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  1. DBadgers34's Avatar
    I've got everything on correctly, but it can't load the GPS. I have OS 4.5, I have the BBM that came with it, I do not have a beta version on, I do not have 911 location on, I do not have anything that should stop this from working. Even did several resets.

    I go to BBMaps, hit the GPS button, and then it gets stuck on "searching for satellites" for 10 minutes and eventually tells me it cannot locate me. And I am *not* in a rural location that wouldn't be found.

    Perhaps this isn't an update for everyone? Only select users?
    Last edited by DBadgers34; 12-04-08 at 05:06 PM.
    12-04-08 05:02 PM
  2. wckesq's Avatar
    Do you have 4.5 OS and did you change location setting from 911 only?
    12-04-08 05:06 PM
  3. DBadgers34's Avatar
    just did an edit; yes, I have done that
    12-04-08 05:06 PM
  4. wckesq's Avatar
    Have you tried to do it outside?
    12-04-08 05:08 PM
  5. numus's Avatar
    Verizon unlocked the gps? Wow... i take back the previous comment
    12-04-08 05:09 PM
  6. DBadgers34's Avatar
    yes -- I will be trying a system wipe -- perhaps it's just some bug. I will report later.

    Thanks for the suggestions though.
    12-04-08 05:10 PM
  7. browneyebelle's Avatar
    What version of 4.5 do u have? I have .77 (that I didn't get from vzw) but in another forum I read of people having problems with the GPS not working on .89 or .97 versions, so maybe there's something with that?

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    12-04-08 05:11 PM
  8. wckesq's Avatar
    I have .89 and works just fine here.
    12-04-08 05:11 PM
  9. berry me with it's Avatar
    Mine's working on .97, my father is on non VZW .77 and my sister is on official VZW .77, all work.
    12-04-08 05:12 PM
  10. DBadgers34's Avatar
    I just want to confirm -- I just drove around, walked outside. Nothin. Nada. Gets stuck on "searching for satellite..."
    12-04-08 05:15 PM
  11. Pete6's Avatar
    Download and install BlackStar 1.3.2 from here http://forums.crackberry.com/f41/app...9/index11.html (Post #411, I think) It is a free app that gives Lat and Long from the GPS without using maps so it is useful in your situation since it does not use any maps or your data plan.

    You need to be outside and to give it a few minutes.
    12-04-08 05:21 PM
  12. DBadgers34's Avatar
    Does this mean I'll never be able to use the GPS like everyone else though? I might return my phone over this.
    12-04-08 05:30 PM
  13. DBadgers34's Avatar
    Something must be wrong. EVEN ON BLACKSTAR, it won't load. It says "No GPS Receiver is available!"

    Just to be clear: I do not have 911 location on. My GPS settings:

    GPS Data Source: Device GPS
    GPS Services: Location On
    12-04-08 05:41 PM
  14. John Yester's Avatar
    What is your signal 1X or 1XEV?
    12-04-08 05:48 PM
  15. DBadgers34's Avatar
    As I sit in my apartment: 1XEV, I get 3 bars. No way that I need to be outside at this point...
    12-04-08 05:57 PM
  16. John Yester's Avatar
    have you changed the permissions for the BBMaps app?
    12-04-08 06:00 PM
  17. Orio's Avatar
    Mine has been sporadic today...at best. Has only worked outside, and then slow, and not always...VZ Navigator working "like a charm". So maybe the signal is better with VZ Navigator, and/or BB Maps may not be as good a "receptor"..
    Last edited by oriofan8; 12-04-08 at 06:15 PM.
    12-04-08 06:12 PM
  18. Orio's Avatar
    Didn't VZW just release their LOCK on GPS...today?? Might not be released everywhere yet....I dunno.
    12-04-08 06:22 PM
  19. teal's Avatar
    Just loaded BB Maps, enabled GPS and it took a while for satelite acquisition. I will test thru the next several days. My wife is rolling her eyes at her Husband's enthusiasm for GPS on his BB. Muttered something about growing up and I replied that I was only 61 with lots to learn and do. Of course coming to the table late for diner because of testing BB GPS may not have helped my cause.
    12-04-08 06:29 PM
  20. ds28's Avatar
    have you changed the permissions for the BBMaps app?


    I was having trouble until I did this. The pre-set permissions had "GPS" as "Prompt" for the Blackberry Maps app. After changing this to "Allow" and doing a battery pull, mine is working!

    So excited
    Last edited by ds28; 12-04-08 at 08:21 PM.
    12-04-08 08:06 PM
  21. Pete6's Avatar
    As I sit in my apartment: 1XEV, I get 3 bars. No way that I need to be outside at this point...
    Whilst outside and with a clear view of the sky, go to Options, Advanced Options, GPS, press Menu and select Refresh GPS and then wait for several minutes until the display updates Lat and Long. If this does not happen, then the GPS is still locked so,.... have a look at this post How do I resend my service books? - BlackBerryFAQ and do what it says and then do a battery pull.

    Verizon has only recently unlocked its GPS and your phone may still be locked.

    If resending the Service Books and a battery pull do not fix it then you need to call Verizon.
    12-04-08 08:13 PM
  22. wetwilly's Avatar
    GPS works with BB maps on my 8330 Curve! Thanks Verizon!

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    12-04-08 09:17 PM
  23. Pete6's Avatar
    ENGADGET says that you have to have OS 4.5.0.97 and it says that only BBMaps works.

    New firmware unlocks GPS on Verizon-branded Pearls and Curves, carrier's intentions unclear - Engadget
    12-05-08 02:47 AM
  24. DBadgers34's Avatar
    I was having trouble until I did this. The pre-set permissions had "GPS" as "Prompt" for the Blackberry Maps app. After changing this to "Allow" and doing a battery pull, mine is working!

    So excited
    1. How do I change the permissions?

    2. Are others having "searching for satellite" remain on the screen for a while? I was actually able to get this to work but it still takes a long time to find the satellite and it seems to not work unless I am outside of my apartment for a while.

    Thanks for the help from everyone. I am using .77 on 4.5 so I doubt the .97 requirement is actually true...
    12-05-08 04:51 AM
  25. Pete6's Avatar
    GPS is satellite based and therefore you, well, your phone needs to see, the sky where the satellites live.

    This isn not at all like the CDMA cell phone towers whose signals got through most buldings. The satellite signal is weak and its frequencies are absorbed by buildings so you will get no reception inside.

    The more satellites you can see the better. tThe same page i stole the picture from GPS Explained has a pretty good explanation of how it all works.

    BUT, you MUST be able to see the sky with your phone. Without GPS, the phone will triangulate off the cell towers gvong about a 1 mile location fix. With 3 or more satellites you can get down to 10 feet which should find the bar door after a little eyballing.
    12-05-08 05:47 AM
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