Originally Posted by gpend
1) I said up to 20 minutes. Mine has never taken more that one or two minutes, save for the first time I turned it on (it thought it ws in Taiwan) that took about 15 minutes.
2) I was refering more to long distance travel as in the other side of the planet and or not having the GPS on for several months. Just like turning the GPS on for the first time after having it programmed far away. a normal startup should be between seconds and miuntes.
In short what I was saying was that if your gps takes time starting up, it may just be updating its almanac data, leave it on and out in the open for ~half an hour, see if it helps subsequent startups. if not, then yes, it may need repair.
That is correct. The GPS unit does store the data on what satellites should be in view and depending on the distance between where it was last turned on and where it now is it can take upto 20 minutes to get the new information.
In practice it doesn't normally take this long and the longest I have seen one take is about 10 minutes. This was a sample unit that had been tested at the factory (in Taiwan) and sent to me in the UK. First time I used it it took about 10 minutes to get the initial lock. Next cold start and everyone since then has been under 1 minute.
As mentioned it only normally happens if the GPS unit has moved a significant distance and will only be on the first time it starts up. Units are randomly selected for QC testing (both at the factory, here in the UK and sometimes by the distributor as well) so occasionally a new unit will need to clear its stored information and get the new information when you first get it.
For the freedom unit at least you should just check the orange light on the unit. If it is solid orange and stays solid orange and never changes then you are either in an area that has no satellite signal (ie inside a building) or the unit is not working. To double check make sure the unit is fully charged and give it 20 minutes in open space to update the stored information.
If the Orange light is flashing but your BlackBerry still says there is no satellite signal then it is most likely the issue with the bugged bluetooth control software on the BlackBerry rearing its head (this is often the problem when using GPS units with the BlackBerry).
Take a look at the link below for more information on the BlackBerry Bluetooth bug. Bluetooth Problems with OS after 4.2.0