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Offline AlAdams

Lowrance software update question
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:31:00 AM »
For all you computer techies:  I am trying to download the most recent software update for my Lowrance unit.  I am told by their customer service that their software is not written to work on Mac products.  So, I downloaded the file to my PC.  It downloads as a UPD file (whatever that is).  The problem I have is I can't get my computer to open the file and I don't know what program I need to open it.  Has anyone been through this one and what did you have to do to convert the file and save it to a SD card? 

Thanks!  Al
You can't trust water, even a straight stick will turn crooked in it - WC Fields

'88 SR w/Skip Tower  '02 Honda 90,'02 Honda 15
Electrical by R. Wyrguy.

Offline Threeweight

Re: Lowrance software update question
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2014, 09:41:15 AM »
You don't open it on your computer.  You download the software update (usually a "zip" file that compresses a bunch of smaller files into one.  Extract the zip file contents to a folder, then copy them to an SD card.  Put the SD card in your unit and power it on, then it will automatically update.

Here's the link to Lowrance's instructions.

http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/Software-Updates/HDS-Gen1-Software-Update/
Former Sea Chaser 17 owner
Wild Card, Hewescraft Ocean Pro 220, Honda 225 and 9.9

“Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed.”
       --- Hunter S. Thompson

Offline AlAdams

Re: Lowrance software update question
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2014, 11:20:58 AM »
Thanks 3W.  I had done what you stated but it didn't want to update my unit.  I incorrectly thought it was the type of file that was wrong.  What I eventually figured out is I had to download the previous software update (2.0) before it would allow me to download the newest version (3.0).  Maybe they assume people just know this stuff.  I think they should state that or design it so the newest version would include the updates from previous versions.  All is good now...
You can't trust water, even a straight stick will turn crooked in it - WC Fields

'88 SR w/Skip Tower  '02 Honda 90,'02 Honda 15
Electrical by R. Wyrguy.

Offline Threeweight

Re: Lowrance software update question
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2014, 11:38:51 AM »
Yah, I would think there should be a booming job market for technical writers who understand how to write in plain english.  :doh:
Former Sea Chaser 17 owner
Wild Card, Hewescraft Ocean Pro 220, Honda 225 and 9.9

“Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed.”
       --- Hunter S. Thompson

Offline fishorcrab

Re: Lowrance software update question
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2014, 12:12:36 PM »
/rant_on

Technical writers are chose for their ability to please the legal team, the marketing group, and work for cheap. Few companies are interested in providing informative, easily understood documentation for the end user.  If the technical writing was viewed as a profit enhancer rather than pure overhead, it could be different.

/rant_off

Paul
SC16 Yamaha 4s 90
SP17 Honda 4s 90  - Croaker made me do it. :)