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General Desire HD proximity sensor failure

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by kungura, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. TheSuper

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    Android newbie lol
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    Why can't you make any calls? Do you not have a signal?
     

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    A google search of this problem brought up the only other forum topic so far at XDA-Dev in which someone who has the problem claims that holding the phone up to a bright light will bring it out of lock.

    Can someone who has the problem try it and report back? Ta.
     
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    Nope, doesn't work with my Maglite shone on the screen/prox.

    Receiving calls seems to be Ok, but need to test it some more. Making calls is always the issue.
     
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    I've made & received several calls with no problem at all (not a day old), only time will tell. As soon as more people get their's, the real scope of the problem will be realised, if there is one.

    Someone mentioned that it only happens when making calls, which would suggest it's a SW issue.
    The more prevalent the issue, the quicker a fix will come.

    SIM free UK.
     
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    I'm with Vodafone UK,haven't experienced this yet with any phone calls I've made
     
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    arlrb & alameals, would you mind posting your HW/SW revision details? It would be interesting to compare.

    I wonder if this is n issue with s particular (early batch). I was almost hoping it would effect all of them, it'd mean a quicker response and point to a SW issue.

    Bugger!
     
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    my what sorry?I'm not down with the jargon just yet,still a newbie
     
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    Good Comes to those who wait... :D Hopefully HTC sort this problem out. My nokia 5200 is dead and i cant speak through it. Don't want to be getting a phone on which i cant make calls on haha
     
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    I think he means your hardware and software version numbers. Settings>About phone>Software information
     
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    Indeed, sorry!

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    Phone Identity
    HTC Desire HD A9191
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    Software Information

    Baseband version
    12.28a.60.140eU_26.03.02.08_M

    Kernel version
    2.6.32.21-g5ed1769
    htc-kernel@18000-Build-149#1
    Mon Oct 4 22:57:34 CST 2010

    Build number
    1.28.405.1 CL266215 release keys

    Software number
    1.28.405.1

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    Does anybody know a decent app for testing the Proximity sensors? Especially one that's tested as working on the original Desire.
     
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    mines exactly the same.have you had problems?
     
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    I got mine on Monday, the phone is a thing of beauty (I went from a Nokia N95 8GB!). It does pretty much everything with speed, style & panache - but I have this same problem.

    If you're speaking to someone else you need to get them to end the call. Even then I'm left with the 'black screen of death'. I can get it back by giving myself a missed call from another phone.
    If you're leaving a voicemail, retrieving your own or on an automated menu then you're screwed! Removing the battery or Sim is the only cure.

    You can't turn the device off when it's like that because there's a confirmation screen to 'OK' when you do and you can't see it.

    Some Desire forums suggest that the power button can also end the call, but it doesn't work on my HD (plus the screen remains dark after!)

    I did find this morning that the bright light thing seems to work - but only if you can point it at the sun (no torches or lightbulbs seem to do it!) Also it seems to make a difference if you turn it to landscape mode while pointing at the sun...

    If Steve Jobs worked for htc he'd probably say that's the normal way to end a call..!

    Mine came from a phones4u shop & I took it back in this morning. I refused the insurance when I bought it and took them up on their 28 return/replace policy. I spoke to the manager, explained the problem & let him play with it. He has a normal Desire so knew what it should do. He also noticed that when the screen was on and he covered the sensor it didn't go dark.

    Anyway, he agreed to replace it with another handset - but there were none in stock today :-(

    I was a bit worried as I've read some bad things about them online but he said he'd call tomorrow to let me know if they had new stock, apparently they get 2-3 deliveries a week.

    With the exception of this problem I'm really pleased with the phone.

    In the UK, on Orange contract:
    Android: 2.2
    Baseband: 12.28a.60
    Kernel: 2.6.32.21
    Build/software: 1.28.405.1
    (all same as The Hoff)
     
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    i've made/received about 30-40 calls since i put my sim in last night. haven't had this problem yet.
    bought it at p4u (yeah, i know, lol) on orange contract.
     
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    Great stuff, interesting then... sounds like it could well be a HW issue after all.
     
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    All my SW information is the same and i have experienced zero problems luckily. I am a bit worried about the battery life though seems a bit short but then i have been on the thing constantly! What do you guys think?
     
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    @i5000 Batterys potential only comes out after a couple of days of charging. It's been mentioned across the forums pretty much. It will kick in eventually and you'll notice your phones battery drain time will be much longer.
     
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    After reading all the problems with the proximity sensor and folk unable to make calls i'm going to hold off from buying the phone. Was hoping to get one in my hands this week but will wait a week or 2 until i read more reviews of the phone and if more people are having problems. I certainly don't want to buy early from a faulty batch!
     
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    Me too.
     
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    One HTC Desire HD user's experience and his proximity sensor problems:


     
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    Hmmm, interesting :thinking: For the record mine seems fine so far, have made a few calls and all seems well, in good light and also in the dark (to try it lol)

    My serial number starts with HT0ADRX ;)
     
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    guys i need to know if this is a hardware fault before Handtec dispatch the phone. I'll be devastated if it is hardware!
     
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    Sorry for the delayed response, been asleep (nightshift).
    i5000 - snap.
    SN 4RX type.

    I have begun to experience this too now.
    Will investigate further tonight.
    Plugging in the power unsticks it for me.
     
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    Bought my HTC Desire HD on Saturday in Phones4U in UK on Vodafone and have the same issue: Black screen when calling. Soft and base band the same as others serial starts HTC0A3RX. Rang HTC Global Warranty lina and they don't know! They told me to go to shop. :/ Done some test calling and there's some Direct sunlight help. Waiting to exchange my phone for a good one.
     
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    Not looking good! :( Definetely going to hold off from buying one now. Mind's made up.
     
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    Ive just noticed the auto-brightness setting does sweet fa, sensor covered or not.
    This is showing both hw & sw symptoms, hoping its just sw of course!
    We need to bombard HTC with emails etc...
     

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