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Most new owners of a GPS unit can easily be discouraged by the possibility that a new GPS unit may take over a half hour to come up with a position after it is first powered up.
If you power it up within 25 miles of it's last position, a fix is normally found pretty fast, under a minute or two by most units that store it after power down and run their own onboard clock, but if you take a flight cross country, and power it up, it's gonna be a while.
All of these units are going to have an initialization screen that will allow the user to reset the current approximate position when you know the unit so work with the unit and you will get the most out of this great technology.