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Holux GPSlim GR-236 Review
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Mikeact
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No...I think what Darren means is what happens in my car. It's plugged in the power socket in the boot...switched ON. When I turn the ignition ON, then the little green light comes to say that it's charging/receiving 12 volt power. When I turn the ignition off, or in my case...a Honda..remove the key...then the little green light goes off, but the little blue/bluetooth light and little yellow sat receiver light are both still ON and active....so my TT sat nav reception on my PDA is always ON, unless I close the program of course. Confused even further !! ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been using Holux GPSlim236 for two months, and I have got mixed experiences with it. The cold start sometimes takes about 20 minutes, and I don't understand why. I assumed that my gps receiver has some contact error, so I went back to the store and changed it to another one. The problem is exactly the same. In most cases the coldstart takes 2 minutes, (which is much longer than written in manual ~42 sec), and sometimes it even takes more than 20 minutes. Is it a firmware problem? If so, how can I upgrade my Holux firmware? Could anybody help me?

// I borowed a Royal-Tek - BT GPS X-mini SiRF III receiver from my friend, and coldstart is fast enough.//
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Try looking through this thread.

Sorry it's rather long, but much depends on the serial number and from who you bought the 236.

Cheers, Alan.
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engiman
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks AllyCat.

Unfortunatelly it seems that my receiver is shipped a newer software, my serial is starts with 236-6110.. and the old one is also started with 236-6110.. but the problem with cold start is still exists.

I am very unsatisfied with this receiver, I called the reseller, they promised me to examine this problem, and I don't know what to do next.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:40 am    Post subject: HOLUX GR 236 WARNING FOR POTENTIAL BUYERS!! Reply with quote

Dear Nick,

I have just bought this GPS receiver and wow what a waste off money. The receiver does not get a fix most of the times, battery life is poor, there has been no response from Holux support from the numerous e-mails sent and after reading your comments, Holux really need a relaity check in relation to the garbage they sell. Mine is adorning my garbage bin now which is where it belongs!!

Cheers

HOLUX UK Tech wrote:
Hi NickG

Wow! Your post makes for very interesting reading!

May we be so bold as to make a suggestion:

Instead of procrastinating why don't you share with everybody else your obviously vast experience about this subject and write a review yourself?

We would be especially interested in your scientific analysis of how a SiRF II receiver can outperform a SiRF III one.

We look forward to reading your wisdom. Oh and by the way, we're sorry we can't provide you with a GR-236 because that would be biasing your opinion!

Warmest regards,

The HOLUX UK Technical Support Team.

Tel: 0870 321 5929 x53
web: www.holux.co.uk

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:04 am    Post subject: Re: HOLUX GR 236 WARNING FOR POTENTIAL BUYERS!! Reply with quote

oznav wrote:
The receiver does not get a fix most of the times, battery life is poor


Welcome

Rather than binning an expensive piece of kit, I would try a few things first:

1. Check that you have the latest firmware from Holux

2. Phone Holux technical support

3. Return it to the retailer for a replacement/refund if it is still faulty

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine is magic..a direct import from the Far East...amazing little beast !
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i`m on my second one of these little fellas- the first was whiped of my dashboard by a gust of wind- i turned my head just in time to see it fragmenting on the motorway.

Anyway it was so good i went out and bought another - it alwaysgets me a position in under 6 seconds - i just wish it was a bit more ...sticky. 8)
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

euro_spanner wrote:
- i just wish it was a bit more ...sticky
Get a small length of self adhesive Velcro, put the claw side of the velco on the dash and the hooks part on the bottom of the 236, once positioned it will not skate around, otherwise try using it in a door pocket my 236 seems quite happy to pick up a signal anywhere in the car - Mike
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