1. VR6's Avatar
    Anyone have trouble getting the GPS to find their location on a PB.

    I was using it as a GPS unit this weekend on Osmand and it never found our location the entire time. It also had trouble finding our location on Poynt so I know it's not an app issue.

    And since you can't turn off the GPS on the PB, what else can it be? What the trick to kicking it in the **** to get it to work?
    04-28-14 12:44 PM
  2. diegonei's Avatar
    Trick is having both strong Internet signal AND clear sky view.

    PlayBook have GPS, not A-GPS (that can use celltowers as support).
    Carl Estes likes this.
    04-28-14 01:35 PM
  3. mh1983's Avatar
    GPS with an offline map program like Osmand should lock in just fine without WiFi.

    Wouldn't toggling airplane mode turn off GPS then turn it on again?

    I recall seeing others suggesting a hard reboot and using other apps to lock into GPS. Sorry I don't have specific names, but hopefully others will chime in.
    04-28-14 01:39 PM
  4. djpailo's Avatar
    GPS sucks on PB unless you do have a clear sky. But if you do have a clear sky, it does work great.
    anon1727506 likes this.
    04-28-14 02:37 PM
  5. VR6's Avatar
    It was clear skies and no WiFi as I was in the car. Maybe I should have tried a hardboot?

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    04-28-14 02:56 PM
  6. eblade's Avatar
    About a year ago, I tried to find anything that could even verify the functionality of GPS on PlayBook, and I couldn't find a single anything that would do it.
    04-28-14 03:14 PM
  7. mmd12's Avatar
    I use GPS Data Master, a free app. It takes a few minutes to get a lock. It works for me indoors as well.

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    04-28-14 03:48 PM
  8. brookie229's Avatar
    Download and install the FREE GPS Test from BB World -- with this great little app you can test your gps and some people claim that starting this app BEFORE you use Magellan or OsMand will make those apps work better.
    04-28-14 04:54 PM
  9. VR6's Avatar
    I think those apps made the GPS work, but I'll have to test it out on the next road trip
    04-29-14 10:05 AM
  10. anon1727506's Avatar
    It was clear skies and no WiFi as I was in the car. Maybe I should have tried a hardboot?

    Posted via CB10
    In a car, is not clear skies - depending on your orientation to the satellites the simple roof of you car might block a signal.

    Yes you should have tried a hardboot....

    No you should not be using the PlayBook for GPS mapping. It is very slow - unreliable ( it just does't kick in sometimes), and the few times I tried it I'd be 1/4 of a mile past an intersection.
    04-29-14 03:59 PM
  11. Asdic Ping's Avatar
    I have found that my PB finds a GPS fix quite quickly if wifi is switched off. If wifi is left on it takes forever.
    04-30-14 07:40 AM
  12. VR6's Avatar
    the hard boot seemed to have helped
    04-30-14 09:46 AM
  13. darkhawk's Avatar
    Hope you get it working. I use It often with offline maps used with nogago it's great!
    04-30-14 10:53 AM

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