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Simrad 'issues'

Old 11-23-2013, 11:17 AM
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Default Simrad 'issues'

Yesterday I took the boat out for the first time after having taken the batteries out to have them tested and replacing the house battery.

I have a networked nse12 and nss 12.

When I first turned on my units I got an error message that i had no gps fix. I looked to the device list and my external gps25 antenna showed, but it wouldn't come on with several reboots. So, I switched to the internal GPS on the nss for the day.

Then, while heading offshore my Sirius (through a sonic hub) would not allow me to change the stations. It was playing a Sirius station, it just wouldn't allow me to switch it. Several hours later it started working fine.

Then, while idling and not using the auto pilot, an erro message came up stating something like the auto pilot computer is not recognized or something like that. I went to use the ap and it worked fine.

At the end of the day, all but the external gps antenna is now working but the situation seemed strange and I still need to figure out the GPS issue.

Any ideas or should I just call navico on Monday?
Old 11-23-2013, 12:42 PM
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Call NAVCO and bitch! Do u have the latest software on both machines?
Old 11-23-2013, 12:48 PM
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Those are all NMEA2K devices. I would look at your NMEA2K power node and the backbone as a whole. Finally check your connections to all the devices.
Old 11-23-2013, 12:52 PM
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I think it is a simnet issue too
Old 11-23-2013, 07:09 PM
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Go in to the Network Menu - there is a "status " screen in there that will show you data stat's sent via any of the networks (NMEA2000/Ethernet) - there it will show if you have transmission errors. That is the first step in diagnosing NMEA 2000 errors on Simrad/Lowrance.
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Do you have a backup of your system settings? You might try reloading them.
Old 11-24-2013, 08:41 AM
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I may pull the boat home on Wed and make sure all the connections are tight and backup my setting and reset, if need be.

I believe I went into the network menu and found the status screen. I didn't know what to look for, but nothing looked 'odd', if I remember correctly.

Since I had gps, bottom finder and AP, I didn't want to start messing with things while offshore and make things worse. I always keep a back up handheld GPS with me, but it could have screwed up a day of fishing if I lost the system.

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