Problem finding GPS.....again...

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  1. Erikbal

    Erikbal Member

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    First off let me apologize for the long post and ask that you PLEASE take your time to read it... I've had my phone going on probably 2 months now. When I first got it and I would try google maps navigation just for fun and to experiment, it would NOT find a signal and just sit there and say searching for GPS signal. I'd even drive all the way home from work (20mins) with it trying and it wouldn't find anything, and yes the GPS was on. Well one day after work I stopped to get gas and tried again and it worked great and connected almost immediately. So I figured well it's a new phone maybe there was a bug or something and saw a lot of people on here were having simular problems. Well just tonight I downloaded a new app my friend told me about called Speedview so when I left his house I turned my GPS on and opened the app and it sat there searching for satellites for a good 10 minutes so I thought well just to see if it's the app or not I'll try Google maps which I knew (or thought so) worked. Same thing again,went to the navigation mode and that also sat there for at least 10 minutes searching for GPS and never found it. I was in my Jeep driving and even held the phone up to the windshield. Any ideas? It's frustrating having this brand new phone and not having itt work right. Sorry about the long post just looking for help and wanted to be specific. Thanks!
     
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    This seems to be a problem in the Droid 3. I also have a hard time getting signal.

    Sent from my DROID 3 directly to YOU!
     
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    Has happened to me and just have to reboot the phone. I have started running GPS Status or Google Maps at least once per day and this has mostly stopped the lack of GPS signal for me. If the radar icon does not show on the notification bar it will not connect.
     
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    I don't get it though cuz it worked fine for a while several times in a row then now back to the same problem. Very frustrating!
     
  5. Erikbal

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    Ok thanks next time I'm out and it doesn't work I'll give it a try. Still something that shouldn't be a problem and should be fixed.
     
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    Just an FYI....the "update" for the Droid 3 that's been posted......you can see GPS Satellites in apps like GPS Status and such that wouldn't show them before (as the phones version shipped). Not sure what else was done to the GPS portion, but they did correct that so perchance there are some other fixes as well.
     
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    I'm having this issue too. Seems to be no rhyme or reason to when it happens. Sometimes I start maps or nav and the GPS icon shows up in the notification bar and everything connects very quickly. Other times, no icon, no Signal until I reboot. Oddly, when this happens and I check gps in settings, one or more of the check boxes are unchecked. I've tried checking all the boxes. Once it actually worked, but had my location way to the left of where I was. A reboot fixed it, but I should have to do that to get GPS to work reliably. I hope the update really does fix it.
     
  8. Erikbal

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    So today on my way to work it wasn't working so I rebooted the phone and it worked great and I even turned the gps off then on and tried again and it still worked so we'll see if it works again later or if I have to reboot again.
     
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    Well on my way home from work tonight it worked again and didn't have to reboot. I just wonder why sometimes you do..
     
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    I am had this happen again this morning. I went into settings and unchecked and recheck all the options for GPS and reopened maps. It located right away after that. So no reboot necessary this time.

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    It would be nice if someone that applied the update could do some extensive testing to see if GPS is reliable. Might just be the last straw for me.
     
  12. tom head

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    Update?

    Tom, What version are we talking about now with the update? My Check fore updates keeps saying I am current, but still see no satallites on any of the many programs that shgould show them.

    Thanks in advance
     
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