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By Macropoutsis, Senior Member on 7th February 2015, 04:59 AM
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I'm posting this as a guide to repairing your GPS at the hardware level after a teardown. So you decided to replace your broken screen, or put on some fancy back cover on your M8. Or even sent in your phone for repair just get it back with no GPS lock. You notice your phone sees satellites but can't get a fix/lock because the signal is to low. Simple fix. I've attached some images to help explain the process.

First you need to remove the back cover. Just the back cover. (This is a nice tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDsZLl_JzwA )
Second. Locate ITEM #1 at the top of the phone shown in the attached pictures. This is a copper metal tab that bends easily. My guess, this get bent during teardown.
Third. Locate ITEM #2 on the back cover shown in the attached pictures. This is a contact point for ITEM #1.
Fourth. Bend ITEM #1 so it contacts ITEM #2 when you reassemble the back cover. That's it.
Fifth. Download GPS Statues from the market and test your GPS.
Sixth. Hit the thanks button and enjoy a beer.
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26th February 2015, 01:52 PM |#2  
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very nice idea and saved my day/week/month.... i tried everything regarding software, firmware and rom but nothing would help.
at the same time when i flashed to another rom i tried to fix my speaker and i had to remove the speaker cover.... i never thought of a hardware problem but my GPS is functioning well again now.
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1st March 2015, 01:56 PM |#3  
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very nice idea and saved my day/week/month.... i tried everything regarding software, firmware and rom but nothing would help.
at the same time when i flashed to another rom i tried to fix my speaker and i had to remove the speaker cover.... i never thought of a hardware problem but my GPS is functioning well again now.

Glad to help.
9th March 2015, 03:35 PM |#4  
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Originally Posted by Macropoutsis

I'm posting this as a guide to repairing your GPS at the hardware level after a teardown. So you decided to replace your broken screen, or put on some fancy back cover on your M8. Or even sent in your phone for repair just get it back with no GPS lock. You notice your phone sees satellites but can't get a fix/lock because the signal is to low. Simple fix. I've attached some images to help explain the process.

I couldn't find this copper tab (maybe the reason why mine isn't working), but I also couldn't see it in the video you linked to?
9th March 2015, 04:01 PM |#5  
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I couldn't find this copper tab (maybe the reason why mine isn't working), but I also couldn't see it in the video you linked to?

Yeah. Hard to see it in the video. That's just for teardown. Best is to check the pics. That tab should be at the top of the phone next to the power button. Unless yours is missing altogether. It is pretty flimsy.



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20th May 2015, 04:25 AM |#6  
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Saved my ass ! I changed my back cover and then my gps stop working ! Thx kind sir ! =)
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17th June 2015, 05:51 PM |#7  
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Many thanks! My GPS was fixed.
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17th June 2015, 08:55 PM |#8  
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Saved my ass ! I changed my back cover and then my gps stop working ! Thx kind sir ! =)

You're welcome. Glad to help.
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Many thanks! My GPS was fixed.

Very good. Glad to hear.
5th August 2015, 03:28 AM |#10  
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You have saved my phone! Thank you very much!
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You have saved my phone! Thank you very much!

Your welcome
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