So Google Maps cannot pinpoint my location....

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    OK I am trying to get Google Maps to find me but it cannot do it. It is searching for my location and currently has me located at a spot about a mile from my house and has been in the same spot for the last day or 2. I have force closed Google Maps, restarted my phone, nothing. It gives directions fine but GPS cannot locate me. What should I do to fix this?
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    Dumb question but it Both locate by GPS and Cell Towers on?
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    Often, when I turn my maps on, the blue pointer is off but it corrects itself.
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    I have both wireless networks and GPS satellites on to locate me and still has me as a mile from where I actually am
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    Are you on 2.1? I think a battery pull might be a good idea. 30 seconds to allow capacitors to discharge.
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    I'm gonna try this real quick
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    I had this problem once before at my house. While in my basement, Google Maps (with GPS enabled) could not pin point me. After walking upstairs and outside, it managed to sort it out and find me. Maybe you're experiencing a similar situation....
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    HookBill and Martin have good points. Always try the battery pull first. If that doesn't work then it is possible your GPS is not getting many satellites and therefore not able to pin point you. I assume you are outdoors in clear line of site? I have yet to have a single issue with gps not picking me up to within a few meters.
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    this was my issue being in the basement :)

    I did do a battery pull before I walked outside as well.
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    If you're still having problems, download the "GPS Status" app. You might also try the "Compass" app. Each calibrates your location using the GPS.
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    Did you just get the update. My troubles started after getting the update yesterday..
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    Just pulled the battery and still no dice. I am 2.1 and not rooted. Oh well it works everywhere else fine so I guess since it only happens at my house I can deal with it or I'll keep trying other ways to help fix it. Thanks for the help everyone!
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    I got it Monday morning when I woke up to go to school. Everything else works perfectly fine (although live wallpapers do slow the animations down some but not enough to bug me).
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    I've had similar issues before and after the update. Google Navigation has no problem, especially when I am in the car, but on the regular maps, it tends to show me a mile or so away from where I am (usually inside)

    To remedy this, I disabled "use wireless networks" under location and security settings. Works pretty well. Your best bet is to disable wireless networks outside, and use them inside.

    On a similar topic, I can't seem to figure out how Latitude updates on the maps... It will show me a mile away from where I am, and show girlfriend on the other side of town, even though she is sitting next to me with maps open. Any suggestions?



    Also, please remember that alot of these features and/or technologies are still in beta. GPS by wireless network is pretty new, and it needs a lot of work before it is where verizon, google, and motorola want it to be.
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    It frequently can't find me in my house. Just so long as it does it's job when I'm driving, I'm fine. :)
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    Errors in GPS data

    My first post!

    For what its worth, on several different brands of dedicated GPS units that my friends have, our house coordinates show up almost exactly 1.1 miles west of where our house really is. 3 times in the last two years someone has called asking "do you really live at this McDonalds?" or something disturbingly similar.

    Could this be some error in the global GPS data that shows up once in a while?

    Like I said, for what its worth.

    Regards,
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    Disabled "use wireless networks" under location and security settings.
    As stated above. Go to maps and select my location and it should correct itself. Also if you had your maps open during the day and close it down before you get home it will show your last location until you open maps again and refresh your location.That's typically why it's off base for me.
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    To everyone that said to turn off wireless networks and enable GPS instead that did it. It has me right at my house now. Thanks to everyone who helped out and suggested different fixes my problem has been solved and I am much appreciated :icon_ banana:
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    It's a bug. In 2.01, it can pinpoint location solely use the wireless and turn off the GPS.
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    You're always going to have a larger margin of error unless you're using GPS.

    The Droid's GPS seems to always operate in assisted mode so it does need the network to get an initial fix. I've run into a couple of instances where mine isn't able to lock on to the satellites even if it can "see" them. GPS Status is definitely handy for troubleshooting as it shows you the number of satellites that the receiver can pick up as well as how many it is actually locking on to.

    From what I can tell, this doesn't really fix anything. Google Maps will use the wireless networks if GPS isn't available but should switch to GPS when available. Maybe yours was having trouble switching or something.

    With Wireless Networks disabled it will only use GPS so you need to be outdoors or in a spot where it can lock onto the satellites.
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