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03-23-2012, 03:17 PM
I just got a used garmin 5212 and bought a new 17x gps reciever but I can't get it to track any satellites. I googled it and tried to search in the manual but at this point I'm kinda stumped. Everything else works great. I reset the unit to factory setting but that didnt seem to work either. Anyone got any ideas or had this happen before?

03-23-2012, 03:19 PM
Did you connect or ground out the yellow wire on the gps17?

03-24-2012, 10:57 AM
Call up Garmin and they will walk you through troubleshooting on the phone probably will begin by asking if the 5212 recognizes the GPS 17. I'm assuming its NMEA networked and the network has power applied through the power cable to the backbone and then the GPS 17. There is a 3 amp fuse on on that circuit so make sure its OK.

03-24-2012, 12:01 PM
The reason I asked about the yellow wire is it controls whether or not the gps17 turns on. It doesn't matter if you have power to the unit, if that wire isn't either grounded out or connected to the correct wire on the chartplotter the antenna will not power up.

03-24-2012, 04:56 PM
The 5212 screen is not recognizing the antenna at all. It does recognize the sounder though. The antenna is brand new and it is the 17x not the 17. I am pretty sure the 17x is a NMEA 2000 and the 17 is NMEA 0183 and can be rigged to NMEA 2000 by connecting all the small wires to a 2000 plug which would explain the yellow wire Gerg is speaking about. But I'm not 100% on that, I've been through all the cables and didn't see anything out of the ordinary. The power cable for the NMEA 2000 is yellow but it doesn't connect to the antenna directly. Am I crazy and just not seeing it? There is only one cable going from the gps antenna to the backbone. It does appear that the antenna is not powering up though. I'm gonna call Garmin up and ask em what the deal is. I've always had good luck dealing with Garmin but I figured I would ask here first.

03-25-2012, 12:53 AM
Is the NMEA 2000 network done properly? i.e All terminating resistors in place. Ground connected on the yellow NMEA 2000 power cable.

03-25-2012, 05:10 AM
I'm assuming it is done properly but there is a chance we could have missed something. We followed all of the supplied directions and this isn't the first boat I've rigged. Hell, I went through the directions 10 times and disconnected and then reconnected every cable to make sure it was all done right before we started questioning the gps antenna. Although I have no experience with Garmin other than the older 2010 unit which is quite different in my opinion. There is no troubleshooting section at all in the entire manual which is odd I think. The NMEA backbone is also connected to power and my xducer is reading fine. I just can't get the antenna to register on the device list page of the 5212.

03-25-2012, 06:38 AM
If ts a garmin sounder like a gsd, it is using garmin network cables, not n2k. The yellow wire I was referring to is on the nmea 0183 antenna. Is the gps the only device on your n2k backbone (besides the 5212 that is)?

03-25-2012, 06:53 AM
That's what I thought you were talking about Gerg. And yes, the antenna is the only thing I have attached to the backbone. I don't intend to have a very elaborate network. I just needed a good gps and a great sounder. As for the sounder, ya it is separate and runs right to the GSD 24 which runs right to the 5212 so that would explain why it is working fine.

I'm gonna get a buddy of mine to swap out GPS pucks at the end of the cable and try that today. If my puck is bad I can just return it to worst marine and get a new one. If that isn't it then I guess we can start hunting for a ground issue. We'll see. Thanks for the help thus far!!!:thumbsup:

03-26-2012, 06:07 PM
Got it working. It was a faulty backbone connector. It was tricky tracking it down but Garmin was really helpful on the phone.

03-27-2012, 11:50 AM
Glad it was just that and they were able to help you out!

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