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Old 07-15-2013, 06:43 AM
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Guys, I have a Dealer installed Garmin 541S with transducer. From the very beginning, I've had an issue that was not "bad" just more of a nuisance. While at slow speeds (900 - 2000 rpm's) the unit would read from the "right" depth at times then just drop to 1.9 feet and start blinking. It would do this for a short time then start reading again. Since it wasn't that big of an issue and it happened infrequently, I figured it was prop wash or something like that.

Well, now it is getting worse. Sometimes when I 'm drift fishing the depth will be 20 feet. The depth finder will start reading shallow. Like 7 feet or so when I know I'm in much deeper water. Also, when powering up the unit, the depth is just a few dashes. Everything thing else is there. Water temp, etc... But the depth will be blank. Sometimes it takes 2 -3 minutes to start reading. Other times it may take 30 seconds. This is new.

I've tried to adjust the angle of the transducer and it hasn't helped. Any ideas as to what is happening?

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Are you running in CHIRP mode?
What transducer is it?
Is it the CHIRP TM150m ...or the traditional Garmin transducer.
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
Are you running in CHIRP mode?
What transducer is it?
Is it the CHIRP TM150m ...or the traditional Garmin transducer.
I'm not sure what CHIRP mode is, but as far as I know I'm not running in that mode. And I believe it is a standard transducer.
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Originally Posted by macabear View Post
I'm not sure what CHIRP mode is, but as far as I know I'm not running in that mode. And I believe it is a standard transducer.
Do you know if you have the 740S or the 741XS? The 741XS is the latest model that supports a CHIRP fishfinder mode if you buy an appropriate transducer. The transducer would run north of $300. The 741XS would have run you about $1700.

The 740S is the previous generation that has a traditional pulsed sonar. This one is currently available in the neighborhood of $900 if bought in the past few months.
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Sorry guys, it's a 541S. Don't know why I typed 741. But it is a 541S.
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Originally Posted by macabear View Post
Sorry guys, it's a 541S. Don't know why I typed 741. But it is a 541S.
No problem...it's just part of fishing...as fisherman we all tend to add a bit extra

Now ..back to your problem..

Do you have a photo of the transom and your transducer postion?
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
No problem...it's just part of fishing...as fisherman we all tend to add a bit extra

Now ..back to your problem..

Do you have a photo of the transom and your transducer postion?
I can get one really quick. Stand by...
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Here's one.
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Don't know why it uploaded in that view angle.
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Try again...
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That looks like a good install.
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Any explanation why it is doing what it is?
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People do odd stuff you would never do when installing equipment. They do things like cutting the transducer wire to make running the wire easier, and they may just jump power from any spot they can find, not necessarily a house source. You may want to check a few things like transducer choice in the unit and other settings, you may also want to take a peek at the install.
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Thanks. I will do that.

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