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My Garmin 541S does not show an accurate depth reading. Sometimes it flashes, or reads 6ft when I know the depth is 40feet. It just started doing this.

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SOURCE: NO DEPTH READING

Check the finder on the bottom of the boat and make sure the cable is ok?

Posted on Aug 09, 2007

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SOURCE: depth display

reset your factory settings!

Posted on Oct 03, 2007

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