V4 & P+, first impressions

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

6 Responses

  1. Sandy says:

    I note your delicate treatment of two much abused (and justly deserving) manufacturers. But no matter how enticing the product may be, “buy it now and reset a lot” is a trademarked advertising slogan for a much larger software company. It occurs to me that your stretegy is to present these faults in a rose-colored light, maintaining friendly relations with the wounded bear, and to let us shred the still living remains in the most satisfying manner. Lets see how many ways we can say “I think I’ll wait on this one!”

  2. Sandy, I’d like to think that I’m respectful of the fact that it’s a hell of a lot easier for me to write about these complex products than it is to make them 100% functional in everyone’s different systems.
    I will be visiting Navionics tomorrow and hope to get new cards with the Fish’N Chip done right, and discuss some of the other issues. But please don’t read more into what I wrote than I meant. In fact, I like V4 and Platinum+ quite a bit. One thing I failed to mention in the entry is that, aside from the issues, the combo works quite well together. Photo maps and 3D seem faster and smoother–and a lot prettier–than the V3 E-Series with a Platinum card. Really!

  3. Thomas Petersen says:

    I upgraded to V4 on my dual E120 system and lost the use of the Sirius Weather system. I am not sure if this is directly related to the update or if it is due to something else that was coincidental, but I was checking to see if you found any such oddities as well?
    I haven’t been able to get the Platinum Plus chip yet for the west coast. Very expnsive to trade it in. There is only a $100 rebate for the upgrade.

  4. Thomas, did you do a real “master reset”? That’s not just the factory default reset seen on the system menu. To do a master reset you hold down the left most soft key and power up the E.
    I just learned this myself yesterday, so it may well be that some of the problems described above will get fixed easily once I get back to the lab.

  5. Dan (b393capt) says:

    Thomas … easy answer. This happened to me, the SR-100 worked for a couple of hours then quit with a connection error … at first I thought my antenna died or something.
    Allthough in retrospect the instructions on the raymarine website appear to be crystal clear … somehow I missed the step to upgrade my sr-100.
    Look back at the on-line steps to upgrade and you will see there was a file included for SR-100 users to upload into the SR-100 as an additional step after the E-series is upgrade.

  6. Mike says:

    I’m confused abouth bathy display information. Is the issue with the V4 or the P+? I have the P+ card, but haven’t upgraded to V4 yet. I read the thread on the Hull Truth. Seems like there may be issues with selected charts.

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