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    Does your GPS need to 'warm-up'?

    I find it takes my GPS about 3-5 mintues from a cold boot (from overnight) to get solid locks. However if I shutdown and then restart later it locks right up...


    Does anyone else get this? Why does it need to warm up?
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    Mine usually locks on quickly....
    My deluo gps is always on if the car is on.... so I believe it locks up quickly cause it is at
    the last place it thought it was. I know with my handheld garmin, if you turn it on
    somewhere different from when you last turned it off, it takes awhile to autolocate itself.

    Just my thoughts...
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    GPS typically has some sort of wait for a lock. They have times to lock from a cold start or a hot start. Cold starts typically take longer to obtain a lock. If you are waiting 3-5 minutes from a cold boot, there could be a couple of issues - 1.) your receiver is not in a good location (this is the prime suspect); 2.) your receiver is old or bad.

    Try mounting the receiver in different locations and see what happens. Also get a program (I think its called Cruxview) that will tell you how many satellites you locked on and will give you the raw NMEA input from the receiver. The cruxview program achieves this. The program will let you know what is going on with the commands the receiver is sending to the computer.

    Good Luck.

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    totally off topic but your icon is very disturbing
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    Looks almost like it's out of the Hertzfeld cartoon "Rejected"...

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    Download it... it's off the wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanMan69
    Looks almost like it's out of the Hertzfeld cartoon "Rejected"...

    ..."I'm the queen of France!" <boom-ba-chicka-boom-ba-chicka>

    Download it... it's off the wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falconey
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    Back to the topic.

    I have the ebay GPS mouse, the BU-330. I have never had to wait for a lock, even from a cold boot. By the time my carputer boots up (even from hibernation), I am locked. I've heard it is very fast because there is a samll battery in my receiver that memorizes the last GPS coordinate taken.

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    Hmm, I have the deluo GPS mouse (I think its the same as BU-330??) w/ Routis GPS

    Mount location may be a problem, but as soon as it has warmed up I get a high number of sat lock with high signal. So Im not sure. Like I mentioned a hot start gets me a quick lock, it's only if my PC has been off for hours.

    I do get NMEA info right out the door, I just dont get locks... Hmm, I'll take a look at that app and see what the deal is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by judoGTI
    Hmm, I have the deluo GPS mouse (I think its the same as BU-330??) w/ Routis GPS

    Mount location may be a problem, but as soon as it has warmed up I get a high number of sat lock with high signal. So Im not sure. Like I mentioned a hot start gets me a quick lock, it's only if my PC has been off for hours.

    I do get NMEA info right out the door, I just dont get locks... Hmm, I'll take a look at that app and see what the deal is.
    I've been running into this same problem. It does seem as if it just needs to "warm up" and be restarted. My current theory is that it get's too hot sitting in my dash in the sun, and then might start working after I run my A/C for a bit.

    We'll see. I should also mention that I am using the same GPS mouse.

    Bryan

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