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By chivas228, Senior Member on 11th February 2012, 09:08 PM
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So going over the thread about the GPS and opening their Prime to get the antenna working, I thought of something and gave it a whack....

I had a sudden thought.... what *if* I tried to turn on my google map on my phone (HTC Touch Cruise) knowing it can get a fix indoors and placed my phone where the Prime's antenna is located.... what would happen.

Well, it worked. I got 8 fixed (6-7 steady) once my phone's GPS antenna got a lock of only 4.

make sure you phone (or whatever you're using to get gps sats) is warmed up and has found some sats then place it over your Prime's GPS antenna is located (if you have to ask where, this is not for you) and try it out. this is just a cheating work around and not exactly a *fix* but in a pinch and you want to leverage the tablet's bigger screen for google map or nav, here you go...


*EDIT*: let me add, you don't have to use google maps. any gps tester would also work. we just want to activate the GPS on the phone so google maps is the easiest but there are other apps out there that can do the trick. if you're on an android phone, gps test would work. WinMo has an app too (i have it somewhere) that tests GPS for the phone as well.

EDIT: for a better explanation, see post #11: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...8&postcount=11
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11th February 2012, 10:27 PM |#2  
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your thread makes absolutely no sense. Of course you can tether, why are you talking about putting the tethered antenna over the top of the internal antenna? I can only assume that English is not your first language and that you're using the wrong phrasing.

Either that, or you're an idiot, I tend to look at the first answer.

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11th February 2012, 11:03 PM |#3  
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This has gotta be a joke right ??

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I would just get a Bluetooth GPS device that would search and lock on to the sats and place it next to where the Prime's antenna is located if I needed a GPS

Why the Hell would you do that ? If you got a bluetooth GPS device connect the Fecker to the Prime not hold it where the primes antenna is .

This has gotta be a classic I can't wait for the pics LMFAO
11th February 2012, 11:52 PM |#4  
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can the prime multi-tether? i bluetooth share my internet connection on my phone so I can't connect anything else to my phone via bluetooth (like radio). ie: I can't listen to music from my phone in my truck via bluetooth to the radio AND share my internet connection via bluetooth with the prime. one or the other.

thought bluetooth can only link to one device at a time?
12th February 2012, 12:04 AM |#5  
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use gps tether on your phone and prime

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12th February 2012, 12:08 AM |#6  
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can the prime multi-tether? i bluetooth share my internet connection on my phone so I can't connect anything else to my phone via bluetooth (like radio). ie: I can't listen to music from my phone in my truck via bluetooth to the radio AND share my internet connection via bluetooth with the prime. one or the other.

thought bluetooth can only link to one device at a time?

You can connect multiple devices to one bluetooth controller and use them concurrently, they just need different addresses
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12th February 2012, 12:36 AM |#7  
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You can connect multiple devices to one bluetooth controller and use them concurrently, they just need different addresses

did not know that. thanks!

and so this is where the confusion came in.
12th February 2012, 02:25 AM |#8  
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BRILLIANT......
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is there a ban for these kind of posts? i hope so, cuz now im inb4it
12th February 2012, 01:06 PM |#10  
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Why do you people have to be such dicks all the time. Ignore it and move on if you don't like the thread. Nobody wants to read all the retarded lol inb4ban haha u r retarded ****.

I believe he's just saying his prime could pull the sat signals easier when his phone had a solid GPS signal and placing his phone over his primes GPS antenna. While GPS over Bluetooth would be a better option this doesn't hurt anyone information wise.
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12th February 2012, 06:13 PM |#11  
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OP might not know what he is doing but he is 10000 % right about the phenomenon
OP might not know what he is doing but he is 10000 % right about the phenomenon.

Because all the experts were flaming him and calling him a retard I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and imitate his actions.

I haven't seen one satellite with my Prime for weeks. I tried everything but taking it apart. I've left it for days on end in clear view of the southern sky (inside, outside, night and day, clear sky and overcast)
Today it was a heavy overcast day.

Test 1:
I placed the Prime flat on its back in front of the window (inside) and the phone next to it.
Result: 11 sats on my HTC sensation and as usual no sats on my Prime (pic 1)

Test 2:
Without moving the Prime I placed the phone on the area above the GPS antenna of the prime
Result: The HTC drops to 5 or 4 sats and the Prime suddenly sees up to 13 sats (pic 2a , 2b)

Test 3:
Without moving the Prime I remove the phone and place it next to the prime
Result: The HTC gets 8 sats again and the Prime drops down to 3 sats (pic 3). And gradually in time the Prime drops more and more sats until the effect is gone.

I couldn’t believe my eyes.

There is something very very very strange going on here. It must be some electromagnetic or static field that is killing the Prime’s GPS. The field even kills the HTC’s gps because if you fiddle around a bit with the location on the Prime the HTC drops down to 2 or 3 sats with hardly any reception.
The Prime isn’t equipped with a GPS but with a GPS-killer.

And apparently if field conditions are changed by an external source the Prime has a GPS that can see just as much sats as any other. No matter what sort of back plate it has.
And let this be a lesson for all you so called expert. If someone tells you he has experienced something. Don’t call names and flame. And don’t discard until you are a hundred percent certain that he is wrong. In the old days you would get burned if you said the earth is round ;)

I will see if it is worth opening a new thread about this phenomenon
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