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    earthmate wont lock onto satellite

    just got the new usb earthmate (bright yellow one)

    im using the test too included with their drivers
    i get data sent and it tries to lock but never does
    i let it sit there for a good 15 minutes and nothing

    i initialized it with the correct state, the correct time and had it auto detect

    i also have the unit pointed right out my window to the sky (im just testing right now before i put the computer in the car)

    i plan on calling delorme tomorrow but maybe i can avoid that

    any help is appreciated

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    Are you trying to use it with SA2003? or another app? I know when I first got it, I didn't set anything up, I simply pulled the carpc from the car, installed sa2003, and threw the gps out of the (second story ) window and went off and ate dinner . By the time I came back, it had figured out a 2-d lock on its own.
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    are you testing it in your house? it won't work indoors... it's gotta be outside!
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    Additionally the first time that you use a GPS it'll take 15 or so minutes to obtain a lock, provided that you have a clear view of the sky. From my window I'm lucky if I can get 4 sats, normally not even that. Try it outdoors for a while first, and report back.
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    im trying it from my house but pointing it out my window as shown here:


    i usually find two satellites that alternate

    i cant try it outside since i have no computer to use it outside

    after about 3 minutes i get this:


    but im 15 minutes in now and still no lock


    edit: after about 25 minutes i got 2d fix
    3 satellites turned green
    about a minute later i lost one of the satellites and lost fix

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    do you have a laptop or carputer? it would really be best to be out in the open.. it will be hard with the shielding of the building.
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    Originally posted by ShinkunoNamida
    do you have a laptop or carputer? it would really be best to be out in the open.. it will be hard with the shielding of the building.
    just a desktop PC, no laptop
    i dont see how having it in my car would be any better
    the thing is right outside my window and pointed directly at the sky
    it should simulate exactly what its like for the unit to be in the back window of the car (or so I think)

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    well even though it's dangling out your window.. it is still very close to the building... how much further up does it go?

    it can only get a lock on satellites in it's view.. if you were in downtown manahattan you'd probably have a lot of trouble in many neighborhoods. (if not most (if not all))
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    threw the thing out onto my roof and got a lock in about 7 seconds
    very happy
    got it to work with sa2003
    it doesnt get the exact position though, it thinks im further down the street than i really am

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    I'd bet that it is much more likely that sa2003 is incorrect, your GPS will have the exact co-ordinates to within a dozen feet or so.

    Strange, everywhere that I have gone it's 100% accurate.

    Glad that it works though. How many sats did it lock on to when on the roof?
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