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    My Garmin 1340 continues to say cannot find satellite. Do you have a suggestion how to solve the problem?

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    If you have reasonable reception conditions, that sounds like a GPS hardware problem. Pressing the satellite bar icon in the top LH corner takes you to the satellite page. For comparison, my 1300 routinely gets 8-10 sats each ranging from fair to excellent reception and 6-10 metre accuracy, even under less than perfect conditions (buildings, cloudy etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    If you have reasonable reception conditions, that sounds like a GPS hardware problem. Pressing the satellite bar icon in the top LH corner takes you to the satellite page. For comparison, my 1300 routinely gets 8-10 sats each ranging from fair to excellent reception and 6-10 metre accuracy, even under less than perfect conditions (buildings, cloudy etc).
    But when you trying to catch a satellites after some time of your device non activity, you will wait longer than few seconds. This can last up to few minutes.
    First of all make sure you have a good satellite reception. Maybe you will ned get out from the building, to be sure it's not a hardware problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voyager56 View Post
    But when you trying to catch a satellites after some time of your device non activity, you will wait longer than few seconds. This can last up to few minutes.
    First of all make sure you have a good satellite reception. Maybe you will ned get out from the building, to be sure it's not a hardware problem.
    And you can reduce that wait by telling your unit where you are. Turn off the GPS - (Tools>Settings>System>GPS Simulator to 'On': '(GPS turned off (For use indoors)', then go 'Where To'>Choose your address or something very near to you>Press 'Set Location" & then turn GPS Simulator 'Off' to reactivate the GPS. If you still cannot get a satellite lock in a short time you probably do have a hardware problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    And you can reduce that wait by telling your unit where you are. Turn off the GPS - (Tools>Settings>System>GPS Simulator to 'On': '(GPS turned off (For use indoors)', then go 'Where To'>Choose your address or something very near to you>Press 'Set Location" & then turn GPS Simulator 'Off' to reactivate the GPS. If you still cannot get a satellite lock in a short time you probably do have a hardware problem.
    Good hint. I will try this. But... when I turn on my Nuvi after a long time non using it, the position on map is the same as it was before.

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    Yes, but by using 'set location' i find that the sat lock is much faster. I suppose because the unit then 'remembers' its position as the artificially set location, rather than the last physical location when it was last turned off.

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    After Firmware Change Nuvi 1XXX can take up to 20 Minutes to find a good lock on sats.

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    +100 about 20 Minutes at last time. There is a most worst and brake-est GPS chipset in Garmin on Nuvi 1xxx. Occasionally I think what Nuvi 1xxx is baby of minimalism for world crisis times. The most cheapest body and hardware was genious and relevant!
    Love your wife? Buy yourself a GPS for answering to her favorite question: "Dear, where are you?".

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasilvarsa View Post
    After Firmware Change Nuvi 1XXX can take up to 20 Minutes to find a good lock on sats.
    Yep, and Garmin say up to 30 minutes is normal also after hard reset/clear non-vol.
    Quote Originally Posted by Giomen View Post
    +100 about 20 Minutes at last time. There is a most worst and brake-est GPS chipset in Garmin on Nuvi 1xxx. Occasionally I think what Nuvi 1xxx is baby of minimalism for world crisis times. The most cheapest body and hardware was genious and relevant!
    Wow! Are you Russians still shooting down satellites? 'Coz i'm thinking that you are saying 120 minutes to fix, Giomen. Maybe Australia really is 'The Lucky Country' in more ways than one: I have just hard reset and also cleared non-volatile mem. on my 1300 US (did both for good measure, but after back-up of course), on reboot set locale to United States thinking that might make it harder for sat lock-on here in AU. Had only basemap & preloaded lower 49 in .system, no other maps & no sd. Started TTFF countdown and left nuvi at the edge of my covered patio with a view of less than half the sky. Time to lock on effectively was 10min47sec.

    Repeated the procedure, setting locale to Australia with AU map in sd loaded this time. TTFF was 12min50sec. So much for the Country locale setting helping the fix.... but it could have got more cloudy too i think.

    Did it all again, locale set to Australia (AU default location is hundreds of kilometres from me), quickly disabled GPS, set location to my home address, re-enabled GPS, started TTFF countdown and back to the patio edge....fix in 7mins53sec.
    All very unscientific and nothing really proved i suppose, except that 'small things really do amuse small minds'. :Animated92:

    PS: Jeez! I really hope poor mirbar is getting something out of this, seeing he started it.
    Last edited by Neil; 22nd February 2012 at 02:58.

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    +100 is only about target accuracy of dasilvarsa post

    I am smoker, and if idle time more then 5-6 minutes I pull out next cigarette. That is why I don't love the 1ххх series model especially today. I have a Nuvi models which is more useful for my health. :Animated59:
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