Saturday, October 29, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions on BMW retrofits



1) Can I upgrade my screen to 8.8 inch without changing the BMW head unit or iDrive?

Yes, you can upgrade your screen to 8,8 inch with a much higher resolution of 1280 x 480. However, if you do not have navigation in your head unit, it may not be that useful. Original 6.5 inch has a resolution of 800 x 600.


2) What are the differences between Navigation, Navigation Plus and Navigation Professional package sold by BMW for F45/F46?


Business Navigation System package: 6.5 inch screen , Navigation Head Unit (EntryNav), standard iDrive controller and 32GB flash memory (VO code: 6UN)

Business Navigation Plus System package: 8.8 inch screen, Navigation Head Unit (EntryNav) , touch iDrive controller and 32GB flash memory (VO code: 6UP)

Navigation Professional: 8.8 inch screen, Navigation Head Unit with DVD player and 200 GB Hard disk (VO code: 609)

3) Can I upgrade my basic media unit (without Navigation) to EntryNav (Navigation Head unit) on my car?

Yes, you can do it. This will involves updating your MAP(which is based on ROUTE maps) with new FSC code to activate the map and installing the GPS antenna. I am doing some further research on it and will update my result in future postings.

18 comments:

  1. Hello. Thanks for usefull guides.
    Do you know if it is possible to upgrade standard PDC with rear sensors by adding front PDC sensors for f45?

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  2. Check this link: http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=869735

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  3. Thanks a lot. Can You tell me where is ICM module and REM module in our F45? conection branch to PIN i REM will be the same? I check in BMW, they dont have official retrofit front PDC kit. Anyway, the REM moduleand his pinout is the same in f30 and f45?

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  4. Hi,
    Are you interested to retrofit the Factory Alarm Option 302?
    I am trying to explore for this retrofit but I suppose we do not have the wiring assembly pre-installed in our car which could be quite troublesome if we were to do such retrofit. Furthermore, I am also wondering how to retrofit our car remote to have the Panic button function. Couldnt figure out how to open up the car remote yet.
    Thanks!

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    1. Yes, I definitely keen to explore Factory Alarm Option 302. I did some research and found that there are no pre-wirings available in our car. It looks like you need to change the key fob to support the panic button. No easy hack here.

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  5. Hello, I have HU_ENTRYNAV (ECU) head unit on my new F48 (X1) but without navigation (option 6UN in my VO). Now I know I can retrofit navi via "BMW integrated navigation" but I would like to know how far is your research on enabling navi on HU_ENTRYNAV head unit (with FSC map coding + adding GPS antenna). Thanks in advance for your reply. Best regards, Elvis.

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    1. 6UN is Navigation package. Are you sure yours is 6UN? To install navigation, you need to download the ROUTE map for your region. To generate the FSC code, you need to find someone that can help you generate the FSC code by following the instruction below but note that the Application ID is "DF" for HU_ENTRYNAV.

      http://www.bmwesys.com/guides/How%20To%20Generate%20Navi%20Maps%20Update%20FSC%20Code%20with%20ESYS%20and%20Navi%20Toolkit.pdf

      There is no FSC code generator for ENTRYNAV online but I believe you can still find someone to help you generate it for you for a small fee once you had generated your .FSC file. Adding GPS antenna requires hiding the wires inside the car and it connects directly to your head unit. You should try to take out your head unit to have a peep on what's connected. There are only two torx screw attached to it.

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    2. Hello, I don`t have 6UN or any other kind of navigation option in my VO. Is HU_ENTRYNAV head unit capable of having navigation at all (using the procedure described above which includes FSC code for navigation option + VO coding option 6UN + adding GPS antenna + replacing existing Idrive controller with the one with navi button) or do I need NBT head unit for my X1 (F48) in order to have navigation? Also, there is an option of retrofitting integrated navigation to my car which is basically additional unit that uses only the Idrive display screen + you need to replace Idrive controller with the one that has navi button as well (for 1000$)... In the end I am just wondering why is there the name of the head unit "HU_ENTRYNAV" if it actually has nothing to do with the navigation whatsoever.. Or am I mistaking... Thank you in advance for your reply. Best regards, E. P.S. Maybe you can forward this question to Shawn and see what he thinks...

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    3. You can ignore that "HU_ENTRYNAV" module name. Basically, you need to swap your physical head unit with the model enabled with navigation. Yours should come with "Basic Media" part number for your head unit. Coding will not help as there are additional connectors behind the head unit for those head unit with navigation model. I opened up one basic media unit to check the difference and found that it requires one more wire connection which looks like an additional power supply required on the navigation model.

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    4. Thank you so much for your prompt reply, Robot Lover. It is all clear to me now... Best regards, E.

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  6. puede saber el concesionario si he echo alguna modificación

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    1. La mayoría del distribuidor no será molestado por tal codificación. Se le pedirá que revertir la codificación si se encuentra que afecta el coche. Mi experiencia me dice que no se molestan y algunos no tienen las habilidades para incluso utilizar el software E-Sys para comprobar la codificación.

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  7. Hi,
    Do you know what are the parts we need to upgrade to Navigation Professional for USB video playback? A new head unit?

    Thanks.

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    1. What type of head unit do you have? And which vehicle? If you have navi capable HU (HU_NTB), than all you need to do is some FDL coding, othervise you need to replace the HU...

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    2. You will need Navigation Professional. VO code 609) to play back USB video. Frankly speaking, I think the installation of mirrorlink (screen mirroring) via your HP is a much better solution that to upgrade Navigation Professional which is much more expensive.

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    3. hi how to install mirrorlink for android or apple? still need to code after installing the hardware ?

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    4. BMW itself did not release a mirrorlink feature for F45/46. The Mirrorlink solution available in the market are third party solutions which potentially will void your car's warranty. I will suppose that it requires video interface box and a mirrorlink box plus some connectors.

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  8. You can buy from http://www.schmiedmann.com. They are reliable seller.

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