egzthunder1 · Mar 1, 2012 at 11:30 am

The Definitive Fix for Long Delays on GPS Locks for the Captivate

One of the biggest, most common problems with GPS receivers on mobile devices has been the fact that they tend to become buggy and as a result, they have difficulty getting satellite locks. This issue has plagued devices since the times of the venerable Vogue and the Polaris (both Windows Mobile devices for those of you who just got introduced to the world of smartphones). We all thought that as time went by, things would get better and for the most part, they did. There were devices last year that still did suffer from faulty GPS receivers or at least suffered from code problems and the Samsung Galaxy Captivate was one of them. XDA member mikel.canovas created a thread with a method that he found while browsing our fora that will consistently allow the GPS in the Captivate to get a lock on within 5 seconds, even being indoors!

The fix itself seems to work for every Gingerbread ROM out there, which is a great piece of news as you will not have to ask your favorite chef to make this tweak compatible with it. The mod itself is a modified gps.conf that replaces the original one found in  /system/etc/gps.conf. Mikel.canovas also suggests that changing modems to the KG3 also helps quite a bit if the above does not work.

Well, if you are still using the Captivate and suffer from these issues, this is your chance to put this matter to rest. Please take it for a spin and post your results and feedback in the thread.

Who this is for - anyone whose GPS has long lock times, and is inaccurate in navigation. 

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks reinbeau for the tip!


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egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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