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WT posted 09-23-2005 05:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for WT   Send Email to WT  
I have been using Lowrance emulators that can be downloaded into your pc. The emulators allow me to practice using my gps/fishfinder in the convenience of my home rather on my Montauk.

I just learned from Lowrance that the emulators will read the Navionics chips if you connect the chip/card reader to a USB port of your computer. Then just select from your "map data" option in the emulator, "Navionics" and viola.


WT posted 09-23-2005 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT
WT posted 09-23-2005 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
WT posted 09-23-2005 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I have 2 Navionics chips. Chip data is gonzo on both chips.

I wonder what the Lowrance technical support people say when they return my phone call.

The Idiot,

17 bodega posted 09-23-2005 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Hopefully they would honor any warranty if you have your receipt. After all you just followed their instructions on the website.

WT posted 09-23-2005 07:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
The technical support person at Lowrance told me how to do it. I even asked if it might erase the chip and he said no. Of course I don't have the tech support person's name.

Navionics is going to tell me that it was my blunder, which it was.

Live and learn,

jimh posted 09-23-2005 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
This kind of problem would have never happened if you had been using an Apple Macintosh computer.


Please, no flames about how I run the website. Just kidding...

WT posted 09-26-2005 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

The information was not erased on the Navionic chip.

Lowrance said that if my Navionics chip is not read by my Lowrance gps/fishfinder, I should open the chip door of my Lowrance unit and close it. It's kind of Mickey Mouse, but it worked.

Lowrance said that my card reader should not cause the information on the Navionics chip to erased. It just reads the information. But warned that if I attempt to copy and paste the information, I could lose the information.


17 bodega posted 09-26-2005 12:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Good news Warren! I guess you won't be playing around with those chips anymore!

I tend to agree that Macs are better too Jim. Since my work info is PC I tolerate the Windoze OS.... I'll even go as far as calling you a "think different" kind of guy :)

an86carrera posted 09-26-2005 03:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
Navionics will rewrite your chip for 25.00. I have one also and wanted to copy it. Never even tried after checking into it, I don't know how they do it but trying to copy it WILL destroy the data.

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