Compass WAY off.... (Pics)

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  1. Maclver macrumors 68020

    Maclver

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    Ok I have two new iPhone 3GS and I put the phones in the exact same spot and they are waaaaaay off.....

    anyone else have this problem

    Phone 1

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    Phone 2

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    and they both were not even in the right direction

    And i tried in google maps.. when driving east bound on a east/west road.. google maps compass highlight thingy showed us moving north!
     
  2. capitanbuzo macrumors 65816

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    My iPhone's compass seems to work fine. Maybe try a restore or be the first one to go to a Genius regarding a 3G S problem.
     
  3. adamdodson macrumors newbie

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    Try recalibrating it by waving the phone in a sideways "8" pattern. That popped up for me when I first launched the compass.
     
  4. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a

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    There was small print on interference when calibrating, be sure to stay away from big electronics or other magnets when calibrating.
     
  5. Maclver thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Tried that (when it asked me to) and nothing

    did that when I first got the phone this morning!

    I was outside!
     
  6. Switz213 macrumors 6502

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    Are the two iPhones RIGHT next to each other?
    duhhhhhhh :p
     
  7. jcde7ago macrumors 6502

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    Are you sure you're not 'Lost' on an island somewhere?

    I hear they have huge problems with the magnetic field over there...it's probably throwing off your magnetometer :p
     
  8. Maclver thread starter macrumors 68020

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    no....... I placed first phone on table with nothing on it.. did the picture then moved that phone away and placed the other one on the table
     
  9. Senn macrumors member

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    ya the compass is way messed up while driving
     
  10. Masquerade macrumors 6502a

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    eheheh
    sorry guys but i just informed that in the NEXT IPHONE you wouldnt need to callibrate the COMPASS
    fail!
     
  11. macjram macrumors 6502a

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  12. thekarsal macrumors newbie

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    Not sure about the iPhone, but when I had my G1, the compass went out, so it's probably faulty if it's not a software issue.
     
  13. WarriorTi22 Guest

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    you need to calibrate it using the figure 8 motion described when you open the app. Me and my friend just tried it, and at first they were way off, then we did the calibration, and they were the same. Hope this helps!
     
  14. sgrizzle macrumors member

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    iPhone G1 Compass? Really?
     
  15. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    You can't possibly be that narrow...

    He's talking about the T-Mobile G1. You know, Android and HTC?
     
  16. otto-matic macrumors newbie

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    I'm having the same issue, not even remotely close. I tried the figure 8, it is almost off 100 degrees.

    wtf?
     
  17. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

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    ive done collaboration and all that. its still rubbish. its not too bad inside except when near computer. but in the car its rubbish. and surely thats the main point..
     
  18. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    Take whichever one is wrong back to Apple.
     
  19. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    Try This

    If it an electronic compass, then it is like the one in your automobile. When I worked with electronic compasses one year while dealing with satellite communication, one way to "reset" the compass was to do the following:

    1. Find an open area away from metal.
    2. Hold the compass(iPhone) about arm's length in front of you.
    3. Slowly turn 360 degrees over the course of a minute. (if you have an analog watch, hold it in your other hand and try to keep the second hand aways pointing at the same object..a light post for example.)
    4. By doing that you are allowing the compass to "feel" the magnetic field at all settings. That might be enough to rest your compass.

    Hope that helps. Otherwise, you may have to contact Apple. They may have installed it sideways.:eek:
     
  20. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    probably has to do with that metal box it is sitting in.
     
  21. vinay427 macrumors 6502a

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    Who said it's metal? (click the emoticon) :D
     
  22. JBaker122586 macrumors 65816

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    My compass is off as well...

    Of course, I've been on the 12th story of an office building all day, so I'll try re-calibrating it once I get home/outside.
     
  23. dagomike macrumors 65816

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    Mine went screwy while driving. Said I was going the opposite direction. I'm not sure how the calibration works, but seems like if you don't do it right it's going to be off. I turned power cycled it and it worked. Other times it was off a little bit, other pretty much on. If it gets close to something it doesn't like it wants to recalibrate and if it's not done well, it will be wrong. Seems a little flaky.
     
  24. TMade09 macrumors newbie

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    I got my 3gs today, took my unsinkable cruise ship across the Atlantic, and my ship hit an iceberg because the dumb compass was off!
     
  25. joshellis625 macrumors 6502

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    Ok that totally made me lol. XD
     

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