Starting last Thursday, my gps has been acting "flakey". It'll see satellites, but can't always (about 95% of the time) get a lock on them.
The main receiver I use is a BU-353 USB receiver. Up until last Thursday, it worked 100% of the time, with no issues whatsoever. The reciever is mounted outside of my truck, horizontally, on one of the mirrors.
I tried plugging in a different BU-353 with the same results. This one is brand new and has only been used about 1 hour. I bought it as a stand-by in case the other died. I also tried a working receiver from Microsoft Streets and Trips - same results. Lastly, I turned on the GPS receiver on my Sprint AirCard. This receiver actually gets the location from the cell towers, not the satellites. Guess what - exactly the same.
So, what could be causing this? It can't be the receiver, because of the 3 others that do the exact same thing, and one of those doesn't even use satellites.
It's always the same thing - it locates the satellites, but can't get a 3-D fix on them. It will on occasion, but it's always short lived.
Any clues whatsoever? This is the 2nd time this has happened and I don't know what I did to fix it the last time. I'm thinking I formatted the computer before it started working correctly.
As for my setup, I use Franson GPSGate to split the signal between 2 different apps (CoPilot and iGuidance). I uninstalled GPSGate and get the same results. I tried XPort - same results. I ran the GPSInfo utility and get the same results, whether direct to the receiver or running through a splitter app.
I'm at my wits end and am about ready to say the hell with this and buy a standalone Garmin 7200.