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Re: Waiting for a Valid GPS signal

Before assuming there is a hardware problem and shipping the gps off for replacement, perform a full uninstall and reinstall of the software in the gps. Here are the steps


First: make a backup of the contents of the gps using windows explorer. Per this link.

Second: check the flash memory in the gps to make sure there are no errors.

Third: If the memory has no errors or they were repaired by the check disk utility you just ran, uninstall the software on the gps and reinstall it.

Note: when reinstalling the gps software you may have to perform up to three updates to get everything installed. The  gps may not work correctly until all the updates are installed. Be sure to restart Home and the gps between each update. If the gps won't connect to the computer normally just reset the gps with it connected to the computer. The gps should automatically try to connect to the pc.

Forth: If the gps is working now, there are a few misc files like startup / shutdown screens that you can copy back to the gps from the backup copynyou made. Here is a list of those files. Just use windows explorer to copy them from the main directory of the backup to the main directory in the gps. Do worry if you do not find all these files are not on your backup. Not all gps models have all these files.

 1. antitheftw.bmp   (this may have the named antitheft.bmp)
 2. autorun.inf
 3. splashw.bmp      (this may have the named splash.bmp)
 4. suspendw.bmp     (this may have the named suspend.bmp)
 5. tomtom.ico

If everything is working ok now we recommend making a final backup of your gps. That way if something happens in the future all you have to do is delete everything on the gps and copy the backup to the gps and you are done.

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