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Old 04-16-2010, 09:12 PM   #1
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Garmin 478 and aquiring satellites

i just purchased a refurbished garmin 478 from an ebay store a couple weeks ago. just wondering if it taking 5 to 7 minutes to aquire satellites each time i turn the gps on is normal??? i think i read somewhere in the manual that it may take longer to aquire satellites if you haven't turned the gps on in a while. but when i ride to work in at 630am and then turn the gps on at 5pm, it doesn't save the time (would say its like 11am or 12pm) and takes over 5 minutes to aquire. that to me is not a long time...weeks or maybe months i would understand but not being able to in the same day???
i know when my father in law turns his zumo 550 on, it immediately gets a signal/aquires satellites.
is this right?
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Old 04-17-2010, 06:07 AM   #2
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is this right?
No.

I'd be checking with the folks who sold it to you. Doesn't sound like a Garmin Refurb. If it was, the internal battery which powers the memory would be fresh and holding the time and setup info.

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Old 04-17-2010, 12:53 PM   #3
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it was sold to me by gps4us as a refurbished unit with a garmin 1 year warranty. i'm going to give them a call then a call to garmin. my guess is they never changed the internal battery.
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Old 04-18-2010, 05:22 AM   #4
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you should have a 1yr warranty on your GPS, i picked one of those 478's from GPS4us as well. i called garmin to ask about warranty, and they said as long as you have the ebay receipt and that it shows it was a "Buy it now" auction, you should be good.

i've also read elsewhere that plugging in the GPS overnight might cure the problem. if you take many short trips where the internal battery doesn't have enough time to recharge may cause that problem....

let us know the outcome of your dealings with Garmin.
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:02 AM   #5
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i just drained the battery down last night and i just hooked it up to the charger. i'm assuming it will take a few hours to fully charge up.
anyone know if the internal battery comes charged from factory? or for refurb units? i know that the main battery that came with the unit was fully charged when i got it.
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:55 AM   #6
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after i charged up the 478, i turned it on and left it outside for about an hour. it seemed to pick the satellites up quick but i wanted to see if it kept the time. at 4pm, i turned the unit off and this morning when i turned it back on (6am), the clock read 10:30 pm. so it seems that the internal clock can only keep the time for about 6 hours or so. i'm going to check and see what time the clock reads when i go back out to the bike later.
now i'm just waiting for the receipt from the ebay seller so i can contact garmin.
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