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By TylerDurben, Senior Member on 25th October 2011, 02:08 PM
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11th April 2012, 02:52 PM |#161  
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I did it
good job bro

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12th April 2012, 10:45 AM |#162  
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Amayzing
It really worked for me.
At the begining 2/3 sattelites, in the end 8/9.

Thank you very much.
12th April 2012, 10:58 AM |#163  
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Can someone please take a picture of the wire he used ?
I have only really thin single core or thicker multy core, can you please take a picture of the wire you used ? and if it's has a specific description i would love that too

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12th April 2012, 11:00 AM |#164  
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Hi

I used a thin copper wire, and didn't solder. Just wrap it arround.
12th April 2012, 11:56 PM |#165  
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I used a thin copper wire, and didn't solder. Just wrap it arround.





It really worksDont need soldering.Thanks for advise
13th April 2012, 09:42 AM |#166  
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worked for me
Done this mod and worked well for me, now frequently get 10 sats and a fix outdoors in a couple of seconds, i used single strand copper wire.No software mods at all required
13th April 2012, 02:29 PM |#167  
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I used a thin copper wire, and didn't solder. Just wrap it arround.

Can you please post an image of it ?

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13th April 2012, 08:54 PM |#168  
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Can you please post an image of it ?

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I used a wire from a pc fan. Don't have any image of it.
25th April 2012, 09:14 PM |#169  
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I tried it with a copper wire but it didn't work.

I got no GPS Signals with soldered wire and without gps cover. Maybe i took the wrong strenth or the wrong length.

Then i unwired it but tinned the spring contacts and on the GPS Cover antenna the contacts.

Now i have a signalstrength from 8-10 satellites within 5-10 seconds.

So my question to you guys who solded the copper wire. Did you tried gps just with copper wire but without gps cover?

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25th April 2012, 09:43 PM |#170  
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This might help for those looking to boost the gps (without just soldering a random length of wire)

http://www.rfm.com/corp/appdata/antenna.pdf
11th May 2012, 11:17 PM |#171  
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My experiences

From the day I bought my phone new shortly after it was first released, the GPS was all but non-functioning. I.e., I'd get a fix once in a blue moon.

I bought a replacement flash cover but it made no noticeable difference.

I was ready to do a mod but had to send my phone back to HTC for other reasons. I also requested they fix the GPS due to its crapness. I've written more about their UK warranty procedure here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...8#post25984478

Unfortunately the GPS, although technically better, still wouldn't achieve a lock hardly any of the time.

So I tried a little solder on the flash cover contacts. But as this was my first time soldering outside uni many years ago, I burnt a contact off entirely!

I bought another flash cover to try again and soldered more carefully. Still no joy, except while I firmly pressed on the lens cover.

So I thought I'd try again. This time, before soldering, while trying to pull the contacts fixed to the phone up a little, one broke off So getting desperate, I soldered a little more on the flash cover contacts. I also ensured the solder was higher on the contact that would connect to the one broken on the phone.

SUCCESS! Now I get a full 8-12 satellites nearly immediately. Clearly the DHD GPS design is utter **** but at least we've solved it together.

Edit: Grrr [insert swearword here!] It stopped working. It could find satellites okay but without enough strength to determine my location. I'm going to get another flash cover and try again...
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