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  1. Break in the rain

    Very nice! If they are too ugly for you just send them my way
  2. Thanks Chet. I'll pick of few of those up to test around with
  3. Today's Dink....

    Nice Bill No one finds a nugget watching YouTube all day Just get out there and do it
  4. Dinkiest dink yet

    Just 5 thousand more of those and you'll have a nice pile of gold Seriously tho, that's good dink detecting Bill The Golden Fox is getting more tempted to buy a Monster all the time. We'll she what she decides Of course, the operator's skill is part of the equation
  5. Unexpected Locations

    Very cool Mitchel. Never heard your story but am glad that you decided to share it here.
  6. Unexpected Locations

    Yes, some friends and I went detecting a new area and did not score. On the hike out I stopped to take a leak and still had the GP Extreme on with the 8 inch Super Gold Search coil hanging from my back pack bungee. We were just cherry picking on our hike back. While I was answering nature's call the detector swung and bobbed a little (shake and zip time) and I heard a signal. On the ground was an old poke with 12 grams of nuggets in it. Crazy. Life is good
  7. Agree with Bill's note above. I've already used an aftermarket ferrite with my GPZ and saw no performance changes. Now I might in different ground or with different settings. If I had to guess, there is nothing special about the Minelab ferrites, they make statement to the opposite. We'll see what peoples experiences speak to.
  8. And 6 months later Minelab provides an answer: “Hello Rod, From one of our engineers: "The nature of the device that is used does not affect the warranty. A Linux box can be used without issue. A phone with a USB adapter has been used in the past. The mechanism that is used to perform updates was specifically chosen to be a Mass Storage Device so that it could be most generic." I hope that helps! Tracy Customer Care & BDM Administrator Minelab Americas”
  9. After 6 months of being patient Minelab finally answered a question that Bill, Rob, and I posed to them last August. As much as I am a Minelab fan and promoter (most of us are) IMHO it’s pathetic that Minelab did not follow up with any one of us for 6 months In retrospect, perhaps my email this morning should have began something like this (after 6 months of waiting for a reply) “Dear Minelab, First of all, know that I am typing with my middle finger…” Kudos to Tracy at Minelab for being an employee who cares. All levity aside, I want to take a moment on that note to thank both Rob and Bill for trying to help get an answer. Bill actually deserves some extra credit as I did not buy the GPZ from him, I bought it from Rob. That should tell you a little something about Bill in a very good way , he had no vested interest in helping me but he did so anyway. Bill also helped me try and get an answer to the ferrite ring question after I broke mine. Minelab emailed me today and the answer is clear, any ferrite ring should be ok to use. Thanks again to Bill for his outreach efforts on this item too In anticipation of Minelab clarifying that any ferrite ring should be good to use (had a hunch), I ordered two a few days ago from Amazon for $12. You can see them in the pic below on either side of today’s 10.8 gram nugget found at the Apple pie patch. The day started with questions and ended on a golden note. Pie tastes great after finding a nugget in case you wondered and performance-wise, aftermarket ferrite rings work fine in my experience So here are the two questions in case anyone ever wonders with Minelab’s answers: Ferrite Ring Question: “Does it matter if the ferrite ring used is specifically sold by Minelab or are aftermarket ferrite rings ok to use with the GPZ 7000? Thanks, Rod” Ferrite Ring Answer: “Hello Rod, After speaking with our technician he feels that an aftermarket ferrite ring should be ok to use. Thank you, Tracy Customer Care & BDM Administrator Minelab Americas” Platform and Warranty Question: “Thank you Tracy. I sent this email (below) 6 months ago to Minelab and never received a reply. Can you help please? Best, Rod After purchasing the GPZ I read the brochure and did the recent software update. Easy, awesome, thank you. Being a Linux user I opted to borrow my better half’s Windows PC to download and transfer the file via USB. Now, my Linux system could have accomplished that simple task no problem. The brochure simply states to facilitate the update via a “computer”. The term “computer” is ambiguous. The main reason (assumption) for using my better half’s Windows system was warranty. My understanding of the legal definition of computer is essentially the following: ”A computer is a device that computes, often a programmable machine, which can perform a programmed list of instructions and respond to new instructions given to it. An electronic computer accepts data, manipulates data, produces results, and stores results.” (U.S. Legal) Many legal eagles have weighed in that definition covers any of the following: Linux, Mac, Windows, Chromebooks (Linux). tablets, phones (Android (Linux) and iPhone (MAC), etc. Quoting the Minelab brochure steps: “Begin the download by clicking on the new GPZ 7000 software update in the ‘Software Updates (Detector Firmware)' section. It will automatically save to your computer.” “Connect the GPZ 7000 to your computer via the USB cable and turn on the detector.” “Once the software update file is transferred to your detector, disconnect it from the computer by ejecting the drive and then unplugging the USB cable.” These directions never specify using Windows, Mac, Linux or anything. Just “computer”. That said, downloading and transferring a file could be accomplished with all kinds of “computers”. Again, kudos to Minelab for not making the update required to use some special software, just a file transfer. Can you use any "computer" (Linux, Mac, Windows, etc.) to initiate file transfers for GPZ 7000 updates via USB and not void your warranty? Other ways to ask this question: Does transferring files to the GPZ with anything other than a windows or mac computer void the gpz warranty? Can I use my Linux computer or phone to download the update and transfer the update file to the gpz without voiding the warranty?Thanks for your time and great products! Best, Rod” Platform and Warranty Answer: “Hello Rod, From one of our engineers: "The nature of the device that is used does not affect the warranty. A Linux box can be used without issue. A phone with a USB adapter has been used in the past. The mechanism that is used to perform updates was specifically chosen to be a Mass Storage Device so that it could be most generic." I hope that helps! Tracy Customer Care & BDM Administrator Minelab Americas” This is the original topic from August 2017
  10. Thanks for the offer Homie In anticipation of Minelab clarifying that any ferrite ring should be good to use (had a hunch), I ordered two a few days ago from Amazon for $12.
  11. You must have worked some magic Bill, thanks Minelab just replied to me: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hello Rod, After speaking with our technician he feels that an aftermarket ferrite ring should be ok to use. Thank you, Tracy Customer Care & BDM Administrator Minelab Americas >>>>>>>>>>>>>> I used this opportunity to try and get an answer to my 6 month old question. I thanked Tracy and replied with my 6 month old question. We'll see if Tracy replies.
  12. Happy to share Minelab's reply, if they reply It was a fairly simple question: "Does it matter if the ferrite ring used is specifically sold by Minelab or are aftermarket ferrite rings ok to use with the GPZ 7000?" It was sent yesterday to service@minelabamericas.com as referenced on their website. Not trying to sound cynical but I sent Minelab an email last year (August 8) on another topic and have yet to receive any reply. I posted that same question on this forum and on Rob's forum in August (8th) of last year and never received any follow up I'm not trying to bust anyone's balls here (well maybe Minelab's) I know both Rob and Bill and will be the first to say that they are both great guys and honest dealers. Both Rob and Bill went out of their ways to try and help me get an answer last year and Minelab never followed up with Rob or Bill either. Things slip through the cracks and/or Minelab has bigger fish to fry, we all understand that. For reference, these are the links to the August question posted on Rob's forum http://forums.robsdetectors.com/topic/12318-minelab-gpz-7000-software-update-2-question-platform/ and the same post on this forum (makes a little window thing below when the link is posted). I've purchased multiple Minelab detectors over the years and I believe they care about their customers, they make a kickass product. It does make a guy wonder about their commitment to service when they don't answer customer emails and ignore dealer inquiries, that's the reality of it. Yeah, I know it's only been 6 months trying to get an answer, I should just be patient
  13. Thanks Fred. We might be interpreting things differently; however, the Minelab brochure you linked to (I already have a copy of) does not specifically state that Minelab sold ferrite rings are the ones to use. It does say "Quick-Trak with the ferrite placed on the ground is imperative in all modes." Maybe I'm splitting hairs here but my goal is just seeking clarity and knowledge I don't see anything to that effect on Steve's forum either. I'll email Minelab. I know they have a vested interest in selling stuff but I also believe they are honest enough to be forthright about these things Appreciate you and your thoughts
  14. Dinky Dinks

    All dinks are good dinks
  15. Thanks Fred. Do you know where Minelab stated this? Do you have an online video or article/post that I could reference? Asking as I am hoping to understand the "why" behind Minelab stating their ferrite is the one to use.
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