06-04-2016 -> 15-03-2017
(not 100%, but still)
FOUND THE PROBLEM: the Quintezz Dashcam! I had bought the webcam just before the
first trip in our new car and started using it halfway down in France. Exactly
when the navigation problems started (with 20/20 hindsight, everything is
The webcam is connected to the 12 volt outlet and starts everytime the car
starts. Sometimes, I take it out of the outlet completely. Today was one of
those times. We drove of with the GPS seeing lots of satellites (6-9). At a
trafficlight, I took the webcam out and hooked it up, then drove off. Within a
minute after that, the GPS had lost all its satellites.
After some experimenting, it turns out that
Apparently the Quintezz dashcam creates a lot of radio noise and hanging it just
over the GPS antenna (which is buried in the dashboard directly under the
mirror) disables the GPS navigation. Hanging the dashcam to the side fixes it.
- Within a minute of turing the Quintezz on, the GPS is lost.
- Within two minutes of turning the dashcam off, the GPS has a fix on 9
satellites (the weather is relatively good today. Lots of blue sky)
- Moving the dashcam from just right of the mirror and close to the roof to
the rightmost position, about halfway up the windscreen, has no negative effect
on the GPS fix.
The GPS antenna was replaced. This improved things a little bit, but it still
loses its fix. The number of 'fixed' satellites (the ones in red) fluctuates
between 0 and 4.
The dealer updated the software of my car and checked the wiring of the MMMC for
loose connections. We had hoped the new software would improve the situation,
but again, the thing just wouldn't get a gps fix (some of the time. It usually
loses its fix just when thing gets interesting).
(14-06-2014 - 21-09-2014)|
SOLVED - GPS failure on my new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The tomtom is sitting
in the parking lot of the Novotel hotel in Laxou, while the navigation is
frollicking around in the fields just outside Nancy.
My advice: don't rely on the built-in navigation. It tends to forget where it is
after a few hours driving (actually, it can't get a fix on the GPS signal. In
the photo it says it can see four satellites, but it refuses to recalibrate its
Annoyingly, this happened a number of times and always when directions were
Outlander: 48 40'49" N, 6 07'32" E
Tomtom: 48 41' 43" N, 6 07' 28" E
TakeSixx, de fantastische nieuwe homepage
van de band Take Sixx.
Fixing network troubles with iSCSI server / client
on my laptop (network assignments).
Not using eth0 solves addressing conflicts, but how do you rewire to a virtual
Hey look, Gimp made a hand disappear! (And
some spots ..err.. dirt on the lens).
Funny how the reflection of the light makes it seem as though I have grey hair..
Installing a virtual SAN server in my Slackware laptop.
This is a spin-off of my multi-year project to get a
2 node Oracle RAC database installed.
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Mededeling voor het algemeen nut: Leen geen geld uit aan Nathalie Spoor te
Westervoort; je krijgt het namelijk niet terug.