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#12485326 - 10/31/17 02:55 AM Re: Lowrance SONAR [Re: jsplinter]
Flippin-Out Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 2107
Loc: Magnolia, TX
The original complex setup may have had that unit displaying the data from a transducer on another unit in the boat. In that case, I believe the Source selection in the unit settings is "Network". But, you don't have a network, so not getting any data to display.

Since you are setting up a basic system, why not return the unit settings to factory default? That will certainly change your sonar source selection to what you have - basic. "Restore factory (default) settings" does not uninstall unit updates. You should be able to find this in your manual. Download the pdf, and you can even search for keywords to keep from having to read as much.

You need to go into settings to insure that the data source is "This Unit". Without that, you'll get nowhere. After that, insure that the totalscan transducer has been detected (probably not). If not, look under "transducer" and select it. You should learn how to do this from your operator manual.

As to not wanting to read your manual, I will tell you that one of the best investments you can make is spend time reading your G3 manual cover to cover MORE THAN ONCE. I always do this with every new unit I get, and I often spend hours playing with the unit at home, or sitting in the boat in the garage. I go through every menu choice to look at the options and understand what they are for. Until this is done, any operator is going to experience periods of disgust with the unit, and is the primary reason for dissatisfaction with high tech electronics on fishing boats.....

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#12485549 - 10/31/17 09:17 AM Re: Lowrance SONAR [Re: jsplinter]
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Registered: 09/27/17
Posts: 39
Loc: Bedford (DFW), TX
Lol, reading the manual isn’t a problem. Comprehending it, that’s the rub. While I found the process elsewhere on the web, I couldn’t manage to find how to do a factory reset in the book.
Stir in codes instead of using plain language to describe the transducer drivers adds to the entertainment.
Part of the problem is me. I do technical writing (among other things) and have a unrelated lexicon to deal with.
Thanks,
ed
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#12485687 - 10/31/17 10:24 AM Re: Lowrance SONAR [Re: Ed-n-eddy]
Fishbonz Offline
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Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 4718
Loc: Desoto,Tx. Dallas county
Originally Posted By: Ed-n-eddy
Alright, Jim Sr kind of shamed me into asking for some help. I picked up a used HDS12 Gen3, and bought a new Totalscan transducer. I'm very confident the PO was running a much more sophisticated setup that just a Totalscan transducer. The symptom is that the transducer and display aren't talking yet and the books don't help me much in describing what the system settings need to be to get me going. Reminds me of building my own computer before plug-and-play but without installation instructions.
I don't imagine this is a new question, but I'm getting older by the minute and reading a hundred pages of previous posts is going to take a lot of time. Sort of works against why we use sonar in the first place. If the answer is in an older post, let me know the number or who posted it, I think I can work with that. Otherwise, can someone help me work through the system settings I need?
Thanks all,
ed
Did you know you could go to the Lowrance website and click on support for help?They have techs that will help you.

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#12486779 - 10/31/17 08:59 PM Re: Lowrance SONAR [Re: jsplinter]
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 6505
Loc: Boerne, Texas
I imagine the problem is in the transducer installation setup selection. Pick the wrong transducer and it won’t work properly.

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#12487151 - 11/01/17 06:25 AM Re: Lowrance SONAR [Re: grout-scout]
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Registered: 02/25/15
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Loc: Magnolia, TX
grout-scout, I'm back again at least for a while.....already warned him to check that setting, but didn't hear if he did....

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#12487309 - 11/01/17 08:23 AM Re: Lowrance SONAR [Re: Flippin-Out]
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Registered: 12/08/08
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Loc: Boerne, Texas
Originally Posted By: Flippin-Out
grout-scout, I'm back again at least for a while.....already warned him to check that setting, but didn't hear if he did....


Yes sir, someone should prob give him very direct instructions on how to find that menu though. Someone that just turns the graph on & off will never figure it out.

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#12490214 - 11/03/17 12:44 AM Re: Lowrance SONAR [Re: jsplinter]
Ed-n-eddy Offline
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Registered: 09/27/17
Posts: 39
Loc: Bedford (DFW), TX
na, don't worry about it.
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#12500493 - 11/11/17 07:06 PM Re: Lowrance SONAR [Re: jsplinter]
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Registered: 02/06/09
Posts: 12890
Loc: highland village/lake Lewisvil...
Had a two month old HDS 9 gen 3 just up and quit this morning. Running across the lake and just blacked out. Hooked it up to another boat and a display at West Marine and it still wouldn’t fire up so I know it’s not my electrical system. Anybody else had this happen?
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#12510516 - 11/20/17 12:48 PM Re: Lowrance SONAR [Re: jsplinter]
WAWI Offline
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Registered: 05/18/07
Posts: 19759
Loc: Aledo
All right, I thinking its time to upgrade. I am currently running a gen 1 8, a gen 2 8 and lss 1.I am cheap so carbon is out. Im thinking gen3 7 or 9 on bow, and gen3 9 at console with total scan, plus point 1. does total scan replace all my current transducers in the back of boat? (i use mminkota buit in for front trolling motor.) I will be networking them. Can the total scan transduecer be flush mounted on bottom of hull like my lss 1 is? Thoughts? Suggestions? Am i missing something?

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