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Since the unit powers up, we can pretty much eliminate a power supply problem.
I would start by carefully inspecting your transducer lead for kinks, crushing etc. Assuming the cable is OK, clean and lubricate (silicone spray, safe for plastics) the cable end and where the cable connects to the unit.
Airmar makes almost all of the transducers for Raymarine. From the Airmar FAQ section, your unit is listed. See the link below. Pretty much any marine chandler or Raymarine dealer should be able to order it for you.
Mark 5X is sonar only no GPS, so navigation is out.I would suggest you start by running the unit with factory presets to get started as you get used to using it. There some great training videos on YouTube for beginning to understand how to read your new sonar system.
Yes. You need to make sure you get the same transducer though. With you system being that old, you may have a transducer that is old where there is not a direct replacement. You need to make sure you get the correct transducer. You may need to get a "flapper" kit to update your housing to the new style.
Yes quite possibly... But a few things to try/check first before you go out and get a new transducer...
1. Ensure the transducer is fully submersed below the waterline when floating and when on the plane... try lowering it more if you can. 2. Check the surface of the transducer itself (the underside) pointing down... If there are any minor scratches or scuffs, this can effect its function or performance. Minor scratches or marks can be sanded out with fine wet/dry sandpaper (at least 400 or 800 grit). 3. Isolate any electrical wires running near or next to the transducer cable. Also check connection of cable at head unit, and that the pins etc are clean, free of corrosion and making good contact. 4. Take your head unit to your Lowrance dealer and they may have a transducer there to use to diagnose whether it is indeed the trasnducer or a problem with the head unit.