Marine Electronics Forum - HDS Gen 2 upgrade...thoughts?

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AB113123
03-29-2012, 06:08 AM
I currently have the HDS 10 (which is super slow) to say the least. I was wondering if anyone has actually upgraded their old unit to the new Gen 2 unit and is it really that much better? And also...what kind of money and a time frame are we talking about to do the upgrade. Thanks to all who reply


OHBandit
03-29-2012, 06:12 AM
Are you using the internal antenna or do you have the external antenna attached?

AB113123
03-29-2012, 06:31 AM
I am currently using an external antenna.


Fishton
03-29-2012, 06:39 AM
Hi AB113123,

The new HDS Gen2 is in no way a debatable topic when it comes to speed ... it is SUPER fast in comparison to the first HDS.

When I first got the Gen2 to review, I did a basic start-up and a few basic finctions on the two units - SIDE-BY-SIDE.

See the video ...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6vT2OAth7E

boatside
03-29-2012, 10:08 AM
I currently have the HDS 10 (which is super slow) to say the least. I was wondering if anyone has actually upgraded their old unit to the new Gen 2 unit and is it really that much better? And also...what kind of money and a time frame are we talking about to do the upgrade. Thanks to all who reply

Have you tried updating to the latest version and doing a hard reset afterwards? I found that really helped on my GEN1 unit. Remember to backup your waypoints etc if you go the reset route.

abbor
03-29-2012, 10:20 AM
In which respect do you consider HDS to be slow? Understanding if it's chart updating, zooming or menu operation would help to tell if it's worth upgrading.

Which accessories do you have connected?

AB113123
03-29-2012, 10:57 AM
The unit is up to date with all the available updates from Lowrance. This unit since the day i bought it has been slow loading in every aspect no matter if its sonar, chart, waypoints, etc. The most recent update has helped with the situation but still is slow. Not to mention that the unit cannot locate my SonicHub 7 out of 10 times the unit is turned on for the first time. Accessories are SonicHub and The Antenna for Sirius Satellite Weather and Radio.



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