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    Question from a noob regarding Xterra 705 behavior

    Hi all, thanks for letting me join the forum. Been lurking off and on over the last year and a half. Always enjoy reading the posts here even though I'm quite unexperienced at metal detecting.

    After doing a bit of research I bought an Xterra 705 Gold about 18 months ago. First time I took it out was at a beach in Galveston TX shortly after I bought it. Being a noob I wasn't sure what to expect, I enjoyed it but I had issues, I thought anyway. The metal detector behaved odd from my (uneducated) perspective. I've only used it a few times since and it still behaves in a way that I'm just not sure about. So after 18 months of fumbling through and watching videos, I thought I'd post here since you all know what you're doing.

    With my detector, at startup, the display shows the blank numeric indicator with the depth arrows in motion. That's normal. Once my detector hits, the numeric metal indicator and depth arrows lock in. All seems to work as expected. But then after moving on, the display stays locked in and doesn't change unless I come across another target. For example I could be walking around for 10 minutes with a -2 and depth arrow frozen on the screen. The numbers won't change an the arrows won't move until I come across another target - or - I toggle the pinpoint button. Based on watching videos and just gut feeling, It seems like the display should revert back to the blank with depth arrows in motion, otherwise it just seems like it's frozen. I regularly check that it's still detecting because of the frozen screen.

    Can any xterra users tell me if this is normal?

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    Tired Rooster

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    Welcome to the forum Shake n Bake. What you are describing your XTerra doing is correct or should I say normal. The TID number of the last target detected should stay on your screen until the detector detects another target. Then it will change to the TID # of that newly detected target. Now, when your detectors coil passes over targets that are "rejected" or notched out by whatever discrimination pattern you are using, the display will not show TID numbers but rather two dashes. This may be what you mean by "blank" screen. Its not blank, it just doesn't show any numbers. This is because your machine has been told to ignore whatever target is under the coil. It doesn't sound like anything is wrong with your machine at all. Read page 20 or the section on target ID of your owners manual. It should explain this. Also, if you have never read it there is a really good Ebook available for the Xterra by Randy Horton that I would recommend. Its available for free download and can be found on Minelabs website. On their website, go to the "Go Minelabbing" tab and then to "Treasure Talk". Once there, look for the articles written by Randy Horton on the XTerra and you will find his Ebook available for free download. I hope this helps. Good luck and keep using that 705!

    T.R.
    Last edited by Tired Rooster; Jan 02, 2018 at 04:29 AM.
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    Noob

    Jan 2018
    Republic of Texas ;-)
    Minelab XTerra 705 Gold
    13
    13 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thanks so much for the information. I appreciate it greatly. Gives me some peace of mind. I was really worried that my $500 investment was on the fritz from the get go. I will definitely download the book you recommended also, looking forward to reading it, and I'll likely re-read the manual since I clearly missed some things. And more good news after your feedback, I just got my Garrett pinpointer (the carrot?) delivered today.

    Thanks again
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    Noob

    Jan 2018
    Republic of Texas ;-)
    Minelab XTerra 705 Gold
    13
    13 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    In case any other noobs like me happen to end up in this thread, here's the links that Tired Rooster talked about :

    Randy's eBook
    https://www.minelab.com/usa/go-minel...-x-terra-ebook

    Randy's articles
    https://www.minelab.com/usa/go-minel...fAuthors=24630

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    Jan 2017
    East of snowflake Arizona completely off grid
    Mine-Lab X-Terra 705 with three coils 5x10 hf,9 inch 7 mf and 6 inch hf Garrett AT pro
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    read that E Book over and over it took me about 2 1/2 years to get a true understanding as to what the XTerra 705 was telling me and there is a lot to learn about it but once the light bulb turns on you will love it one suggestion I have is set it to the two or four tone settings and get it off of the 99 tones because that 99 tones will drive you nuts
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    sprailroad

    Jan 2017
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldkoot View Post
    read that E Book over and over it took me about 2 1/2 years to get a true understanding as to what the XTerra 705 was telling me and there is a lot to learn about it but once the light bulb turns on you will love it one suggestion I have is set it to the two or four tone settings and get it off of the 99 tones because that 99 tones will drive you nuts
    oldkoot is correct, with the X-Terra, leave the 99 tones. I have not used my X "70", in a long time, in fact I removed the battery's, was going to put it up for sale, but I'm thinking not, it IS a good machine, and that 6" 3Khz coil, is great. Was not to crazy about the "stock" coil, but I do have the 6 & 10" 3Khz, and two 18Khz coils, a 6" & larger. I've been using the AT Pro & Minelab Safari, and will be looking at the Minelab EQ 600 & or the 800. Nonetheless, You do have a very good detector.
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