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pcrussell50 posted 05-14-2010 02:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for pcrussell50   Send Email to pcrussell50  
Ok, from a previous post, I'm pretty sure I'll be getting that Lowrance, large screen, grayscale, non-GPS unit.

The reason I'm looking at it is that the old Lowrance X-30 I have right now, (that came with my 1985 Sport 13) doesn't seem to be acting "right". Here's the story. When I got the boat a year ago, the first thing I did was remove the old Lowrance unit because I hadn't yet taken up fishing and didn't want it cluttering things up. I did leave the transducer mounted to the transom, though. Since then I took up fishing, and now I'm ready to start "looking" at the bottom.

So, I reinstalled the unit and hooked up the power and transducer cables. It makes the beep, and powers up just like it should when you press the power button, and the screen starts up as I think it should. The trouble is, I can 't seem to get it beyond the startup screen, with the Lowrance, "L" logo with a beam that goes down to a fish, bouncing off the top of it's back. But this screen is not relegated to decoration only. On this screen, it auto ranges itself, from zero, to 60m feet while on the trailer. It also says the word "search", and occasionally, there is the number "0" just above the word "search".

I wonder if it sounds to you all like the transducer is bad? I _might_ be able to find a replacement on ebay for $20 or so.

I know this old unit can't touch the newer stuff, but it's almost free, and if I can get it to work, I can learn the basics of using these things.


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