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Magellan GPS Pioneer will not hold onto satellite signal

I have a Magellan GPS Pioneer and it has not been used for approx one and a half years. the problem i am having is that the unit will not hold onto satellites, it picks them up but looses them soon after. i have reset the unit but it's still not working.

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I had the same problem. Found this link

http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=144134

As suggested at the end of the above thread I left my unit outside for a couple of hours and it suddenly sprang into life. Now it reliably gets a fix in 2 to 3 minutes when I switch it on.

My theory is that because it is only a 2 channel unit it takes hours to acquire a fix when the memory is blank.

The manual says it will keep it's memory for a month without batteries.

So if you leave the batteries out for more than a month, or move it more than 250 miles and then switch it on expect it to take a while to first fix.

Otherwise it's a nice little unit.

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I had the same problem with my Magellan Pioneer GPS - it would not hold satellites. So I left it on a plastic table with the antenna pointing up and a clear view of the sky for 1 hour and it acquired a fix.

Posted on May 19, 2010

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Try setting the date to 1024 weeks in the past. The GPS 10 bit rollover bug means means it reuses dates every 19.6 approx years. So if you enter the correct date in the quick start menu it is looking for the wrong sats.

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