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In water deeper than 400-500ft works erratically showing depths of 0 -20 60 -114 etc. is there something i need to set for deeper water

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Try going into the menu and restoing the defaults just to make sure that are not any incorrect settings. This will restore the setting bact to the factory settings. If this does not correct your problem you can contact out customer service group and they should be able to trouble shoot your problem. Our number is 800-633-1468.

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