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[BUG] Compass not aligning properly [VIDEO ADDED]

9th October 2013, 01:17 AM |#1  
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Anyone else who has an N900W8 have weird compass issues? It sometimes doesn't rotate or does not align properly.

Strange issue on my Note 2's compass too, sometimes does not calibrate properly, AND is running 4.3 but on AOSP. Is there a build problem/Samsung problem? Or is it hardware and I have to get it changed?

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10th October 2013, 02:02 AM |#2  
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Nope, after a day of usage, it just locks into a position when I rotate my phone on a horizontal plane. If i tilt my phone left right forward and backwards the compass moves.

To calibrate it, I have to shake my device hard and spin it like I am opening a door knob many times. Then the compass will work perfectly.

Anyone have this issue? N900W8. Is this normal to calibrate a device? Is this a recurrent issue amongst users?
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10th October 2013, 06:34 AM |#3  
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No one has this problem? Will I have to take it back for a replacement? It still works, after a rigorous shake, but is this calibration abnormal or not? Will there be a possibility that a software update could fix this?
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10th October 2013, 08:05 AM |#4  
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I have kinda a similar problem, in maps if I'm using navigation the arrow doesn't align correctly to the direction I'm going, not much of a problem.don't know if it's related to the GPS or the compass in my case

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I have kinda a similar problem, in maps if I'm using navigation the arrow doesn't align correctly to the direction I'm going, not much of a problem.don't know if it's related to the GPS or the compass in my case

Sent from my SM-N900 using xda app-developers app

Can I safe to say that there is an existing Compass Bug in the software and not have to replace it? I will be uploading a video soon.
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15th October 2013, 10:28 AM |#7  
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Hello,
I have had the same problem. The solution is so simple:
1- dial *#0*#
2- choose sensor
3- here you will find that the status of your magnetic sensor is: "need to calibrate". So you wave your note 3 in 8 patterns for one or two times
4- and here we go, the sensor status now is calibrated and your problem is solved

P.S.: if you have a problem with *#0*# you can use any compass application or google maps, and then you continue with 3 and 4.

Hope that it helps you
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Hi Kaderoid,

That's not really a calibration method, but thanks for your help. My device just spins and spins and spins no matter how I much I try to calibrate it. The only way I can fix it is by rebooting.

That's the difference, and plus magnetic interference happens too often it seems like it's a hardware issue.

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14th November 2013, 07:34 AM |#9  
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So, do we have a solution or a fix to this issue? My Note 3 has the same issue.
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14th November 2013, 12:15 PM |#10  
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I had the same problems, display didn't rotate, after a couple of days it seems fixed, but now doesn't rotate again.
I'm Italian, I'm hope that the English is enough good
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