from TT as they also do a regular position update of satellites.

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I want to use the gps and navigator on my nokia 5800 can you please help


The Nokia 5800 has a built-in GPS satellite navigation receiver, which can tell you where you are anywhere on the planet. The 5800 also has cell-tower-positioning technology, which finds your location using the position of the nearest phone network mast if a satellite signal is unavailable. GPS is more accurate but can take a while (from 10 seconds to a few minutes, depending on how obstructed the sky is) to find your position ('Assisted GPS' is also present, to download the expected GPS satellite positions from the Internet and help speed up your fix.)
The 5800 also has a built-in mapping application called Nokia Maps, which shows you your location on a street map, tells you exactly how to get to another location by driving or walking, and can give details of nearby amenities such as shops, fuel stations, museums, etc. Nokia Maps uses both GPS and cell tower positioning to tell you where you are: the latter gives an instant rough position, while GPS data is used after the phone has locked onto enough satellite signals calculate its position. You'll know the phone is locked onto a satelite as the lock indicator at the bottom of the screen will turn green.

Other phone applications can also use the GPS receiver if required. For example the camera application can optionally "geotag" photos with your current location using the GPS receiver to work out where you are (click here to see our camera tutorial and find out more about geotagging). If you switch to the standby or menu screens while an application is using the GPS receiver, you'll see a little satellite icon in the top right corner of the screen to indicate that GPS is active.

How does the 5800's GPS work? Like all satellite navigation systems, the 5800 receives signals from many different GPS satellites in the sky, and calculates your position based on those signals, using a combination of triangulation, signal delay calculation and a lot of very heavy maths that you really don't want to know about.

Important Note: Satellite signals cannot penetrate buildings, so GPS satellite signals will be difficult or impossible to receive if you are indoors and away from windows. If you want to speed up the process of GPS showing your location, take the phone outside or place the phone next to a large window with a good view of the sky.

The 5800's GPS aerial is inside the top left side of the phone. If you want to get a good GPS lock make sure this part of the phone is uncovered

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When I try to turn it on it comes up with the “rino” initialization screen and buzzes/vibrates at 5 second intervals. It never goes past this screen. Occasionally, for about 1 second a small white bar will appear across the bottom saying “0%. I’ve recharged the Li battery and got the same result. I’ve tried it while connected to the charger. Same result. I’ve tried using the optional 4 AA battery pack with fresh alkaline batteries. Same result. Did the factory reboot (page/enter/power buttons). Same – except instead of a buzz/vibrate I get the tone every 5 seconds. Have to remove battery to turn off.

Contacted Garmin tech support today (10/22) - hope to hear from them soon.

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Magellan roadmap 760


The Magellan 760 has been around for a few years now, and unfortunately, isn't one of the fastest units around when it comes to synchronizing to a satellite. I find with mine that the time it takes to lock onto a signal depends on several factors:
1) Having the GPS mounted in a way that allows the antenna to have a clear view upward 2) Having my vehicle in the open, so that the signal isn't impaired by adjacent buildings, overhanging trees, etc. 3) Being stationary while the GPS attempts to get a lock. It has more problems locking while moving. 4) Ensuring that the GPS is used frequently, as it loses its memory of what satellites it's synchronized with if you happen to be in a different place when you turn it on than the place you were at when you last turned it off.
Those last two points have the most affect on my GPS's performance. I find that by turning on the GPS and just parking in my driveway or parking lot for a few minutes will allow the GPS to acquire a signal in a much shorter time than if I start to drive immediately. While this will waste a bit of time on the front end, it does help you get synchronized more quickly

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Garmin GPS 12...don't know anything about it...please help


It's a discontinued model. You can download the manual from this web page:

http://www8.garmin.com/support/userManual.jsp?market=3&subcategory=40&product=010-00146-00

I have one of these units from over 10 years ago and they do take a bit of time to get a fix from the satellites but work well when it does. They don't like trying to start up when on the move so better to let it find its current position and then set off.

Still works well despite its age.
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It could be that the contact on the board under the keypad are dirty. I have that problem many remote control units, I use a pencil eraser to clean the board.

Hope this helps.
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Hello Ray_of_Hope,

In order to get a "fix" on it's current location your GPS needs to download data from three or four GPS satellites. Typically, this should happen in about two minutes or less from the time you first power on the unit. This can take a little bit longer if its been a while since you used the GPS or if you have travelled a long way since you last turned the unit on. Your Garmin Nuvi 200W should be acquiring satellites and providing a location report pretty quickly after power up.

Once thing that can affect the performance is whether not not the GPS has a clear view of the sky. If you are operating indoors, in a car, or anywhere that has a lot of obstructions (in a city with tall buildings or a forested area with a lot of trees) these things can block your GPS's view of the sky and prevent it from receiving data from one or more satellites. This can cause the GPS to be unable to provide a lock on its current location or to take a very long time in locking on.

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With ref to the downloaded files. There are 5 sets of files on the server.
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All of the above appear to be updated once per hour although none of them now seem to work for me with Global Locate's version 1.19 software. There is also a 10 day version which seems not to be updated any more. There are notes on the internet that explain how to edit the registry to make the software point to an appropriate area for the correct file. If you are pointing to the 10 day version it might be possible to point at the 2 or 7 day versions and recover the situation. There are only two lines to edit but bear in mind all the warnings about editing the registry

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