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Hello annmarie2875,

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 and will typically take approximately two minutes. However, this assumes that the GPS is used outdoors and 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. If you are using the GPS inside of a vehicle without an external antenna the GPS may also have a hard time acquiring satellites depending on where it is mounted. Ideally you want the GPS to be installed in the lowest possible point inside of the vehicle that has a clear view of the windshield and side windows.

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

Hope this helps!
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Posted on Jul 10, 2008

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