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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by LaxHaak, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. LaxHaak

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    My Samsung vibrant was rooted, and the GPS was taking 20+ mins to finally finish saying "searching for GPS". So i unrooted, and it's still the same!

    So.. any idea what I can do? Because by the time it finds the GPS, im already where I needed to be. This is very frustrating. Like, should I wipe everything and do a factory reset? Any ideas?
     

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    Yeah the gps sucks on these phones! Search samsung gps restore in the market, that seems to have worked for some people. Also using the search feature on this site helps. You're not the first person with this issue.
     
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    What Rom were you running?
     
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    Download compass from the market and calibrate. See if that helps.
     
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    there are dozens of threads on this topic. My experience is that Samsung's GPS restore followed by a reboot usually fixes it (though never as sensitive as my Garmin GPS, especially in dense cities).

    Occasionally I need to delete the gps aiding data that has accumulated, (use a GPS test app for this).

    the problem is mostly software - sometimes the gps gets signal from 10 satellites without locking on, then they gradually disappear, leaving only one or two.

    Was recently in Europe, and lost the SD card from my Garmin with European maps - the Vibrant was surprisingly good at getting me around!
     
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    looks like this forum is dying.. so here is some good GPS news -
    a few months ago, my GPS suddenly started working reliably, locking on within a few minutes to at least 6 or 7 satellites and estimated accuracy around 20-25 ft once it settles down. Still wanders off a bit in city blocks with tall buildings, but generally does the job.
    No idea what fixed it, no changes in settings. I'd already tried the Samsung GPS fix, but it would still hang on occasion and need a reboot. Now it always works.
     

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