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    Has anyone had issues with this? SPH-D700 phone, just got gingerbread, the gps will work only intermitantly. Will work for a while after a reset then crap out. Is there a fix?
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    Yes, there's a fix. See . But you'll have to get a custom recovery like ClockworkMod installed first in order to use it. Check out the rooting instructions here (Rooting EI22 Gingerbread Instructions). The final part about flashing SU, which is what gives you root access on the phone, shouldn't be required to use the GPS fix, but you may want to do it anyway. Having root access opens up more options. I think some other threads around here talk about this GPS issue, so you can check them if you want more info. I hope this helps.
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    Yes, I'm seeing the problem (completely stock). I thought it may just be Google Maps / Nav, which would lose the GPS lock after 5 min or so. I was thinking other GPS apps were working, but I could've been wrong, and the new version of GoogleMaps didn't fix the problem.

    Unfortunately, my PC is out of commission, so I can't d/l and install the XDA fix.
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    yea it's pretty annoying, for me and my friends that have Epics. Hopefully a new official release comes out from Sprint soon. Looks like they're testing one now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMychajluk View Post
    Yes, I'm seeing the problem (completely stock). I thought it may just be Google Maps / Nav, which would lose the GPS lock after 5 min or so. I was thinking other GPS apps were working, but I could've been wrong, and the new version of GoogleMaps didn't fix the problem.

    Unfortunately, my PC is out of commission, so I can't d/l and install the XDA fix.
    I can tell you that the GPS tracking has failed all but two times I've attempted to use it since the upgrade. Both times it worked was with Enomondo, but it has also failed 10 times, five of which recorded 0 miles and 1 of those fails it worked for more than 10 minutes. Both times it succesfully worked the entire time was just after I had restarted the phone and GPS
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    Can anyone tell me how to apply the GPS fix file from XDA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cb2367 View Post
    Can anyone tell me how to apply the GPS fix file from XDA?
    You have to use Odin to flash a custom recovery like ACS or CWM and then root. Then flash the GPS_Fix.zip after doing that. You should follow the "how to root" section on this forum. After you have a custom recovery on your phone you can run the GPS fix file from there. Instructions already exist for this and won't be repeated here, but study the instructions and down load the Odin package, the custom recovery file (I prefer Clockwork Mod Purple or CWM), the Superuser zip, the clean kernel flash (fixes the keyboard and prevents CWM or ACS from being overwritten on the next reboot), and of course, the GPS_Fix zip. Dronak has already provided the links above. Use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rando991 View Post
    You have to use Odin to flash a custom recovery like ACS or CWM and then root. Then flash the GPS_Fix.zip after doing that. You should follow the "how to root" section on this forum. After you have a custom recovery on your phone you can run the GPS fix file from there. Instructions already exist for this and won't be repeated here, but study the instructions and down load the Odin package, the custom recovery file (I prefer Clockwork Mod Purple or CWM), the Superuser zip, the clean kernel flash (fixes the keyboard and prevents CWM or ACS from being overwritten on the next reboot), and of course, the GPS_Fix zip. Dronak has already provided the links above. Use them.
    I should have been more specific with regards to what I was asking. I didn't understand how to flash GPS_Fix.zip, but I assume it's going to be done in the same way that I have put Odin on the phone.

    I started doing this and have encountered two issues. First, Odin doesn't even see the phone. Second, when the phone is in download mode and I connect the USB cable, Windows attempts to install drivers. The driver install fails with a message that 'gadget serial' can't be installed.

    Edit: I got Odin to work with XP. The phone wasn't getting recoginized with Odin in Windows 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cb2367 View Post
    I should have been more specific with regards to what I was asking. I didn't understand how to flash GPS_Fix.zip, but I assume it's going to be done in the same way that I have put Odin on the phone.

    I started doing this and have encountered two issues. First, Odin doesn't even see the phone. Second, when the phone is in download mode and I connect the USB cable, Windows attempts to install drivers. The driver install fails with a message that 'gadget serial' can't be installed.

    Edit: I got Odin to work with XP. The phone wasn't getting recoginized with Odin in Windows 7.
    You must try a better usb cable than the one that came with the phone...go to Radio Shack. As for the GPS fix you hook up the phone to your PC and copy the GPS_fix.zip file to the root of the sd card (don't put it in a folder). Once you have CWM installed, boot into it and select the GPS file in CWM and choose install. It will install in about 2 seconds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rando991 View Post
    You must try a better usb cable than the one that came with the phone...go to Radio Shack. As for the GPS fix you hook up the phone to your PC and copy the GPS_fix.zip file to the root of the sd card (don't put it in a folder). Once you have CWM installed, boot into it and select the GPS file in CWM and choose install. It will install in about 2 seconds.
    I have the GPS fix zip file on my SD card, but when I go to select it - doesn't have an install option... What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks in advance
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunpod View Post
    I have the GPS fix zip file on my SD card, but when I go to select it - doesn't have an install option... What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks in advance
    Your phone must be rooted and have a custom recovery installed on your phone. Please go to the Rooting, Roms and Hacks sub forum for instructions on how to do this. I would provide a link but i'm on Tapatalk right now.

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    After applying the GPS fix, I'm not certain that I am seeing any improvement.

    If I open the GPS Test application, satellites are detected and used more quickly.

    Google Maps still seems to have difficulty finding my location. Sometimes it does this quickly and other times it takes a minute or two to get my location.

    I recently tested the GPS out to go to work. Going to work, the GPS couldn't get a signal until I restarted the phone. When I left work, Google Maps reported the data connection was lost, but then the connection was re-established and navigation directions resumed.

    Isn't the GPS fix supposed to fix these problems?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skunkape60 View Post
    Your phone must be rooted and have a custom recovery installed on your phone. Please go to the Rooting, Roms and Hacks sub forum for instructions on how to do this. I would provide a link but i'm on Tapatalk right now.

    Sent from my Nexus S 4G using Tapatalk
    Sorry ~ I should of said that I've done all the previous steps, except to actually root my phone. I wanted to just fix the GPS for now - I'm a little nervous to unroot as I am just a noobie trying to learn the lingo and what the cause/effect will be!

    I followed these steps from a member in the Sprint Community - which I compared to a few other forums.. and they all pretty much said the same thing:

    " follow the video...you don't have to root but, need to follow video for custom recovery...then install gps-fix.zip ......

    Then follow the linked video from that one....."


    I watched these videos (and then some), installed ODIN, applied kernel-GB-3a.tar.md5, installed ACSRecovery1.0.0.5.tar.md5, copied gps_fix.zip to sd card, boot into custom recovery and have tried to apply, but it just opens up another file then to another file, which all files end up showing that there is nothing to apply or install...

    I've tried moving the whole zip file and the file *unzipped*, both at different times to the root directory, but neither worked..

    What part of the gps fix file to you copy onto the SD card? I'm so close, but yet so far :/

    Thank you so much for trying to help me... I really need to get my GB GPS fixed, as it is necessary to my traveling business.
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    Just copy the entire zip file to the SD card. In my case, I went to the XDA website and found the forum for the GPS fix. There was a QR code to scan for the file, so I scanned that and the file ended up going into the downloads folder.

    Using the ACS Recovery, I highlighted the option to install a file from the SD card. From there I navigated to the folder where GPS fix was located and applied it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cb2367 View Post
    Just copy the entire zip file to the SD card. In my case, I went to the XDA website and found the forum for the GPS fix. There was a QR code to scan for the file, so I scanned that and the file ended up going into the downloads folder.

    Using the ACS Recovery, I highlighted the option to install a file from the SD card. From there I navigated to the folder where GPS fix was located and applied it.
    THANK YOU for the QR code tip! My phone finally found it and I have installed the fix! Fingers crossed GPS will work now!! Yay
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    Quote Originally Posted by cb2367 View Post
    Just copy the entire zip file to the SD card. In my case, I went to the XDA website and found the forum for the GPS fix. There was a QR code to scan for the file, so I scanned that and the file ended up going into the downloads folder.

    Using the ACS Recovery, I highlighted the option to install a file from the SD card. From there I navigated to the folder where GPS fix was located and applied it.
    Any way you could provide a link or the QR?

    please and thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabezon2469 View Post
    Any way you could provide a link or the QR?

    please and thanks
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    My Epic is getting really bad. No GPS and battery life has been bad since the update and getting worse daily. Currently 3-4 hours to shutdown (@ 30-40%), runs warm, and takes forever to charge on the cradle. Since I got a new PC now, I'll be able to perform the XDA GPS fix, and I hear that Clockwork Recovery has a battery 'reset' function that I'm hoping may help w/ the battery issues. I was really hoping Sprint/Samsung would step up and get an OTA update out by now...
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    yea I'm really liking this phone less after the update.

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