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Old 27 February 2009, 13:32   #1
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Raymarine DS500X - no depth reading

I've been using a Raymarine DS500X fishfinder which has stopped showing all depth related information (in and out of water). Any help would be greatly appreciated

* I've checked the connections at the head unit - they seem ok, but cleaned them with some very nice 95% Polish Spirits anyway.
*The speed and temperature data displays OK - (my garden hose makes 15kts at 5 degrees).
* The Airmar P58 Transom mounted "triducer" still makes an audible click but has been banged about some during the past season.
* The main batteries are fully charged and reading 13V (ono).
* The only depth related imagery on the display is a continuous red line along the top of the display (so nothing)
* I did (quickly) RTFM but found no obvious answers, ditto a search on here.

I'm kinda hoping it's just the transducer but have no easy way to check this, perhaps one of you has seen something similar and can point me in the right direction! Thanks
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Old 27 February 2009, 15:38   #2
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Just because the transducer isticking it does not mean it is intact. The innards are basiclly a crystal which if hit too hard can crack or be damaged and as a result its resonant frequency can be screwed.

The transducer is a spilt frequency 50/200 khz and many other units use the sameone, soif you have the possibility of plugging in to someone elses transducer would rule it in or out.

Alternatively, a replacement transducer would not set you back too much.
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Don't know on that model but sometimes a reset can work wonders. Either a soft or hard one - reset that is!!!
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Old 28 February 2009, 11:53   #4
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The innards are basiclly a crystal which if hit too hard can crack or be damaged and as a result its resonant frequency can be screwed.
um, yeah.... might have had a wee ding or two. Probably no harm in a new transducer by the sounds of it. Will try a "factory reset" first, no harm to be done there either!

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