Monthly Archives: December 2014

Humminbird Onix – Exporting Waypoints

Exporting Waypoints first make sure you have an SD card in the card slot.


First select the HOME button.


Select the FILES Icon.

export_buttonNow select the Export Nav Data button to start the exporting of your waypoints.


This screen will pop up letting you know the process has started.


After the Exporting process has completed you will see this screen. The screen will not stay up long if you happen not to see it.

Humminbird Onix – Version 2.000 Update

I finally had a chance to install the new 2.000 version of Hummingbird’s software on my unit this morning. The update took about 35 minutes to install on the unit. From what I read in the release there was a lot of issues between the 1.200 to the new 2.000 versions there were 690 bugs or issues in the software released. You would have thought that Humminbird would have found and debugged all these issues before releasing the last software update. Lets hope this update fixes some of the issues we Onix owners have with the product. So far with the limited time I’ve had to use mine I am very pleased with the product.

Okay let’s get started with the update. Make sure to read the SoftwareVersion2.000Instructions.pdf file that is on Humminbirds website before starting the update! Before I installed the update I Exported all my Waypoints to an SD card just in case the update deleted them. Link to How To Export Waypoints.

Software Update


Step 1: – Read the Instructions!


Step 2: – Make sure you have the SD card with the update on it in the slot and select the HOME button then select the FILES icon along the bottom of the screen.


Make sure the Software Update screen is selected.


Step 3: – Once the FILES screen comes up you should see the screen above. There should be the Onix 10 SI v1.200 and the Onix 10 SI v2.00 software versions listed on the screen. Select the Install Now bar and press the Enter knob or touch the screen to start the process.


Step 4: – The screen above will pop up and make sure you do NOT disrupt the process. The process updates in two stages. On my unit the first step took approximately 11:30 minutes.


Part two finished after 28:00 minutes.

updating2_After the update has finished the screen above will appear and then the screen below will pop up with the First Time Setup screen.


First Time Setup

setup_Begin Manual Setup: Here you’ll setup the unit with Time, date, Views layout, etc.

Good Luck with your update process….

Humminbird Onix 2.0 Update Released

Humminbird just released an update for the Onix units. Listed below is list of the update features. From the information from Humminbird this is a major update ant will require around 30 minutes to update the unit.
Make sure and read the steps for the update before you attempt it as if done wrong will require to ship the unit back to Humminbird for repairs.

See this link on How To Install v2.00 Software Update

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2.000 Software Change List

New Features
AIS Source Selection
AutoChart Live data loading at Cursor
Touch based chart/cartography over-zoom.
Down Imaging transducer support
Down Imaging RTS Window
NMEA 0183 Defaults and On/Off Toggle
#GP NMEA0183 sentence support
Added support for the AS GRP to output NMEA 0183 data at 4800 baud on the white and green pigtail wires.
Partial Fuel Tool networking support
50/83/455 kHz 2D Offset Menu
Med/High CHIRP support
Manually configured single channel bi-modal Airmar transducer support (dual channel Airmar support remains).

Below is a summary of high profile 1.200 issues that were addressed in 2.000.
Extremely high profile issues are highlighted in Bold.

General Fixes
There were 690+ bugs addressed between 1.200 and 2.000. Many of these were User Interface performance issues or back-end performance improvements and system updates.

Fixed an issue where Bottom Line and Bottom Fill could cause 2D sonar to fail.
Fixed an issue where the Low/Med or Low/High CHIRP data streams would not stay in sync while in Dual Beam mode.
Fixed several sonar recording playback issues.
Fixed the 2D Digital Depth / Lower Range algorithm so that the Lower Range would not
jump back and forth when Lower Range was set to Auto.
Fixed an issue where Frequency Select was changing back to 200 kHz between restarts.
Fixed an issue where changing the Sonar Chart Speed to 10 for extended periods of time would cause 2D sonar to stop scrolling.
Fixed an issue where marking waypoints on Side-Imaging would cause the waypoints
icons to jump when crossing the horizontal center-line of the Side-Imaging sonar pane.
Fixed an issue where the Lower Range of Down Imaging would not stay in sync with the Lower Range of 2D.
Fixed an issue on the Sonar Modules where only the main On/Off toggle would stop the 2D sonar ping. Now the 2D On/Off toggle will also stop the pinging.
Fixed an issue where Medium CHIRP would stop scrolling for 8-10 seconds when digital
depth changed from very deep to very shallow.
Fixed an issue where the SM1000 was showing Radial Buttons for a non-existent Humminbird Sonar temperature port.
Fixed several issues with the Ruler on the Sonar screen.
Fixed several Cursor Zoom issues on the Sonar screen.
Fixed an issue where significant Tracks, Waypoints and Routes data was causing 360
Imaging to stop functioning correctly.
Fixed an issue where Tracks, Waypoints and Routes could not be marked correctly on 360
Imaging while in Isolated Sweep Mode.

Network/System/User Interface/Tools
Fixed an issue where NMEA 0183(1) and NMEA 0183(2) were implemented in reverse in the
ION User Interface from the physical ports on the back.
Fixed an issue where certain NMEA 2000 Mercury Smartcraft engines and gauges were not
detecting and connecting correctly.
Fixed an issue where the JOI Aux Temp source was not detected until a JOI Water Speed
source was first detected.
Fixed an issue where the unit was booting to a black screen if various combinations of SD
cards were inserted.
Made several changes to the back end software of the unit and accessory update process to handle SD cards without enough space, that were failing, or too slow.
Fixed an issue where the encoder wheel was missing or skipping events in the User Interface causing slider menus to jump while being adjusted with the encoder wheel/knob.
Tuned the system voltage readout for ONIX and ION.
Fixed performance issues while switching between active panes or minimizing and normalizing panes.
Fixed multiple press-and-hold operations throughout the User Interface.
Fixed an issue where internally saved screen captures were not successful until the Images Tool was opened and the save location was changed.
Fixed several View Manager and Image Manager performance issues.
Fixed several Installation Wizard performance issues.
Fixed several Home Screen performance issues.
Fixed several Manual Tool performance issues.
Fixed several issues with the Sun, Moon, Tides, and Currents tool and time zone related
issues to displaying the data. Navionics now observes time zones and daylight savings
time. CMAP now observes times zones.
Fixed an issue where the Triplog Tool was getting out of sync while on the network.

AutoChart Live/Mosaic
Fixed an issue where AutoChart Live could state that the ZeroLine card was removed from the unit when an SD data card was removed from the unit.
Fixed an issue where if AutoChart Live recording was on and a ZeroLine card was inserted, the AutoChart Live record menu was not displaying the correct state. It was stating that recording was On when it was really off.
Fixed an issue where after the 8 hour AutoChart Live demo period was over, if the user
elected to delete the data and restart the demo, the data was not actually being deleted.
Fixed an issue while using AutoChart Live with Navionics the AutoChart Live Water Level Offset menu was missing from the AutoChart Live Map Options menu.
Fixed an issue where if a ZeroLine card was inserted into a unit the Internal AutoChart Live data was being copied to the card but not removed from the unit’s internal storage.
Fixed an issue where the i-Pilot Link feature Follow-the-Contour was not working when there was a Follow-the-Contour Offset set.
Fixed several issues with saving and loading Mosaic data to and from a SD card.
Fixed an issue where Contour Mode was not successfully removing the water column on SI/360 Mosaic.

Chart/Cartography/GPS/Tracks, Waypoints And Routes
Fixed an issue where the chart scale was not using the Distance (Long) and Distance (Short)
convention correctly. It was always using Distance (Long).
Fixed an issue where the boat icon Autoshift speeds where only using Meters per second and never using MPH.
Fixed an issue where the Trolling Grid did not work on Humminbird cartography.
Fixed an issue where the GPS data stream was stopping, failing, and then restarting.
Fixed an issue where Lakemaster was crashing on all units on the system.
Fixed an issue where Tracks, Waypoints and Routes data was causing Navionics views to
turn black for extended periods of time.
Fixed an issue where the current Track was failing to draw and in some cases drawing
incorrectly or missing data.
Fixed an issue where Navionics and AutoChart Live were causing significant system
Fixed several issues with importing Tracks, Waypoints And Routes data on an un-synced
or synced network.
Fixed several issues where large volumes of Tracks, Waypoints And Routes data was
causing CMAP and Navionics to display black screens for extended periods of time.
Fixed an issue where Navionics would not show bathymetry data below 60 meters or 100
Fixed multiple issues with touch based zooming and panning.
Fixed several issues with the Ruler on Chart.
Fixed several Cursor Zoom issues on Chart.
Fixed various Smartstrike performance issues on Humminbird Chart.
Fixed an issue that was causing dotted-line track styles not to draw. The current solution is
? Fixed issues when importing duplicate waypoints, routes, and tracks. Duplicates were not being
handled correctly during the import.
? Fixed issues when importing waypoints from competitive products.
? Fixed performance issue with opening and editing chart objects and Tracks, Waypoints
And Routes items.

Navigation/Minn Kota i-Pilot® Link™
Fixed an issue where Follow-the-Contour extensions were failing on AutoChart Live data.
Fixed an issue where Follow-the-Contour extensions were failing after the route had been
Fixed an issue that would cause the Navigation User Interface to fail if the i-Pilot Link was
stowed while engaged in a Navigation event.
Fixed an issue where the i-Pilot Link Prop Status data box was not updating correctly
Fixed an issue where locking to an iTracks leg and selecting GoTo Start or GoTo End was not doing anything.
Fixed several issues where Continuous and Fixed Course Navigation were not arriving or
advancing correctly while navigating.
Fixed problems with the XTE Navigation Databar readout while using distance values of Feet and Nautical Miles.

Fixed an issue where if the AIS or MARPA Target List was empty and the user moved the joystick down the User Interface would crash.
Fixed an issue where in the Chart Info Menu, AIS, and MARPA were appearing when no AIS or Radar had ever been connected.
Fixed an issue where third party AIS devices would show targets but would not populate
the Targets Tools or AIS Alarms menus.
Fixed an issue where the RX AIS status bar icon would not populate correctly when AIS traffic was low.
Fixed an issue where Radar would fail to consistently acquire and track MARPA targets.
Fixed an issue where significant Tracks, Waypoints And Routes data was causing Radar
to stop functioning correctly.
Fixed an issue where the Radar defaults were not being loaded correctly on units coming out of simulator mode.

Fixed several User Interface performance and functionality issues.
Added support for dynamic source recognition and lost source detection.
Added Bluetooth Support
Added functionality to the subwoofer menu.

Humminbird – Recording

I guess I should have done this blog before I posted the last two blogs. Anyway in this one I’ll show you step by step how to do recordings on your Humminbird Down Image and Side Image units. Before I go to the steps involved make sure you have an SD memory card in your spare slot in your unit. I don’t use the SD cards that have the HC on them as for some reason the files can’t be read by the viewing programs. I’m assuming it has to do with the compression data on the cards. Okay on to the first step.


First step is to make sure you are on this View on the unit. If it is not on your view options then make sure you have it set to View from the main menu under Views Tab.


Step two is to select your Menu button and select the Start Recording option from the menu.


Step three press the View screen that you want to watch as you are doing the recording. You can use any View as the Recording option will record all three views at the same time. In this image I’ve selected the Down Image View for this blog.


As you are riding around watching the screen you will occasionally see the Recording icon shown above. This lets you know that your are still in the Recording mode.


When you get ready to stop the Recording press your Menu button once and the Menu shown above will pop up and select the Stop Recording to end the Recording process.

I’ve found that you need to drive at a constant speed which for me is to put the boat in Forward gear and take my foot off my Hot-Foot throttle pedal and my boat will Idle at about 3.5 miles per hour. Make sure to drive in as straight a line as possible for the best recordings. Another thing to note is that on a 2 gig SD card you can record up to 5 hours of data. Learning to do the Recordings and reviewing them you will find a lot of stuff you missed while on the water. I hope this helps you enjoy your Humminbird units better and increases your fishing.

Humminbird Side Image Viewing on PC – Part 2

In this Blog I’ll show you step by step how to view the recording from your Humminbird units recorded files.

Step1 – Launch the DeepView program that you should have downloaded and installed on your computer. If not refer to Part 1 as to where to download the programs you will need.


After you load the program, the first thing that you will see is the yellow folder that is in the circle in the image below. Click on the X to the right on the tab to close it. I have no idea why they load this file when the program starts as there is nothing that is associated with this file.


Next select either the File or click on the yellow folder in the toolbar to select the recorded file that you will be viewing.


After you find the folder that holds the recordings select the file with the .xtf extension. In this example I’ll select the R00061.xtf file to view. The .xtf files will be outside the R00061 folders.


Once the recorded file loads you should see something that looks like the image above. Now select the Blue Arrow icon in the red circle above to start the recording. For some reason the recording starts at the end instead of at the beginning. The small icon with the small hand if selected you can adjust the colors and the speeds of the recordings.

Humminbird Side Image

Here is a screen shot from one of my recording. If you want to get the gps coordinates while the recording is running, stop the recording by clicking on the Blue Arrow icon and move the mouse cursor to the object in the recording and the gps coordinates will be shown in the lower left hand corner of the screen.