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Is a software update required out of the box?
Posted by: silvercoinboy
Date: February 04, 2018 03:20PM
I know my new Fitbit watch (Ionic) needs a firmware update before it will work.

Anyone know if that will be required for the Equinox?

From the User manual:

Software Updates
EQUINOX Series detector
have the ability to accept
software updates via USB and
XChange 2 (Windows or Mac
OS compatible).
Visit www.minelab.com for up-
to-date EQUINOX Software and
installation instructions.



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Re: Is a software update required out of the box?
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: February 04, 2018 03:25PM
NO, none needed "out of the box." If there were, there'd be pitchforks! That was the whole reason for the "delay" -- tweaking things last minute to get it "just right." No reason to have delayed, if they would require immediate, known updates to be necessary...

Steve



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Re: Is a software update required out of the box?
Posted by: Champ Ferguson
Date: February 04, 2018 04:21PM
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silvercoinboy
I know my new Fitbit watch (Ionic) needs a firmware update before it will work.

Anyone know if that will be required for the Equinox?

From the User manual:

Software Updates
EQUINOX Series detector
have the ability to accept
software updates via USB and
XChange 2 (Windows or Mac
OS compatible).
Visit www.minelab.com for up-
to-date EQUINOX Software and
installation instructions.


Are you serious?



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Re: Is a software update required out of the box?
Posted by: chuckciao
Date: February 04, 2018 04:31PM
Why do the words UPDATES and MINELAB leave a bitter taste in my mouth?

Re: Is a software update required out of the box?
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: February 04, 2018 05:27PM
I suspect that there was a code or special number you got with the Fitbit that would allow you in to access the update? This may be to discourage theft of a smaller item like that,it would be an “activation” thing I would think? Perhaps I’m wrong but I’ve not heard of that before.
When ML is speaking of “updates”,they are talking about stuff in the future that may need to be added or tweaked for whatever reason,but not to initialize it.

Re: Is a software update required out of the box?
Posted by: TomNH
Date: February 04, 2018 07:34PM
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IDXMonster
I suspect that there was a code or special number you got with the Fitbit that would allow you in to access the update? This may be to discourage theft of a smaller item like that,it would be an “activation” thing I would think? Perhaps I’m wrong but I’ve not heard of that before.
When ML is speaking of “updates”,they are talking about stuff in the future that may need to be added or tweaked for whatever reason,but not to initialize it.
Good thinkin.
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on it. Ever tried getting something big with dial up ? PIA !

Re: Is a software update required out of the box?
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: February 04, 2018 10:34PM
For registering 20 days ago you’re going to run into some serious resistance by disrespecting valued members of this forum. Because many people who metal detect are older and not the most computer literate,it would be a huge mistake to have to go through an update to make the machine work...some of these guys who you’ll never hear from don’t even OWN a computer.
Rather than assuming there’s a problem with the machine,and that’s why it’s taking so long,it may also be a consideration that Minelab simply wants to be SURE that testing was done as properly as possible so that we as users wind up with what we are expecting...another great performing machine.
The most serious detectorists pay ALOT of attention to the forums during the time when they cannot hunt due to weather or other reasons. This is why I and others seem to be everywhere. We are. Gaining information,sharing information and LEARNING about detecting in every way possible is how we are able to do well in the field.
If you are sour on Minelab and it’s practices there’s really nothing anyone can do. It’s just the way they are and from what I understand,always have been.

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Re: Is a software update required out of the box?
Posted by: dewcon4414
Date: February 07, 2018 03:59PM
What box?........ i dont think they have put them in a box yet.:rofl: No pushing or breaking line... hurry up and wait. Who would mind if they had to update with the latest version? Sounds like a fast way to ship um to me. Well...... i guess some of you really really ole guys that dont have computers, internet, cell phones or credit cards lol.



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Re: Is a software update required out of the box?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: February 07, 2018 04:08PM
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IDXMonster
For registering 20 days ago you’re going to run into some serious resistance by disrespecting valued members of this forum. Because many people who metal detect are older and not the most computer literate,it would be a huge mistake to have to go through an update to make the machine work...some of these guys who you’ll never hear from don’t even OWN a computer.
Rather than assuming there’s a problem with the machine,and that’s why it’s taking so long,it may also be a consideration that Minelab simply wants to be SURE that testing was done as properly as possible so that we as users wind up with what we are expecting...another great performing machine.
The most serious detectorists pay ALOT of attention to the forums during the time when they cannot hunt due to weather or other reasons. This is why I and others seem to be everywhere. We are. Gaining information,sharing information and LEARNING about detecting in every way possible is how we are able to do well in the field.
If you are sour on Minelab and it’s practices there’s really nothing anyone can do. It’s just the way they are and from what I understand,always have been.

Excellent post. I couldn't have said it any better. Wise words, bro!

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Re: Is a software update required out of the box?
Posted by: GKMan
Date: February 07, 2018 04:47PM
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chuckciao
Why do the words UPDATES and MINELAB leave a bitter taste in my mouth?

Ha, i know exactly.. Looking at you CTX..

As far as updates go, I am hoping this delay is all because of a software problem.. I am thinking they will do it before we get our hands on it, but hey, near the very end of the manual they say it hooks up to xchange so maybe we would have to..

Sorry if this is already been mentioned. I skipped to the end and didn't read the lengthy posts in the middle



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