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I have Lowrance HDS5. My sonar does not show the arches(fish) only shows bottom. The biggest problem is the GPS. While traveling the unit display says im travling at 600mph. And the screen does not keep up with my position, if i travel outside of screen i have to scrool to find position. Sometimes GPS locks up and does keep up.

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False fish readings are commonly caused by electrical interference such as alternator noise, and by air bubbles flowing across transducer.

For starters make sure your fishfinder is on an independent circuit and not on one powered by your ignition switch. In other words, you should be able to turn your fishfinder on, even though the engine is turned off. Ideally the fishfinder should be wired directly to the battery with an in line fuse.

Try running the boat at a speed slightly higher than trolling speed, then kill the engine, as the boat slows down to trolling speed do you still see false echos? If yes then the problem probably lies with how the transducer is mounted, or where it is located on the hull.

If you don't see the false echos when the engine is off, it may be necessary to reroute the transducer cable to keep it away from the boat's ignition wires. You can get transducer extension cables if necessary. Also there are filters that you can buy that suppress alternator noise buy attaching between the battery and the engine.

Another common cause of false echos from electrical interference is a transducer cable that has been cut and spliced.

I hope this information helps. Please reply if you have any questions about my response.

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A "soft reset" can be accomplished by pressing and hold "Pages" key and press and hold "PWR" key till USA map comes on , then release both. A "hard reset" requires press and hold both "Z in" and "Z out" buttons and press and hold "PWR" button releasing all three when USA map appears.

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have a lowrance lms-330c the depth no. keep changing from hi no. to low no. can not stop it,,, will not show true depth,,, can you help?,,,where can i send it to get it fix?

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Got a HDS 5 and im getting bad or false on my sonar when traveling showing fish and structure.When trying to hold ground and im backing up it doesn't even read?i have it on auto sensitivity


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My fishfinder will not continue to read shallow depths as well as in shallow depths when drifting and occasionally running across the water. My unit is a lowrance 522c color gps/fishfinder.


Hello. Your observation is spot on and it is actually a characteristic that is always true when using sonar. Yes, your Lowrance uses the same sonar as a nuclear powered submarine does. The two factors you focus on, water depth and boat speed are perhaps, the two biggest factors when it comes to the quality of the fishfinder. The boat's engine should be in gear at an idle or just above. Experiment with your boat to find the best throttle location for good arches. Usually, a slow trolling speed works best. The depth of the fish can determine if the fish will arch on the screen. If the fish is in shallow water, the fish is not in the cone angle very long, making it difficult to show an arch. Typically, the deeper the fish, the easier it is to show an arch.
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How do you get the fish to show up on the screen on a lowrance X96 depth finder? We just got it and there is no manual with it.


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.

http://primus.lowrance.com/support/resultDisplay.do?gotoLink=5&docType=1000&contextId=351%3A5.47%2C11918.11930%2C22.47&clusterName=ClusterPublic&lang=english&docset=%2FDocuments%2FSonar&contentId=9de88fa2-0b60-4b44-a470-29ee14767b3e&responseId=135ccbe2cfd4f608%3A1fe88d%3A122773df7e0%3A7c2&groupId=4&answerGroup=1&score=981&page=http%3A%2F%2Fprimus.lowrance.com%2Ficr%2FSonar%2FChart+Tutorial.htm&result=0&excerpt=Chart+Tutorial+Deciphering+Sonar+Charts.&question=chart+tutorial&resultType=5000#Goto5

An X96 owners manual can be downloaded from http://www.lowrance.com/en/Downloads/Manuals/

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