TomTom sat-navs borked by leap year bug

TomTom gadgets worldwide appear to be affected by a bug in the GPS receiver's software. TomTom is working on a solution, but says resetting your device temporarily resolves the issue.

TomTom sat-nav
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TomTom sat-navs have been struck down by a "leap year" bug that sees the road-navigating gadgets failing to find their location.

In a statement on its support site, TomTom says the problem is caused by a bug in the GPS receiver's software that has left some devices unable to obtain a GPS position since March 31.

"We are working hard on a permanent solution that we will make available on our website as a downloadable software fix," TomTom assures. The company says a "limited number of models" are suffering from the glitch, so let us know in the comments below if your TomTom is borked.

Symptoms could include a gray screen, or a notice that reads, "Waiting for a valid GPS signal..." or "Poor GPS signal..."

Read more of " TomTom sat-navs broken by 'leap year' bug " at Crave UK.

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