06-30-2012 09:09 AM
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  1. Irishgator's Avatar
    I seem to keep running into the issue that my GPS stops locking until I reboot my phone. Anyone having this issue? Any solutions?

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    06-22-2012 10:17 PM
  2. error4o4's Avatar
    I've had this issue with both of my GSII's

    GPS Status app made life easier since it has the ability to 'cold start' the gps chip for me w/out rebooting the phone.

    There is clearly an issue with this phones GPS as sprint is clueless on it.
    06-23-2012 08:28 AM
  3. sparkeater79's Avatar
    Welcome to the real Samsung galaxy epic 4g touch. Everything is great around here unless you actually use your maps.
    06-23-2012 08:36 AM
  4. coachdvc's Avatar
    I seem to keep running into the issue that my GPS stops locking until I reboot my phone. Anyone having this issue? Any solutions?

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    One of the work arounds is to use the "GPS Status" app. You open that up, and it locks on to the GPS signal quickly. Then you can back out and by then the Navigation or Maps app has usually locked on to the GPS signal.

    I can't take any credit for this. It was in another thread a while ago.
    06-23-2012 08:52 AM
  5. scott_0's Avatar
    try to toggle airplane mode on and off
    06-23-2012 12:19 PM
  6. Dark_Knight2's Avatar
    My GPS locks without issue on my device. Ive heard some peeps having issues but not me personally. I use maps almost weekly.

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    06-24-2012 02:08 PM
  7. michaeljc70's Avatar
    There have been a ton of post on this forum about this. GPS Test does not work usually when this happens. I have had 3 different E4G and they all had the same issue. It is software, not hardware.

    Sometimes there will be 10-12 satellites in view and it will not lock!

    I am hoping the ICS fixes it, but who knows when that will come.

    I also don't get texts sometimes until after a reboot.

    Again, this is on 3 of these phones, so it cannot be a defect in the hardware.

    It may be that some people never experience it due to the way they use their phone.
    06-24-2012 04:13 PM
  8. bobodobo's Avatar
    For what it's worth... my wife has the S II Epic 4G Touch. I have an HTC EVO 3D. To make a fair comparison, I restarted both phones, then at the same time I opened GPS Status. This test was done indoors, so it's a relatively difficult test. The time to lock was virtually the same for the 2 phones. The Samsung showed a larger uncertainty, but the reported position was actually closer to my actual location than the HTC. Both phones did very well and overall I'd say the contest was a draw.

    Of course that's just one test but in general I've found the GPS on both phones to work pretty well.
    06-25-2012 12:13 AM
  9. sparkeater79's Avatar
    How can it not be a hardware issue? I have had 3 different e4gts do the same thing. Maybe the GPS chip they used just isn't any good. I use my GPS on a DAILY basis, it works sometimes perfectly, a lot of the time it doesn't. the more you use it, the more apparent it becomes.
    06-26-2012 07:56 AM
  10. Dark_Knight2's Avatar
    How can it not be a hardware issue? I have had 3 different e4gts do the same thing. Maybe the GPS chip they used just isn't any good. I use my GPS on a DAILY basis, it works sometimes perfectly, a lot of the time it doesn't. the more you use it, the more apparent it becomes.
    Its not a hardware issue. Its software. Few lines of code added to gps.conf file and bam. You got faster locks. Ill put together a flashable zip to fix this issue and put it to bed.

    Sent From A Rotary Phone
    06-26-2012 09:15 AM
  11. evolvedsapien's Avatar
    How can it not be a hardware issue? I have had 3 different e4gts do the same thing. Maybe the GPS chip they used just isn't any good. I use my GPS on a DAILY basis, it works sometimes perfectly, a lot of the time it doesn't. the more you use it, the more apparent it becomes.
    Its not a hardware issue. Its software. Few lines of code added to gps.conf file and bam. You got faster locks. Ill put together a flashable zip to fix this issue and put it to bed.
    YES IT IS A HARDWARE ISSUE!!!

    I took my phone into a corporate Sprint store that also was a repair center to check out why the hell my GPS would never lock. They said the issue is with the design of the phone..if you notice the 'hump' at the bottom of the S2; that hump is the GPS antenna/radio. If you also notice that on the hump is a the speaker grill port that is exposed to the elements (this is the design flaw).

    Moisture, dust, etc. can enter through that speaker grill that is located right on the hump..thus entering into the GPS radio and screwing it up...hence why it takes forever to lock for some owners. Of course not every user has the same issue; as some users haven't had the same amount of moisture, dust, residue, etc. enter into the speaker grill opening.
    06-26-2012 09:34 AM
  12. Dark_Knight2's Avatar
    YES IT IS A HARDWARE ISSUE!!!

    I took my phone into a corporate Sprint store that also was a repair center to check out why the hell my GPS would never lock. They said the issue is with the design of the phone..if you notice the 'hump' at the bottom of the S2; that hump is the GPS antenna/radio. If you also notice that on the hump is a the speaker grill port that is exposed to the elements (this is the design flaw).

    Moisture, dust, etc. can enter through that speaker grill that is located right on the hump..thus entering into the GPS radio and screwing it up...hence why it takes forever to lock for some owners. Of course not every user has the same issue; as some users haven't had the same amount of moisture, dust, residue, etc. enter into the speaker grill opening.
    Ok so if its a "hardware issue" (which isnt true) then why does a modified gps.conf fix this issue? The htc one series has a gps issue as well. A modified conf fixed the issue as well.

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    06-26-2012 11:05 AM
  13. Dark_Knight2's Avatar
    Everyone having gps issues. Flash this mod inside recovery. Wipe cache and dalvik before flashing. You must be rooted and custom recovery.

    http://db.tt/erNBL7rQ

    Enjoy.

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    06-26-2012 11:15 AM
  14. evolvedsapien's Avatar
    Ok so if its a "hardware issue" (which isnt true) then why does a modified gps.conf fix this issue? The htc one series has a gps issue as well. A modified conf fixed the issue as well.
    Mr. Bruce Wayne...for some units of the E4GT with the GPS locking issues; sure it might be software-related...however there is a very real hardware/design issue that lends its hand to the problem.

    I wish the GPS locking issue didn't plague this phone; otherwise it's an awesome device.
    06-26-2012 03:50 PM
  15. Dark_Knight2's Avatar
    Mr. Bruce Wayne...for some units of the E4GT with the GPS locking issues; sure it might be software-related...however there is a very real hardware/design issue that lends its hand to the problem.

    I wish the GPS locking issue didn't plague this phone; otherwise it's an awesome device.
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/sho...d.php?t=183562

    [MOD/FIX][GPS] Dark_Knight's_GPS_Fix

    Sent From A Rotary Phone
    06-26-2012 04:45 PM
  16. sparkeater79's Avatar
    darkknight2, So you can fix this issue, but sprint or Samsung can not? And you never answered my question.... How often do you use your GPS? And do you use it in different areas several times a day? I am just curious why I have not received some kind of fix update from sprint? I do not root so I can not"fix"this problem like you can.
    06-26-2012 08:12 PM
  17. Dark_Knight2's Avatar
    darkknight2, So you can fix this issue, but sprint or Samsung can not? And you never answered my question.... How often do you use your GPS? And do you use it in different areas several times a day? I am just curious why I have not received some kind of fix update from sprint? I do not root so I can not"fix"this problem like you can.
    Ok so if you dont root then you cant fix the issue. Did you not read my thread on why this issue is present? Its not something samsung and sprint can or will fix. Legally they cant fix the issue due to sony ericsson owning the rights to the satelites that my fix uses. Read my thread to understand in more detail how my fix works

    Sent From A Rotary Phone
    06-26-2012 09:17 PM
  18. sparkeater79's Avatar
    Ok.... You still haven't said how often you use your maps or if you use it in different areas. the more you use it in more areas the more obvious this problem is.
    06-26-2012 11:21 PM
  19. Dark_Knight2's Avatar
    Ok.... You still haven't said how often you use your maps or if you use it in different areas. the more you use it in more areas the more obvious this problem is.
    Well Im a delivery driver. I use my navigation almost 10+++ times daily depending on my delivery route.

    Sent From A Rotary Phone
    06-27-2012 08:42 AM
  20. sparkeater79's Avatar
    Thank you. I ama truck driver and use my GPS in different locations every day. I do not root, I guess I am missing out...... I am sure yourGPS works perfect for you. Good job...
    06-28-2012 07:42 PM
  21. Dark_Knight2's Avatar
    Thank you. I ama truck driver and use my GPS in different locations every day. I do not root, I guess I am missing out...... I am sure yourGPS works perfect for you. Good job...
    I sense a little sarcasism. If you choose not to root then its your choice. Personally I cant depend on companies like samsung to keep there devices up to date due to inability to fix issues. Gps is so easily fixable. Even if you root just to fix the gps issue you can easily unroot. I would at least do that

    Sent From A Rotary Phone
    06-28-2012 07:49 PM
  22. llmgtab's Avatar
    I sense a little sarcasism. If you choose not to root then its your choice. Personally I cant depend on companies like samsung to keep there devices up to date due to inability to fix issues. Gps is so easily fixable. Even if you root just to fix the gps issue you can easily unroot. I would at least do that

    Sent From A Rotary Phone
    I cannot root my phone because of software I have to use for work emails. But I never considered I could root, fix GPS then unroot. Thanks for the idea!
    06-29-2012 05:29 AM
  23. sparkeater79's Avatar
    Thanks for the advice. fortunately, usually driving all around central Texas, I am familiar enough with my surroundings that all I really need is the location on the map to look at. Every once in a while I get a little lost but for the most part I am able to use the map and not worry about the navigation. Good advice though.
    06-29-2012 08:28 AM
  24. michaeljc70's Avatar
    How can it not be a hardware issue? I have had 3 different e4gts do the same thing. Maybe the GPS chip they used just isn't any good. I use my GPS on a DAILY basis, it works sometimes perfectly, a lot of the time it doesn't. the more you use it, the more apparent it becomes.
    If it was hardware, it would never work. Restarting your phone wouldn't do anything if the hardware didn't work. Nothing magically happens to the hardware when you reset the phone. My seems to almost always work if I restart the phone.

    When you are lost in the car though (or just want traffic info), who wants to pull over shutdown the phone and restart it? That takes minutes.
    06-29-2012 01:33 PM
  25. michaeljc70's Avatar
    darkknight2, So you can fix this issue, but sprint or Samsung can not? And you never answered my question.... How often do you use your GPS? And do you use it in different areas several times a day? I am just curious why I have not received some kind of fix update from sprint? I do not root so I can not"fix"this problem like you can.
    ICS sandwich has been out for months. Does this phone have it? No? Sprint/Samsung are more concerned with the Galaxy SIII than this phone. You already bought it. They make nothing off of it. It is obsolete to them. They want you to buy a new phone.

    As I said previously, maybe ICS update will help with this issue when it hits. It is already available for AT&T,Verizon and T-Moible Galaxy SII phones. Sprint is the last to provide the update.
    06-29-2012 01:36 PM
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