Vibrant GPS fix - good news for us?


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  1. alphadog00

    alphadog00 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Over on XDA, they are playing with a new Vibrant release (pre-release) that many are claiming fixes GPS. This is a September build; the latest captivate build is still from August.

    They are saying Google Maps and NAV work while driving with perfect reroutes and location.

    Let's hope we see a similar things for the captivate soon.

    [ROM] New Vibrant firmware T-959UVJI2. come and get it - xda-developers
     

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    mttfrog13 Well-Known Member

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    alphadog00 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Alphadog a simple search would have showed you a discussion already in progress for the google update with some claiming GPS fix.
     
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    Not sure why you bothered to say that. He was informing us, not asking a question. At least, that what I see in his post now. :p

    My summary of what I've read on the Vibrant thread re: GPS.
     
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    alphadog00 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Yep, I was informing not searching - no other post on this forum abou the new ROM i referenced.....

    But thanks for letting me know about Google. I was still using Archie.
     
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    hahaha


    Yeah I heard it was working but people have not done enough track tests yet on the captivate. It is possible to push the vibrant gps files over to captivate. Those who have done it say they get a fast and decently accurate lock
     
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    james27007 Look into my Eye VIP Member

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    I am personally running the JH7 and the "files" from the vibrant fix and can say it is better but NOT FIXED. I get 3-5 sat's in 5-10 seconds and a lock of 80 feet withon 30-45 seconds, however that does not stick. Yesterday while driving around, data, cell location and phone was off, only GPS. I would competly loose signal (or my gps location) every 5-10 minutes and it would take 30-45 seconds to relock). When it was locked, it was dead on, but not being constant is useless for now...
     
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    alphadog00 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Let's clarify a bit - The Vibrant fix is reported to work on a vibrant phone running the Vibrant ROM.

    No one has suggested that ripping a few files out of the Vibrant ROM would be a full fix. There are many differences between ROMs that are not understood. These "files" were just a best guess attempt at what may be the main GPS components.

    Testing has revealed that there are kernel differences around GPS that have still not been accounted for.

    Hopefully the next Captivate release will have the this GPS fix in a full Captivate package.
     
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    james27007 Look into my Eye VIP Member

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    I understand that; I was not saying this is a fix for the Captivate; I was just sharing information for the others watching this. I do apologize if my post was misleading and needed claitification. Thank you for the input so others will not be confused and think it is a fix :eek:

    Actually it was suggested, there is an active thread over at XDA where people are doing just this; but just like you said, there is a lot more to this puzzle that needs to be fixed before a true GPS fix is available.
     
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    For a while my GPS didnt work. I just changed my settings(not stock and still not stock) and I have quick lock on GPS!!!!

    I got 10 satelites in about 10 seconds or so, 5 in use. It was about 5 meters off! Awesome!

    My setup is everything stock, except...

    Operation Mode- MS Based
    Skyhook - ON
    Server- supl.google.com
    Port- 7276
    SUPL Secure Socket- OFF

    I am sooooo happy I can use my GPS and google maps accurately and MUCH faster!

    Hope this helps someone!
     
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    The bottom line is it's outstanding news. I think the fix is likely driver related, plus the phone specific implementation to utilize the new driver/libs/conf specifications. Pushing the package over to the Captivate might provide some improvements to the common interfaces, but they may have exposed some new properties/etc., that "fix" the issue.

    If nothing else - and assuming the hardware implementation is the same - this suggests the problem can be fixed (or the performance greatly enhanced) at the software level.
     
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    Hey Guys.. I think I'm not alone here with GPS issue, but mine seems to doesn't work most of the time. My wife has an iphone and on her phone GPS location works like a charm even inside the house.

    anyone know about any tricky to make GPS work on Samsung? I called ATT today and rep. told me - Samsung is aware of the issue but has no idea about any potential fixes.

    next step is to call Samsung...!!
     
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    alphadog00 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    It is a known issue and Samsung is working on it. You can turn on the wireless network option and that will help. If you google "Samsung Captivate GPS Fix" you will find other things that work for some.

    We will hear about a release date on a fix when it is ready.
     
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    SVUSA

    As you look thorough posts on this forum, and others, you will find the GPS on all SGS variants of phones is not working well.

    Samsung has promised a fix out in September. That's a couple more weeks of time for them.

    Many of us are waiting with baited breath. (What does that mean? :p )
     
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    Patienceis a virture. Anticipation creates excitement. I am am happy with my Captivate and look forward to the updates. cheaha bill. Enjoy your comm.
     
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    The correct term is "bated breath". I had to look it up. :)
    Re: Origins of "Waiting with baited breath'.
     
  19. ewingr

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    Thanks for the spelling correction, and link to info on it. I actually assumed correctly what it meant, but the comments are interesting.

    ""Bated" is no longer commonly used, causing people to believe the expression to be "with baited breath". This common misspelling leads to confusion and strange imagery." .... what strange imagery did you have? :p

    Back on topic...sort of...every day brings us closer to the end of September, and the anxiety builds. :D
     

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