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mort66
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:30 pm    Post subject: rds- tmc traffic receiver Reply with quote

hi, got one of these the weekend and plugged it in. does anything have to come up on the screen to let you know its working ?. the box said plug in while tomtom is off then switch on which i have done. i have got the latest version on my tomtom so it should work. any help please
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should get an orange rotating ball top right when the device is scanning, a green solid ball top right when it has achieved a signal it can use, if neither are present please make sure you have pushed the connector fully home in the socket as they can be rather tight. What device and what version of software have you got installed - Mike
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

version 7.162 its a 910
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make sure the RDS connector is fully home in its socket and the 910 is seated on its car docking shoe correctly - give the RDS connecter a really good push though - it needs it - Mike
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it looks like i have got the old tmc receiver, are they bad ?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mort66 wrote:
it looks like i have got the old tmc receiver, are they bad ?


It really depends in your area as i have the old type and i would not change it but others say they get a poor reception or none at all.

Did you get it working mort66
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mort66 wrote:
it looks like i have got the old tmc receiver, are they bad ?
Not really, they simply don't work very well at all in the UK, give TomTom a ring on 0845 161 0009 and arrange for a replacement, the newer device will have a part number ending .013 - have you got the Orange rotating ball top right yet though? - Mike
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not had any light on all day. will tomtom change this ?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are not getting a small green light or a rotating orange light in the top right hand corner then as Mike said make sure you have pushed the reciever plug right in to the dock and make sure the unit is in the dock correctly. You should also get a text alert when you connect the dock like (RDS-TMC traffic reciever is connected in the top corner also but for about 2 seconds. You should get the lights no matter what reciever you have so check the plug again.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks to you for your help, got orange ball searching. i live in a bit of a dip so signal may be crap but am driving from westmidlands to wiltshire in the morning so will see what happens on the way and let you all know. many thanks wayne.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

went from midlands to wiltshire orange ball was going round until i got to swindon then turned green and it worked then after 5mins went to orange again spinning again and spun all the way home. is that how it should work or green all the time. wife phoned halfords and they said thats how it should be ???????????
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mort66 wrote:
went from midlands to wiltshire orange ball was going round until i got to swindon then turned green and it worked then after 5mins went to orange again spinning again and spun all the way home. is that how it should work or green all the time. wife phoned halfords and they said thats how it should be ???????????


That's what they would say Twisted Evil

With internal aerial this is typical of the sort of (lack of) reeption that you can have. Without resorting to connection to an external aerial - try different locations/orientations of the aerial wire - you may get better results. Connection to your car aerial (search these lists for details - there are lots!) will generally improve things substantially.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Mike Alder has already said, make sure you have the latest version of the receiver (a little ticket on the cable should have a V number ending in 013 on it). If you haven't, get on to Tom Tom and get them to arrange an upgrade. The earlier uniots are completely useless.

Once you have the correct cable, you should get a green circle most of the time UNLESS, like me, you have an athermic windscreen which will completely stuff the signal.

I have resorted to routing my cable out through the door seal and have tied it to my roof rail. I get a stonking signal about 90% of the time! ( I also get a few drips of water leaking into the car down the cable when it rains, but you can't have everything!!)
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