Hello I recently bought an LX90GPS. Whenever I turn it on it gets a GPS fix, then asks for date/time, finds level ok and then it says "finding north" and just starts turning around and around forever, and of course after 3-4 full circles I have no option but to turn it off as I do not want to overheat the mechanism. Of course I cannot auto-align, since it cannot find the north, and I just do rough 2-star alignments which are not so easy and it can take me up to 30 minutes to align it properly... My question is why can't it find the north? It just keeps turning round and round, clearly passing north 4 or 5 times and not stoping. Could there be a poblem with the GPS? I don't think so, as it gets a GPS fix very easily. It' s driving me crazy. I would really appreciate any assistance. Thank you in advance.
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I suggest you reset your GPS, to reset your gps, follow
this steps, turn off your device. Press down on bottom right corner of
touchscreen, and then power on the GPS unit. You should be prompted
whether do you really want to erase all user data, or asked if do you
really want to start up in maintenance mode. Press ?Yes? to reset
(warning: all data will be erased and lost, so backup before proceeding)
or enter maintenance mode. Once the GPS unit is reset, remember to place the device
outside where there is a clear unobstructed view of the sky for 15 ? 30
minutes in order for it to requires fix to GPS satellites. with this, this should fix the problem.
WAAS is a seperate service from GPS. It provides GPS corrections so if you can not get WAAS there is no big problems. you unit just wont be as accurate as normal. WAAS only is for North America and EGNOS for Europe. You may want to turn WAAS off for now. I suggest trying a update for the unit. You will need a memory card and Garmin USB programmer. Then just go to garmins site to get the latest update. If you need a USB programmer feel free to Contact GPSCity.ca or GPSCity.com. They are the leading experts in Garmin GPS.
Once the scope has taken a GPS fix and knows TIME, and SITE, and you do a two star alignment your alignment stars overide any automatic alignment issues.
You could turn off the GPS put in Time, Date, and Site, do a two star alignment and everything would be fine. Centering the alignment stars is the "trick". Apparently the scope also finds NORTH OK, or the alignment stars would be way off. Since you pre-level the tripod already the software can FAIL on "tilt" and you still get good gotos.
I would not worry about it, especially since your gotos seem perfectly fine.
As crazy as it sounds...try updating it again. I recently had an issue with mine (also a 125) where it locked up and took 2-3 minutes to acquire a GPS signal. Another update fixed the problem. If that doesn't work, call TomTom and let them know that the update screwed it up. A friend of mine did this after having an update corrupt her GPS and they were very accomodating.