Fascinate Issues? Do people have the same issues that I do?

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    When I first got my Fascinate it seemed pretty good, but there was some obvious issues. So I rooted it. I have tried many different roms, kernel, radio combinations. Keep in mind that I am not new to root. This is the third device that I have rooted. I am still having some issues and I feel as if it is the phone itself.

    Problems that I have been experiencing:
    -Freezing (not app specific, have to pull battery to restart)
    -GPS sucks. Often doesn't work at all. Need to toggle GPS on and off a bunch of times to get it to work
    -Lag when trying to run something memory intensive like Launcher pro with animations. Keep in mind I am running voodoo.
    -Reboots and or sleep of death. Doesn't matter which rom or kernel I am running.

    My question is. Are these problems common with other Fascinates? I am pretty sure they are but want others opinions. Thank you.
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    I have had 2 fascinates (the first one got stolen) and although at some point i have experienced most of what you mentioned, i can assure you it is not normal in my experience.
    I am currently on custom rom and kernel and my phone is very close to perfect.

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    So really my answer would be, are they common problems? Yes. Normal? No. In my opinion there are so many different variations, and methods on how you can go about to install roms etc, and not only that maybe you have corrupted data or even apps that can cause a lot of weird stuff.

    Just recently I was having issues , and I thought problem was the rom or whatever, and it turned out that the problem lay in my data somewhere. I have titanium backup and backup pro to restore my apps and data, well i discovered after multiple factory resets that I had to manually restore some of my apps and didn't restore ANY of my data, and bingo that did the trick. No problems.
    Now I realize this is just one of the very many different ways problems could come from. I think if someone really knows what there doing that they could fix issues 80, 90, maybe even 99% of the time.

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    Thanks. I do restore just data from titanium backup. I don't restore apps from Tibu, but I download them from the market then restore data from Tibu. Maybe there is some corrupted data somewhere. I'll go through my apps and see if I can eliminate the problem. Maybe i'll do a clean install of a rom and add apps one by one and see if I can isolate the problem. Thanks again.
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    The only problem i have that is killing me is the video recorder on the stock camera. I get a "recording failed" message, sometimes 5 seconds, 20 seconds, or a minute into recording a video. I'm not rooted and it has been like this pre-Froyo.

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    I do have problems with the camera freezing and video failing to record sometimes too.
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    Also while your at it don't let Google automatically restore any data or apps, it does for me sometimes.
    First thing you wanna do before restoring ANYTHING (also make sure nothing has restored automatically) is go through your phone and mess around with the settings and the apps that came with the rom and see if you have any problems. Then reboot and check again if there are no problems.
    Now set up your Google account and download an app. Play with it and set it up, still good? Next download an app that was force closing or gave you trouble before and check it out. Good luck :)

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    Thanks for the info. Sounds like a good idea. I just wiped and am going to install EF fresh.
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    My phone couldnt detect my sd card for a good ten minutes. I was web browsing then it said the music i was listening to ( which i have had for months) couldnt be supported. When i tried opening player pro, i got a black screen and couldnt exit. So many issues, even my clock widget is beautiful widgets when i turn on my phone but i uninstalled it months ago

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    I just want a SGSII or a replacement phone

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    I just wiped and reinstalled only the essentials. I'll see how it goes. Going good so far. I never had any issues with my d1 except for noticeable lag. Hopefully this will fix my fascinate issues. The sgs2 looks nice, let's hope it has a better gps than fascinate though.

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    I am convinced that phones made at different dates do not have the same hardware in them. My wife's phone was purchased 9 months after mine and it runs very differently. From checking the threads over time you will see that one person has no trouble running Rom X while others have tons of problems, but can run Rom Y just fine. I have rooted and installed the same Rom's on our two phones. Each was done the same way from a fresh install back to factory. We have the same apps with the same settings. Her phone runs like crap. Constant freezes and reboots, while mine runs like a champ. It has gotten so bad on her phone that I am restoring it back to factory tonight so she can call Verizon. We will see what happens. Same phone, same setup, same apps, same procedures, different results.
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    I think you are probably right with that too. I got my phone off of ebay so I don't know when it was made. Maybe the previous owner screwed it up...it seems to be in good condition though. I am usually able to fix anything with root, but not with my fassy. One thing I do know is my gps is still screwed up and a verizon tech straight up told me that the gps in the fascinate is known to be horrible. Running good so far though except for the gps. Hopefully it was just corrupted data.

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    You could try GPS fix, and GPS status.

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    GPS fix and status didn't work. Thanks though. The gps works if I toggle gps on and off a couple times before I start navigator.

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    I haven't had any big issues with my Fascinate but there have been minor annoyances at times.

    The GPS will not work sometimes and I'll turn it off and on again a couple of times until it works. Doesn't happen all the time and I don't know what causes it.

    Sometimes the phone won't recognize an incoming call. I'll get a call on my landline from family or friends telling me they were calling my Fascinate. I'm not sure if the latest patch fixed it.

    Other than those issues I enjoy using this phone and I'm glad I got it back in Sept.
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    Yea I hate to talk bad about the phone because there are alot of positives. I haven't had the landline issues, but I mostly get calls from other cell phones.

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    There are some clearly defined issues with this phone. The GPS is one of them, the changes in hardware from different model dates, and the verizon/samsung bickering. I came from an LG phone and it was a piece of crap. There were constant updates, but they never addressed the concerns of their users. My wife and I upgraded to this phone. Same phone, same software, different problems. My daughter just updated to another LG phone and again it is a piece of crap. This phone has some great features and unfortunately the best support comes from the coding community. Not a bad phone and I would buy it again. Mostly concerned with consistency.
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    That's why I worry about Samsung phones in the future because it doesn't seem like they are doing quality control on all their devices. Maybe they changed one of their hardware suppliers midstream. I was looking forward to the galaxy s2 but it is pretty much off my list now.

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    My phone is running better though since the fresh install of EF and not using titanium backup to restore data.

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