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    Crap gps signal on delorm eathmate

    Anyone else have this issue? i have the delorm Earthmate up fron of the car on the dash and it takes forever to get a lock, I am using the software from delorms website that gives serial data out on a virtual serial port and eventually it may get a fix but more often than not it cant.

    do i have a bad unit or are these notoriously bad?

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    throw it in the garbage. trust me I had the delorme lt 20 and did everything possible to try and get it to work better.


    It's crap.


    buy a pharos that comes with microsoft street or other newest sirf III chip gps recievers and you can place it UNDER the dash and it works every time!!!

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    The LT20 is a POJ. The regular delorme USB is a good one (now they sell a pro). I have 2 of them and work perfectly inside/under the plastic dash of the Matrix. I can get an instant lock when it sit on top of the Supra dash. Put it outside the car to see how fast it get a lock vs inside the windshield. Some car's windshield had heater inside which can block signal.
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    Is this the Earthmate usb that is the good one?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll....cWAT.m240.lVI
    I have one already and I broke the cord.(Beyond repair)
    I was going to get another one so I would 2 units and 1 cord.

    Opinion?

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    That one is the same one I have.
    Do you still have the old receiver and the connector to the receiver? If you do, may be you can convert it to serial. There is a thread about conversion posted by Rando.
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    RoadRunner is the best FE PERIOD
    EmoRebellion is a SCAMMER

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    Yea thats the one, but why would I want to convert it to serial? There is virtual serial emulator on their website if needed.
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    Some PC has problem with usb wakeup after hibernate. If your PC has no problem with hibernate, there is no reason to.
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    I had an Earthmate for a while (friend gave it to me). I recently replaced it with a BU-353 and the difference is amazing. As soon as the PC is done reawakening from hibernation, it's got a lock, more accurate fixes (my GPS trail actually follows the roads in S&T now), and I even keep my fix as I drive into my employer's parking garage. Pretty cool I think.

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