No satelites on GPS - what is the problem ?

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by AA7EJ, Aug 8, 2019.

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  1. AA7EJ

    AA7EJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    This post is NOT amateur radio related.
    You have a choice to ignore it and / or complain to the management.

    My trusty and very old handheld GPS quit receiving satellites - last week on a road trip!
    After recharging battery on my "spare" - same brand - I get same results.
    Indoor and outdoor - no satellites, not a single bird!

    Since the box runs on Windoze I did try WINE to access it and WINE did not budge.

    I am seeking opinions from current users of ancient TomTom handheld GPS ( NO advertisement intended !) experiencing similar / same problems with SAME brand of GPS.

    My next step is to run genuine Windoze to find out what is happening to my GPS.

    73 Shirley
  2. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    All the satellites have put you on 'ignore'.
    KE8FGB, WA4SIX, KA9JLM and 1 other person like this.
  3. KC8RLU

    KC8RLU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Try doing a factory reset on the Tom Tom. BUT before you do that, see about backing up any "Way-points" or other data you have stored inside the Tom Tom, so you can re-sync them later. It hurts me to see people cry because they didn't back up important stuff. (Not sure if Tom Tom calls them "Way-points" like Garmin does on their GPS-es.)


  4. AA7EJ

    AA7EJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Embarrassing update
    The "spare" works fine OUTDOORS, not on my "test bench" in my man's cave.!
    Did hardware reset on both, not too concerned about loosing data, just to make it play.
    Same results - one works fine OUTDOORS, the other is kaput.
    The bad one has some Bluetooth setting, so far my PC does not detect it.
    Time to learn using Bluetooth Manager.
  5. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    A Tom Tom is not very useful these days.

    A Android phone works a lot better.

    In the day a Tom Tom was the bomb.
  6. WA4SIX

    WA4SIX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bwahahaha !!!!

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  7. KE8FGB

    KE8FGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    As is often the case with GPS signals: It doesn't take a lot between you and the sky to drop the signal coming from the satellites. I typically get 5 to 6 satellites on my HT indoors, but I can easily get 8 if I'm outside.

    In addition, it could be that the GPS has forgotten the satellite locations which it needs in order to calculate your location. Letting it sit outside for 15-20min will let it redownload from the satellites the information, at which point it can get a fix again.
  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

  9. WC5P

    WC5P Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Price sure has jumped up on truck and automotive GPS products lately. $$$$
  10. VE3ZYR

    VE3ZYR Ham Member QRZ Page

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