Fix for Samsung Galaxy (Vibrant, Captivate) GPS Problems

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If you’re one of the lucky folks who has a Samsung Galaxy (also known as the Vibrant or Captivate, depending on your carrier), you may have noticed a problem with GPS either taking a long time to resolve your position (or not at all), or your location being “way off.” Lucky for your, the uber-geeks over at XDA-Developers cooked up a way to quickly and easily fix the problem!

This fix won’t require any flashing of files, unlocking of bootloaders, or anything that could void your warranty, and reportedly Samsung is aware of the issue and is working on an “official” fix that shouldn’t have any problems with this work-around.

To apply the work-around, follow these steps:

1. Navigate to Settings > Location & Security and uncheck the box next to “Use Wireless Networks”.

2. Go to the phone’s dialer and enter the number *#*#1472365#*#* then press send to access the phones LBSTestMode menu.

3. In the LBSTestMode menu, press “Application Settings” and change “Operation Mode” to “MS Based.”

4. Navigate to the “SUP/LCP Settings” and the SERVER & PORT to supl.google.com (make sure NOT to place “www.” in front) and port 7262 (some have reported better luck with port 7276).

5. Make sure the settings are saved and reboot your phone.

6. Navigate back to Settings > Location & Security and check the box next to “Use Wireless Networks.”

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If you want to revert, simply follow the same instructions, replacing the settings in Step 4 with the original settings:

Operation Mode: Standalone

SERVER: www.spirent-lcs.com (with the “www.” in front)

PORT: 7275

(via XDA-Developers)

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.