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  1. willis936's Avatar
    I believe so but I may be wrong. It might check and update only when it tries to get a fix in the app. I think once you do it once though you're good unless you're not staying in the same locale from day to day. If you continue to have troubles it's a simple matter of opening the app someplace where you can get a gps lock.

    Also I get 4/4 to 7/7 satellites depending on the time of day.

    -stock HTC Thunderbolt tapatalk
    04-11-2011 06:05 PM
  2. OmahaPlaya's Avatar
    Did what the instructions said and turned off the Verizon service and it works so far.
    04-20-2011 06:39 PM
  3. DJBeanPole's Avatar
    Tried all the tricks here. Still no dice.
    05-04-2011 12:07 AM
  4. striders's Avatar
    I think it's the Google Navigation app itself.

    I got quick GPS lock if I use Google Maps. But if I open Google Navigation immediately, even from Google Maps itself, Google Navigation will say "Searching for GPS...."
    05-04-2011 01:55 AM
  5. DJBeanPole's Avatar
    Fantastic. LOL glad I have a product I can't use because the product doesn't function correctly.
    05-04-2011 04:04 AM
  6. GoldLeader's Avatar
    Install GPS Status from the market, then:

    Menu -> Tools -> Manage AGPS -> Reset

    Menu -> Tools -> Manage AGPS -> Download

    Used these instructions from someone in XDA forums and it worked like a charm!
    I sat outside for 15 minutes waiting for a lock, but it wouldn't lock.
    Found this tip, and tried it out.
    After reseting the AGPS, I got a lock,within seconds. Sweet!

    Before the reset, it showed 2 satellites. After the reset I had 6 and I was still sitting in the same position.
    What the heck? It's sad that an app developer on the market makes a better GPS product than Google...
    07-02-2011 12:44 PM
  7. jtthunderbolt's Avatar
    I sat outside for 15 minutes waiting for a lock, but it wouldn't lock.
    Found this tip, and tried it out.
    After reseting the AGPS, I got a lock,within seconds. Sweet!

    Before the reset, it showed 2 satellites. After the reset I had 6 and I was still sitting in the same position.
    What the heck? It's sad that an app developer on the market makes a better GPS product than Google...
    I was having the same problem and decided to take the phone to the local Verizon service center to get them to check it out. I had been using a third party Seidio battery (which I purchased for the longer battery life). So, in the event that they switched out the phone, I put the original battery back in. And guess what? When I checked the nagivation/gps functions while waiting, I found they all worked fine. It's the first time they worked since I changed the battery out to the Seidio, so I can only associate the problem with the battery. I don't know why this makes any sense, but it does. So, I can only suggest that if you are using something other than the original battery, throw the original back in and see if it works properly.
    08-05-2011 11:59 AM
  8. bjboucher's Avatar
    I was having the same problem and decided to take the phone to the local Verizon service center to get them to check it out. I had been using a third party Seidio battery (which I purchased for the longer battery life). So, in the event that they switched out the phone, I put the original battery back in. And guess what? When I checked the nagivation/gps functions while waiting, I found they all worked fine. It's the first time they worked since I changed the battery out to the Seidio, so I can only associate the problem with the battery. I don't know why this makes any sense, but it does. So, I can only suggest that if you are using something other than the original battery, throw the original back in and see if it works properly.
    Your battery door may not have been put on properly too. When you swapped them out it was probably put back on the right way. All the antennas are in the battery door so if it is loose, you will have reception and GPS issues.
    08-05-2011 12:07 PM
  9. Ed Witles's Avatar
    Can also try this if rooted:
    This is a MOD posted today in IRC(#thunderbolt) today by Ziggy471 that has improved GPS lock for myself and others that have tried it.

    Instructions:
    With Root Explorer (or similar app) go to /etc/gps.conf

    In Root Explorer long press on the file and select open in text editor

    Change the first line from: NTP_SERVER=north-america.pool.ntp.org to NTP_SERVER=us.pool.ntp.org

    Save changes and reboot

    Credit: Ziggy471
    I am unable to edit this as it is read only. I am rooted and the editor also has superuser access.

    Using the new Total Commander
    08-05-2011 01:35 PM
  10. craigrn16's Avatar
    I had the same problem and tried all the tricks, GPS status, gpsfix all that stuff and the only thing that seemed to have worked was when I put on my extended battery door. I get instant lock and NAV.
    08-05-2011 02:32 PM
  11. bjboucher's Avatar
    I had the same problem and tried all the tricks, GPS status, gpsfix all that stuff and the only thing that seemed to have worked was when I put on my extended battery door. I get instant lock and NAV.
    Sounds like your stock battery door has contact problems or it was just loose.
    08-05-2011 02:43 PM
  12. FrankXS's Avatar
    Here's an unconventional thought!

    Recent solar flare may disrupt your GPS - CNN.com

    -Frank
    08-05-2011 09:43 PM
  13. tcr04's Avatar
    Install GPS Status from the market, then:

    Menu -> Tools -> Manage AGPS -> Reset

    Menu -> Tools -> Manage AGPS -> Download

    Used these instructions from someone in XDA forums and it worked like a charm!
    genius, it locked instantly after doing this, thanks
    08-06-2011 12:24 AM
  14. mort3770's Avatar
    I too have been having GPS issues with my TB. I came on to this thread last night and found the suggestion about running GPS Status. WOW! All I can say is thank you!

    The Navigation program would take forever "searching for GPS" before it would ever lock on. Sometimes it would lock on in a short amount of time, only to lose the GPS signal. Sometimes it would never lock on.

    The long and short is that I downloaded GPS Status last night, followed the directions, and tried the Nav on the phone today. From the moment I started it up, and entered my destination, it locked on right away. There wasn't a moments hesitation. It stayed on the entire 63 mile trip and behaved similar for the return trip.

    I can now stop looking for a dedicated GPS.
    08-09-2011 08:21 PM
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