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Old 05-03-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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I have a TomTom GPS and have had it since last fall. It used to work fine, but lately it cuts out. It seems it cannot find a GPS signal sometimes and then naturally it doesn't work at all, even if I reset it. I don't know much about this kind of technology. I would like to know what I can do to fix this or is it now a lemon and I need to buy a new one? TIA!
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:48 PM
 
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I use to sell GPS so i know a little bit about them.
It could be overcast(clouds) that block the gps signal.
It can take up to 10 minutes to find a signal sometimes.
I would go to tomtom's website and see if there is a driver update for your model
You may have to manually reset your device to factory settings, You can find out how to do this on the website.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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I use to sell GPS so i know a little bit about them.
It could be overcast(clouds) that block the gps signal.
It can take up to 10 minutes to find a signal sometimes.
I would go to tomtom's website and see if there is a driver update for your model
You may have to manually reset your device to factory settings, You can find out how to do this on the website.
Thank you! Will do!
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: on Earth
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Originally Posted by skel1977 View Post
I use to sell GPS so i know a little bit about them.
It could be overcast(clouds) that block the gps signal.
It can take up to 10 minutes to find a signal sometimes.
I would go to tomtom's website and see if there is a driver update for your model
You may have to manually reset your device to factory settings, You can find out how to do this on the website.
I sometimes have the same problem as the OP. The thing (Garmin) used to find satellite signals right away. Now, sometimes, it can take awhile. I've found that shutting it off, then turning it back on, has resulted in it finding satellite signals right away.

As to just how long it takes, ya know, I'm not sure. The next time it happens, I'll let it search at least 10 minutes. Thanks for the info.
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