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doe4040 05-12-2008 03:06 PM

GPS not working - 8310
 
Hey guys
Im having some problems with my GPS on my 8310
Ive made sure its on and everything but when i turn on BB maps and click on 'Find Location - Where I Am' it just searches...
...and searches...
...and searches...
And the other day i tried it again in the middle of town at a cafe, hoping for better results from a built up area, and i forgot about it, and when i came back to it 20 mins later it was still saying 'searching...'
Any ideas from anyone?
Cheers

doe4040 05-12-2008 04:31 PM

help anyone? =(

Dubdub 05-12-2008 04:36 PM

For GPS to lock on, you need to be outside with a clear view of the sky. This is especially important if it is the initial connection or if it has been longer than 7 days since the last connection. The device has to download the ephemeris tables so it knows where in the sky to look. That can take a while. Then it has to find the satellites which can also take several minutes. You need at least 3 good sats to get a good position. Loacating yourself on the map as close as possible also helps. I have seen it take upwards of 10 minutes before you get a "fix".

You might try using GoogleMaps and clink current location to help speed the process. Google uses cell towers to triangulate and figure out where you are in lieu of GPS.

doe4040 05-12-2008 04:42 PM

Thanks Dubdub, much appreciated
Can you get GoogleMaps as a 'Berry app?
Im sure ive seen it mentioned...

JSanders 05-12-2008 05:30 PM

Doe, go to Options > Advanced > GPS. Press Menu > Refresh GPS.

Do this outside, in a clear view of the sky... it could take ten minutes.

doe4040 05-12-2008 05:38 PM

Cheers JS

takeshi 05-13-2008 10:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doe4040 (Post 926897)
And the other day i tried it again in the middle of town at a cafe, hoping for better results from a built up area, and i forgot about it, and when i came back to it 20 mins later it was still saying 'searching...'
Any ideas from anyone?

It has already been stated but the clearer your view of the sky the better. I had to do a refresh on mine the other day in downtown Houston and the skyscrapers certainly did not help. It took nearly 10 minutes as JSanders mentions.

Quote:

Originally Posted by doe4040 (Post 927055)
help anyone? =(

An hour typically isn't enough time for a response on a forum site, FYI. ;-)

doe4040 05-13-2008 01:47 PM

Well i had a faster reply to my iPhone in a blender thread hehe

JSanders 05-13-2008 01:54 PM

well duh, of course, that was a bloody riot.

You not being able to get GPS has no drama or excitement to it.


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