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    What size micro SD card is needed? I assume all it is used for is storing waypoints?
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    nothing bigger than a 2 meg

    just got my new unit and have not been on the water yet so a lot of fishing in the living room!

    very poor user manual and factory says no plans for an emulator so its' learn as you go

    did talk to Doctor Sonar and he is planning a demo video Jan/feb so that might be a good source

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnacle Bill View Post
    What size micro SD card is needed? I assume all it is used for is storing waypoints?
    Bill .... I was under the impression that a card was only needed if you wanted lake maps w/contours (Navionics or Hot Spots) and the unit's internal mapping would hold your waypoints/tracks/etc. Could I be mistaken on that ?? Anybody know for sure (having done it this way) ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by buffresources View Post
    nothing bigger than a 2 meg

    just got my new unit and have not been on the water yet so a lot of fishing in the living room!

    very poor user manual and factory says no plans for an emulator so its' learn as you go

    did talk to Doctor Sonar and he is planning a demo video Jan/feb so that might be a good source
    The manual is a bit of a dud. But, the Lowrance website has a emulator for the Elite 5's ... it's just a combination / all in one kinda deal, that shows most all the functions of the various Elite 5 units. There's no "walk-thru", so it's pretty much a trial & error deal, as to what buttons produce what effects. Pop-ups tell you what each menu button does, but there's so many different choices that it's hard to keep them all straight.

    I've looked at several video's about the unit (youtube), but most of them really don't go beyond "look at this unit work" Rofl or they're in a foreign language. Of course, if someone did do a complete run thru video on all of the menu's & submenu's of the map program & the graphing capabilities ... it would take them two or three hours Rofl

    Of course, 99% of the Youtube videos are wasted cyberspace ... so it didn't surprise me that there weren't any good tutorial videos on this unit. And, I doubt very seriously that we'll ever see a 3hr "how to" video on using/setting this unit. That's why I'm running this thread !! So we can combine our knowledge & experiences, and get everyone that owns it to get the best possible outcome from using it.

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    You do NOT need a memory card to save waypoints, the unit will store them. I used a 2 gb card in mine to transfer waypoints from my HDS or computer. It's not a bad idea to have one to store your waypoints on or transfer to your computer for back up in case something goes wrong.

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    One other question :

    I know how to use my digital camera to take pics/vids of the unit working ... but, what would I need to have if I wanted to put screenshots on here, straight from the unit or a Navionics type card ?? Would I have to have a card reader, transfer program, a specific type of connecting cord, etc ?? I'm more curious than concerned ... since I do know how to make the digital camera work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinp61 View Post
    You do NOT need a memory card to save waypoints, the unit will store them. I used a 2 gb card in mine to transfer waypoints from my HDS or computer. It's not a bad idea to have one to store your waypoints on or transfer to your computer for back up in case something goes wrong.
    Good point, Justin !!

    I've got a 16mb FujiFilm XD picture card, that came with my digital camera ... would that work in this unit ?? I know it wouldn't hold much, being only 16mb ... but, it's not being used for anything else but a backup to the 128mb card that I'm using in the camera, now.

    Got a link to the card you're using, so if I see one at the store I'll know what I'm looking for ??

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    I'm pretty sure you can't take a screen shot on that unit. I'd try the 16mb card, the waypoint files aren't very big, my largest one is 4kb so your card should hold plenty. But you may need a larger one to put updates from Lowrance on. My 2gb card came from wally world, nothing special, just the micro sd card and a sd adapter.

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    Do any of you use this unit with Minnkotas US2?
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    Quote Originally Posted by justinp61 View Post
    I'm pretty sure you can't take a screen shot on that unit. I'd try the 16mb card, the waypoint files aren't very big, my largest one is 4kb so your card should hold plenty. But you may need a larger one to put updates from Lowrance on. My 2gb card came from wally world, nothing special, just the micro sd card and a sd adapter.
    O.K. ... some more questions, then :

    How will I get updates from Lowrance, onto the card ?? And, what's this about a "sd adapter" ... is that something I'll need to make the card fit into the card slot of the unit, or is that what I'll need to connect the computer to the card (for updates, or whatever) ??
    I think I remember seeing something about "updates" on the Lowrance site ... but, that may have been just something for the emulator maps ... how often does Lowrance put out updates for the Elite 5DSI ?? I didn't even know they had updates for this unit .... what gets updated ??

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