When switched on and taken on an over 2 hour trip into south downs area my zumo 550 has, today, failed in all that trip to find ANY signal from satellites. My Garmin Etrex, switched on alongside it, finds signals enough to navigate to 17 feet, within its normal time span. I've pressed Off and the Plus to no effect. When it comes on, after a time spent searching, it asks 'Are you indoors?'. Then 'Are you in the UK?' Then 'Is it 6th October 2006?'
I've now flattened the battery in order to retry it later tonight.
Please suggest whatever I can do short of buying a make of GPS that works.
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Re: garmin zumo 550 cannot find satellites
I'd remove the battery first, leave it out some time, put it back, fully charge it and use webupdater to see if all is up to date. There is a test menu on the Zumo to see if all works. I will tell you how to get there, only after you have tried the above first!
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If you have traveled with the unit lately you may need to let it sit and acquire satellites for up to 20-30 minutes. Also your unit may need a firmware update. If none of these work try purchasing an external antenna this may fix your problem.
Have you checked the firmware updates through webupdater (on the garmin site)
Have you ever erased all user settings? To do this press and hold the right bottom of the touch screen while the zumo is powwered of, then press power on until the screen pops up, select yes to erase all user settings, it will now startup clean and request you to set the GPS up. Press and hold the clock will pop up the system menu. Any SD cards installed should be removed, just to make sure that's not the case. To see if your antenna is bust, connect an external antenna. I still have my streetpilot 3, rugged as hell, just a bit crappy memory wise, but back in those days it was THE SOLUTION!
Red lead to the plus and black to the minus of the battery, connecting to the speakers youl'll nead something with an aux input, or a small amplifier, the output signal of the Zumo is just enough to power a head set!
How do you load maps? and are these Garmin maps. I try to keep the Zumo original and use an SD card for extra maps. Did you try this yet? And if you are using SD cards, try a different brand/quality. I had some lockups with crappy budget cards. Kingston, Sandisk and some other A brands work fine!
In one of the menu's you can select the trip log to be visable, press wrench, press map, press to the right of triplog to switch from visable / hidden. press back, press user settings and there is manage trip log. BTW all this info can be found in the Fine Manual!