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Thread: Equinox Update

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    Mar 2012
    Southwest Washington
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    Equinox Update

    I have not seem to many reviews and praises/criticisms on here of the update and was wondering what everyone thought about the update. I have installed it and uninstalled it and then reinstalled it and cannot quite make up my mind on if it is a good one or not. The internet is quite up and down about it, so i thought i'd seek out some expert advice form here.

    Daniel
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    I updated and was a little disappointed with the pinpoint on mid conductors. I kept finding silver coins and just left it as is. Machine still gets it done.

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    sprailroad

    Jan 2017
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    There is a lot on that very subject on the Minelab Forum for Equinox. I went back and forth as well, settled on the "Pre-update" version. Click onto "Forum" near top of page, then scroll down to "Metal Detecting Forum", where you will see "Brands", click "Minelab", and then pick "Equinox".
    Last edited by sprailroad; Jan 21, 2019 at 06:16 AM.
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    Travis Mitchell

    Feb 2016
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    I've gone back and forth as well. The "Pre-Update" version I was able to distinguish between pennies and dimes easier. Pennies were usually 20/21 and dimes 24-26 but after the update I found many pennies in the 24-26 range and since I hunt modern parks I get tired of digging pennies. However I can say I have tested many coins on edge and silver rings of various sizes and the "Pre-update" version will miss them from a least one direction if not both, but usually just one direction. I could argue that you would likely find these targets if you were properly gridding an old site. (I did hit on nickels on edge though)

    I tested the update 1.5 this weekend again and I noticed that the update utility version went from 1.0.4(aug18) to 1.1.1 (dec 3, 18) not sure if this is significant but after the update I had no problem detecting any of the coins or rings on edge from any direction and the penny dime issue did not seem to be an issue? (Especially in Field 2 with 50 tones it was easier to notice a change in tone on the dimes). You do lose depth with coins on edge as expected I was only able to air test at about 6" for a quarter. However I haven't tested this again in the field because we have 8" inches of snow outside.

    So for now I am going to leave it on the latest version and do some more field testing. The update did not seem to have any effect on the averaging of targets. For example a nail on top of a quarter or very close to a quarter will either mask the target completely or bring the average down to 14-18. So if you don't have the small coil you should be digging everything at trashy or old sites.

    Just in case anyone is interested I did the coin and ring edge test with my Fishers F22 and it pretty much failed every test.
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    Jul 2015
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    The general consensus on the update is to flip a coin. Lol. eman1000's writeup above seems to capture the difference between pre- and post update well. It really is a try em both and see which one you prefer proposition. I think you will not miss many targets either way.

    Regarding the update utility version update - there was no change to the Equinox operating firmware (original or updated), the utility was updated to work more reliably on non-Win 10 machines.
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    Mar 2019
    Southern California
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    Is there a quick way to determine which version is installed on the Equinox?
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    Mineland Equinox 800

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    Aug 2013
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    Iím under the impression you have to download the update to your computer then hookup your Equinox with the supplied cable to check the software version you have.
    Hereís the link:
    https://www.minelab.com/__files/f/33...DATE%20A4%20EN
    Last edited by RustyGold; Mar 19, 2019 at 10:42 PM.
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    Travis Mitchell

    Feb 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shooting Star View Post
    Is there a quick way to determine which version is installed on the Equinox?
    An easy way to tell is put a dime/quater on edge. If you can't hit it then you are on the original version. If you can then your all up to date.
    -Other than using a PC I don't believe it says the version on the screen anywhere.
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  9. #9
    us
    Mar 2019
    Southern California
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    I would have expected the version number to be displayed when you turn on the detector. But I guess not. Silly me.
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    Mineland Equinox 800

 

 

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