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      11-18-2012, 09:57 AM   #45
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Got it - powered the ICOM up on the desk now and managed to configure and get most of the software talking to it properly. Will take it back down to the car during the daytime at some point, but pretty tied up at work this week so it may have to wait for the weekend :-(
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      11-18-2012, 09:11 PM   #46
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Oh BTW, regarding that PSU the Battery Charger won't do it. You need a Power Supply which can adopt the full load of the devices in the car apparently. From what I read, you can get away with it for a little bit of coding, but for programming you will definitely need a PSU. Not sure if you need to program anything for the Combox upgrade, depend if your software needs updating to support the Combox and what you ordered in the end.

You might be able to get away with just coding.

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Thanks. I will look more into that... Keep me posted if you find anything in HKG...
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Hey,

Did you find a way to power your ICOM up without using the car? Its pretty cramped in the car and I've heard we can power it off a 12V PSU. But I can't find any details on the pinouts etc. Would be great to be able to power it up on the bench so I can troubleshoot the EDIABAS problem. Not much space in the car.
No, I did not look into that... I received an extension cable from OBDII to the ICOM A... It was long enough to be placed all under the footwear of the passenger seat.
The ICOM A connects to my PC via an Ethernet cable, which is long enough for me to sit out side of the car...
It was pretty comfortable...
I rund the Diagnose, deleted few errors and fixed few, than deleted all errors...
I will be taking the car to BMWHK to change the L7 DSP (hoping this is under warrantee), than will code the folding mirrors and few other little things...
I am using the ISTA-D & ISTA-P and not the VMWare...

Re Combox Media; BimmerNav will do all the coding before sending me the kit and once installed, they will code the iDrive remotely, they told me the car power should be enough.. But I don't mind buying the PSU if it was not a Monster $$$ thing...
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      11-18-2012, 09:18 PM   #48
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Got it - powered the ICOM up on the desk now and managed to configure and get most of the software talking to it properly. Will take it back down to the car during the daytime at some point, but pretty tied up at work this week so it may have to wait for the weekend :-(
This is good :-)
I am out of HKG for all week, as well, will work on it in the weekend.
By the way, do you what is the advantages & disadvantages of the ISTA-P VS the NSCexpert ?
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      11-22-2012, 11:29 AM   #49
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Okay, had to get my ICOM replaced after almost a week of wrestling with it. Just got the new one from Shenzhen today and was able to pull everything up in NCS Expert. Will test ISTA/D & ISTA/P tomorrow :-)

I think ISTA/D & ISTA/P won't let you do certain things that NCS Expert would do, but I'm not sure yet. You might be tied to fixed paths (like certain retrofit options that are valid for your MY) in ISTA/P, so if you want to retrofit something not for your MY you would need NCS. I haven't tried ISTA myself with a real ICOM yet, so I won't know until the weekend or so.

I think I'm good to go ahead and order the Bluetooth kit now. Did you receive yours yet? I'm tempted to wait until you get yours now so I can see whats in it to make sure I get the right parts, rather than going back/forth.

Still didn't find a PSU in HK. Was able to find some 12V 40A PSUs in Ap Liu Street which people reported they had some success with, but it would be a real hack job... depends how much we need to power. I think I want to wait until I can order/buy a proper one. Good thing though is that later I'd be able to totally reprogram the car and upgrade it with the latest software for better fuel economy, etc. Not speaking Chinese is a battle here though for me, wish I could describe what I want to them in Ap Liu Street, I'm sure someone will have something similar :-)
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I run t=early this morning a full Diagnose on the car and deleted all errors (1 amp + 1 MOST, & 1 DCT errors).
Took the car to the dealer to check on the L7 Amp.
They called this pm advising the amp died, that they have ordered a new one from me, and should be available within 7-15 days and the most important "that it was still under warrantee"
So the ICOM has done some good so far.

my Combox has not yet shipped out. I will confirm later tonight when is this going out of the door.
I am in search for an PSU (online)
I surely have no problem to list for you all kits I receive (when I receive them); however, keep in mind that my car has the iDrive.

Keep me posted
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Not speaking Chinese is a battle here though for me, wish I could describe what I want to them in Ap Liu Street, I'm sure someone will have something similar :-)
Google translate is my best friend when I am in these kind of places
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      11-30-2012, 08:43 AM   #52
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Picked up my car today from the dealer. DSP/Amp replaced...
I have not yet received the Combox Kit, I was promised that it would arrive next week...

Did you order your Combox? What's new with you?
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      12-09-2012, 01:30 PM   #53
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Picked up my car today from the dealer. DSP/Amp replaced...
I have not yet received the Combox Kit, I was promised that it would arrive next week...

Did you order your Combox? What's new with you?

Wow, didn't look at this thread in ages. Not much going on here right now, I need to order the parts for my install but its Xmas now so the cash for that is not going to happen until the New Year I expect. :-(

I did a lot more reading and I think that without iDrive I can't install a Combox, too. Can't believe I didn't see this before, I need to research it still. :-( That would mean I have to install a MULF2 or HU replacement, neither of which support A2DP audio streaming. Which still means I'll have to run a cable to the phone every time I'm in the car to use it for music. Which is a PITA.
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Wow, didn't look at this thread in ages. Not much going on here right now, I need to order the parts for my install but its Xmas now so the cash for that is not going to happen until the New Year I expect. :-(

I did a lot more reading and I think that without iDrive I can't install a Combox, too. Can't believe I didn't see this before, I need to research it still. :-( That would mean I have to install a MULF2 or HU replacement, neither of which support A2DP audio streaming. Which still means I'll have to run a cable to the phone every time I'm in the car to use it for music. Which is a PITA.
Did you receive your parts? How is the install going?
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I received my parts last Friday. Did not have time to work on my car this weekend, I will be out of HKG until Dec 22; I guess I will do the install the week of Xmas...
Looking at the parts and cable, it does not seem that difficult, I guess I will just need to see how to tag on the power supply without cutting any cable.
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Wow, didn't look at this thread in ages. Not much going on here right now, I need to order the parts for my install but its Xmas now so the cash for that is not going to happen until the New Year I expect. :-(

I did a lot more reading and I think that without iDrive I can't install a Combox, too. Can't believe I didn't see this before, I need to research it still. :-( That would mean I have to install a MULF2 or HU replacement, neither of which support A2DP audio streaming. Which still means I'll have to run a cable to the phone every time I'm in the car to use it for music. Which is a PITA.
I guess If you scroll back at my comment earlier, I did find the same that if do not have iDrive and is before a certain mm/yy you cannot instal the Combox, and will need an MULF; however, dimmer-Tech seems to have a solution for that. I suggest you get in touch with them.. Just give them your VIN# and what you want and he will figure this out for you (???)
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      12-23-2012, 01:16 AM   #57
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Almost done with the installation. It was not that difficult, though my only struggle really was (and still is) how to bring the cables from the trunk to the front through a tiny mini hole. It seems my only choice would be taking off all the left panels, front/rear side door... This only had me cursed for 2 days now.
All cables are pretty much installed in exception to the Mic, as it seems the vendor sent me the wrong cable adapter that clips the mic into the running cable of the Combox.
They have been prompt in replies and are looking into solutions.
Once that is done, will go for the coding and hope all would be up and running...

I still did not install the USB/Aux module. Trying to figure how to take out the current AUX plug without taking out all the middle console (cup holders/gear stick, etc...)

Almost there...
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Mission accomplished. Combox Media retrofitted and coded.
BT phone working great.
BT audio working great, including radio streaming.
USB audio working great, including radio streaming.

What I found out is HKG cars do not have the voice command (a shame)
HKG cars cannot access BMW Live and the Internet (another BIG shame)

Ok. My next project? Activating the DVD function, as the dealer disabled it and is not willing to activate it. Emm....

End of thread for me...
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Well, I thought I am done with the retrofits... But than, what do I know?.... I decided to retrofit the SA6NR and enable the BMW connect drive. Retrofit is done. Thanks to Patryk.... Great service by the way. I am now waiting for MEN, his associate to code the module... Can't believe the dealer told me nine can be done, not even the simple USB retrofit itself....sheeeesh...

Will report back once the coding is done and all is up and working... Can't wait....
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Coding done.. All is working flowlessly... I am surely a happy Camper Big thanks to MEN and Patryk...
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I wish the 6FL retrofit is available in the US
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6FL retrofit not available in the US? Have you checked around? Many successful 6FL retrofit threads on the E90 forums...
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6FL retrofit not available in the US? Have you checked around? Many successful 6FL retrofit threads on the E90 forums...
You cannot order the retrofit kit through the dealership. You can buy it from an importer but it's a lot more expensive. I went with an aftermarket solution (GROM MST3) because it's a simpler install, but I'm slightly annoyed because it's been 2 months and I'm still waiting on a firmware update to fix some issues.

By the way, how did you remove the center console to wire the USB socket?
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You cannot order the retrofit kit through the dealership. You can buy it from an importer but it's a lot more expensive. I went with an aftermarket solution (GROM MST3) because it's a simpler install, but I'm slightly annoyed because it's been 2 months and I'm still waiting on a firmware update to fix some issues.

By the way, how did you remove the center console to wire the USB socket?
Oh I see. I am surprised to know that the few 3rd party that offers the retrofit and the remote coding are more expensive than the dealer... Well to me, the dealer in Hong Kong told me I cannot retrofit it. Proved that they were wrong.

I did not manage to take out the centre console. So what I did is drill a small whole into the aux plug itself. This allowed me to take out the plug. I took out the shifter and the little plastic cover to the rear of the console. Than used a long coper wire to get the cable through from the retrofitted USB/Av plug all the way to the CIC harness... Took a long time, but was done cleanly and as if OEM cabled. You can't believe how tiny spaces are these on a Z4....
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I did not manage to take out the centre console. So what I did is drill a small whole into the aux plug itself. This allowed me to take out the plug. I took out the shifter and the little plastic cover to the rear of the console. Than used a long coper wire to get the cable through from the retrofitted USB/Av plug all the way to the CIC harness... Took a long time, but was done cleanly and as if OEM cabled. You can't believe how tiny spaces are these on a Z4....
Interesting... you wouldn't happen to have any pictures on how you did it would you? I currently have the USB socket under the glove box, but would like to route it to the stock location in the center console for a more integrated look.
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Interesting... you wouldn't happen to have any pictures on how you did it would you? I currently have the USB socket under the glove box, but would like to route it to the stock location in the center console for a more integrated look.
No, Sorry, did not take photos during the process. But I can take a photo of the drilled AUX plug if it helps you at all... Though you will not be able to use any longer after the drill.
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