Satellite failure to acquire

 

I just got a Nuvi 200 a few days ago. It has been working great with a consistent three to four green bars on satellite and no problems at all acquiring. Then last evening about 8pm I left a meeting and drove for nearly 20 minutes and the unit would not acquire satellites at all. It displayed one or two red bars the whole time. I took it out of the car turned it off and back on and left it in the wide open for ten minutes… no satellites. I tried the same thing twice later and even did a hard reset on the unit… nothing.

This morning I tried it twice again with no luck on getting satellites up to 9:17am. Then at 9:30am I walked outside again and turned it on and poof … three green bars within a second or so. It is now 10am and I just tried it again and three green bars in just a second or so again.

Does this sound like a unit problem or it is possible that it could not find satellites for that period of time??? I am in West Palm Beach, Florida. Does the GPS system ever not work? I just want to determine if I can rely on my unit or if I should address this to the manufacturer?

Any input to help the newbie will be appreciated.

Mirrors my experience with my 200

Ya that sounds a lot like my 200, although I must admit I have never had it NEVER get a sat signal. But I have often driven 10 minutes before it would pick one up. Then other times I turn it on walking to my car in the driveway and I get a pick up almost immediately.

Also, I think it tends to remember the last position and if you turn it on in the same place your last turned it off, it will tend to pick up the signal very quickly. If you have moved many miles away and turn it on, I think it has to do a bit more work to determine where it is and takes longer to connect. And in addition, I think if you are also moving while it is doing this, it can take even longer.

As I said, mirrors my experience, but not really as badly as you describe, so keep an eye on it. If you feel that it is unacceptable, then give Garmin a call.

PT

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Garmin nüvi 200 (my first GPS), 780, & 3700 Series. And a Mac user.

Reset

Try hitting the reset.

I know if you get in a car and start driving it takes much longer to acquire the sats. Also, if you have not used it for a day or so it takes longer to re-establish your position even when you are in the same spot you turned it off in.

I also heard from someone that he put it in his jeans back pocket when walking and the compression of the pocket squeezed it and lost the reception completely. He reset it and nothing. After wiggling the case it came back on. Apparently the case pinched something internally which cut the receiver off.

Well thats my story :)

Once and a while this will happen on my 670 and I push the reset button on the back of the unit and restart it is fine. Also if I'm downtown Los Angeles (Lots of tall buildings) it will take awhile to acquire. When I'm in that area I try to not power off the unit. Well thats my story smile

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nüvi 660 & 670 - Hello I'm a Mac :))

failed to acquire satellites this morning

This sometimes happens to me with my Nuvi 650. This morning on my way to work about 6:30 (Eastern Time), the unit failed to acquire and put me through the standard questions and continued to fail to acquire. A couple of minutes later, I turned it off and then back on again and it acquired the satellites.

The sky did look cloudy this morning but I thought that was not supposed to present a problem.

david

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nüvi 1490T, V1, Sanyo PRO-700a, maps, sunglasses, hot co-pilot, the open road

Question

Have you updated via webupdater yet? It may just need the latest software.

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Glenn - Southern MD; SP C330 / Nuvi 750 / Nuvi 265WT

Give tech support a call

If you have the latest firmware and still get a problem try giving Garmin support a call. It sounds to me like you could have a faulty unit. My unit gave me similar problems when it was new but I got a replacement and no problems since. Reception is quick - at most 15 seconds to acquire a signal after having been off overnight.

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"Life is a journey - enjoy the ride!" Garmin nuvi 255

Nuvi 260--Takes a While, but not that long

My nuvi 260 usually takes two or three minutes to get satellites. I'm in a Washington DC suburb without any tall buildings around.

I had read some people raving about the reception of their unit. In my experience, however, I can stand right at a window in my house and not get any reception whatsoever. If I open the window and stick my arm out, the unit will then acquire satellites.

GPSs are great, but they're still in their early stages. In five years, everyone will have them, and we'll grumble when they take more than 15 seconds to pick up satellites. (How many of us cannot imagine using dial-up even though we were OK without 10 years ago?)

And think what they will be

And think what they will be like when my daughter is my age (35, she is 10)

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

And my 260

Waddling J wrote:

My nuvi 260 usually takes two or three minutes to get satellites. I'm in a Washington DC suburb without any tall buildings around.

I had read some people raving about the reception of their unit. In my experience, however, I can stand right at a window in my house and not get any reception whatsoever. If I open the window and stick my arm out, the unit will then acquire satellites.

GPSs are great, but they're still in their early stages. In five years, everyone will have them, and we'll grumble when they take more than 15 seconds to pick up satellites. (How many of us cannot imagine using dial-up even though we were OK without 10 years ago?)

And my 260 gets a signal in lies than a minute just sitting on my desk in the study. As a test, I just powered it up after not using it for a couple of days... got 3 bars in 60 seconds... 4 bars in 1:20, and 5 bars in 1:30.

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Rick - Nüvi 260 - eTrex Summit HC

satilite signal

I use a 660 and turn it on in the family room on the lower floor of my house and get a good signal within about 30 seconds.

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johnm405 660 & MSS&T

Bars

I have a Nuvi 200 and rarely never have bars. Only when it is really foggy or rainy. I did update to the new chipset through webupdater.

will it ever happen to 360,

will it ever happen to 360, anyone knows ??

Yes, It happened to me one time even with reset.

sPik3 wrote:

will it ever happen to 360, anyone knows ??