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Get your MTK6589 GPS Working - Method B

06-26-2013, 05:41 PM (This post was last modified: 06-26-2013 05:42 PM by MayhemVC.)
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Get your MTK6589 GPS Working - Method B
So I've been more than a little disappointed with the GPS performance on my HX-9299A and was considering buying a new phone as I rely on my phones as a GPS.

What you will need:

Root Access on your Phone:
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Mobileuncle MTK Tools:
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Root Explorer (File Manager):
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GPS Test (not required but helps):
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THIS SHOULD BE DONE OUTDOORS.

1. Turn GPS off on your phone.
2. Open Root Explorer and find the mtkgps.dat file in /data or /data/misc
3. Delete mtkgps.dat
4. Reboot phone
5. Open Mobileuncle Tools
6. Tap on 'Engineer Mode'
7. Tap on 'Engineer Mode (MTK)'
8. Scroll across to 'Location'
9. Tap on 'Location Based Service'
10. Tap on 'AGPS' and then make sure 'A-GPS On/Off' is checked
11. Tap on 'EPO' and then make sure 'Enable EPO' is checked
12. Swipe down (notification bar) and turn GPS on
13. Hit back and then tap 'YGPS'
14. Wait until you get position lock (mine took about 6 seconds).
15. This process should create a new mtkgps.dat file.
16. Hit home button and open GPS Test.
17. You should get a position lock reasonably quickly.

Even though you have enabled A-GPS and EPO you can now turn them off (although any subsequent position lock should be quicker if these are enabled).

I have managed to get a position lock on Google Maps with network data and WiFi turned off. I've also managed to get Sygic GPS to work with network data and WiFi turned off. Position lock took about 20s in both cases.

The above is a variant of the instructions given in this video:
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I now have a MTK6589 phone with a very good GPS!
The main issue appears to be the initial mtkgps.dat file.

Great success!

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06-28-2013, 08:12 PM
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RE: Get your MTK6589 GPS Working - Method B
thanks man, ill try this when i have some time

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07-01-2013, 05:34 AM
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RE: Get your MTK6589 GPS Working - Method B
(06-26-2013 05:41 PM)MayhemVC Wrote: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.So I've been more than a little disappointed with the GPS performance on my HX-9299A and was considering buying a new phone as I rely on my phones as a GPS.

What you will need:

Root Access on your Phone:
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.

Mobileuncle MTK Tools:
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.

Root Explorer (File Manager):
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.

GPS Test (not required but helps):
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.

THIS SHOULD BE DONE OUTDOORS.

1. Turn GPS off on your phone.
2. Open Root Explorer and find the mtkgps.dat file in /data or /data/misc
3. Delete mtkgps.dat
4. Reboot phone
5. Open Mobileuncle Tools
6. Tap on 'Engineer Mode'
7. Tap on 'Engineer Mode (MTK)'
8. Scroll across to 'Location'
9. Tap on 'Location Based Service'
10. Tap on 'AGPS' and then make sure 'A-GPS On/Off' is checked
11. Tap on 'EPO' and then make sure 'Enable EPO' is checked
12. Swipe down (notification bar) and turn GPS on
13. Hit back and then tap 'YGPS'
14. Wait until you get position lock (mine took about 6 seconds).
15. This process should create a new mtkgps.dat file.
16. Hit home button and open GPS Test.
17. You should get a position lock reasonably quickly.

Even though you have enabled A-GPS and EPO you can now turn them off (although any subsequent position lock should be quicker if these are enabled).

I have managed to get a position lock on Google Maps with network data and WiFi turned off. I've also managed to get Sygic GPS to work with network data and WiFi turned off. Position lock took about 20s in both cases.

The above is a variant of the instructions given in this video:
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.

I now have a MTK6589 phone with a very good GPS!
The main issue appears to be the initial mtkgps.dat file.

Great success!

Great News, that has just worked for me on my N9500, thank you.

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07-02-2013, 02:06 AM
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RE: Get your MTK6589 GPS Working - Method B
Didn't work for me, with Lenovo S750Sad

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07-02-2013, 04:33 AM
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RE: Get your MTK6589 GPS Working - Method B
EDIT for thoose having chineese firmware, and cannot run GPS or google play store here's a method C solution You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.

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07-02-2013, 08:24 PM
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RE: Get your MTK6589 GPS Working - Method B
(07-02-2013 04:33 AM)Wookash Wrote: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.EDIT for thoose having chineese firmware, and cannot run GPS or google play store here's a method C solution You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.

If you have Chinese firmware you should still be able to create a CWM recovery for your phone using this method:
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Once you have done this you should be able to flash Google Apps:
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Just make sure you flash the correct Google Apps for your version of Android:
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Once flashed you will have access to the Google Play Store and all its goodness contained within!

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07-03-2013, 12:18 AM
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RE: Get your MTK6589 GPS Working - Method B
(07-02-2013 08:24 PM)MayhemVC Wrote: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.
(07-02-2013 04:33 AM)Wookash Wrote: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.EDIT for thoose having chineese firmware, and cannot run GPS or google play store here's a method C solution You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.

If you have Chinese firmware you should still be able to create a CWM recovery for your phone using this method:
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Once you have done this you should be able to flash Google Apps:
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Just make sure you flash the correct Google Apps for your version of Android:
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Once flashed you will have access to the Google Play Store and all its goodness contained within!

Maybe it's a stupid question but what will I achieve by CWR recovery?
I managed to run google play store, without the CWR, so do I really need it?
Gapps gives more shit except of playstore, so IMO no need to flash the full gapps.

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07-04-2013, 04:57 PM
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RE: Get your MTK6589 GPS Working - Method B
(07-03-2013 12:18 AM)Wookash Wrote: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.Maybe it's a stupid question but what will I achieve by CWR recovery?
I managed to run google play store, without the CWR, so do I really need it?
Gapps gives more shit except of playstore, so IMO no need to flash the full gapps.

Not a stupid question. You are correct.
Provided you are rooted and have access to the Google Play Store then you should you should be fine.

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07-10-2013, 03:44 AM
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RE: Get your MTK6589 GPS Working - Method B
Hi
after doing all of the above I do get an almost instant-GPS fix. So that is good.
What is bad is that I then regularly lose all satellites, and then it takes 5 minutes - half an hour to get a fix again.
Any ideas about that?
Thanks

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07-17-2013, 02:08 PM
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RE: Get your MTK6589 GPS Working - Method B
I had the same problem - the GPS is really poor Sad
I have switched onto external GPS - there's no comparision with the built in one.

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