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Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by northidaho, Oct 30, 2007.
Yes take a file to the ram mount , simple solution, easy fix
I loaded a 2GB card into the GPS and tried to register the GPS at Mapselect. I got the windows prompt recognizing the device and providing a drive but when I hit the go to MapSelect it comes back that MapSelect can't be found.
I suspect a card error, what do you think? I could always buy a 1GB card and try it. They are a little sensitive to this it would appear. 2 of the same card side by side and one will work and one won't.
I dropped the XOG off at Lowrance on Tuesday for service, the called me yesterday telling me it was ready for pickup. I ran by a few mins ago to pick it up.. in the box I found a brand new unit complete with all the mounts/cables/documentaion.
Can't complain about that level of service!!!
I did a 300 mile dirt trip this weekend. I drove 50 miles before turning the XOG on. I have not added any maps. I turned on the GPS and then headed up a dirt road for 30 miles and it did not acquire. I stopped facing south and just got a blinking of the last place it acquired-back at home. I tried for another 10 minutes. I stopped up on the top of a mountain next and tried again. It acquired quickly and stayed pretty locked in until I turned it off. Later that day when I fired it back up it would not acquire. I drove 60 mile on the interstate and watched the satelitte screen and it just blinked. There were 10 satelites on the grid but all white on the bar graph vs blue showing its trying to acquire. I stopped out in the big sky twice and nothing. I gave up and shut her down and 12 hours later I fired it up and it acquired in 2 minutes at the house. I have the 1.6 version. I will install the update soon.
Do you know any acquiring tricks with this machine?
Do you know if there is any difference between the version I have and the new ones aside from the 1.7 programing change?
It was kind of frustrating driving home on the freeway at night with a blinking position and a map of where I was last time it acquired.
I called lowrance and spoke with a tech rep who knew less about it than i did but assured me if I wanted to send it back she would replace it. That is why i am wondering if there is a difference between the 1.6 vintage and the 1.7 aside from the new download.
My buddies say you get what you pay for, Jon. I say I am not satisfied that I know all the tricks and I haven't given it a chance.
So, let me know if you have any acquireing tricks please and thanks for any info you have on the productions of this model.
By way of contrast, I recently sent an email for tech support. I was having a software issue where MapCreate was refusing to start. A week later I have received no help from Lowrance at all. I eventually found a solution on the web.
I am happy with the unit but underwhelmed by the support.
Why not just get it swapped out? New cables and warranty ...
I have only ever had one acquisition issue - a couple of days ago in Yosemite, the XOG kept my position calculated but not my ground speed. Since I had to have a chat with a Park Ranger about that very issue, the timing could have been better ...
He let me slide and as soon as I got a bit more sky the speed was back on screen. Other than that, it pulled five satellites from my downstairs motel room.
Bass Pro Shops has the XOG for $159, and it's on their web site, too.
Just Ordered one of these and am actually rather excited!! Thanks everyone for the excellent information and postings. It all really helped me finally decide on my 1st GPS. I've been hesitant for so long to jump in for various reasons but considering the ruggedness - size - and $$$ I decided to put the trigger.
Now I get about a month to learn it before heading into Central America. (Yes I don't expect the base maps to help too much BUT at least it can tell me where I am *LOL*)
Amazon has two left at $169.99 with free supersaver shipping.
Just open GPS Babel and on the input select "GPX XML" and select the "gpx" file you want to convert, set the output to "Lowrance USR" name it and hit "Lets Go"
Nice. I did figure out how to put that on my desktop right after I asked that question. I'm impressed with all the software it works with.
I"m a GPS newb and am running into a time crunch and am wondering if there is anyone in/around Denver that would have some time/willingness to sit down and show me the ups/downs of the XOG ? I'm curious if it's at all possible to load something like Google Maps as a basemap or overlay ??? For central America?? I have all the paper maps but it would be really nice to have something that shows me (approximately) near what road I'm lost on :)
Do you mean on the wire from mountgusys? There is the black box in the middle of the cable, that is what should be modified? Mine is in the mail, should be here soon. Thanks for all of the info on this thread.
Yes the "Mount Guy's" Hard wire Power adapter.
as soon as you get it you will see what to do.
I highly doubt Google maps can be imported into the XOG. They are very sensitive and have proprietary maps for the XOG. Also the maps from map Select are encoded with the serial number of the unit and can not be used in any other XOG. Map create maps can be used in any XOG. Map create7.0 covers the entire world, but everything outside the US is only highways with no Hwy names or small roads. I woud call LEI.com and query them.
I was pleasantly surprised when my XOG plotted a precise course completely off road. I really did not expect it to do that. Good job Lowrance
I just bought one...Great deal at Cabellas. Love the size; does a terrific job of music, reasonable screen and good interface. Don't have much road time with it yet.
A couple questions to those in the know..
Do these lose the ability to lock on in heavy clouds? I went all day today trying with no luck. My Garmin Vista took the foul, snowy weather in stride, no problem. Also, I made a mapselect account (confirmed by Lowrance/Navico E-mail)but it isn't recognized when I try to log in. I know I was logged in as limited user on my pc when I registered, could that affect it? - Thanks much for any help.. and this thread has been a tremendous resource, Dale
Mine works in heavy rain, clouds, heavy tree cover etc, better than my Garmin
Don't do the mapselect so can't help you there, ( Too expensive for me)
I get all the downloads I want with the new Delorme Subscription service, $30 a year.
So my XOG might not get as much use now.
My XOG also has impressive lock ability. Picks up many sats even when well indoors.
What advantage does the subscription service offer, when MapCreate 7 already has topo of every state?
Satellite Images, USGS quads etc, very cool but $$$$$$ for large areas.