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Old 25 October 2006, 05:59   #1
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Has anyone else had problems with Lowrance plotters going wrong?

I am about to get a third LMS-332C. Both the previous units went mad, turning themselves on a beeping, screen flashing manically.

Any feedback appreciated.
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Old 25 October 2006, 11:34   #2
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no problems with the 3600c igps yet, but there map (Nauticpath Europe West) does have a hole it between East Tilbury and Canvey Island, ie there are no nav marks, depths etc

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Old 25 October 2006, 12:15   #3
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My EAGLE is just over one year old and going strong.
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Old 25 October 2006, 13:18   #4
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no problems with the 3600c igps yet, but there map (Nauticpath Europe West) does have a hole it between East Tilbury and Canvey Island, ie there are no nav marks, depths etc

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When its working, its great. But I think it may have a design fault in that it goes wrong if either:

1. An ingress of water:
2. It is sensitive to low battery voltage.

These are merely guesses....
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Andy, It's quite a strange error, the map is actually missing!!! I understand that 3 other people have the same hole, but it should be rectified on the next release whenever that is, but its still rather baffling!!

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Old 25 October 2006, 17:34   #6
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Andy, I've sold lots of 332's and all are still running without any problems what so ever.
Also the 10 inch Lowrances are great machines.
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I have a 332C and currently have a problem with it, if the boat power is on, but the plotter is off (e.g. moored for a while whilst i go for a pint), I come back, press power and it can't communicate with the GPS. I unplug and reattach the GPS unit at the cable connection at the GPS and then it's fine. If I go into the NMEA2K status menu the GPS is missing, but the fuel flow meter is working fine, so it's not an issue with the bus.

There was also a strange transparent grey shadow in the middle of the screen the other day - not sure what that is, but it's not a mark on the surface of the screen. I always remove the plotter and keep it in my house, so it's unlikely to be moisture ingress.
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I know what this is.

You need to update the software in you LGC2000 GPS antenna. This is available free via the Lowrance website although you will need an MMC/SD card reader.

The update which was released in September gives you better radar protection and 'enhanced NMEA2000 support'.

That's your issue ,the antenna which is a NMEA2000 device keeps dropping off the network and needs to be re-booted. This only happens when you add another NMEA2K device as you have with the EP-10.

This will fix it.

I would be pleased to help further if required.

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I know what this is.

You need to update the software in you LGC2000 GPS antenna. This is available free via the Lowrance website although you will need an MMC/SD card reader.

The update which was released in September gives you better radar protection and 'enhanced NMEA2000 support'.

That's your issue ,the antenna which is a NMEA2000 device keeps dropping off the network and needs to be re-booted. This only happens when you add another NMEA2K device as you have with the EP-10.

This will fix it.

I would be pleased to help further if required.

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Do you think it would fix my problem?
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No I don't think so.

It sounds like you have had key pad shorting issues.

Are these warranty raplacements from the UK distributor (Silva)?

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