Waiting for valid GPS signal.

omegaflare
omegaflare Registered Users Posts: 6
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I recently got my TomTom VIA 1505M and everything's updated including the GPS fix. Still, I am unable to get any GPS signal at all. Do I have to move away from my home in order for it to work?

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  • YamFazMan
    YamFazMan UKPosts: 21,480
     Superuser
    Hi
    @omegaflare
    A Drum-roll Soft Start can help.... Hold the ON/OFF Power button in until you hear a Drum-roll sound... Then release the button.... This will reinitialize the device's Operating System, like restarting your PC

    Fully charge the Battery (At least 2 Hours)
    (Preferably using something like a Smartphone Charger + Using the Tomtom USB lead)
    A low battery can cause GPS Satellite fix problems...
    First Plan a route on the device... Now place the device outside with a clear view to the sky
    (I used a 5200 mAh battery power-pack... while waiting for a Satellite lock)
    It can take anything up to 30 Minutes to get the first Satellite Lock
    After the Initial 'First Lock' the device should lock quickly onto the Satellites

    Stay Safe... ATB YFM
  • YamFazMan
    YamFazMan UKPosts: 21,480
     Superuser
    @omegaflare
    Hi again
    If you are still struggling to get a GPS Fix....
    Try....
    I have found with my Car parked on the drive, if I placed the device on the centre of the Car's roof (I used one of those 'Sticky' rubber mats to stop it sliding off the roof)
    The device will obtain it's first GPS Satellite lock more quickly... The metal roof of the Car acts as a ground-plane for the SatNav GPS Antenna and increases the signal strength

    Test... GO 825 Live connected to a 5200 mAh battery power-pack... PND Displaying 'GPS Status Menu'
    (1)... Centre of Car roof (Parked on drive).....
    Signal strength 86% Connected Satellites 9
    (2)... Outside clear view to the sky.....
    Signal strength 61% Connected Satellites 6
    (3)... Indoors 1st floor one metre from window.....
    Signal strength 51% Connected Satellites 4
    (4)... Indoors ground floor one metre from window.....
    Signal strength 41% Connected Satellites 3

    DON'T FORGET... If you're using the cars roof
    Keep an eye on the device, you wouldn't want a family member driving off not knowing it's on the roof or a Thief walking off with your SatNav
    Also, it's a long drop from the Car's roof onto the hard surface of the drive, I doubt a SatNav would survive a fall like that

    Stay Safe... ATB YFM
  • omegaflare
    omegaflare Registered Users Posts: 6
    New Seeker
    I tried going outside and perform a soft and hard reset, didn't work. I have to do it in the car? iPhone connects to GPS just fine here at home :\. Cheap components?
  • omegaflare
    omegaflare Registered Users Posts: 6
    New Seeker
    YamFazMan wrote: »
    Hi
    @omegaflare
    A Drum-roll Soft Start can help.... Hold the ON/OFF Power button in until you hear a Drum-roll sound... Then release the button.... This will reinitialize the device's Operating System, like restarting your PC

    Fully charge the Battery (At least 2 Hours)
    (Preferably using something like a Smartphone Charger + Using the Tomtom USB lead)
    A low battery can cause GPS Satellite fix problems...
    First Plan a route on the device... Now place the device outside with a clear view to the sky
    (I used a 5200 mAh battery power-pack... while waiting for a Satellite lock)
    It can take anything up to 30 Minutes to get the first Satellite Lock
    After the Initial 'First Lock' the device should lock quickly onto the Satellites

    Stay Safe... ATB YFM

    Didn't work, battery's full. I will try the second recommendation by another user here on this thread.
  • omegaflare
    omegaflare Registered Users Posts: 6
    New Seeker
    YamFazMan wrote: »
    @omegaflare
    Hi again
    If you are still struggling to get a GPS Fix....
    Try....
    I have found with my Car parked on the drive, if I placed the device on the centre of the Car's roof (I used one of those 'Sticky' rubber mats to stop it sliding off the roof)
    The device will obtain it's first GPS Satellite lock more quickly... The metal roof of the Car acts as a ground-plane for the SatNav GPS Antenna and increases the signal strength

    Test... GO 825 Live connected to a 5200 mAh battery power-pack... PND Displaying 'GPS Status Menu'
    (1)... Centre of Car roof (Parked on drive).....
    Signal strength 86% Connected Satellites 9
    (2)... Outside clear view to the sky.....
    Signal strength 61% Connected Satellites 6
    (3)... Indoors 1st floor one metre from window.....
    Signal strength 51% Connected Satellites 4
    (4)... Indoors ground floor one metre from window.....
    Signal strength 41% Connected Satellites 3

    DON'T FORGET... If you're using the cars roof
    Keep an eye on the device, you wouldn't want a family member driving off not knowing it's on the roof or a Thief walking off with your SatNav
    Also, it's a long drop from the Car's roof onto the hard surface of the drive, I doubt a SatNav would survive a fall like that

    Stay Safe... ATB YFM

    Issue resolved, all good. Thanks!