The Droid 3 is laggin big time.

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 3' started by landdesigner, May 31, 2013.

  1. JoeHockey

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    Just an update on my very slow attempt to bring my D3 back to life. I've been running on a backup phone for a week now and it's better but not great. I did a factory reset on my primary phone but found that even this didn't correct my non-functional camcorder. I took it one step further and SBF'd the phone back to original stock (wiping everything in the process). This has fixed the camcorder problem and I am now in the process of loading my apps back on and reloading all my music etc. I'll post the final result of this experiment in the next few days when I finish reloading everything.
     
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    UPDATE: So far phone is running well. Camera/Camcorder now working, speed seems good, not a speed demon but definitely improved. Still need a few more phone calls to determine if the call starting 2 minutes after I tried to place it problem is solved but so far so good.
     
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    UPDATE 2: Heat seems to be improved too. I haven't checked actual temps but running the same apps I always run it seems cooler in my hand.

    So here are the steps I took:

    1) SBF back to pure stock
    2) re-root
    3) re-download titanium backup and froze all the vzw bloatware (did this before reloading any apps)
    4) re-downloaded my apps (did not restore from backup, did clean install)

    One of the other benefits of this approach has been I've gotten rid of a lot of apps I kept on the phone "because I thought I might use them". I figure this way if I realize I need an app I used to have installed I can re-install it as needed which has cleared a lot of space on my phone. Next step will be to see which apps I can move to the external sd card to free up even more space. I also had some widgets that I used previously so I'm going to add those back one at a time to see which ones (if any) were killing my battery. Also going to set rom toolbox back up to see if the cpu speed controlling that I was trying before actually gets me any benefit. If battery life is fine without it I'm not going to bother as I'd rather have a snappy response time.
     
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    One other idea: try a third party launcher. I've been running the stock launcher for a while now with only two widgets - the stock people widget that comes on the center home screen by default, and the power control widget, to get toggles for data sync, wifi, GPS, etc.

    I've noticed that as time goes on - after the phone has been powered on for 12 hours or so - the battery starts draining faster. After charging the phone again to full charge, I'll find that the second day I get much worse battery life - so the phone will drain to 40% by the end of the day rather than my standard 60%.

    Last night I reinstalled ADW EX and restarted the phone. I am getting better battery life today. I'm hoping that I will see the same tomorrow. Obviously, I don't have the people widget, but I have a hard time believing that is a battery drain.
     
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    I want to second the vote for Holo -- had it for a few weeks now and really like it. I pretty much never get screen redraws when I return to the homescreen (I think I chose the option to keep it in memory). I also added Holo Locker, which allows me to pull down the notification screen while locked, which is a feature I really like.

    The other app I'd recommend is Profile Scheduler (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wetpalm.ProfileScheduler), which I use to switch over three locations (home, work, out). I've noticed that if I switch work to wifi->on, with data->off and phone->off I get crazy, crazy battery life. Apparently my phone spends a LOT of time at work searching for signal (which I was not able to diagnose with several utilities). A clever trick in Profile Scheduler is instead of using GPS to get location, you can use cell-tower IDs, which are a lot cheaper battery-wise.

    Anyway, with those two changes my D3 is MUCH more pleasant to use (though I also get the call-now-connect-in-5-minutes issue too). I was close to abandoning it, but now I'm more comfortable waiting a bit more (probably until the HTC One reaches Verizon...or maybe I'll wait for the mysterious X in October).

    Another observation: my wife's D3, which is totally stock (not even rooted) shows several of the same symptoms as those mentioned here. I've found that simply booting with VolUp+m into the recovery menu (http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-3-hacks/176351-how-access-recovery.html#post1782806) and then clearing her cache (no jokes, please) works wonders for hers.

    Oh, by the way: I had dug real deep into the world of Go...launcher, locker, widgets. I was annoyed on day 1 by all the typos and updates every 15 minutes, but I ultimately came to suspect their intrusive and very buggy software was a major cause of my awful battery life and occasional heat-ups. I'd really recommend staying as close to naked as you can!

    -Matt
     
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    So far the "call now connect later" issue is gone from my phone. I'm also getting much improved battery life but I can't say if that is from wiping it completely clean or the fact that I have a bunch of apps I have not reinstalled. I would guess it's probably a combination of the two.
     
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    use super backup to back up ur apps, contacts, msgs, calander its gr8
     
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    So to update my droid 3 saga...about 2 months after fully wiping the phone, sbf'ing back to stock etc my phone is back to being terribly slow. No idea what is causing it at this point, I have tried to be very careful about what apps I reloaded onto the phone but still have a mystery slowdown. SMSPro was the last thing I installed before it ground to a halt. Uninstalled that but it has not helped much.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. I've also been having most of these problems on my D3 (not rooted) and tried using a program called "Clean Master" which does help some, but I just downloaded "Device Info" to see if that helps more -- especially with the Call lag problem. I also think using the stock program called "Data Saver" during the day and only turning it off at night -- then put it on the WIFI when it's on a charger will really help with battery life. Data Saver prevents any updates from downloading.
     
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    hey all,


    i use advance task killer i have used many apps but this one is the best and u don't have to reboot the phone every time it lags.. if your device get slow open a big application or game and close it after some time and click on task killer it will improvise the phone so u don't have to reboot every time.....
     
  12. landdesigner

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    HELP!!!! Well, I have done all the simple things to my little Droid. However, it continued to crash a lot in the last week. Now it is sitting on my desk cycling the boot. Just repeating "Droid" all the time. UHG!!! I have no idea WTH happened, it was sitting on my desk, and when I came back it was happening. The CPU is quite warm, but not as hot as it has been in the past.

    If there is a program I can install from computer, I would need detailed instructions on how to do it.
     
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