navionics gold card

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leaf on the wind
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Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:19 am

Hey guys. In attempts to update my elite 7 im having issues with i inadvertantly opened my navionics gold sd card on the pc. As my ff sd card reader isnt working im wondering if it would have corrupted the mapping on the card. Any thoughts?

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Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:07 am

I updated mine the other day, opened a couple of files on it (didn't change or save them) but it's fine. A computer will quite safely read a memory card, they have a standard file system and won't damage it.

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leaf on the wind
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Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:07 am

thanks Big Dave much appreciated.

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Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:36 pm

BigDave wrote:I updated mine the other day
Ummmmm... is it better to buy a 2nd hand card then spend $$ to update
How old is too old not to do this option
Or are you better off just buying new ?

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Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:44 am

Be very VERY careful open files on a Navionics card on PC's, or saving other files to the Navionics card. The cards have hidden copyright protection files that if altered will render the charts unreadable. In such a situation Navionics are rather abrupt in telling you it's your fault and you have to purchase a new card.

I went through this for a client who's faulty sounder corrupted one such file. Even though the sounder manufacturer admitted in writing the fault was theirs I was informed by Navionics this was the one and only card I would ever be able to replace, so don't bother ever trying again!

My suggestion is to only use proprietary software to open/update the cards, never try and open or copy the files (backups don't work), and definitely don't save random files to the card.
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