shr- GPS howto?

Fernando Martins fernando at
Wed Jan 14 22:52:47 CET 2009

Very nice, thanks. It's indeed working, sort of:

- on my SHR image (08.12.16), settings has no option for GPS

- it took at least 4 minutes to get a fix. Last time, I gave up after 10 
min. All tests this evening, same place, tallest buildings almost 100mt 
away; my house is ~10mt high.


Helge Hafting wrote:
> Fernando Martins wrote:
>> No luck:
>> - I've setup date and timezone;
>> - GPS is on, per /sys/class... incantation
>> - demon fso-gpsd is on, checked with ps
>> - telnet comunicates with gpsd but no good data
>> - tangoGPS doesn't find GPS device
>> I have no idea of the reception capabilities of om (or GPS devices in 
>> general): is it supposed to work indoors?
> Open shr settings (one of the icons) and make sure
> gps is on there.  I don't need any sys/class stuff
> to use the gps with SHR. SHR image of dec.16 should be ok,
> one of the earlier ones had gps not working. Also,
> not all "alternative" kernels have working gps.
> Go outside, get away from tall buildings.
> Start tangogps, stand still.
> It may take 2 minutes to get a fix with some bad luck.
> Moving around makes this worse. Tall buildings make this worse.
> Starting tangogps indoors and then going outside may take
> more time. So if you look at the map indoors, restart tangogps
> when you get outside.
> The gps may or may not work indoors - if you come in from
> outside. Don't expect the gps to start up indoors though.
> don't expect gps to work at all in a building with several floors
> above you.
> Gps units generally need a stronger signal to start up,
> then they can follow weaker signals in less
> than ideal areas. But it won't start up in "bad" places.
> Helge Hafting
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