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#11607143 - 05/16/16 09:38 PM Problem with new Motorguide xi5
PowPowOl'Son Offline
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Registered: 05/03/16
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Brand new out of the box. This is my second one so I know how it's supposed to operate. I'm having 2 problems.

1) The battery light is red all the time (batteries are hot)
2) When on spotlock, it acts silly (see video)

Any ideas? I hate to box it up and send back. I'm sure the turnaround time will be 2-3 weeks.


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#11607168 - 05/16/16 09:48 PM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: PowPowOl'Son]
521 ranger Offline
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does it always do that on spot lock or is it random?

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#11607202 - 05/16/16 10:06 PM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: PowPowOl'Son]
PowPowOl'Son Offline
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Always does it. Supposedly it has 2 gps units in it. I'm wondering if they aren't "fighting" with each other. I read how to calibrate the gps system. Gonna try that on the water Friday (can't do it on land).

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#11608445 - 05/17/16 02:12 PM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: PowPowOl'Son]
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Am buying one of these, so am very interested in what you find out. Please let us know.
Thanks for posting.

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#11608447 - 05/17/16 02:13 PM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: PowPowOl'Son]
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Originally Posted By: PowPowOl'Son
Brand new out of the box. This is my second one so I know how it's supposed to operate. I'm having 2 problems.

1) The battery light is red all the time (batteries are hot)
2) When on spotlock, it acts silly (see video)

Any ideas? I hate to box it up and send back. I'm sure the turnaround time will be 2-3 weeks.


welcome to the TFF!

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#11608513 - 05/17/16 02:40 PM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: PowPowOl'Son]
vicbass22 Offline
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Try unplugging the power n plug it back when it's acting silly

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#11608523 - 05/17/16 02:43 PM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: PowPowOl'Son]
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#11608527 - 05/17/16 02:44 PM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: vicbass22]
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Originally Posted By: vicbass22
Try unplugging the power n plug it back when it's acting silly


Do you work in IT? That's what my help desk always suggests when my puter's acting up.
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#11608609 - 05/17/16 03:18 PM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: PowPowOl'Son]
PowPowOl'Son Offline
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I've been pressing Control-Alt-Delete but that doesn't work either.

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#11608900 - 05/17/16 05:33 PM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: PowPowOl'Son]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
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Take it to an authorized MG repair shop and it'll be covered under warranty.

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#11609021 - 05/17/16 06:27 PM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: PowPowOl'Son]
plasma800 Offline
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Loc: Montgomery Texas
It's the very deliberate pattern that seems amiss... mine on anchor will of course move and adjust.. a lot, but not with such consistency. And my light is always green. Is yours 24 or 36 volt? Wondering if you could wire it up to a different set of batteries?? I know that's a hassle, but it would at least rule out the batteries....

as far as I knew, there's only the one PinPoint GPS control board in them, if you bought it equipped that way. They can be purchased without the pin point gps.

Is the unit hooked up to a NEMA network? If so, does disconnecting it from the nema change anything about it's behavior?

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#11609085 - 05/17/16 07:04 PM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: PowPowOl'Son]
PowPowOl'Son Offline
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It's 36v. I may hook my old xi5 to it just to make sure all works fine.

I bought it with Pinpoint.

It was originally hooked to an HDS12, but I have since disconnected hoping that would fix it. No such luck.

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#11609161 - 05/17/16 07:52 PM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: PowPowOl'Son]
JkWho Offline
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Loc: Mid Cities
Looks like you put it in protection mode. Its making sure nothing/nobody gets near the front of the boat.

I have never had mine do this but thought I would throw out some thoughts...

1) Does it do it with both the remote and foot pedal?
2) Tried it with foot pedal off?
3) Batteries in foot pedal new?
4) Batteries in remote OK?
5) Have you tried "re-syncing" the GPS? Not sure if this is possible...

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#11609657 - 05/18/16 06:54 AM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: JkWho]
PowPowOl'Son Offline
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Originally Posted By: JkWho
Looks like you put it in protection mode. Its making sure nothing/nobody gets near the front of the boat. Ya, it's definitely is on the hunt to find something!

I have never had mine do this but thought I would throw out some thoughts...

1) Does it do it with both the remote and foot pedal? yes
2) Tried it with foot pedal off? yes
3) Batteries in foot pedal new? yes
4) Batteries in remote OK? yes
5) Have you tried "re-syncing" the GPS? Not sure if this is possible...There is a way to reset it back to factory default. I have done this. There is also a way to calibrate the GPS. I will do this on Friday. According to Motorguide, a "lost" GPS shouldn't give you a red light though.

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#11609704 - 05/18/16 07:26 AM Re: Problem with new Motorguide xi5 [Re: PowPowOl'Son]
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Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 3044
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
I know this doesn't help....and I'm sorry....but this thread should be a response as to why the tourney guys DONT use these types of trolling motors.

It's a damn shame too, as much as these things could make it safer and easier to fish.

Why can the manufacturers NOT make one that uses drive by wire technology like the throttle pedals in late model vehicles. It could very accurately control the steering and when needed it can steer for you.
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