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    GPS problems

    on google maps when i am trying to navigate, it always says Searching for GPS and has my location streets away. i am outside the GPS is on. so Fin useless. i hate this!!!
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    Is the little satelite dish in the notification bar blinking green or solid green?
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    blinking green
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    That means it is not linked up and still looking for satelites. Did you try a reboot and/or battery pull?
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    that worked!! thaks so much.

    is this a common occurrence? PITA to do this all the time to get teh GPS to work
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    When in doubt, reboot I always say. My GPS has always worked fine and locates me really quick and is freaky accurate most of the time. If happens a lot to you i would take it back for a replacement. Good luck and happy GPSing.
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    Glad I saw this thread. I was going nuts! Turning it off/on didn't work, so I'm doing a battery pull (read on the Google forums to wait a few minutes). Fingers crossed.

    I thought I'd left battery pulls behind when I said goodbye to my BB Curve. Not that I'd *ever* go back, though...

    EDIT: Didn't work. Tried powering off/on and then holding shift-alt-DEL. No go, still getting the green blinking GPS symbol.

    EDIT AGAIN: Now it's working. Hmm!
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    Is this a recent problem? Perhaps it's due to the earthquake in Chile.

    The quake was so big/deep, the whole planet rang like a bell. Earth has actually altered its rotation speed, and shifted its figure axis. The change was extremely small, but it could affect the GPS satellites for a while (I think).
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    For those without previous experience with GPS units, it's worth noting that getting a GPS location is a deep dark mystery process that involves multiple uninterrupted communications between your device and multiple satellites 22,000 miles away.

    There are many, many, many factors that can disrupt that communication for at least a few minutes, if not longer. Some involve your device; some involve the satellites, and in all likelihood some involve some guy in a bunker in Nebraska who controls gps communication over the entire globe.

    In short, it is not 100% reliable communication 100% of the time. Your device may lose communication with a particular satellite. It may hiccup. The gps hardware/software may decide to take a coffee break. Get used to it.
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    I had the same problem today. Then all the sudden it started working. This is not the first time it has happend to me. It almost seems random.

    The GPS is very usefull than all the sudden it will not work at all.

    I was without a working GPS for about 3 hours today.

    I was hoping it was a firmware issue that someday motorola will fix.
    Tom
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