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syintiphic

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Feb 10, 2012
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Hi,

I have a simple GPS fix that worked for me. After posting and sharing in other forums this fix has also worked for many others who were frustrated with their GPS' not working, not locking onto satellites, and their phones acting erratically while navigating. Although this method seems too easy to be true, trust me it works and many people have confirmed that this method worked for them too and are now happy that their phone has a functional GPS and in some cases improved call quality.

I as well as many others performed many of the other fixes such as flashing back to stock, performing numerous battery pulls, using aGPS patches, making numerous edits to the gps.conf file, reprovisioning our phones, checking different ROMs, uninstalling/reinstalling Google Maps, clearing data for Google Maps and Google Service Framework, and so on. So before you do all of that please give my method a try.

I discovered this simple fix when I was trying to perform one of the other GPS fix procedures. The procedure required me to pull my battery. I noticed that when I removed my back cover the back frame that has all the screws (10 total) was slightly loose on the left side. Once I tightened them all my GPS worked immediately! Like I said, this method has been tested by many people and most of them report great success just by tightening their screws. If this method works for you you'll also notice that in addition to getting faster locks your navigation will work and won't drop your GPS signal.

Like I said it may not work for everyone but I would recommend that if you have a Samsung Galaxy S III definitely check the back frame of your phone and make sure you tighten the screws and make sure everything is secure. You too should now be able to achieve GPS locks consistently.

I hope this helps. If it does, as it has many others, please click thanks.

Cheers,
Syintiphic
 
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Hypnosis4U2NV

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Nov 23, 2010
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Re: Easy Simple Fix for your GPS on your Samung Galaxy S III

The fix worked for me.. Night and day difference in getting satellite locks after tightening the screws..

Edit: In case anyone wants to know my theory behind why it works..

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=39570338

Edit2: If you find the screwdriver fix doesn't work for you, or you find yourself tightening screws all the time, you can try this simple mod..

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=44725977

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jbdan

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Re: Easy Simple Fix for your GPS on your Samung Galaxy S III

I was skeptical as most would be about this fix. Boy was I a doof for believing that. This made 2 SGS3's (wife and mine) Gps go from inconsistent frustration to pure perfection. Cheers OP and thanks for sharing!

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trott33

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Re: Easy Simple Fix for your GPS on your Samung Galaxy S III

It works People!!!!! Believe it! Thanks again for sharing this!

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bobAbooE

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Re: Easy Simple Fix for your GPS on your Samung Galaxy S III

I don't have any issues yet but I have this bookmarked in case I ever do. Thanks.

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Sizzlechest

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I was pulling my hair over this issue. I replaced the phone with another one through T-Mobile for $20 and it had the SAME PROBLEM! All I ever did was flash the root injected version of the latest stock firmware. No upgrades to a 4.2.x rom. I tried reverting to the 4.0.4 rom. I tried a different gps.conf file. I was just about to do another warranty replacement when I found this thread. I almost wasn't going to attempt it because I thought it was a placebo. BOY WAS I WRONG! This fixed my phone. I'm still in shock!

EDIT: Well, I also discovered one more thing that was causing me grief with GPS. My wife's case! The case was interfering with the signal.

http://imgur.com/r7KPygA
 
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prenedo

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Definitely works.... Instantly. I was standing outside of my house, with 0 locked out of 23 found (using GPS status), tightened screws (with GPS status still running) turned phone around and was locked onto 13/23.

My GPS stopped working about a month ago to the point that I could only get 1 or 2 locks wherever I was at. Thank you so much for posting such a simple fix.

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Worked for me!

I have been battling this GPS issue since I got the phone, and it has been very annoying since September - November. But it really hit me this week traveling 300 miles out of state when using Navigation, I would randomly fly off the highway and into the streets with the navigation program throwing a fit about where to turn. It just couldn't hold a solid lock for anything. Luckily I had my Nexus 7 packed with me, and it's GPS is always spot on.

15p25x5.png


But after I saw a random post a few days ago about tightening the screws, I was at first skeptical, and had to wait until I was back home to get to my small screwdriver, but once I tightened all 10 screws, viola! It worked instantly! :laugh:

2je1wgl.jpg


I now get a lock within a few seconds, and even indoors. Saved myself a trip to VZW too. Thanks guys!
 
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MicahJamesNRCAL

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Aug 27, 2012
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wow

For MONTHS I've been dealing with BAD GPS. Never less then 35feet lock with all satellites in Yellow (mediocre reception)

I just did this, and most of my screws seemed like they were pretty tight already but i found the perfect philips head bit and really tightened everything max. Went outside and ran same test. 10 feet accuracy lock with majority of satellites in GREEN.

WHAT SORCERY IS THIS!??? Wow Samsung, im a bit disappointed

BUT grateful for OP

thanks!
 

dmudd

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Dec 15, 2012
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Re-tighten?

I posted in another thread that this helped my gps lock significantly. I was getting around 10/21 locks with fluctuating accuracy, but after tightening the screws, I got 21/21 lock at 9 feet accuracy.

However, for me, it seems like I have to loosen and retighten the screws every 2-3 days because I notice my gps getting worse. But as soon as I retighten them, it's back to being great.

Does anyone else have to keep retightening the screws?
 
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jbdan

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I posted in another thread that this helped my gps lock significantly. I was getting around 10/21 locks with fluctuating accuracy, but after tightening the screws, I got 21/21 lock at 9 feet accuracy.

However, for me, it seems like I have to loosen and retighten the screws every 2-3 days because I notice my gps getting worse. But as soon as I retighten them, it's back to being great.

Does anyone else have to keep retightening the screws?

Not yet on 2 GS3's. Hope I don't have to.

I did pose the question in another thread where this threads talked about beginning began : wonder what is happening when we tighten these screws....

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Hypnosis4U2NV

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Well here is my take on what I think the problem is and why the screw fix works.. Understand I'm not making any assertions that this is the cause or that I know what the hell I'm talking about..

The back of the case (not the battery cover) appears to have an antenna.. This area has a copper contact point which sits in the area where the GPS of the phone is located.. If this part of the phone is loose, it doesn't make a solid contact with what I believe is the GPS antenna..

uploadfromtaptalk1364258888976.jpg
uploadfromtaptalk1364258939864.jpg
uploadfromtaptalk1364258958588.jpg

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jbdan

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Thanks Hypnosis for your insight. Makes sense to me! Appreciate you posting this

Sent from my Nexus 7 using xda premium
 

syintiphic

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Feb 10, 2012
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Thanks Hypnosis for sharing, this makes sense to me too.

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cnlson

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Amazing. I saw this link in another thread. Intermittantly I have decent GPS with some serious issues where it won't work or doesn't work well. So last night right before I went to be I tried it in our basement. Normally I don't see more than 1 or 2 satellites when in the basement but last night I got lock on 13/18 in 20 seconds or less repeatedly. I checked my wife's s3 against mine as hers is usually better but it was still only getting 3-4 and no lock. So I quickly tried the same fix and again her phone could suddenly see more sats and got lock.

this was also an issue on the fascinate and some of the original galaxy's iirc.
 

timnexus

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Nov 1, 2011
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Hi,

I have a simple GPS fix that worked for me. After posting and sharing in other forums this fix has also worked for many others who were frustrated with their GPS' not working, not locking onto satellites, and their phones acting erratically while navigating. Although this method seems too easy to be true, trust me it works and many people have confirmed that this method worked for them too and are now happy that their phone has a functional GPS and in some cases improved call quality.

I as well as many others performed many of the other fixes such as flashing back to stock, performing numerous battery pulls, using aGPS patches, making numerous edits to the gps.conf file, reprovisioning our phones, checking different ROMs, uninstalling/reinstalling Google Maps, clearing data for Google Maps and Google Service Framework, and so on. So before you do all of that please give my method a try.

I discovered this simple fix when I was trying to perform one of the other GPS fix procedures. The procedure required me to pull my battery. I noticed that when I removed my back cover that the back frame that has all the screws (10 total) was slightly loose on the left side. Once I tightened them all up my GPS worked immediately! Like I said, this method has been tested by many people and most of them report great success just by tightening their screws. If this method works for you you'll also notice that in addition to getting faster locks your navigation will work and won't drop your GPS signal.

Like I said it may not work for everyone but I would recommend that if you have a Samsung Galaxy S III definitely check the back frame of your phone and make sure you tighten the screws and make sure everything is secure. You too should now be able to achieve GPS locks consistently.

I hope this helps. If it does, as it has many others, please click thanks.

Cheers,
Syintiphic



This is the funniest thing in the world!!!!! I was having problems with my weather apps not locating me and I did this and it took a whopping 1/2 sec and it locked. Who know that this would be a fix to GPS. LOL
Thanks for the share!!!
 
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    Hi,

    I have a simple GPS fix that worked for me. After posting and sharing in other forums this fix has also worked for many others who were frustrated with their GPS' not working, not locking onto satellites, and their phones acting erratically while navigating. Although this method seems too easy to be true, trust me it works and many people have confirmed that this method worked for them too and are now happy that their phone has a functional GPS and in some cases improved call quality.

    I as well as many others performed many of the other fixes such as flashing back to stock, performing numerous battery pulls, using aGPS patches, making numerous edits to the gps.conf file, reprovisioning our phones, checking different ROMs, uninstalling/reinstalling Google Maps, clearing data for Google Maps and Google Service Framework, and so on. So before you do all of that please give my method a try.

    I discovered this simple fix when I was trying to perform one of the other GPS fix procedures. The procedure required me to pull my battery. I noticed that when I removed my back cover the back frame that has all the screws (10 total) was slightly loose on the left side. Once I tightened them all my GPS worked immediately! Like I said, this method has been tested by many people and most of them report great success just by tightening their screws. If this method works for you you'll also notice that in addition to getting faster locks your navigation will work and won't drop your GPS signal.

    Like I said it may not work for everyone but I would recommend that if you have a Samsung Galaxy S III definitely check the back frame of your phone and make sure you tighten the screws and make sure everything is secure. You too should now be able to achieve GPS locks consistently.

    I hope this helps. If it does, as it has many others, please click thanks.

    Cheers,
    Syintiphic
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    Decided to try something a little different beyond the screwdriver fix.. I took apart my GS3 and performed a mod on the antenna itself.. Of course the usual disclaimer applies: ATTEMPTING THIS MODIFICATION YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ALONE ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISK INVOLVED.

    Hit the THANKS button if this helps!

    1. POWER DOWN YOUR PHONE
    2. REMOVE THE BATTERY, SD CARD AND SIM CARD!
    3. UNSCREW THE BACK COVER OF YOUR PHONE
    4. PRY OPEN THE BACK COVER
    5. GENTLY PEEL BACK THE GPS ANTENNA CONTACT PAD
    6. ADD A SMALL THIN PIECE OF PAPER TO RAISE THE CONTACT PAD
    7. REAPPLY THE GPS ANTENNA CONTACT PAD BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL POSITION
    8. SCREW THE BACK COVER OF YOUR PHONE
    9. REINSERT THE SIM CARD, SD CARD AND BATTERY (IN THIS ORDER)!
    10. POWER UP YOUR PHONE AND TEST YOUR GPS
    11. IF ITS GRABBING FAST LOCATION LOCKS - PROFIT!

    GPS1.jpg

    GPS2.jpg

    GPS3.jpg

    GPS4.jpg

    GPS5.jpg

    GPS6.jpg

    GPS7.jpg

    GPS8.jpg

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    Well here is my take on what I think the problem is and why the screw fix works.. Understand I'm not making any assertions that this is the cause or that I know what the hell I'm talking about..

    The back of the case (not the battery cover) appears to have an antenna.. This area has a copper contact point which sits in the area where the GPS of the phone is located.. If this part of the phone is loose, it doesn't make a solid contact with what I believe is the GPS antenna..

    uploadfromtaptalk1364258888976.jpg
    uploadfromtaptalk1364258939864.jpg
    uploadfromtaptalk1364258958588.jpg

    Sent from my Commodore 64..
    READY.
    load"*", 8,1
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    Re: Easy Simple Fix for your GPS on your Samung Galaxy S III

    The fix worked for me.. Night and day difference in getting satellite locks after tightening the screws..

    Edit: In case anyone wants to know my theory behind why it works..

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=39570338

    Edit2: If you find the screwdriver fix doesn't work for you, or you find yourself tightening screws all the time, you can try this simple mod..

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=44725977

    Sent from my Commodore 64..
    READY.
    load"*", 8,1
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    Worked for me!

    I have been battling this GPS issue since I got the phone, and it has been very annoying since September - November. But it really hit me this week traveling 300 miles out of state when using Navigation, I would randomly fly off the highway and into the streets with the navigation program throwing a fit about where to turn. It just couldn't hold a solid lock for anything. Luckily I had my Nexus 7 packed with me, and it's GPS is always spot on.

    15p25x5.png


    But after I saw a random post a few days ago about tightening the screws, I was at first skeptical, and had to wait until I was back home to get to my small screwdriver, but once I tightened all 10 screws, viola! It worked instantly! :laugh:

    2je1wgl.jpg


    I now get a lock within a few seconds, and even indoors. Saved myself a trip to VZW too. Thanks guys!