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Cindy Brown Posted on Feb 14, 2007

Garmin c330 I just got a garmin streetpilot c330, for some reason, it will not work in my car (toyota camry '99), it will not acquire the satelite. I used it in my husband's truck and it worked fine. I also tried to use my friend's unit in my vehicle (he has a c330 also) and it did not work as well. Is there any reason it would not work in a specific car?

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2008

    I have a Garmin C330 and it worked fine in my old car. I just purchased a 2008 Camry SE and the Garmin can not track satellites. I tried it in my wife's car and it works fine. Her Garmin C330 also did not work well in my car.

  • Deb_Vollmer Jun 01, 2008

    I have a toyota camry 2007 and the garmin c330 will not work in my car. It has worked perfectly in every other car we have tried it in but for mine it constantly says acquiring satellites.


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Some automobiles have a metalic coating on the windshield. You will brobably need a remote antennae to use the GPS in this car.

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Garmin c330 says trouble tracking satelites, not acquiring signal. what to do?

If your StreetPilot c300 or c500 series device is no longer acquiring satellites please read the article linked below to ensure that this is not being caused by something in your environment:

Why won't my unit acquire satellites?

If after reading the above article your unit is still having problems, please ensure that your unit's software is up to date. You can do this by using our WebUpdater® program.

If you have tried all of the above suggestions and your unit is still not acquiring satellites, you can perform a master reset by doing the following:

Note: A master reset will erase all waypoints or favorites and will restore your unit to the default factory settings.
  1. Start with the unit powered OFF and unplugged from power.
  2. Touch and hold the bottom right corner of the touchscreen.
  3. Power the unit ON and continue pressing the screen until a new message displays, "Do You Really Want To Erase All User Data?".
  4. Touch Yes and go through the set up again.
Take the unit outside and let it set with a clear view of the sky for 3-5 minutes to acquire satellites. If the unit still does not acquire satellites after this, please contact Garmin Product Support.

Upgrade for C330 on Garmin site

has upgrade for your garmin that solved the slow satelite fix for me, has a list of many other issues that it corrected in the new update programing ..
no need to upgrade maps for this update.

Won't acquire satelite

I had to try this several times before the reset screen appeared but it worked. With the unit unplugged, press your index finger on the very bottom of the right hand side of the screen and power the unit on. When it comes on release the power button. Then answer the questions. Say "yes" to reset. My updated maps were still there but my address' were gone. No big thing. I tried using my thumb but it didn't work. I guess it was too big, had to use my index finger. I went outside and it acquired the satellites within minutes.

Cannot acquire satellites and freezes

use the web-updater at garmin
or update the firmware at garmin,
turn WAAS on

turn GPS signal off
go outside after the update
turn GPS signal back on ( takes upto 15 mins to locate satelites )

should be good


Unable to Track Satellites

My garmin will idle after turning it on "aquiring satelites", after awhile it will give me the white screen "trouble tracking satelites, are you indoors now?" answer "no"when the garmin asks you if you are in a particular state answer "no". It works for me everytime, don't know why, just that it works to lie sometimes.

Garmnin C330 slow to acquire satelites.

Make sure you are not moving. This way it can triangulate better. Wait for it to recognize at least 3 satellites. Then cruise as you wish as soon as it is synced with the satellites.
Also, be sure that you are on an open field with minimal aerial hindrances.

Your problem is normal to all GPS devices. It does take time to acquire satellite signal.

hope this helps!

My Garmin c330 has difficulty acquiring satellites in my new 2009 Camry XLE. Does it have something to do with Bluetooth? Does it interfere? Ever since we bought the 2009 Camry XLE in June, the Street...

The C330 does not have bluetooth capability. Regardless, this has nothing to do with the unit's ability to acquire satellites. Nor should the type of vehicle you purchased, unless the unit is unable to receive due to some feature, like something in the windshield, which is preventing the unit from receiving a proper signal. Does the unit work outside the vehicle?

C330 Won't acquire satellites..

When Mine did that I bought an external antennea and now it works great
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