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Not Acquiring Satellites - Garmin GPS

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  • budwalley Jun 14, 2008

    Nuvi 660 and yes I did a hard reset now it shows vehicle in the middle of the US and still not acquiring satellites

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Hi,
Please try these simple steps once…
Go out doors to open area, away from tall buildings and trees.
Flip up the GPS antenna on the back of the nuvi, so that its parallel to the ground.
Turn on the nuvi, “ acquiring satellite sinals may take few mints”.
If the antenna is closed the GPS receiver is Off.

Cross check if its on “waas”
Currently, WAAS satellite coverage is only available in North America. There are no ground reference stations in South America, so even though GPS users there can receive WAAS, the signal has not been corrected and thus would not improve the accuracy of their unit. For some users in the U.S., the position of the satellites over the equator makes it difficult to receive the signals when trees or mountains obstruct the view of the horizon. WAAS signal reception is ideal for open land and marine applications. WAAS provides extended coverage both inland and offshore compared to the land-based DGPS (differential GPS) system. Another benefit of WAAS is that it does not require additional receiving equipment, while DGPS does.
Goodluck

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Hello

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  • Ekse Jun 14, 2008

    Need to know more about your garmin product, what is the model?

  • Ekse Jun 14, 2008

    do a master reset on the unit.
    You will loose any saved data when doing this.
    With the unit off, press and hold the bottom right hand corner of the screen, keep holding this and turn the unit on, hold it for 10 more seconds and the unit should say do you really want to wipe all user data.

  • Ekse Jun 14, 2008

    try a update from garmin

    http://www8.garmin.com/support/collectio...



    if the update doesn't fix the problem shut it off for a while and try again.



    If its still not working call garmin or your dealer, they may have additiona diagnostics before sending it in for repairs / service / replacement.

  • Ekse Jun 14, 2008

    it seems to be a common fault in the device you can read what other users have said about the nuvi 660



    here

    http://www.fixya.com/support/t201012-gar...



    Quote

    "The nuiv 660 is the worse product Ihave ever purchased. For those whoe are thinking of buying a GPS research this product. It is the most unstable device I know. Considering I purchased it new and only less then 1 month down the track it starts crashing and doing completely what its not suppose to do it is not a good GPS to have. It is unreliable and you cant trust a system which freezes frequently and leave you helpless."

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SOURCE: my garmin gps 12 is not acquiring any satellites.

does it have a clear line of site to the sky? Make sure your outside!

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