Vibrant LbsTestMode

If you just got your hands on a new Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant or Captivate, you may have noticed some GPS issues. Samsung reportedly has as well, and may address this in a coming OTA fix.  In the meantime, it's not hard to fix the problem yourself -- provided you go slow and follow the instructions, which are detailed after the break.  [Xda-Developers via Intomobile]

  • Step 1 -- Open menu > settings > Location & Security.  Uncheck the box next to "Use Wireless Networks"
  • Step 2 -- Open the dialer (the phone button) and enter the following: *#*#1472365#*#* .  Then press "send" to open the Vibrant's LbsTestMode menu.
  • Step 3 -- In the LBSTestMode menu, press “Application Settings” and change “Operation Mode” to “MS Based.”
  • Step 4 -- In the LBSTestMode menu, find “SUPL/CP Settings” and change the SERVER & PORT to supl.google.com and port 7276 (DO NOT use www. in front of supl !)
  • Step 5 -- Reboot your phone.
  • Step 6 -- Open menu > settings > Location & Security.  Check the box next to "Use Wireless Networks"

If you want to reverse these changes, the original specs are:

Operation Mode: Standalone
SERVER: www.spirent-lcs.com
PORT: 7275

This should make locating and locking on to GPS satellites faster, and make locations services more accurate.  Just take your time, and follow the directions closely.  And no, this won't affect your warranty or need root.

 
There are 50 comments

likwidsoul says:

You guys here at AC are just the best at keeping us informed on how to keep our sweet little android phones working to the best of their ability. Thanks guys. Oh and no I don't have a galaxy s I just appreciate all the hard work you guys do to keep us informed.

So my Vibrant and Captivate both connected just fine from a cold start. (The Captivate was a little quicker.) But this has me a little concerned:

GPS

I don't know whether I'm coming or going!

miamithrice says:

When it comes to tracking of any kind "heading" refers to the direction that you are moving in, not the direction you happen to be facing at the time. No movement = arbitrary heading and isn't the phones fault. Now if you were driving down the street and there was still a large discrepancy in the headings between the two phones you'd have a legitimate issue.

hokey777 says:

Which app is this? I like it!

icebike says:

So what were the symptoms of this problem anyway?]

"You may have notices some GPS issues" seems pretty thin.

Lyanheart says:

The issue is that the GPS can't lock on to your position or is realllly slow to do so.

cobra302 says:

so is this safe to do? i'm really having problems with my gps on the captivate and need it for a trip im going on this weekend. thanks for the information guys!

cobra302 says:

oh and one other thing, should i have the checkmark for use the wireless networks and gps? thanks again!

Lyanheart says:

Yes, it seems to help overall.

jimrit says:

Excellent, thanks. I was back at the T-Mo store yesterday griping about how slow GPS acquisition is on this device. Much better now (from snail speed to cheetah!!) I couldn't get My Tracks app to work before and works fine now.

supahgreg says:

Might want to mention the "SUPL/CP Settings" option is in the previous menu, just in case ;)

thank you for this, fixed the lag i was getting for the captivate. You guys at AC are just really on top of things. Tech sites should really strive to be like you guys, cheers!

Zips7987 says:

Wow.. this got my GPS to show me within 5 feet of my actual location! Thanks AC! I had tried another fix and nothing like this!

moosc says:

How can I get that setup Phil has on his samys? will my X show that screen set up?

is there a similar fix for nexus one. mine took a long time to find satellite.

slmhofy says:

anyone care to share what GPS App that is that Phil is showing on both that Vibrant and Captivate?

miamithrice says:

The app is called GPS Test and is available in the Market.

slmhofy says:

thank you :)

know1 says:

This fix didn't work for me. I can get a very rough position (a mile or so off) with wireless networks on anyway, but I can't get a true GPS position on this phone no matter what I try.

jayrod88 says:

This seemed to make it worse for me :( I hope Samsung gets this fix out very soon!!!

tomhorn says:

I seem to be one of the lucky ones. Tried my GPS out yesterday after reading some previous posts on this subject and got a quick lock and accurate readings.

Dirt Mcgirt says:

Doesn't work on my Captivate. Just pulled up maps and taking a min+ to lock in....going on prob 2 min now. Reverting back :(

I have been using my Samsung Vibrant to navigate all over the place for the past 6 days, and I noticed it is quicker and more reliable then my G1 was. Is anyone else with a Vibrant having problems?

dholzic says:

I"m not sure this fixes the real problem. The GPS antenna on the Gaxaxy S seems to suck compared to the EVO. I have both on my desk running GPS Test and the evo locks on to 6-8 satellites very fast and the Vibrant takes forever to get 2 (10 + minutes)and never gets a position fix. I really like the phone but the GPS, WiFi, phone and 3g reception seem to be pretty bad. Anyone know if this is a software issue or if it is the hardware?

ads says:

This method didn't work on mine, but the one in the forum did for mine and wife's. Similar idea but couple different settings.

happy_red says:

Does this affect the UK Galaxy S (which is not called Captivate or Vibrant)?

xguy1978 says:

Does the fix work for the Captivate, I tried it out putting in the code, but it didn't work, does this just work for the vibrant only?

nanodroid says:

In my Captivate, I changed the mode to "MS assisted" (or something), and left the SUPL setting as-is. Worked for me...

I assumed that means it's network-assisted + real GPS, instead of just relying on network-based only... Is that right?

gortsleigh says:

A second good experience for the method on the Samsung Captivate: Nothing worked for me as well as leaving the SUPL settings as set initially (www.spirent-lcs.com, port 7275), but changing Application Settings -> Operation Mode to "MS Assisted".

bobaka says:

it worked great for me.. get a gps lock in seconds
after the the change
(before it was 20 seconds (not bad) to several minutes (bad)
but
at some point the settings reset to original by themselves...

not quite sure how that happened yet.. if i figure it out i'll post it

update:
ok so... (this is on a captivate)
it reset to 'spirent' as soon as i rebooted..
so changing it to google seems to be futile.

however it did save the operation mode 'ms' setting
and this seems to make the difference

definition of what "ms" based gps means here:
http://www.sprint.com/business/resources/Sprint_Location_Services_User_G...

brooklynrab says:

guys, good news. Samsung has finally acknowledged the gps problem in writing, which should lead to a permanent fix. I went back and forth until i got elevated to level three customer support and got this email from them (OK, not a full mea culpa, but it will do):
" Regarding your concern on the GPS capabilities of your phone, Samsung Mobile is aware that under certain conditions, the GPS on our U.S. Galaxy S devices may not be meeting performance expectations. We are diligently evaluating the situation and will provide an update as soon as possible."

cn31672 says:

I tried this update, and my GPS wouldn't stop running. I tried to kill all apps that were using it, but the GPS was still functioning in the task bar at the top. Not sure if it was "updating" in some way, but I reverted back to the old settings, and it stopped. Hmm.... some advice?????
Also, it seems like the GPS settings didn't make a difference to me, it still located me about a mile off, just in the opposite direction.. LOL.. So now I'm south of my actual location with the update, as opposed to north before I updated...

madnessjm says:

I have AT&T as well, but as soon asn I enter the code in it deletes it and doesn't go to a new menu. Could you let me know if there were any additional steps that are needed, like finding the menu? Or did it connect you directly?

song348 says:

I posted this on CNET and I'm posting it here also:

I got my Samsung Galaxy S phone (AT&T Captivate) 2 days ago had this problem. The problem seem to be in how AT&T programmed some settings in the phone, not the phone itself. I got the problem fixed by doing the following.

Step 1. Go to 'Settings', choose 'Location & Security', uncheck "Use Wireless Networks".
Step 2. Open the dialer (the green phone button) and enter the following: *#*#1472365#*#* . Doing this will get you to a menu which allows you to change the default GPS setting programmed by AT&T.
Step 3 In the LbsTestMode menue, go to 'SUPL/CP Settings' and change the 'SUPL Secure Socket' to OFF. (This alone seem to improve the speed of GPS locking.)
Step 4 In the LBSTestMode menu, find SUPL/CP Settings and change the SERVER & PORT to supl.google.com and port 7276 (DO NOT use www. in front of supl.google.com) => I'm not sure if this really did anything. This was commonly suggested by other people who claimed that this fixed the problem. It looks like the original default setting which uses SERVER 'www.spirent-lcs.com' and PORT '7275' seem to work fine or choosing the 'Server FQDN Type' to Auto Config seem to work also. I personally believe that all three works fine. You can try to play with this setting.
Step 5 In the LBSTestMode menu, find 'Application Settings' and Change the Operation Mode to MS Based. This allows the phone to use combination of GPS signal and location data from network instead of GPS only. This should help to speed up locking.
Step 6. Turn off the phone and reboot the phone.
Step 7 Go to settings > Location & Security. Re Check the box next to "Use Wireless Networks"

With all of the above, my phone sees more satellites, locks quickly, and looks very accurate. Google MAP, Google Earth, and Google Navigation all worked fine even when I was driving in my car.

The fix did not work on my Captivate. This is the second problem I have had. AT&T replaced my first Captivate because it had too low call volume and people that I called heard a strange whopping-static sound. AT&T explained that some of the units have serial numbers that are not recognized by the network. This causes both the volume and the reception problems that I had. My new unit is fine for volume and reception but GPS does not work. I'm going to take it back to the store. For me, navigation is a main reason to get a smart phone, together with email and web.

Sadly, I may give up on smart phones all together. I had an iPhone 4 that was brazenly ripped out of my hands by a robber on the metro. Now I feel shy about using a smart phone on the metro, but that also removes a main reason for having it. Apple does not insure the new iPhones for theft and AT&T claims to be unable to insure that stolen phones can't be reused on their network. This is despite that they are the only iPhone network in the US.

tmarthe says:

I did this and it help with the speed of connecting, but when i am uses the gps test on my vibrant it only uses one satilite. It is the same one everytime. i can see 11 of them and at least 6 are getting great signal strengh, yet my device always chooses the same one with horrible signal strengh. Why and how can i fix this? It seem to do the same thing when i am uses my golf software.

mzsk says:

my boyfriend's galaxy has no problems at all, and is fast. mine does not lock nog connect to 3G) if i don't hard reset removing my battery :-/ i'll try this fix

kenwolf#AC says:

I made the modification, but it didn't seem to help at all. The first attempt to get a fix after the change, took between 5 and 6 minutes by the clock. Thinking that perhaps removing the battery would be better than simply re-starting the phone, I did that. The attempt to fix after that (just minutes after the 5-6 minute fix)took approximately 3 minutes.

I'll watch this closely over the next couple of days. If I don't see significant improvement is there any reason why I would want to change back, or any reason to leave the changed settings?

Edit: Tried again a few hours ago with my wife's Vibrant along side mine. Hers took 3 minutes to fix and mine took 6, or more. Any news on Samsung's "fix?"

caliesv says:

worked for my captivate. thanx!

hellosailor says:

Can anyone tell me what the different modes for the GPS actually mean?

"“Operation Mode” to “MS Based." [from Standalone]

Sounds like the GPS was operating independently and is now being changed to something that requires use of the cellular system to "improve" it. That may mean you will not be able to use your GPS without cellular service.

SERVER: www.spirent-lcs.com Apparently is owned by a domain name parking service now, while the new entry is Google's "supplementary" GPS server, meaning it is doing part of the work at calculating your position.

This is a kludge, a workaround, but it does NOT FIX the lack of sensitivity in the GPS itself. I thought I saw mention that the Samsung chipset is a variation on the SIRFStarIII chip and if that is so, there's something very wrong, because a SIRFStarIII can run rings around a GalaxyS GPS.

zataralee#AC says:

I have had my Captivate for just a few days now. I tried this fix and it seemed to work a little. Then I downloaded the recient samsung software update thats suppose to fix the gps and it didn't really help. I changed the settings back to default and still my phone was taking a long time get a lock. I changed the "Accuracy" under "Application Settings" from 50 to 60 and now my captivate gets a lock right away. I'm not sure but I'm guessing this setting is the min accuracy setting in feet before getting a lock. By giving it a little more room to wiggle it locks faster and then the accuracy just goes up from there fast. Maybe I'm wrong.... I'm no pro, but it worked for me like a charm as far as making it lock alot faster. Let me know if this works for you too after the samsung update and using google and default settings.

billpoe59 says:

I have had my Captivate for two weeks now and am disappointed in the GPS performance. I downloaded the software update with no improvement in the performance. I am now attempting the manual fix but the phone dialer screen will not allow all the digits (*#*#1472365#*#*) to be inputted. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

MattDrax says:

My Captivate will also not allow me to enter the *#*#1472365#*#* as soon as I get to the last "#" (one character from the end) it clears the scrren...still hoping for some additional help with this issue. Thanks!

baseballfanz says:

Work great on the Captivate.
First time I try it did not work.
Found that if you use "task killer" to kill MAP application
the setting revert back to the original SERVER and PORT.
Once I set the task killer to ignore MAP it's fine.

baseballfanz says:

Update: with these settings I got lock time down to about 2 - 5 minutes.
Before it would not even lock after 30 minutes.
I also made another change not listed.
Under SUPL/CP Settings:
I turn Supl Secure Socket: Off (it was set to ON by default).
Now I'm getting lock within 10 sec.

stormykrista says:

I'm stuck at step 2.

"Step 2 -- Open the dialer (the phone button) and enter the following: *#*#1472365#*#* . "

When i enter the last "*" it clears the screen. Then when I press the send button it tales me to the call log.

Anyone have any thoughts on why I can't complete the access string?

stormykrista says:

I found this on a different site.

"Try this:

*#3214789650#

Samsung changed it to discourage people from using it."

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=866225

It seems to have worked...............well it got me in....might be slightly faster?

MYZENITH says:

oh Thanks guys. I had same problem here with my Captivate and got it. I think it gets faster. Thanks

BlaDeeBlah says:

*#3214789650# worked for me, thanks so much everybody!

Agent00s says:

Just tried it out on my Captivate still waiting for that gingerbread.... Debating should i root my phone ? But does this still apply to the captivate now ?