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jimh posted 02-10-2012 09:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
Lowrance has announced the release of new software for their HDS GEN-1 series of electronic chart plotter and SONAR devices. This software revision is numbered as version 4.1, and it is recommended for all HDS (GEN-1) devices.

For more information on the changes in the software release, see HDS%204%201%20Release%20Notes.pdf

To obtain the updater files necessary to apply the patch to your HDS device, visit HDS-Software-Update/

jimh posted 02-10-2012 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
One of the improvements in the v4.1 software is the ability to export larger .GPX files. This problem was discussed in

Lowrance GPX Export

An improvement in the GPX export function will be a very welcomed addition to the HDS system capabilities.

jimh posted 02-10-2012 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I obtained the upgrade patch files and applied the upgrade to my HDS-8. I used my MacBook Pro laptop to transfer the files to the SD Memory card. The update utility ran without any problems. I now have the v4.1 operating software on my HDS-8. It will be a while before I will be using it on the boat--probably not until late April or early May. I plan to test the .GPX export function before then.
jimh posted 04-28-2012 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
To follow-up on this discussion, I have tested the GPX export function with the new v4.1 software and found it works on my very large data set, where before it did not. On this basis I conclude that the problem has been resolved where the export of large data sets to GPX formats would previously cause a system halt and crash.
revengewanted posted 04-30-2012 11:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for revengewanted  Send Email to revengewanted     
The shop that supplied me with my Lowrance HDS 5X recently performed the update. I have used it several times since and found a noticeable improvement in the unit's ability to read the bottom at very deep depths (600 feet).

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