Lowrance XOG

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by northidaho, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. fendermon

    fendermon Been here awhile

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    Thanks,

    Mine went from impressive reception, even indoors, to none.....hmmmm
  2. Jeffh555

    Jeffh555 F'n n00b

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    Just to clarify, is this screenshot a sat image from mapselect or Delorme that you've loaded onto your XOG? how expensive are the mapselect maps?
  3. rwamf

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    NEGATIVE, That is from a "MapSelect" down load I did last year , I only downloaded $20 worth for an area I had planned on exploring this past summer.
    Other than that I have not re-registered with them, and now that I have the Delorme subscription and the new Delorme PN-40 , I do not see a need for the expensive MapSelect service.
    You can only use Lowrance stuff with Lowrance and Delorme only with Delorme.
    Images on the GPS are not as handy as the images in the PC program, that is where the Delorme shines
  4. Cyclepath

    Cyclepath Been here awhile

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    hey fendermon, i had a some problems with the first xog i had. it would barely lock on and took forever. i did a online return number thingy from ther web site and sent it in to them. they sent me a brand new one.
    this one logs onto sats in my basement :-) it never loses signals while outside. maybe you got a bad one too. i like my xog way beter then any garmin i have ever had.

    cyclepath
  5. fendermon

    fendermon Been here awhile

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    Thanks cyclepath,

    Glad yours xog is back in business! Mine is toast. It's as if someone reached in it and unplugged the antenna. The processor is fine, but no signals at all. I'll give them a call. - Dale
  6. walstib

    walstib DeadHead

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    Hey now,

    I just got an XOG at Bass Pro Shop for 160 bucks. Real nice unit. I had the old iWay 100M for a few years. I was trying to load tracks and did that fine using GPSBabel, but my address book keeps filling up with waypoints????? While in GPSBabel I have converted checking tracks only and still get the waypoints in the address book. Is it because I am using the Mac version of GPSBabel? MaybeI should try a PC version??? I'll keep playing with it. The new mini-usb cord is kinda funky, it is a 90 degree bend, but it is upwards not towards the back. Weird.
  7. fendermon

    fendermon Been here awhile

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    Make any headway yet?...(bump) :ear
  8. Big Toe

    Big Toe Been here awhile

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    Hi,
    I'm new to the GPS thing. Are Canadian maps avalalbe for this unit? There are Canadian dealers but I don't see anything on there website about Canadian maps.
  9. rwamf

    rwamf Follow me

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    The XOG comes with US and Canada NavTech Maps, at least mine has full detailed maps for Canada.
  10. Big Toe

    Big Toe Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking this may be a good choice for my V-Strom, at least 90% paved roads with a bit of gravel road, fire roads thrown in.
    I want a gps that is some what waterproof, turn-by-turn direction with an MP3 player for the long trips. It'll be used in my car also.
    I'm thinking this would be a good choice. A Zumo 450 or 550 are way out of my budget.
  11. Big Toe

    Big Toe Been here awhile

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  12. JimNtexas

    JimNtexas Been here awhile

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    I've been pretty happy with the XOG I bought in June, until this week.

    It seems my battery (sealed in the unit) is pretty much dead. It can hold a charge only a few minutes.

    In and of itself, this isn't really a big deal. Batteries can die in any application.

    My problem is that as near as I can tell there is no tech support from Lowrance. They have a number you can call, and a web form you can fill out. Unfortunately, the phone number always hangs up on me after 20 minutes on hold, and they seem to ignore the web mail form.

    They claim on their web page, their 'on hold' message, and on the autoresponse from the web form that you can get an RMA on the web, but that's a lie.

    I fully expected that this wouldn't be a big deal, I'm sure their techs could swap the battery out in a few seconds.

    Sadly, their management seems unwilling to give out RMAs.

    I can't recommend any company with this level of non-support, even when the basic product is a good one. :waysad
  13. rwamf

    rwamf Follow me

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    I called them 3 weeks ago about my Iway 600c that the touch screen was screwing up, they gave me a RMA over the phone, I sent it in and in a week I got a brand new unit back, Pretty damm fine service for me
    May be they are all on a xmas break?????
  14. DaymienRules

    DaymienRules Traffic target

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    My xog totally lost all satellite reception, got an RMA over the phone and a new unit about 2 weeks later. The phone rep even owned a xog himself. I was really impressed with their customer service.

    Regarding the battery-after taking mine apart I found the battery looks VERY similar to an ipod battery(same connector too), and some cell phone batteries. I'd bet an replacement could be found on ebay for less than 10 bucks shipped. And for any rebel DIYers out there-it looks like there is room inside the unit to install a higher capacity battery. Especially if you unglue the speaker and move it over a bit.
  15. Big Toe

    Big Toe Been here awhile

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    What's an RMA ?
  16. DaymienRules

    DaymienRules Traffic target

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    probably a typo that we all copied. I meant an RA# for Return Authorization
  17. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    Return Merchandise Authorization.
  18. Cyclepath

    Cyclepath Been here awhile

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    i'm not sure why you think this is a lie. i have had some problems with one of my units "i have three" i got my rma number from there web site and sent it to them. i had a brand new unit on my front porch in three weeks.:clap cyclepath
  19. walstib

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    Hey Now,

    Well, tried converting a route saved as a .gpx file through GPSBabel (pc version this time). Selected waypoints and tracks like Robert's screenshot and my address book loaded hundreds of waypoints. I reset the whole unit to get rid of the waypoints in the address book, then converted the same .gpx file and only selected tracks. Same thing. I keep getting the waypoints loading up in the address book???? Any suggestions guys? Thanks in advance.

    Also on a side note, I copied some MP3 files onto a couple of different SD cards and I noticed I get a ghost file with a .- in front of every song file. These do not have any bits of data, just renamed files???? So when they get selected they do not play, the unit just stops playing.
  20. JimNtexas

    JimNtexas Been here awhile

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    I finally got through to Lowrance. Maybe its not a 'lie', but they have introduced new software, and that feature is not currently operative.

    The good news about Lowrance is that their tech support is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

    The fellow I talked too was very knowledgeable about the XOG, and instantly said I needed a new unit. The poor guy was also only barely clinging to his sanity.

    The reason they are so far behind is a combination of two things:

    1) New customer support software that they haven't completely groked.

    2) Tulsa is covered in ice, and most of the staff couldn't get to work this week.

    The poor fellow was really about to lose it. Every time he entered data he would say something like 'I'm going to the next page, I hope this works', or, 'I'm really lucky to have made it to work alive today', or 'Tulsa can't deal with ice', or 'Why did it do that?'

    Eventually he got my RMA number, so I'm now a happy camper.

    The delay wasn't really Lowrance's fault, it was more of an Act of God.

    He said they are running behind, but I should have my replacement unit within a month of my sending the bad one in.