03-02-2012 03:53 PM
at first the gps would not work on a fresh reset. i downloaded gps toolbox and gps fix to no avail. but after i turn on location by wireless network, let gps fix, then turn it off so its just gps enabled in settings, it is able to get a good lock within 5 meters.
now i am at a friends and gps wont get a fix. enabled location by wireless network, let it lock in maps, disabled it, still no fix with only gps on... went outside for a smoke, took tablet with me, it fix right away.
03-02-2012 04:53 PM
03-02-2012 05:08 PM
03-02-2012 05:19 PM - edited 03-02-2012 09:54 PM
I asked here before, and others have tried too, about who has what type of unit (WWAN or WiFi only) and the state of their GPS. We could find no one with a WiFi only unit who had a functioning GPS.
Why don't one of you Lenovo reps just make a poll asking us? You keep saying you don't know the problem, and saying it is fixed, but you haven't even asked in an effective way.
We could make a poll, but this is your site. If you can't make a poll on this site, then we can find a workaround.
From the outside, this looks like stonewalling. No one had told us before that some early production runs had hardware problems that were later fixed. The secrecy is undermining our trust in Lenovo.
03-04-2012 08:34 AM - last edited on 03-04-2012 12:50 PM by andyP
Some days ago I had a clue that at least my GPS problems appear only after some time of usage of the TPT. Here the summary of my tests this weekend:
I did a cold restart, started "GPS Status & Toolbox", waited ~10 minutes (it is important not putting the app in the background): GPS worked!
I cleared AGPS data, tested with Wifi on and off, used the tablet "as usual", started and closed every app I am frequently using: After 3 hours (!) of testing I have to admit "GPS works" as one would expect.
I was busy with different things, I just charged the TPT and did a quick check in the evening: GPS still worked!
I started "GPS Status & Toolbox" again. No chance to get GPS working - it is completely dead! Looking at the screen I noticed that the GPS icon is now missing in the honeybar (see picture below) and it does not appear in any other GPS related app (Google Maps, GPS Test, ...).
Summary: At least in my case the GPS problems appear only after some time. Now it makes sense to me why GPS was not working at all in my former tests: I never do cold restarts and usually avoid to turn the tablet completely off.
Edit: I forgot to say that after a restart GPS is working again... until?
(18382DG, 64GB WWAN, 0089_WE, never ever rooted, no SIM card installed)
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03-04-2012 12:45 PM
Thank you for your very helpful post. I think in your case your GPS hardware/antenna are fine. There must be some software problem that causes your GPS to stop working over time. We will investigate this.
If you could also please follow-up by checking your GPS function every couple of days and let us at what point it stops working (since you last cold-started on Friday night), that would also be very helpful.
Thanks again for your help.
03-04-2012 05:29 PM - edited 03-05-2012 01:50 PM
Here is an example of my TPT w/WWAN getting a GPS fix after a cache-cleared cold boot. 64 seconds, indoors, no AGPS, no wifi, no wwan, no cache.
Edit: 1838CTO, US 32GB wifi-only, Shipped Dec. 9, 2011, Gobi3000/WWAN added later, never serviced.
03-05-2012 10:58 AM - edited 03-05-2012 12:18 PM
My experience with a TPT w/WWAN. 90 seconds to get a fix on 4 satellites, outdoors, no AGPS, no WWAN, no cache. I got a fix on 10 satellites in about 4 minutes. My work location is about 6000 feet elevation.
Edit: 1838CTO, US edition, purchased on 29SEP2012, received mid-OCT2012.
03-05-2012 11:39 AM
03-07-2012 03:23 AM - edited 03-07-2012 03:35 AM
someotherguy wrote:I am done. No is listening to what is being said by anyone who has reported problems. We have been reporting these problems from the beginning, only to be ignored. I have been a staunch supporter of the TPT all along, even recommending it. Today it ends. Not long from now it will go in the trash. I have ever seen such poor design, and such poor customer support. Shame on you Lenovo.
As I already explained to pghFL, if you can't obtain a fix no matter what you do, then that's not a software issue - it's a hardware issue. If you think there is some software issue, then tell me how to reproduce it.