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  1. CDG's Avatar
    Are you guys kidding me?
    Is my gps receiver broken? ...
    What software do you guys use?
    If i go to options - advanced - gps and refresh, it takes usually like 5 min before it locks,
    So this isnt normal?
    Any suggestions on how to improve or check wether it's really broken or not?
    This suxxx...

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    This was posted somewhere on here for GPS and other function testing.

    Options > Status

    On the status screen, type the word "test" without quotes and from the menu on the Device Self Test Application screen, select Start.
    01-18-10 09:01 AM
  2. CDG's Avatar
    Does anyone know if the 9700 has a function to locate itself using wireless routers or transmitter towers, cant remember which it is. I have a HTC Hero which uses this function when GPS isn't available.
    The 9700 also has AGPS which uses towers together with the GPS to get a fix quicker. If the GPS is unavailable the towers will get you an approximate location, which on mine varies from 100-2100 meters.

    Hope this helped.
    01-18-10 09:05 AM
  3. eggnoodle's Avatar
    Check out Telmap Navigator...they have a free BETA with turn-x-turn VOICE gps.



    Complete the registration and you will receive a download link....it works great, I use it quite often just to test it out on my normal drives around town...works with no issues. Use the 8900 as your device as it doesn't list the 9700.

    http://global.telmap.com/tugpcbeta/registrationform.asp

    I signed up for this last night and used it around town. It works very well and from what I'm told, is free as long as you stay in the program. It appears to be from the UK but you can set the options to be in miles instead of kilometers, etc. and it works well. You do get a British gal giving you directions though....not bad either
    I registered and never got an email with the download link. Did the email come instantly for you?
    Nevermind...got the email
    Last edited by eggnoodle; 01-18-10 at 09:47 AM. Reason: got it
    01-18-10 09:31 AM
  4. zeteo's Avatar
    Philly, I couldn't disagree more!! My 9700 picks up GPS much more quickly than my iPhone. Inside or out.
    01-18-10 10:01 AM
  5. allthrottle's Avatar
    When I used Poynt, it took 2-3 minutes to pickup my GPS location, after that it worked great. Recently, I used BB Maps while driving around just to test it out. Picked up my location within a minute, and followed my location around within half a mile(probably closer than that) as long as I was driving. I haven't used the actual driving directions part of it, but I can't imagine it being horrible.
    01-18-10 10:27 AM
  6. PhillyM's Avatar
    This was posted somewhere on here for GPS and other function testing.

    Options > Status

    On the status screen, type the word "test" without quotes and from the menu on the Device Self Test Application screen, select Start.

    Hi, I did the test, and while it was scanning, it TIMED OUT

    omg....what is going on?
    01-21-10 09:26 AM
  7. CDG's Avatar
    Hi, I did the test, and while it was scanning, it TIMED OUT

    omg....what is going on?
    It sounds like yo have faulty GPS in your unit. Do any of the other tests work?

    I would ask for a replacement.
    01-21-10 09:44 AM
  8. giantfan30's Avatar
    Hi, I did the test, and while it was scanning, it TIMED OUT

    omg....what is going on?
    go to options GPS and list all your settings before you overeact and return the device......actually first do a battery pull then go to options GPS and list all your settings here
    01-21-10 09:51 AM
  9. PhillyM's Avatar
    That would reallly suck!

    But it says,

    "Go outdoors and get the GPS receiver fixed to satellites.....etc"

    So I have to go outdoor? I am currently in my house.
    Does this test work for you guys while you are inside a building?
    01-21-10 09:52 AM
  10. giantfan30's Avatar
    GPS data source device GPS
    GPS services location on
    location data enabled
    location aiding enabled

    make sure you are OUTSIDE with a clear view of the sky when you scan for satellites using the refresh GPS option
    01-21-10 09:55 AM
  11. PhillyM's Avatar
    Ok I went outside and the test and GPS refresh both locked very fast, maybe 30 seconds.

    But some of you say it also should work while indoors right?
    And whats the point in locking to satellites while everytime I use GPS it is going to search/scan again
    01-21-10 09:57 AM
  12. giantfan30's Avatar
    That would reallly suck!

    But it says,

    "Go outdoors and get the GPS receiver fixed to satellites.....etc"

    So I have to go outdoor? I am currently in my house.
    Does this test work for you guys while you are inside a building?
    thats what i figured...YES you have to be OUTSIDE ...sometimes you MAY get a GPS lock indoors but that depends on a lot of factors....
    01-21-10 09:59 AM
  13. giantfan30's Avatar
    Ok I went outside and the test and GPS refresh both locked very fast, maybe 30 seconds.

    But some of you say it also should work while indoors right?
    And whats the point in locking to satellites while everytime I use GPS it is going to search/scan again
    first you need to breath
    GPS is not SUPPOSED to work indoors
    everytime you use GPS from this point on the search scan time will be greatly reduced....
    you dont have to go into the menu to do anything the next time you want to use GPS.....just open your maps program
    01-21-10 10:02 AM
  14. CDG's Avatar
    That would reallly suck!

    But it says,

    "Go outdoors and get the GPS receiver fixed to satellites.....etc"

    So I have to go outdoor? I am currently in my house.
    Does this test work for you guys while you are inside a building?
    Yes, outside is the best.

    The GPS working indoors depends a lot on where you are, mine works if I am at a window or standing underneath the skylights.

    I didn't realize you were testing it from inside and getting panicky, now it doesn't seem like you have any problem with your GPS at all.
    01-21-10 10:07 AM
  15. richard371#CB's Avatar
    The GPS chip on the 9700 is the SiRF star 3 which is used in many high end hand held devices and autos etc. It blows away the infinion GPS chip in the Iphone 3G(S). I have done many comparrisions. The Iphone GPS is very laggy as it only updates once in 5 seconds no matter what app you use. The Blackberrys updates every second in all apps except for google maps which is once in 5 seconds. im sitting in my office building on a rainy day top floor. I get 7 sattelites on bbmaps.
    01-21-10 10:38 AM
  16. poonpower's Avatar
    I too seem to have the problem some of you are having. I recently acquired a 9700 from Rogers, and I dont have BB maps installed, nor can my gps locate satellites in the Options>Advance Options>gps pane.
    When I installed google maps it says i dont have a data plan and its blocked, the self test gps does not acquire any satellites at all; it just says timed out.
    Do I have a faulty gps?
    11-09-10 01:36 PM
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