It takes from eight to thirteen minutes to acquire the satellites. How close is this is common experience? I alwaus have to first answer, are you indoors etc.
But cloud and tree cover increase the time. The longest time for mine has been about the same as yours (on airplanes), but about 2-3 minutes indoors. Outdoors, a minute or two at most. My G510, in-dash unit takes up to 5 to 8 minutes on some days.
Check your surroundings.
Thanks, that info makes me feel I'm doing OK.
Good news/bad news. My first nuvi 370 started acting like that, i.e. taking a long time to find the satellites. It cured itself for awhile but finally died a fast death and wouldn't pick up anything. Always asked me if I was indoors, etc. and had I moved more than xxxx miles since I last used it. As luck (good for a change) would have it, the unit was still under warrenty and I was able to get a new one that has worked good. It takes about 2 minutes outside and, if you can believe this, about 4 minutes looking up through a skylight in my house.
a problem with reception. I'm in San Diego, CA. and receive a signal within 10-15 seconds, every time I use it. Maytbe the little buggers don't fly over your part of the country very often? I set the thing up on my dash, adjust the mirrors, fasten the seat belt, start the car, and by then, I'm good to go! Try that.
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The longest I had to wait for my Nuvi 350 to acquire a lock is around 5 minutes. But it usually takes only from 10 secs to 1 minute depending on location.
my c 330 usally takes less than 1 min to 30 sec. how is the battery working on your gps when my battery went bad and would not hold a charge anymore my gps acted the same way i had to send it back to garmin for a battery replacement.
Like the others, the most it has taken was about 3-5 minutes. If you move your GPSr from a different place then where you cut it off, it takes longer.
i have a nuvi 250 and most it has ever taken me was about 8 min (moved and indoors) but on average it only takes about 2 min to connect to satellite and 4-7 min after it is moved
I have a nuvi 350 and it generally acquires in about 10 seconds or less. If you have moved more than something like 600 miles since you last turned it on it will take a lot longer (10-15 minutes). The only time I had it ask if I was indoors was recently when I was in a parking garage 3 stories underground in a building with 3 stories above ground also. I think it called it right!
Something else... I believe when WASS/EGNOS is enabled, the accuracy is greater, but because there are fewer satellites available with this feature, the time it takes to locate them may also be greater. RT can correct me on this, but it may be something to consider.
when WASS/EGNOS is enabled, the accuracy is greater, but because there are fewer satellites available with this feature, the time it takes to locate them may also be greater
Remember that WAAS/EGNOS doesnt come from the GPS sats, its a ground based correction factor.
Being in waas mode also eats the battery much faster, at least on the c530 it did. I don't have it enabled on the nuvi.
WAAS/EGNOS is land based, but is broadcast through one of only two geostationary satellites, which may be more difficult to locate. What I don't know is whether our GPSs need to talk to these satellites directly, or just the WAAS stations and/or all the other sats do. If it's the WAAS stations, then you're correct, but if our gps units need to locate these geostationary satellites as well, then it will probably take more time to boot up. As Asianfire pointed out, either way it certainly uses more power.
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