EQUINOX 700 | 900 Software Upgrade

Minelab is pleased to introduce a software upgrade for the EQUINOX 700 and 900 with new features to enhance your detecting experience.

What is new?

  1. Enhanced Target Separation Performance: Enjoy enhanced target separation with a new Iron Bias ‘-1’ setting. This pushes target unmasking to new levels, giving users an aggressive target separation option for hunted out iron infested sites.
  2. Continuous Auto Noise Cancel: Pressing and holding the Accept/Reject button with Noise Cancel selected in the Settings Menu will continuously run Noise Cancel until the button is released. Running Noise Cancel over a longer period improves the measurement of noise on each channel and can capture noise sources that vary with time, giving the user the best possible noise rejection in challenging EMI environments.
  3. General Stability Enhancements: Small changes addressing infrequent use cases.

Minelab Update Utility (MUU) Details

Minimum System Requirements:

USB 2.0 port
EQUINOX USB Charging Cable with Magnetic Connector

Windows 10

50 MB of hard drive space

MAC OS (10.15 or later)

85 MB of hard drive space


  • Only one EQUINOX 700|900 can be connected to the computer at a time during an update.
  • The EQUINOX 700|900 must be ON during the software update.
  • Any detector user settings will be preserved while performing the update.
  • An internet connection is required to download the MINELAB Update Utility to the computer; however, an internet connection is not required to update the EQUINOX 700|900 and this can be done offline.
  • The EQUINOX coil must be connected to perform the update.
  • Important: Ensure the USB Magnetic Cable is securely connected between the PC and the detector before commencing the update. Make sure the magnetic connector contacts are clean, dry and free of debris. Ensure the magnetic connector is seated properly.

Do not turn off or disconnect the EQUINOX 700|900 during the update process. Any interruption to the update process will always be fully recoverable by restarting both the detector and the MUU. However, there is a small chance of loss of user settings if the update is interrupted at certain times in the update process.


Important: Do not turn off or disconnect the EQUINOX 700|900 during the update process. For step-by-step instructions below on how to install the software upgrade.

1. Download the EQUINOX 700|900 Minelab Update Utility software and open the application.

2. Connect the device to the computer USB port using the magnetic charging cable and turn on.

3. If an update is available, the MUU will display 'Updates are available for your device.'. The new software version to watch for is 1.79.0-3.3.4. Click INSTALL to begin the update or QUIT to close the MUU.  The detector will display a Software Update in Progress screen.

4. If the device is already up to date, the application will display 'Your device is up to date.' and prompt you to QUIT the application.

5. After clicking INSTALL to commence the update, the MUU application window will show an Installation progress bar throughout the update process. The EQUINOX screen will continue to display ‘PC' for the first portion of the update. The screen will then go blank for a period while the core detector application software updates and restarts. A green LED on the top left corner of the EQUINOX control panel will blink rapidly while this part of the update is in progress.

6. Installation will take approximately four minutes. At the end of the update, EQUINOX will reboot after which the MUU will prompt you to disconnect the detector and QUIT the application.

7. You can restore the previous software version by clicking on the three dots in the bottom right hand corner of the MUU window and following the instructions to select a previous version and install.

Screen shots are for illustration purposes only. Actual screens may vary slightly from those shown.


If you encounter an error during the update process, it should be recoverable. The most common cause of errors is intermittent cable connection between the PC and the device during the update. If an update is interrupted, the detector may power up with a blank screen and a fast flashing green LED. This indicates that the detector is in update mode and is ready to accept an update.

If the Minelab Update Utility (MUU) is not connecting to the detector, make sure there’s only one instance of the MUU running and clean the terminals on the charge port of the detector.  Make sure your detector is connected to your PC directly via the magnetic USB/Charging cable and switched on. Check the magnetic connector to ensure it is properly seated on the detector and re-start the MUU. If the MUU still can’t connect to the detector, switch off and disconnect the detector, close and re-start the MUU, then re-connect and switch on your detector.

If there is a problem during the update, try the following steps:

  • Disconnect the device
  • Restart the MUU application
  • Power down the device
  • Power up the device (note: it may restart with a blank screen and flashing green LED)
  • Connect the device, checking the cable connection between the device and the PC
  • Follow the instructions on the MUU to update
  • Delete the downloaded MUU and then re-download a new copy of the MUU to re-install the software update

If you are still having issues, please contact your local Minelab service centre.
Minelab Service contact information.


Q: Why is the Minelab Update Utility (MUU) not connecting to my detector?
A: Make sure your detector is connected to your PC directly via the magnetic USB/Charging cable then switch the detector on. Avoid the use of any USB hubs and connect the detector directly to a USB port on the PC. Ensure there’s only one instance of the MUU running and check that the magnetic connector is properly seated on the detector. Try re-starting the MUU. If you still can’t connect then switch off the detector, close and re-start the MUU. Re-connect and switch on your detector then try again.
If the above does not work then delete the downloaded MUU then re-download a new copy and try again.

Q: What happens if the detector disconnected while installing the upgrade?
A: The MUU can recover the detector functionality after any disconnection during upgrade. Switch off the detector then close and restart the MUU Connect the detector to your computer and switch it on. The detector screen may remain blank, but the MUU will see the detector and offer an upgrade. Install the upgrade and the detector will recover.

Q: What happens if I want to downgrade back to the old version?
A: The latest released MUU contains all released versions of EQUINOX 700-900 software – to downgrade, click on the three dots in the bottom right of the MUU screen, select the version you want to downgrade to, and click install.

Q: Help! My detector is non-functional after an upgrade!
A: Don’t worry, the MUU can always recover the detector in the event an upgrade is interrupted. Simply power on the detector, connect to a PC running the MUU and re-start the upgrade.

Q: Is this update also applicable to the EQUINOX 600 and 800?
A: No, this update is only applicable to the EQUINOX 700 and 900. Refer to the EQUINOX 600 and EQUINOX 800 product pages on for software applicable to those products.

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