GPS Slow to activate

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  1. Mungboy

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    My Bionic takes forever to get the GPS up and running. Anyone else having a similar problem?
     
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    takes for ever to load the app or find a gps signal?
     
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    To get the GPS signal...I can't understand why it takes so long if I'm outside to get the GPS signal.
     
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    Do you have the GPS setting turned on in your general settings? Also, which program are you using with the GPS?
     
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    I always fire up 'GPS Status' free in the market (Play) before I turn on GPS. It locks faster on than GPS alone. It has some very useful features.
     
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    I have noticed the same thing lately. Can take about 10 the 20 seconds to get a lock. It use to lock almost instantly. I'm on the latest stock firmware.

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    I second GPS status. It also has some features for resetting your A-GPS stuff which helps speed things up.
     
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    GPS Status is great but I only used that to help with phones that had inferior gps hardware/software. Motorola droid phones have always worked perfect in my experience without the need for such apps. Used to I could get a gps lock with a second or two even inside my house as long as I was within a few feet of a window. Just wondering what is going on or if it is something simple that a hard reset would fix. I don't really remember when it started happening so I'm clueless if it started after upgrading to the latest OTA.
     
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    Well suit yourself... I've had this happen a couple of times, and a quick use of GPS Status usually does the trick. (Don't have to use it every time, just when you're seeing it not seeming to work right.)
     
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    The GPS should come on immediately if you have it set on. If not, a reset might do the trick. Otherwise, your GPS may be defective if does this outside.
     
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    It seems that weather, sun spots, other em activity, etc. can affect the gps lock. Sometimes it happens quickly, sometimes not. I do find that Gps Status helps when I'm not acquiring sats quickly. Other uses for Gps Status include a leveling tool, compass, gps calibration, and as mentioned, help with the A-GPS function. It is definitely worth having, especially when needing help with the satellite lock.
     
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    The fact that they work as well as they do in phones actually amazes me... When I got my first car GPS back in the day I needed an external antenna unless I wanted to hold the thing out my window while I drove. You could put a sheet on top of the thing and it would loose signal. :p
     
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    I've been having trouble locking on to the GPS over the past few weeks (un-rooted). It seemed to be a slight problem when I first got my original Bionic on release day, but cleared up after software updates. I am on my 3rd Bionic with the most recent OS and since I received it in March, have had NO problem with the GPS until now. I use GPS essentials and, although I can see almost a dozen or so GPS satellites, it still takes quite a wile for them to "fix" on my position. This has become quite a nuisance when I am in the car trying to bring up directions. :(
     
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    had this exact problem too... Still slightly do, but I am 90% better now... First off, what version are you running for you phone? I presume .905?
     
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    Yes, I got the 905 update several weeks ago. Not sure if my problem started then as I didn't really notice it until recently.
     
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