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  • Why does GPS suck so much?!

    I have a Delorme Earthmate GPS unit with Street Atlas 7.0 and I can never get the GPS to link up with satellites. When it eventually does link up (After several tries and sometimes almost an hour) it loses the link with the satellite!!! If i get Street atlast 8.0, will my my GPS link quicker and become more reliable or maybe there is a firmware upgrade I can get? If those dont work then ill sell the unit on Ebay and hate myself for buying trash. I guess you get what you pay for..
    -=Heedunk=-
    '99 Civic Si
    Electron Blue

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    New software will not help. You can't link up to satellites because your GPS receiver can't lock onto a signal.

    Try moving the GPS unit unit around in the car. Or better yet, set the GPS unit outside your car and see if it locks on any faster. Staying stationary also helps satellites lock on faster.

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    • #3
      ive tried using the gps outside of the car while staying stationary.. doesnt seem to help. hmmm.. could the problem be the location i am at? I dont think that would be problem seeing how GPS was meant to be used in high elevations and stuff in the first place..
      -=Heedunk=-
      '99 Civic Si
      Electron Blue

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      • #4
        lol....i believe i could have told you to find the closest trash can and dump that GPS into it. Get your self a REAL gps and u wont have these problems anymore. Get one of those RandMcnally gps. When i started out with the GPS stuff, i had an earthmate that WILL never look onto the satelite for reasons unknow. and when it does lock on, it works fine, but the minute you loose signal u are screwed.
        abcd-1
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        • #5
          the randymcnally gps is only $100. I only paid $100 for my Delorme. which gps are you talking about that is good?
          -=Heedunk=-
          '99 Civic Si
          Electron Blue

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          • #6
            I have the earthmate gps via usb w/ street atlas 8.0 with absolutely no problems. It finds the satellites within seconds.

            First, makes sure your computer time is correct with the world. It will be easier for the gps to know which satellites are in the viewing area...wrong time, wrong satellites, longer delay.

            On a side note, my gps is locate inside my trunk and it's still capable of picking it up easily.

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            • #7
              wtf. ill double check the time. but you guys are sure that software wont make my gps lock better?
              -=Heedunk=-
              '99 Civic Si
              Electron Blue

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              • #8
                I've used SA 7.0 first and it did work but most of my problems were in the GPS unit itself. If you are using batteries, if they are low, it won't work as good.

                They came out with a serial->usb adapter that powers the gps unit for use without the batteries. There is also the cig ligher adapter too that will do the same.

                If you use batteries, I would suggest to wire it to the car so it has full power all of the time.

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                • #9
                  well.. i just replaced the unit with fresh batteries.. im just testing the unit to see if it links up.. im not actually really using it yet.. i checked the time settings and they are accurate.. damn, maybe i should maybe get another unit?
                  -=Heedunk=-
                  '99 Civic Si
                  Electron Blue

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                  • #10
                    It doesn't really matter what software you run. The GPS machines produce an output that the software converts to the map coordinates.

                    It is the receiver that is the problem.

                    I use a Garmin 35 receiver, it outputs to a standard serial plug, requires 5 or 12volts (depending on model). Receives 12 satellites (12 channel).

                    The only time it momentarily loses a signal is when I am parked under the metal roof of a gas station, it links up within seconds of me moving out from under.

                    But it costs more than $50 or $100. So you get what you pay for.
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                    • #11
                      Make sure that the clock on your machine is acurate as well as the timezone. I had a problem getting satellite's in 7.0 and was the problem. It was looking for the wrong satellites.

                      John
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                      • #12
                        uggh I dont care anymore since I just realized how ****ty the display is on a composite lcd screen.
                        -=Heedunk=-
                        '99 Civic Si
                        Electron Blue

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