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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by sharf, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. sharf

    sharf Newbie
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    So I have a moto droid with the latest official version 2.2.1 and my phone is performing terribly. For one the battery sucks, I have to charge it at least once day, sometimes twice if I actually make a phone call. Also the phone is generally really slow, when I enter my pin and try to load the home screen, or any other time I press the home button to go back to my home screen, the screen is blank (just my wallpaper and the three buttons at the bottom) for over 30 seconds. I have to touch the screen to make sure it doesn't auto shut off and make me have to reloud it. Also, apps take a long time to load, and often hang or crash. I've also noticed my gallery messing up thumbnails and making different pictures have different thumbnails, and also displaying pictures in the wrong folders.

    I have been cleaning off apps, and I have fewer apps now than I did with 2.1 and it is slower and worse than ever. I would like to find out if I can fix this before I factory restore and lose a bunch of data.

    Thanks, sharf
     



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  2. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Android Expert

    How long has it been doing this?
    Old battery?
    What has changed?
     
  3. sharf

    sharf Newbie
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    I wouldn't even say it's a year old. The only thing that has changed is 2.1 to 2.2 ever since it started to get worse, and slowly over time it has gotten to the point where it's almost unusable.
     
  4. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Android Expert

    Have you tried a new battery?
    So, no new apps?
    Just the OS update?
     
  5. sharf

    sharf Newbie
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    My dad and I have the same phone, we upgraded at the same time. I did try his battery for a little while and his battery behaved the same as mine did in my phone, and my battery behaved the same as his did in his phone. Perhaps his battery had a slightly longer life?

    I'm convinced it's software related. I have added one or two apps since the update but I have either tested (removed and reinstalled) or just removed them all together. The only difference I can figure are apps updating, or the OS. Since this has been pretty much consistant since the last update, and just getting worse every day, I think it may have something to do with the memory. ATK when I ran it to see if it helped (it didn't so I removed it) said that about 75% of memory was used and 25% was free.
     
  6. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Android Expert

    That is the beauty of the android.
    When the system sees a need, it shuts stuff down to free memory...without any input from you.
    It should be doing that by itself.

    Mine gotten slow at times. But not consistently.
    I'm sure by opening what I did when I did it was just the "perfect storm" moment to watch the phone chug a bit.
    (How much lag is there when it's sleeping? If it lags and is asleep, did anyone hear it?)
    Like the tree in the forest, it's only lag when it interferes with what you want to do.

    Is your service robust? 4 bars, all the time? Or do you connect via WiFi?
    And if WiFi, is the connection a reliable one?
     
  7. sharf

    sharf Newbie
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    Typically I'm on 3G because my campus WiFi sucks. I usually have 3 to 4 bars but it can drop at times. I'd say I'm in a robust area, and it doesn't change between here and and back home. I don't see why that would effect apps crashing though.

    Today I tried to open angry birds...and the app itself worked yesterday (crashed once) but now today, with no updates at all, wont even open. It jsut finishes the loading screen and crashes back to the home page. ALL my apps are doing it, no force close, just stop and back to the home screen. I can't use any app reliably except using it as a phone and texting. Normally this wouldn't bother me, but the reason I switched to a droid was so I could use it as a smart phone.

    I have a lot of knowledge of computers. I'm certified in malware removal, and from the behavior I would say it's a virus. I don't know enough about the droid OS and linux in general to know how likely that is, and how possible a virus that does this is. I do a lot of web browsing, so I could have picked something up? I have Lookout but from the best of my knowledge that just checks for malicious apps. Which may be the worst virus a droid can get.

    I'm going to start removing more apps I don't use too often or need and see if that helps, maybe some app got messed up. If not I'll make a list of apps and factory reset and hope that fixes it.
     
  8. sharf

    sharf Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I also noticed that since the 2.2 update my home screen does not rotate when I tilt the screen, only when I open the keyboard, is that normal?
     
  9. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Android Expert

    No.
    It's not normal, but I wonder if an app has turned that off?

    The trouble with your thought is there are no known virus for the droid.
    There was ONE case of a guy forwarding contact info for email spammers, but that was it!
    This is NOT windows.

    Me?
    I'd check my sd card. Unmount it remove and reseat it and then mount it again.
    I have seen lots of weird behavior attributable to poor contact between the phone and the card.
     
  10. sharf

    sharf Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I didn't think there was much to the virus theory. by reset do you mean turn it on and off? or do you mean factory reset?
    There's no app I can think of that would turn it off, but I'm not sure. It's only on the home screen though. and it says screen rotation is on.

    Edit: so I turned the phone off and reseated the SD card. That seems to have fixed the laggy and crashing apps, for now anyway. The home screen still takes forever to load, and won't rotate so that's something different.
     
  11. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Android Expert

    Oh...The home screen doesn't rotate.
    As long as your browser or email does, you're okay.

    Wallpaper?
     
  12. sharf

    sharf Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Ok yeah everything is working fine then, except for the homescreen lagging occasionally when I try and load it. It seems like it is being stored in memory better, but it still takes a while to load when it gets lost.

    my wallpaper is just a jpg I downloaded offline.
     

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