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Satelite search takes forever

It takes over 20 minutes to find satelites on my Nuvi 250

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  • readyhiker Apr 20, 2009

    I have the same problem with my nuvi250, and your assessment seems to be fitting. (ie, I haven't used the device for a long time, but it *used* to work. Obstructions have not been an issue, or least, they shouldn't be the source of this unit's problem.) What you don't say is how to remedy this.
    Are you suggesting that I just keep running the device whenever I can, and eventually it will start to work, or is there something I should/can do to expedite the unit actually locating satellites? I have already had it running for over 45 minutes at a time for two or three trials, both from my home and on the road various places.

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Hello bertvanjbert,

In order for your GPS to calculate its own location, it needs to receive data reports from four or more GPS satellites. This process is normally pretty fast. However, this assumes that the GPS has a clear view of the sky.

Obstructions such as tall buildings, trees and local terrain such as mountains and hills can affect your receiver's ability to "see" the sky. This is also true of GPS units used indoors or inside of a vehicle.

A GPS receiver without a clear view of the sky can take a long time to get a fix on its own location. The process can also take additional time if the GPS has been powered off for an extended period of time or if you have travelled a long distance (greater then 500 miles) since it was last turned on.

Hope this helps!
Ken
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Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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