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GPS signel - takes more than a minute to get a lock

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Discotetak, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Discotetak

    Discotetak Member
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    I have a GPS problem as well, though a different one. It takes over a minute to establish a GPS connection, regardless of software I use (GPS status, Motonav). Is it normal??

    It was the same with 2.1 as it is now with 2.2. I have non-branded unit.

    Thanks!
     

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  2. amg_1969

    amg_1969 Well-Known Member
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    East Anglia
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  3. robo555

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    Regular GPS would take a while, especially when in the city where there are buildings around which bounces signal around. Have you got 3G turned on? Turning it on will allow A-GPS, which is a lot quicker, but would use a small amount of data usage (~200-300KB).

    On my Desire, disabling 3G takes over a minute to get a GPS lock in, turn it on, and I get a lock in by the time I finish typing in my destination address.
     
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  4. carbon6

    carbon6 New Member
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    I was using GPS speedo yesterday and was stood outside for an age waiting for a lock. Only when I turned on mobile data could i get a lock... Prob your best bet is to do that.
     
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  5. nacatomi

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    Check out my GPS section in the Desire FAQ Sticky.
     
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  6. MrCave

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    Some car manufacturers use athermic heat-reflecting windscreens that reflect all electromagnetic signals, including GPS's, blocking the signal from entering the car. Reported car models using such heat reflecting windscreens include:

    Audi - all models from 2001 onwards
    BMW - 7 Series models E38, E65/66
    Citroen - Xsara Picasso
    Jaguar - X-Type
    Peugeot - “07” range
    Renault - all models from 2001 onwards and Laguna
    Vauxhall - all models from 2002 onwards and Zafira
    VW Passat - all models from 2002 onwards.
     
  7. nacatomi

    nacatomi Well-Known Member
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    +1

    I can confirm the Peugeot 307 has this kind of screen, and can also confirm the Desire gets a quicker fix and more reliable signal than my dedicated TomTom 920 so another plus for the Desire GPS
     
  8. Discotetak

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    Thanks everyone - I'll give it a try today!
     
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