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    i have the same problem. the light flashes a few times and goes out. wondering if it is the windshield. also i cant find it in device manager. just how waterproof is the receiver anyway?

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    ok, first off, what software are you useing?

    if delorme, then download the magnetic declanation update:

    http://update.delorme.com/

    if not... im lost.
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    ok, the magnetic declination update has nothing to do with the gps not getting a fix. it is only to update the map database for searches.

    for your gps receiver it sounds like you have one of those vehicles that blocks uv rays. your windshield has metal flakes and the receiver has very difficult time getting a fix.

    the only solution is to try the rear window and if that doesn't work then you will have to go a different receiver than can penatrate the windshield. there out there.

    also delorme has a serial emulation software that may help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inniss777
    the only solution is to try the rear window and if that doesn't work then you will have to go a different receiver than can penatrate the windshield. there out there.

    also delorme has a serial emulation software that may help.

    Sorry, receivers do not penetrate anything. Only transmissions can penetrate things.

    I believe your issue is some sort of coating on the windshield, or perhaps interference from soemthing near the dash. Could even be your engine, or your AC motor, or something like that. Try the back window and see if that helps.

    A different reciever might work (not cause it penetrates thogh) if it has a more sensitive receiver. There are some out there, but I have a feeling that moving your receiver to the back window may work. If not, you know it works on the roof.

    The emulation software won't help, it is a matter of the receiver getting the signal. The emulator won't help the receiver.

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    i have an earthmate with street atlas that came with it. i just tried it agagin and it wont get a fix or show up in device manager. i had a rand mcnally receiver that did work but that was serial and i wanted to go with the usb receiver. app was streets and trips and it work fine through the windshield. might have to go back. and...i put the earthmate receiver outside the car and waited for quite awhile and no go. when i plug it in i get a flashing red light for about 3 or 4 times and then it goes out.

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    Sorry, receivers do not penetrate anything. Only transmissions can penetrate things.
    The receivers consist of the chipset. Some chipsets will penatrate the coated winshields that block uv rays and electro-magnetic signals.

    We'll look at indoor use on page 6, but let's start by looking at how the various chipsets behave when used in vehicles equipped with "coated windshields", which is the case for most cars with automatic A/C systems in Europe. These windshields are designed to reduce the heat inside a vehicle by blocking electro-magnetic signals (that includes GPS). For instance, Renault reckons that by using 15 to 20 layers of metal particles (silver and titanium) representing a total thickness of 50 microns, the temperature of the dashboard can be reduced by 20 degrees celsius with strong sun and as a result A/C power by 10%. While this certainly helps with power savings, it's a problem for GPS as the signals get completely blocked out and GPS use generally requires an external or re-radiating antenna (examples here). Let's see how the current generation of GPS receivers fares.
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    Quote Originally Posted by albysure
    i have an earthmate with street atlas that came with it. i just tried it agagin and it wont get a fix or show up in device manager. i had a rand mcnally receiver that did work but that was serial and i wanted to go with the usb receiver. app was streets and trips and it work fine through the windshield. might have to go back. and...i put the earthmate receiver outside the car and waited for quite awhile and no go. when i plug it in i get a flashing red light for about 3 or 4 times and then it goes out.

    The fact that the LED goes out might indicate that the receiver is not working. to find out what the flashing, then dying LED means.

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    DUH!!!!!!!

    since i've been a member here for almost 6 years now lets just ASSume i already tried the manual. and...the manual i have doesn't cover the receiver, only software

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    Did you say your gps mouse plugged into a usb hub?

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    Quote Originally Posted by inniss777
    The receivers consist of the chipset. Some chipsets will penatrate the coated winshields that block uv rays and electro-magnetic signals.



    For more info on this click here.

    Chipsets, and receivers do not penetrate anything. Do your ears penetrate the wall with sound. No. Your ears are the receiver, and the sound are waves, just as GPS signals are waves, generated by the GPS sats, like the noise maker. Your choices are to make the sound stronger (ie. louder), which we can't do because we can't control the Sats, or make your ears more sensitive (good hearing), using a better receiver or chipset.

    Your quote proves nothing about receiver penetrating anything.

    This is a major distinction because people actually think that the GPS RECIEVER that people use send some sort of signal to the satelites. It does not. Receivers are passive, not active.

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