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CRobertshaw@scubapro.com

 

This is the guy that helped me out.

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CRobertshaw@scubapro.com

 

This is the guy that helped me out.

 

I have downloaded the latest version (1.1.8) from the Jtrak website. My computer is MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5.7. The infrared dongle is from ScubaPro.

 

JTrak still seems quite primitive to me, and buggy. It looks like an app from the 1980s.

 

Two things don't work at all in JTrak for me.

 

1. I can not import my existing log data from SmartTrak. I exported it from SmartTrak in the TravelTrak format and then tried to import into JTrak (about 1500 dives). The import progress bar appeared but, it says "error - version not supported" even though I did an export from the latest version of SmartTrak.

 

2. The "dive computer settings" feature in Jtrak does not work with my Galileo Sol. It appears to connect OK but no settings window appears in JTrak.

 

I would love to get JTrak working properly so that I can throw away Windows XP. I will email Robert Shaw and see if he can help.

 

Regards

Peter

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Bit off topic regarding the latest discussion - but an update on my experience.

 

I got my Galileo at the end of November, so I have had it for a little over 6 months. In that time I have done 197 dives with it. On my last trip the battery started to show one bar less than full. Does anyone have any tips on when it might need replacing? As we know from cameras - sometimes when batteries start to go sometimes they last for ages, other times die quickly.

 

My wireless transmitted died en route to the Red Sea for my last trip. I suspect damage in transit. Annoyingly it worked at the Scubapro diving day the week before and was dead from day 1 of a two week trip in Egypt. I was able to pick up other people's transmitters - so I suspect damage. Tried changing it to the other HP port on my MK25T, as a friend who had one that stopped working found it was the high pressure port that was blocked. I was able to borrow a contents gauge, though.

 

We've got the Scottish Scubapro day this weekend - so I'll get it looked at and report what the fault was.

 

Alex

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Bit off topic regarding the latest discussion - but an update on my experience.

 

I got my Galileo at the end of November, so I have had it for a little over 6 months. In that time I have done 197 dives with it. On my last trip the battery started to show one bar less than full. Does anyone have any tips on when it might need replacing? As we know from cameras - sometimes when batteries start to go sometimes they last for ages, other times die quickly.

 

My wireless transmitted died en route to the Red Sea for my last trip. I suspect damage in transit. Annoyingly it worked at the Scubapro diving day the week before and was dead from day 1 of a two week trip in Egypt. I was able to pick up other people's transmitters - so I suspect damage. Tried changing it to the other HP port on my MK25T, as a friend who had one that stopped working found it was the high pressure port that was blocked. I was able to borrow a contents gauge, though.

 

We've got the Scottish Scubapro day this weekend - so I'll get it looked at and report what the fault was.

 

Alex

 

I am a big believer in Murphy's Law. <S> Over the year's I've noticed that, no matter how well you maintain your equipment, "BIG" dive trips are a battle of attrition. Stuff just keeps breakin.

 

So, in my travel kit, I have a spare battery for the Sol.

 

The problem with your transmitter might also be battery. I also carry a spare of that battery too.

 

I have a small OMS content gauge that I keep in my dive bag too, just in case.

 

I'm off to Truk next week so I am carefully thinking about spares...

 

Regards

Peter

 

P.S. In 2007, when my Sol was new, it lost connection to the transmitter. Turned out to be a cracked antenna inside the Sol. Uwatec replaced the whole unit.

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JTrak still seems quite primitive to me, and buggy. It looks like an app from the 1980s.

 

Two things don't work at all in JTrak for me.

 

1. I can not import my existing log data from SmartTrak. I exported it from SmartTrak in the TravelTrak format and then tried to import into JTrak (about 1500 dives). The import progress bar appeared but, it says "error - version not supported" even though I did an export from the latest version of SmartTrak.

 

2. The "dive computer settings" feature in Jtrak does not work with my Galileo Sol. It appears to connect OK but no settings window appears in JTrak.

 

I would love to get JTrak working properly so that I can throw away Windows XP. I will email Robert Shaw and see if he can help.

jTrak IS quite primitive. Thus my recommendation to use SmartTrak. The "latest versions" are just bug fixes and compatibility patches for the new computer, not entire re-writes adding new features. I suspect if Mr. Shaw has a more current version, you might at least get your Sol settings window to properly work, but don't count on much else.

 

I was never able to get my past dive info exported from SmartTrak to jTrak... yet another reason why I abandoned it. The massive lack of of feature parity, however, is why I never looked back, even though in an ideal world it would be great to have mac-native software.

 

Let us know if Robert Shaw has anything interesting to report...

 

As for Galileo transmitter reliability, I've had perfect luck and no problems, but transmitters, while fairly robust, are still electronic devices that tend to take a beating. Packing a spare just makes sense for any big trip, unless you have an analog SPG for backup that you're comfortable using. (I have both, so I tend to not bother with packing a spare transmitter... I tend to use wireless anything with suspicion.)

 

The transmitter is the exact same model that ScubaPro/Uwatec has been using for many years with the Smart series, however, so it's not like there are any unknown issues or problems with the design.

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Let us know if Robert Shaw has anything interesting to report...

 

Very disappointing. Here is his reply to my email:

 

"Currently the problems that you are encountering with Jtrak are

well known. The Jtrak software unfortunately is not fully compatible

with the Galileo at this time. Our software engineers are working on a

fix, but I do not have a completion date at this time. We have currently

removed Jtrak from our website, please check back at www.scubapro.com

once in a while for a new Jtrak version that will be more Galileo

friendly. The SmartTrak to Jtrak import issue will also be fixed in

newer versions of Jtrak. The current setup you are running with XP via

bootcamp and or parallels is the only way to currently interface your

Mac with your Galileo sol. "

 

I have been receiving this same "working on a fix but no date" message about JTrak from Uwatec / Scubapro for over 2 years now. I guess they have abandoned us Mac-using scuba divers. I think that they are making a mistake.

 

Regards

Peter

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Peter,

 

Have been using Smart Trak in Parallels on my MacBook Pro and I am very pleased with it. It works just fine with my Galileo and my wifes Smart Tec (knock on wood).

 

Elmer

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I have been receiving this same "working on a fix but no date" message about JTrak from Uwatec / Scubapro for over 2 years now. I guess they have abandoned us Mac-using scuba divers. I think that they are making a mistake.

While I certainly agree with your sentiment, and wish they would correct it, the fact remains that SmartTrak still works just fine under Parallels, so you're perfectly capable of fully exploiting your Galileo. They haven't abandoned you, they've just abandoned your preferred method of utilizing your platform of choice.

 

Not that this is a good excuse.

 

It's still a GREAT computer, though.

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Jtrak was removed from the scubapro site because the manufacturer of the IR device changed versions on Scubapro and that IR would not communicate for MAC and the Galileo. Jtrak can still be found if you don't wish to run a windows version. You can contact them and they will send out a copy, but because of the problem with them new version of the IR device, they have pulled it from the site as to try and avoid customer complaints. The previous model IR device (lipstick USB style) worked just fine with Jtrak, only the most recent model does not. Besides the version #, you can tell the difference externally, but too much to go into here. There are some of the IR models available in Europe that work well, the US is out of luck for the time being, though Windows users are still compatible. This is a case of one company being at the mercy of a change from another partner.

 

Alex, I would try a different battery. CR2450. The SONY and PANASONIC's seem to be bit better versions than the other's I seen. PM me if you need additional help, I know Scubapro/Uwatec very well. It is very rare for those transmitters to have problems unrelated to the battery.

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My heart-rate monitor finally died - or I am superfit at 62 with a heart-rate that can exceed 250 bpm.

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My heart-rate monitor finally died - or I am superfit at 62 with a heart-rate that can exceed 250 bpm.

 

250 bpm is a little racy...

 

Apparently the battery in the heart-rate monitor is rated at 2500 hours (probably about 2000 hours). That includes all the time that it is damp enough for a contact to made between the two sensors (eg soaking after diving, in a wet dive bag, drying out in your on-board locker, strapped to a sweaty chest, etc)

 

Are you going to buy a new heart-rate monitor? If so, please let us know how you go about getting one.

 

Regards

Peter

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Are you going to buy a new heart-rate monitor? If so, please let us know how you go about getting one.

I say this without looking or trying, but I strongly suspect the blokes at your local gym can answer the question pretty easily, since Polar heart rate monitors are pretty standard gear there.

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My wireless transmitted died en route to the Red Sea for my last trip. I suspect damage in transit. Annoyingly it worked at the Scubapro diving day the week before and was dead from day 1 of a two week trip in Egypt. I was able to pick up other people's transmitters - so I suspect damage. Tried changing it to the other HP port on my MK25T, as a friend who had one that stopped working found it was the high pressure port that was blocked. I was able to borrow a contents gauge, though.

 

New battery fixed my transmitter, although going flat in 6 months/200 dives is a little quicker than expected. Working fine again now. Gonna carry a spare battery for it from now on.

 

Alex

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New battery fixed my transmitter. Gonna carry a spare battery for it from now on. Alex

 

BTW, the Galileo Luna will pair with the same transmitter. Spare battery always recommended. Cheap and easy fix.

Wrist unit batteries are harder to find than the transmitter batteries. Keep in mind...

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Bit off topic regarding the latest discussion - but an update on my experience.

 

I got my Galileo at the end of November, so I have had it for a little over 6 months. In that time I have done 197 dives with it. On my last trip the battery started to show one bar less than full. Does anyone have any tips on when it might need replacing? As we know from cameras - sometimes when batteries start to go sometimes they last for ages, other times die quickly.

 

My wireless transmitted died en route to the Red Sea for my last trip. I suspect damage in transit. Annoyingly it worked at the Scubapro diving day the week before and was dead from day 1 of a two week trip in Egypt. I was able to pick up other people's transmitters - so I suspect damage. Tried changing it to the other HP port on my MK25T, as a friend who had one that stopped working found it was the high pressure port that was blocked. I was able to borrow a contents gauge, though.

 

We've got the Scottish Scubapro day this weekend - so I'll get it looked at and report what the fault was.

 

Alex

 

Alex looking at my logs I reckon I got between 26 and 50 dives before I had to change the battery for a total of 326 dives.

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Alex looking at my logs I reckon I got between 26 and 50 dives before I had to change the battery for a total of 326 dives.

Meaning you got 26-50 dives out of it, or meaning you got 326 dives?

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26-50 dives from the first bar disappearing on the battery indicator. It was spread over two dive trips so I really wasn't lfollowing it too much.

I got 326 dives from the computer before I had to change the battery.

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26-50 dives from the first bar disappearing on the battery indicator. It was spread over two dive trips so I really wasn't lfollowing it too much.

I got 326 dives from the computer before I had to change the battery.

Interesting, I have just over 100 dives on mine, and IIRC, the battery meter is still reading as a completely full charge.

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You misunderstand me. I had about 276 dives before the first bar disappeared.

From the first bar disappearing to the computer refusing to dive as the battery life was too short was 326.

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My Galileo died, but I was able to revive it. Apparently I did not rinse it properly upon leaving Little Cayman and when I was packing today for a Galapagos trip I found it was dead. The 3 buttons were stuck and apparently this turned on the computer thus draining the battery. Soaked it in fresh water to unstick the buttons and changed the battery, now all is well. Even with a dead battery it did not lose its data, was able to download my last dive trip. Only the time and date needed to be reset. I had 172 dives on it and the battery was still fully charged in Little Cayman.

 

Elmer

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You misunderstand me. I had about 276 dives before the first bar disappeared.

From the first bar disappearing to the computer refusing to dive as the battery life was too short was 326.

OH, so nearly 600 dives before computer needed a battery change to function. Got it. Sorry so dense. :)

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OH, so nearly 600 dives before computer needed a battery change to function. Got it. Sorry so dense. :D

 

Finally he gets it! :B):

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Usually If something weird happens I'll post it here for you guys.

 

I completed dive 442 and during my accent my tank pressure went down to 40 bar so my reserve alarm went off. No problem with that but when I inflated my SMB the remaining bottom time calculation went to 0 minutes and the alarm went off for that also.

Strange thing the alarms won't turn off.

I got on the boat and the alarms were still blaring. I pushed all the buttons and even put on a new tank which didn't stop it. Weird thing was the computer was responsive to the new 200 bar tank pressure but not to any button commands and it was also no longer in dive mode??

Anyhow I was about to remove the battery when I decided to see if it would enter dive mode. I dunked it in the sea and the alarms quit and it performed fine for my remaining 25 dives.

 

Gremlins!

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Usually If something weird happens I'll post it here for you guys.

 

I completed dive 442 and during my accent my tank pressure went down to 40 bar so my reserve alarm went off. No problem with that but when I inflated my SMB the remaining bottom time calculation went to 0 minutes and the alarm went off for that also.

Strange thing the alarms won't turn off.

I got on the boat and the alarms were still blaring. I pushed all the buttons and even put on a new tank which didn't stop it. Weird thing was the computer was responsive to the new 200 bar tank pressure but not to any button commands and it was also no longer in dive mode??

Anyhow I was about to remove the battery when I decided to see if it would enter dive mode. I dunked it in the sea and the alarms quit and it performed fine for my remaining 25 dives.

 

Gremlins!

 

Never seen a bug like this one. On multilevel reef dives, I often get into tank reserve and zero RBT, but only in the last shallow part of the dive. I have set my "tank reserve" to 35 bar and "tank reserve warning off" to shallower than 6 meters. Once on the safety stop has stopped beeping every time to date.

 

Have you uploaded any new firmware lately?

 

Regards

Peter

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