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Nextar GPS Never acquires GPS Signal

Never acquires GPS Signal . Every once in a while (every few hours) it may locate the signal, but then it loses it. This is a useless device as itts working now.

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  • Anonymous Feb 12, 2010

    Yes, I have a Garmin Nuvi now which I got to replace the previous Garmin I had that someone stole. Garmin work great, this one must track to a lousy or now non existent satelite. Want to sell this but not if it won't work, it's only use is as an MP3 Player and Photo Viewer as it stands now. Thanks for your reply. The Nextar site was useless.

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The only thing you can try is the external antenna for this unit.

You could be in an area that has poor signal.

If it where me, I would go to a place that I could return a unit,
I only use garmin, there hand-held unit's are the top rated for
the frequency of getting satellites.

So say you have a walmart, see if you can return a unit, buy a garmin
and see if it get better reception, and if it doesn't then its not the unit.

If it does,sell you old one on ebay.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010

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    odiebugs Feb 12, 2010

    It might work better for someone if they had the external antenna.

    There site is bad, and I don't like there products, but I try not to
    express by beliefs about products.

    You could be honest and sell it and say the rest is great but the gps
    is poor, hey a few dollars is better they letting it go to waste ,or maybe a friend could use it.

    Thanks for the reply.



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