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Old 05-29-2016, 01:05 PM
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I need help with this thing. New to boats and boating. Just got an 18 foot center console. This fish finder came with it. It has no SD cards or anything. If yall could educate me on what I need for this. It's stuck on 1 GPS map and won't change. It aquires satellites. Any and all help is appreciated.
Old 05-30-2016, 04:09 PM
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We no longer support this device. What do I do?
Old 05-31-2016, 01:59 AM
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You can download a users manual from the LOWRANCE website most likely, that will help you start to learn how it runs.

When you say it is stuck on 1 map, what do you really mean? Try to give a bit more detail as to what it is doing, and what you've tried to get it to work properly.

Those units are many years old - since they were made, we have had at least 3 new generations of Lowrance gear released so it might be hard to find a map card to suit - maybe check with Navionics
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It can use a standard Navionics Gold card of any size.
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Ok. Thanks for the help. So would it be better to just look for a new fishfinder/chartplotter? Instead of having to dig up stuff for this one?
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What I meant about stuck on a map. When I turn it on it doesn't find my position. Stays on last position. I can't figure it out. I have to move the cross hairs to my position.
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ok, once you move the crosshairs to your position, and tell it to "go to cursor" does it then work properly?
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No and yes. Took me several attempts to do that. It also loses position. Has an alarm every once in awhile. Out on a no cover bay I wouldn't think that would happen. I'm new to them. I see online programs like Map Create to make maps. I know nothing about this. Last time I turned it on it was on my position. I pulled it off boat to take to shop so I have no way to turn it on at the moment.
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If the cursor is on the screen, it will not show your current position. Just hit exit to clear the cursor and it should go back to your current position.

The iGPS in that model indicates an internal GPS antenna. Again, due to age, that may be starting to fail, and it will also depend on the positioning of the unit on the boat as to how well it holds satellites. On top of the dash would be preferred. Should be OK under a bimini top or canopy, but again, back then the antennas were nowhere near as sensitive or as fast as they are today. You could add an external antenna, but then you are still stuck with a 10+ year old unit.

That series of unit also suffered from keyboard failures when they got to a certain age/level of use. Usually manifests itself as the unit turning itself on and off in rapid succession. Had one from that series nyself had this problem, fixed under warranty but yours is way past that.

You can see where I am heading, cant you?!

There are some very nice combo units out there now that are quite inexpensive for the average boater. Things like the Lowrance Elite Ti series, of the Simrad GO7 xse (fully touch screen, no buttons) plus some options from Garmin too. $700-800 should be all you need to spend, maybe a bit less. Often they are packaged with up to date maps, transducer and everything you need.

A 7" screen is the norm these days and so much better than 5" you will be amazed.
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Yes it was turning on and off. OK I see where you are going. It's 10 years old? WOW! Had no idea. OK I'll head to a store that sells them to see some in action. You say 7 inch screens are the norm? I don't know much about them. I do know I like the GPS and sonar combos. Not sure about $800 ones. I was hoping around $400 or $500. I'll have to have someone install it. Sure the transducer will have to be changed out also.
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Should I make a post in the electronics section about getting a new one or people's thoughts on them? See what everyone has and pros and cons?
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Yes, that model was released 2006 or thereabouts.

Once the self- turning on and off starts with them it will only get worse. Time to look for a replacement.

You could post a new thread in the electronics forum, people will give you their thoughts. But you need to tell them where you will be using it,what depths, what kind of fishing etc.

Before you do that it would be worth going into a retailer or two near where you live and having a look at what is available and if they are on display, get a feel for how they work. The menu systems between different brands work differently and you may find you prefer one over another. You can also see what you can get for your budget.

If you can then get a shortlist together and then come back here and ask for opinions from first hand users of those models, that will get you the best value feedback.
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OK that sounds like a plan. I sure appreciate all the help with my questions. I couldn't find anything on that specific model. I don't even know who makes them other than hummingbird and lowrance. Well Garmin too. I thought Garmin was just GPS though. I have many of them for the land vehicles.
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The brands you would be looking at for combo units (mapping and sonar) would include:

Lowrance and Simrad (both made by Navico) but pitched slightly different markets - Simrad a bit more upmarket.

Garmin (have really developed a solid reputation and range in the last 7 or so years)

Between Navico and Garmin they would have the vast majority share of the recreational market.

Humminbird - the lesser cousin, but some people love them. Less users though means less people who will be familiar with them to help you out if you get in a bind.

They will all have models around and below $800 or so for you to choose from.

In the last 5 years new technology has become commonplace that you may not have heard of yet. When you do your research you will come across:

Downscan or Downview - kind of a 3D image of what is on the hottom - quite amazing detail!

Sidescan or sideview - using special, long skinny transducers, throw a beam out to both sides of the boat so you can see structure and bottom features out to at least 100ft eaith side. Really amazing! But mounting the transducers where they are not obstructed by the outboard leg (to the left of the transducer) can be problematic on some boats.

3 D sidescan - pimped-up version of sidescan which gives real life 3D images out to the sides.

CHIRP sonar - too complicated to explain in a short sentence, but suffice to say it delivers: far clearer images with better separation between individual fish in a school, all with far less power output than traditional sonar. Really outstanding images on the screen.
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That's awesome. Thanks. Now I have an understanding of what all that means. Some what lol. Thanks very much. Gives me an idea what and at who to look at.
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Lol. After talking to a bunch of people at work and around my area, it seems Lowrance is the way to go. Just about everyone I talk to eother has Lowrance or wished they did. Not that the brand they have is bad or anything. They just like Lowrance better. Now to find one I like.

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