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Compass driving me nuts!

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by StoneDeCroze, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. StoneDeCroze

    StoneDeCroze Well-Known Member
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    How the heck do you calibrate the compass? I've been waggling and waving it all over the place, but it STILL thinks everything is somewhere between North East and South:thinking:
     

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  2. Goldy

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    are you sat next to a computer while trying to recalibrate it? as from what i have seen close by computers really screw the compass up
     
  3. StoneDeCroze

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    I've tried loads of locations, I've even taken my watch off, all my keys etc. out of my pocket.
     
  4. g4rvd4

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    Looks like it could be a fault with the device. You might need to take it to HTC.
     
  5. nx1977

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    Keep it away from magnets!
     
  6. StoneDeCroze

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    :D I'd guessed that, it really is a bit weird, I'm going to borrow a real compass and compare it with that. I've also found a road that runs as close to magnetic north as possible, and I'm going to try orienting myself with that. I want to exhaust all the possibilities before I go through the agony of a warranty return:(
     
  7. StoneDeCroze

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    One of my work colleagues has a Nexus one, so I compared my compass to his. One thing I've found out is that it's much more accurate once the GPS has a lock. He also said that he does the calibration wiggle almost every time he uses it. We were reading "only" 8 degrees difference once we'd both got GPS lock and had performed the calibration wiggle. I'm going to borrow a proper commercial digital compass from a friend of a friend and see just how far out it is.
     
  8. g4rvd4

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    Let us know the results.. :)

    I have a compass in my car, and the Desire shows pretty much the same readings..
     
  9. andwhat

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    Must be a lot of faulty devices, the net is full of people having problems with the orientation.
     
  10. biondi

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    I had a lot of problems with mine, did a Factory Reset and not had any since. I'd recommend doing this, just make sure you back up your apps first with (for example) Astro.
     
  11. StoneDeCroze

    StoneDeCroze Well-Known Member
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    OOOOPS, sorry guys, I'd forgotten about this post. I will test it with a proper compass at some point. If it's still not right I'll try the factory reset.
     
  12. TobesEtc

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    I've had two HTC Desire handsets and neither have worked properly. Always tell me I need to recalibrate, and still useless after that's done. Think it may be a driver clash with Google mapps/Navigation. Heard that from HTC.
     
  13. StoneDeCroze

    StoneDeCroze Well-Known Member
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    Well, I've FINALLY gotten around to testing it. The conclusion is that the best thing to do is calibrate the compass regularly, and mine is about 4 degrees out. Not bad enough to cause me any problems, but I wouldn't try to navigate around the world with it:D

    I compared it to two magnetic compasses and two gyro compasses in light aircraft and as long as I calibrated it in each aircraft, it was close enough for Google Sky map type usage.
     
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