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montauk steve posted 02-19-2007 12:36 AM ET (US)   Profile for montauk steve   Send Email to montauk steve  
I installed a Lowrance EP-10 fuel flow sensor to my NMEA 2000 bus. I was able to get the system to display the fuel usage on the navigation screen of my LMS-332. I was also able to read the fuel flow from a different screen, one of the set-up screens, but not the one I wanted. However, [the Lowrance EP-10 fuel flow sensor] seems to work. I used about 5 gallons on my first run with the new motor. I went about 15 miles. I will have better results next week. Also going to call Lowrance for help. --steve
davej14 posted 02-19-2007 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
Steve,

I have exactly the same set up, installed last year. It does works great. Be sure to "calibrate" the sensor to your application so that you will have accurate data.

montauk steve posted 02-20-2007 12:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for montauk steve  Send Email to montauk steve     
[C]alled [L]owrance today. [T]hey are sending new software and gave me the steps needed to fix the [problem]. [T]hanks

steve

jimh posted 02-20-2007 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
This sound like another example of good customer service and support from LOWRANCE.

Keep us posted on the final resolution of the problem. How will you install new software into the devices? Is the software sent on a memory chip? Or do you upload it via a serial data connection to the device?

davej14 posted 02-21-2007 07:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
I am not sure what they are doing for Steve, but you download to a memory chip in your PC then upload from the memory chip to the Lowrance unit.
jimh posted 02-21-2007 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Wow--I am sorry to hear that the software upgrade is such a cumbrous project. It would be cheaper to buy a new device for me, since I don't have the $1,000 or so it takes to get all the hardware and software needed to do this. Here I have no PeeCee and I no licensed copy of Windows.

The one aspect of Lowrance which seems to be a huge drawback is their expectation that all owners of Lowrance devices also own a computer that operates under a version of WINDOWS. They would do themselves a huge favor to get out from under that enormous restraint on their market.

montauk steve posted 02-21-2007 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for montauk steve  Send Email to montauk steve     
Lowrance is sending me a SD or MCC chip with the upgraded software for free. Lowrance does ask for a credit card number just in case the software is not returned. Postage is on a larger padded envelope to protect the memory card. The above is ONLY if you do not have the SD or MCC card reader/transfer device. I called them on monday, and should have the software by this friday or sooner.

Now if you have the transfer device and a SD or MCC card that is empty, then you can download off of Lowrance's website for free.

Lowrace was very helpful, with my situation where I did not have the unit in front of me, so they shot from the hip.

Jim,

How is it that you do not have a PC? you are on here 24/7 lol. Call Lowrance and have them send you the upgrade software for free.


-Steve

jmorgan40 posted 02-21-2007 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
As I have said in the past and I think Jim will echo my sentiments, Lowrance runs a first class customer care and support group.
where2 posted 02-21-2007 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Jim is running a Macintosh. You know, those computers that came out with the Graphical User Interface in 1984 while Bill Gates was saying "Users Prefer MS-DOS and Command Line Interface".

Thanks for noting that there is a work around for folks without the latest in technology. Not everyone has a SD/MMC card reader, although I have several in the house.

montauk steve posted 02-26-2007 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for montauk steve  Send Email to montauk steve     
Ok on friday i received the new update from Lowrance with detailed instructions on how to update the antenea and gps. One thing, make sure you know how all your settings were on the GPS. I lost all my settings, fonts, colors and size of screen. took about an hour of extra time but eventually remembered. now the EP-10 works and reads fuel rates at idle.

Jim, I was seeing fuel rates from .4-.7 at idle on the 90E-TEC.

Lowrance has great service, even though the wait on the phone was 20 min.

steve

Texel Tom posted 03-02-2007 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Texel Tom  Send Email to Texel Tom     
The latest software allows you to save all user preferences including overay data which can then be backed up via your pc. If you need to update the software or do a re-set then just load it all back in via the chip.

TT

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