Orientation / Accelerometer Problems

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    Just got the droid today and for some reason the accelerometer no longer changes the screen when I turn it from horizontal to vertical. Now, if I have the keyboard open, it stays on horizontal mode, but once I close the keyboard it goes to the longer vertical mode. No matter how much I turn the phone around, as long as the keyboard is closed the screen stays vertical.

    I have confirmed that the Orientation setting is correct in my settings, and have even turned it on and off just to test.

    Is anyone else having this experience or have any solutions? Thanks!
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    If you are talking about the home screen, that does not rotate. If you are talking about it doesn't rotate for all the programs, there is an option to turn off the rotation. Menu > Sound & Display Settings = The Orientation Setting.

    If neither of those are the problem / solution, you may have to do a soft / hard reset.
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    thats the way it's supposed to work when on your homescreen. The screen WILL NOT go into landscape mode unless the keyboard is out.

    Now if you are browsing the internet or using apps it will orientate.

    Is that your only problem iwith orientation is when you are on the homescreen?
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    The screen orientation works properly while using the different. Apps. So my prob is with the home screen. I know that its supposed to rotate because it was working the day I bought it and it did it again last night. Many are experiencing this same issue and somone even posted a pic of there homescreen in landscape mode with the keyboard closed! You can see it here... Orientation / Accelerometer Problems - Android Forums
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    In the thread that was linked, some suggested that it has to do with the number of widgets and apps you have on the homescreen.

    Edit- Scratch that. Doesn't seem to matter how many you have.

    Try a battery pull and see if it works after that.
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    It will not do it and its not supposed to. Perhaps the couple that did have a glitch.

    Edit: I call BS on those pics. Open keyboard and let screen Orient then shut it. You will notice there is a moment before the screen reorientates itself. Its easy to snap a photo in that time. People will do stuff like that to mess with people and its working : )
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    I believe in the car dock it switches. person in the photo may have had a magnet under the paper simulating the car dock since i believe that is how it knows it is in one?
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    Home Screen does not auto-rotate to horizontal WITHOUT physical keyboard open. Please enough with these threads.

    Can a mod make a sticky saying that the home screen doesn't rotate when phone is rotated without physical keyboard being open...

    /thread.
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    yeah it's unfortunate that a couple people on another forum can get the masses to believe something is wrong with their device. It's insanity.
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    Its not insane. I purchased mine on 11-6 and my home screen went to landscape without keyboard open. Now it doesnt.
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    Hey folks,

    I purchased my phone 11/8 and until just recently my home screen DID rotate with the keyboard closed. There are a lot of postings on the Motorola support forums regarding this issue. One user posted the following reply from a Motorola Rep:

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    Re: DROID : Auto-Landscape on Home Screen - Re-Open
    I got a response that satisfied me from Motorola:

    "Dear Jeremy,

    Thanks for reaching out to Motorola. I’ve reviewed your e-mail and I’m ready to help.

    Regarding your concern, please note that i have been doing further researches regarding our yesterday's chat session and the Droid will temporarily not be changing the display mode with the slide closed. This modification is due to the last software update that was sent to this phones. I already forwarded the information on order for the people that takes care of this to be aware of this change and start working on this for the next software update. I do really apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and I really appreciate your interest in this product and the help you have been for us.

    We hope that you find this information useful and look forward to assisting you in the future.

    For information about Motorola products and services, please visit us at Motorola Home - Motorola USA

    Thank you for contacting Motorola chat support.

    Best Regards,

    Federico F."
    ****

    Information found here:
    https://supportforums.motorola.com/message/63437;jsessionid=B74228E8EBF32B227A24E4BF40CCB0C7.node0
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    I don't know who is "more stupider"

    This is getting ridiculous...
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    Mine does it now... :icon_ banana:

    when I tested the Droid in the store I swear it did it.
    upon purchasing my Droid it wouldn't go to landscape mode with the keyboard shut... but last night when I pluged in the charger it did it...

    so, it's a fact... it "should" go into landscape mode but it seems for most it won't...
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    It will go in landscape mode with the slider closed if you're running GDE home replacement. I've been running that for a while and haven't used the regular homescreen. I'll go back and see what happens in 2.01.
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    nope. doesn't rotate
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    I updated last night and was psyched when I rebooted and it oriented to landscape in closed mode! Then I went to bed and by morning it had gone back to non-landscape orientation again. I hate that. I can't believe they say that they do that on purpose when so many of us want it to be landscape based as desired.

    If they have their reasons than at least make it a setting for US to choose, because it does in fact SUPPORT it.
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    My husband && I both got the MotoDroid. His screen goes into landscape mode when rotated --yes, even on the home screen-- without sliding the keyboard up. Mine, however, doesn't. Of the two phones mine seems to be the one glitching. Not the other way around.

    It doesn't make sense that it won't go into landscape mode on the home page without having the keyboard out. Why only the home page?
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    Yeah, there are quite a few discussions about this. I thought I saw something official from Google saying that it hasn't been implemented for the home screen, but I'm too lazy to confirm... Is it so hard to believe that, since there are more people saying "It worked before, now it doesn't" then there are saying that it never worked, that it may be a bug? (Ahem, I'm sorry, "Undocumented Feature") :)
    I do know for a fact that it seems to be intermittent, before I switched to a non-stock ROM, mine would occasionally re-orient itself with the keyboard close, but I could never get it to do it consistently... Nor do I want it to. I want my home screen to stay oriented the same way all the time, and I almost disabled the re-orientation option to stop it.
    So, to summarize, it does happen. For some it's random, for some it's all the time, but the general consensus from Motorola and Google is that currently, it's not supported.
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    I have a Motorola Droid running the stock 2.1 OS.

    I just switch back to the stock Home Screen and mine does not rotate but stays in portrait mode. I did find that if my slideout keyboard is out just a tiny bit, the home screen rotates to landscape. This is exactly as expected by me.

    My replacement Home Screens rotate between portrait and landscape as advertised by the developers.

    I will not speculate as to why the stock Home Screen rotated
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