Update your Raymarine MFD for Free (eSeries Step-By-Step Guide)

by Franklin Marine on February 18, 2017

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One of the great features of Raymarine Marine Electronic products is their constant research and development into making existing equipment do more for their owners. This is delivered in the way of software updates.

Why should I go to the hassle of updating my software?

You’ll notice that many ‘bugs’ have been fixed – and many new features have been introduced in the newer software versions. Raymarine is constantly working on their products making them more useful and they offer these software upgrades at no extra cost.

A recent upgrade you will love is the recent integration with GRIB Weather, showing weather on your plotter overlaid on the chart – even without internet! (click here to see more).

In the past, software updates on any device – let alone a Chart Plotter – have proved to be less than simple.

Luckily, Raymarine have developed a quick and easy process for updating your device and getting free access to these new features.

Franklin Marine are providing you with this easy, step-by-step guide to help you navigate through the process.
Raymarine do have an extensive library of guides on their own website which are more technically-oriented.

Today I’ll be running you through step-by-step the process of updating a Raymarine eSeries MFD. Let’s get to it! 

Please note that we are using an aSeries device to demo the update – but the steps are exactly the same on an eSeries device. The only difference between aSeries and eSeries are the buttons on the side of the eSeries.

If you don’t have any waypoints or settings that you would like to save – skip steps 1-11 and continue from step 12. Note that you will lose all of your data if you skip the backup process.

NOTE: You need to update your Evolution Autopilot Control Unit (ACU) separately if you have an autopilot on your vessel. We are working on a guide for this but in the meantime, please click here and follow the instructions on the Raymarine website.
Do not proceed if you are not confident in being able to update the ACU as your autopilot will not function without its control unit.
You may wish to give our team a call on (03) 6266 3768 for advice on how to proceed.

Step 1

Insert a blank microSD card into your device. It is also recommended that you remove your navigation card and any other memory devices during the update process.


Step 2

From the eSeries home screen, tap “My Data”


Step 3

On the right-hand side of the screen, tap “Import/Export”


Step 4

Tap “Save Data”


Step 5

Tap the data type (Waypoints, Routes or Tracks) that you would like to save, or just tap “Save All” to backup everything. In our case, we have selected to “Save All”


Step 6

Return to the Import/Export menu by repeating Steps 2 & 3.
Tap “Back-up Settings”


Step 7

Select the memory device to which you will back-up your settings.
There should only be one possible selection if you removed all other memory devices as advised in Step 1.


Step 8

You should see the following screen while the backup is in progress:


After the backup has completed, you should be presented with the following.
Tap “Eject Device”


Step 9

Remove the microSD card from the device and tap “OK”


Step 10

Insert the microSD card into your computer.
You may require a USB Card Reader to do this, which is provided in the box with every new Navionics Chart Card – or are readily available from many supermarkets.

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Step 11

Open the microSD card that you just inserted, and copy all of the files contained on it to a folder on your computer. You will need these later.

Once you have copied the files to your computer, delete them from the mircoSD card or find another, blank microSD card to store the update files on. The update files require a completely blank microSD card.


Step 12

Click here to visit the Raymarine Software Downloads page.

Click “MFD Software” which is under “Multifunction Displays”


Click “eSeries”


Click the button underneath “Download Latest Version Now”
Note that this button will not always say “Download R17”


Step 13

Locate and extract the file you just downloaded.


Step 14

Copy the extracted files to the (blank) microSD card. They should not be in any folders – just in the main (root) directory of the card.


This step can take some time.


Once the copying has completed, remove the microSD card from your computer.

Step 15

Carefully insert the microSD card with the update files back into the Multifunction Display.
Power up the device. You should see something similar to the following:


Step 16

The device should restart after the update.
Tap “Yes” and follow the prompts if asked to install additional updates after the restart.

NOTE: Do not update anything to do with your Autopilot if you are not prepared to update the ACU as mentioned at the beginning of the guide. Your autopilot will not work until all of its components are updated.
If you are unsure, please get in touch with our friendly team on (03) 6266 3768 or email info@franklinmarine.com.au






Please note that these steps may vary slightly depending on the equipment on your Raymarine network.

Step 17

Turn off the device again and remove the microSD card containing the update files.

Re-insert the microSD card into your computer and delete all of the update files.
Copy your backup files back onto the (blank) microSD card and then carefully re-insert it into your Multifunction Display.

Step 18

Repeat steps 2-9 (inclusive) except choose “Retrieve Data” rather than “Save Data” and “Restore Settings” rather than “Back-up Settings”.

Step 19

Carefully re-insert your Navigation Card and any other storage devices back into your Multifunction Display.
That’s it! 

We hope you found this article helpful. If you did, please leave a comment below and share it with your friends so that they too can get the most out of their Raymarine Multifunction Displays!

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