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Old 04-03-2003, 07:05 PM
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So, the obvious difference is the depth and the 200 kHz tranducer. I fish in the Chesapeake Bay and max water depth is 80ft.

What am I missing? Do I really need the blue. Screen is the same, resolution the same, size of screen the same, etc.

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Old 04-03-2003, 08:23 PM
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I have a plain 240 on my boat and it works great at 80 feet. It works ok at 200 feet if the water is flat. progressively poorer botom holding peformance if the boat is doing some serious rockin.

Just be sure you get one that can take the lastest rev firmware. Mine is a few years old and I can't take advantage of software updates anymore. Garmin improved the hardware making the firmware updates they post incompatable with the early 240's.

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Old 04-08-2003, 03:27 PM
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pls excuse my ignorance....what is "rev firmware"??? I have the 240 as well (about a year old) but have never taken it off the console.

Is/are there periodic updates from Garmin that I should be downloading??

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Old 04-08-2003, 04:06 PM
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frimware is code or a patch/update that applies into the software installed on your GPS. Usually, you don't need them unless you are having problems or you wanted added features that come imbeded in the update
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Old 04-09-2003, 06:57 AM
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jakesnake is about on track, but I disagree that its not important to take every update. Firmware is the computer program that runs the fish finder. Fixes that Garmin has provided are things like, improved target discrimination, correcting a menu mispelling, improving voltage variance tollerance, etc. So take note of the rev number that comes up on your screen when you start your 240 and then go the Garmin.com and go to the down load page and look to see if yours is the latest. If not there is a discription of the fixes in the revs above yours. You have to either buy a data cable to connect to your PC serial port.

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I forgot one thing. Jot down the serial number of your unit. Thats how Garmin identifies the age of the 240. My number is below the cutoff for the current updates. Yours probably has current hardware unless you were sold old stock.

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Old 04-09-2003, 07:31 AM
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i checked the serial # & current software on my unit last night, and i am indeed due for an update to v4.32

more ignorant questions....

-i have a pc cable for my gpsmap76; will this work or do i need to buy another for the 240?

-i assume i just disconnect the unit from the console mount & the power cable, and bring inside to my pc?

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Old 04-09-2003, 09:49 AM
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I called Garmin- get this...

The are sending me the PC/power cable, NO CHARGE

There was a thread a week or so ago about a choice between Garmin and another brand. If for no other reason, even if the Garmin is more $$$, the customer support they provide is unbeatable.

I also had an LCD problem last year on my GPSMap76 that required a return to the factory. They couldn't fix it, so they downloaded all my saved data into a brand new unit, and overnighted it to me. Worth every penny I may have paid extra vs. another brand of unit, IMO.

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Old 04-09-2003, 01:38 PM
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Garmin is a first class company and clearly wants to grow their business via solid referrals like what you just posted.

I see you have the F100 Yamaha. I was thinking about buying a pair for my Seacat but I see they have discontinued the model. It is by far the lightest 100 on the market thus my interest. I may still look for someones old stock if I get some good feedback on the motor. What has been your experience with it?

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Old 04-10-2003, 07:16 AM
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great outboard- no problems at all so far. very quiet, sips gas, and gets up and going very nicely. i too decided on the motor because of its comparatively lighter weight, as my boat is also light for its size. i change the motor oil & lower unit 3x yearly to be safe, and the plugs 1x year

will never go back to 2-stroke!

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Old 04-10-2003, 02:33 PM
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yea it sure looked like the motors for me. I hate they discontinued it. I've started lookin at the TOHATSU low pressure injected 2 stroke which is very light and they claim more fuel efficient that the 4 strokes. Can't seem to find any impartial opinions on them though. And everybody seems to love their Yammies.

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quote:You have to either buy a data cable to connect to your PC serial port.

What if you don't use a PeeCee?

I'm a Macintosh driver myself (OS X). Does Garmin support the use of (the more modern) USB or Firewire connections for data updates? Serial ports are 'old school' even on PeeCees these days.
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Old 04-12-2003, 10:46 AM
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the cable/interface came in this morning from Garmin- hooked it up and dowload complete in a few minutes.

as Garmin was kind enough to send it to me gratis, if anyone needs it (it's an 18 pin AC/PC USA adapter), let me know & i'll send it out, as long as you return it!

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