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Garmin 680 -cannot acquire satellites

My Garmin 680 has been acquiring satellites for 3 weeks now. The resert did not work. Help!!

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  • Anonymous Jun 26, 2008

    I have the same on my nuvi 660.

  • mludlow2 Jun 28, 2008

    Cannot acquire satellites

  • c_peterson Jul 13, 2008

    Having the same problem. At first problem would randomly occur then as of yesterday Nuvi cannot find a satellite at all. Went all day, with it on my dash where it usually sits, on a 2 1/2 hour trip didn't pick up at all. Tried restarting and reseting.

  • bigd0t Aug 13, 2008

    Garmin Nuvi 660FM unit has intermittently not been able to acquire satellites. Today the 12th of August, 2008 I was not able to acquire satellites for my 35 minute drive home.

  • steve121 Oct 28, 2008

    Exactly the same problem with my Nuvi 600. Is there a solution?

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Im not 100% but im thinking that if the ribbon connecting the reciever to the unit can become dislogged or damaged, im trying to find a replacement ribbon.

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----> https://buy.garmin.com/shop/store/downloadsUpdates.jsp?product=010-00540-00&cID=134&pID=400


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