Question about Lowrance X50 Ds Compact Dual Search 83/200 Khz Sonar
Depth flashes, temp and volt is steady. Chart does not show any bottom, surface, fish or structure. Unit is brand new, was showing all until I followed reset instruction in manual, now only shows depth, temp and volts in upper left corner.
Does this occur at any depths...over 20ft even.
The X510c will have problems keeping depth in shallow water...especially if it is muddy, weedy down there.
If the problem occurs even in depth over 20ft, then try resetting the unit:
1. Turn unit off
2. Press and hold ZIN, ZOUT, and PWR until you see the depth (flashing or not) in the top left corner.
If the problem still occurs, make sure the transducer is clean and still mounted so that it is sending the signal straight down to the bottom.
If the problem still occurs, make sure the power is good. You can have the voltage displayed on the screen through the overlay data menu.
Does the problem occur at any speed? If the problem clears up when you stop or slow down, the problem is due to cavitation and the transducer will need to be moved to a location where it is in a smooth flow of water at all speeds.
If none of this helps, there may be a malfunction with the X510c. You can try to update it but you will need to get the software update from someone at Lowrance support and then find a way to connect your X510c to a Lowrance unit that has a memory card slot via a NMEA 2000 network. I can help you with this if you need.
Other than that you can have the X510c returned to the factory for service.
Posted on Jul 11, 2009
Are you looking for the little fish symbols?
Press MENU, down arrow to SONAR FEATURES and press ENT. Arrow to FISH SYMBOLS and press ENT. Press EXIT twice. Any significant return in the water will now show up as a fish symbol.
Are you looking for the fish arches?
You won't get any arches unless the boat is moving and of course there are fish passing within the transducers signal. The shallower the water, the less area you are covering and less likely to get a fish return.
There is an OK guide to understanding what you see on the sonar screen at the link below. It if pretty technical but parts of it may help you out.
An X96 owners manual can be downloaded from http://www.lowrance.com/en/Downloads/Manuals/
Posted on Jul 14, 2009
What you are experiencing sounds like air bubbles crossing the face of the transducer. If you have a transom mount transducer check the face of the transducer. Make sure that it is clean. Also make sure the front of the transducer is a tiny bit lower than the back. The digital readout on the screen will only happen when you have a strong signal of the bottom.
Posted on Jun 29, 2010
SOURCE: i have a lowrance 520c
If you have changed several settings and wants ot return the unit to basic automatic operation:
* Press "Menu ' Menu ' (down arrow) to System Setup ' End ' (down arrow) to Reset Options ' End.
** Press ( Try these. There is no other adjustments can or should be done to this unit. OK.
Posted on Jun 16, 2011
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