HDS LIVE Tips and Tricks

hds live unit update


Winter 2020

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loads and reboots the HDS unit, and make sure your power to the unit is not interrupted during the process.

Option 2

A second method to perform software updates is to do so through WIFI directly into the unit when it is connected to the internet. If connected to the internet, your unit will display if an update is available for your model unit. You must have a microSD card (with room for the file) loaded into a slot before choosing the menu choices to perform the update.

Option 3

The third update method is necessary for any update file that ends in any other extension than .upd, such as the LiveSight Transducer update detailed below. This method can be used for all update files including .upd files, but the difference is the card is put in the slot after the unit is powered on.


Some software updates such as for the LiveSight Transducer have their file name end in other letters, like .riw. These updates must be manually loaded and installed after the HDS unit is powered on. To install the LiveSight transducer update, download the file onto your microSD card. Then power on the HDS unit, insert the microSD card into either slot, then press Pages, Storage, select the card location (Bottom or Top slot), and then locate on the screen the update file name LiveSight 19-1-62.1.153-Standard-1.riw and press it. Next press the Upgrade button, then touch the word LiveSight which will highlight it with a blue bar, then select Start upgrade. You will see it start to update, and the progress bar will go to 100%, but you are not yet done! Wait and you will see the unit Status next state “Rebooting module.” Another progress bar is shown in the top right screen corner, and you must wait for it to reach 100 percent and then state “Upgrade Complete.” Then press OK , and then close the page.


If, after applying any update some feature does not

appear to function as it did before, or if a new problem arises, the next step would be to perform a hard reset of the unit after the update. Some advocate to always perform a hard reset after every update regardless, if a problem has surfaced.

It is good advice.

Be aware that performing a hard reset erases all your saved data and settings (aren’t you glad you backed up your waypoints, routes, and trails)? A hard reset returns the unit to factory settings, so all data, settings, and features you previously programmed will no longer be there until you program them again.

To apply a hard reset start with the HDS unit powered off. Press and hold both the + and the – keys (Zoom) at the same time with one hand, then press and release the Power key. Keep holding both the + and – zoom keys until the warning message shows on the screen. At this time you can release both buttons, then choose Accept. Now re-program your features, settings, and restore your waypoints, routes, and trails.


HDS LIVE units contain the software needed to operate the LiveSight Transducer, but you first must turn on the LiveSight features so your HDS LIVE will display the LiveSight

Forward and LiveSight Down screens on your screen’s

Home Page. This is the same process needed to tell

your HDS unit to display StructureScan screens,

Radar, etc. To activate LiveSight features, press

the Pages button, then the Gear

(Settings) then scroll down the

page to Advanced, then press

Features. On this

page you can select

to turn “on or off”

either or both

LiveSight Down

and LiveSight


It is time

to wrap up this

edition of Tips and

Tricks. Consider

saving this

information for

future reference,

even keeping a

printed version in

your boat. Learning

the foundational

operations of your

electronics will lead

to learning more

complex functions,

which are bound

to help you catch

more fish. Ciao,


Marcantonio. •