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  1. #1
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    Aug 2009

    Default C50 and Video Camera Interference

    I've been running the C50 for months now and it usually locks onto satellites fairly quick and remains locked. I purchased a new Kodak Zi8 video camera and use the supplied power cable going into the cigarette lighter instead of the batteries. If the power cord is powered up and plugged into the camera, the C50 cannot track satellites. With the camera plugged into the cigarette lighter outlet (and powered up), I reset the C50 and even after five minutes, it was unable to obtain satellite lock. As soon as the camera is unplugged, it locks in less than a minute.

    I also tried another car dvr camera system that plugs into the lighter outlet and the C50 is unable to lock satellites with that one as well until it's unplugged and powered down. I attempted to try this with a Garmin Zumo (Nuvi) and it appears to have a full strength signal even with both cameras connected to the lighter outlet.

    It seems like it's definately some kind of interference when using a camera but can't tell if it's something screwing up the incoming 12 volts to the C50 or something emitted from the cameras.

  2. #2
    Yoda of Radar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005

    Default Re: C50 and Video Camera Interference

    Well sounds easy enough to troubleshoot for me:

    1)Is the C50 plugged into the Cig-outlet as well (with all the other electronics).

    2) When the cameras run on batteries, does the C50 gain sat reception quickly?

    3) Can you run the nuvi and the C50 together and will you get sat reception?

    4) How far are the camera power-cords from the C50?

    5) How far is the Camera from the C50?

    6) Have you tried moving the camera as far as possible from the C50? Does the issue still occur? ie: Leave the C50 where it is, plug the camera in, an hold the camera out your window for 2-3minutes (in your drive-way with the car off mind you)... does the C50 gain sat reception?

    ETC... we need more details, I am willing to guess this will be an easy fix...



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