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Captivate - GPS Issues

Anyone else experiencing basically no GPS lock?

 

I've seen it mentioned in plenty of other forums, but not here. I've tried all kinds of fixes and settings and the GPS on my unit is basically useless. I can get a very poor lock using just the wireless networks, but GPS never locks.

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That's my point.  We didn't hold HTC to the fire.  We let them get away with advertising one thing and delivering another.  HTC knowingly sold phones that lacked video drivers.  Samsung knowingly sold phones that have non-functioning GPSs.  T-Mobile, then AT&T, then Sprint and now Verizon all brought the phone to market knowing that the gps in them didn't work.   Then, AT&T had the gall to tell us to turn on Use Wireless to fix the problem.

 

I don't expect any help from AT&T.  If they had any moral character they wouldn't have released the phone until Samsung fixed the problem.  Samsung has a lot riding on this and we have to make sure they do the right thing.  They have a reputation of not supporting their devices.  If they screw 2 million Galaxy S customers, they're going to screw themselves even worse.

 

They promised a fix in Sept.  It's getting scarly close to being late.  I think that to most people "in Sept" doesn't mean Sept 30.  It means by mid Sept - which makes them late.  If they don't deliver, we have to become even more vocal than we have so far.

 

 

 

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Agreed, believe me I have had my galaxy since the day it came out, I WANT MY PHONE FIXED. but I spoke with samsung a while back and they did not say MID september, they said in september sometime. We can assume what sometime means, but as long as I get my update before the first of october I am a happy camper. If they try any shady non-sense, I will be the proud owner of a iphone.

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The captivate new rom update is coming in this week. Probably, GPS problem is fixed as well.

Let's see.

http://ow.ly/2HOSd 

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Nope. But the odd thing is that my wife's Samsung Captivate with the JH6 baseband and 2.1Update1 OS has GPS that works just fine! Locks right on if you are not in a large structure with lots of metal (i.e., mall building).

 

We loaded the JH7 baseband update this morning. See how it works after that...

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dwmitchell61 wrote:

Nope. But the odd thing is that my wife's Samsung Captivate with the JH6 baseband and 2.1Update1 OS has GPS that works just fine! Locks right on if you are not in a large structure with lots of metal (i.e., mall building).

 

We loaded the JH7 baseband update this morning. See how it works after that...


While the GPS may seem to lock on, try navigating with it.  Chances are, even with the update to JH7, the navigation will still either fail or fall off track.  This is because the phone is using aGPS, not the GPS.

 

Here is a good explaination of GPS vs aGPS (from the XDA forums):

 

http://ip208-100-42-21.static.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=789383

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I received my Captivate a week ago after almost not considering the purchase after reading all the GPS issue messages.  GPS is important to me but the prospect of moving to android (after YEARS of WM) forced me to get it.  I ordered from third party commercial site....unlocked.  I hated to even try GPS because I love the phone but was scared of GPS disappointment.  I'm happy to report that I don't know if I'm lucky, or if this phone is in some way different, but the GPS has been flawless and even better than my previous tilts, Fuze, and HD2.  It gets a satellite lock INSIDE my house in less than a minute (no other WM phone I had could do that), outside, generally faster.  I have in the last week used CoPilot, IGo myway, and MyTracks..A LOT...all have been completely flawless.  My point certainly is NOT to gloat in any way, but to express my fear that any future 'fixes' or updates put me into the GPS frustrated party.

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It appears that it is hit or miss on the gps issues.  According to the people, on XDA, who actually got the new update to work, the gps is working better.

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I've had Google Earth up trying to find my location for 15 minutes and no lock...the little satellite icon is still active...

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samsungcarla tweeted that gps fix is with update for this week and many people on twitter are saying their gps is fixed.

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I have the update installed from today, and I'm getting no better GPS signal.  This is a little ridiculous.  The code to get into the GPS settings doesn't seem to work either.  I had done the so called work around and changed some settings, I wonder if that is messing up the fix?

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I've heard elsewhere that some people who have loaded other baseband versions than the stock have had trouble updating, but nothing about people who have just fiddled with the XDA work around.

 

I just did the update about an hour ago and the accuracy of the GPS is way, way up (from 300 feet before the update to 16 feet), though it still takes a good 60 seconds to get a strong enough signal to locate me at all.

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stefanjk wrote:

I have the update installed from today, and I'm getting no better GPS signal.  This is a little ridiculous.  The code to get into the GPS settings doesn't seem to work either.  I had done the so called work around and changed some settings, I wonder if that is messing up the fix?


I have noticed the same results. As in the GPS does not lock, and is very inaccurate with the triangulation being used. Also there now seems to be a "lock" in place to get to the settings, or that menu has been removed all together. I say that because on mine, it does not work anymore. I am hoping and praying that this "update" was a mere test on how it would work against the network for when the 2.2 firmware is ready to be pushed.

 

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After using GPS Test app and then waiting for what seemed like a few minutes to get a lock...mine now seems to need 10 to 15 seconds now. And even while driving it has about a 20 foot or so accuracy. So I am happy with it. Now ro find a good program...Google Maps is fine...but with WinMo there are better ones...and still free.
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At this point I dont know what to believe, I have read hundreds of posts on every forum I am on that say gps is fixed and just as many that say it is just as bad or worse than before the update. I can tell you that  my GPS has not improved even a little.

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