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djdecko 03-21-2012 03:20 PM

How to update Idrive Software in E66
 
I have a pre Facelift E66 with a couple of questions.

How do I know if my iDrive software is updated?

Is updating the software something I can do on my own or will I have to take it to an INDY to get it done?

wildEEL 03-21-2012 04:49 PM

If your not going to program a lot of bummers just go to dealer or a good Indy. Dealer will update all computer with the latest software

samadkins29 03-22-2012 09:31 AM

Im taking mine to the dealer.

gmcclintock 03-22-2012 11:24 AM

I think only the Dealer or INDY can do it, if you're wanting to get the latest and greatest that is.

Oh and you can find out the version you have by looking in the iDrive, I know there is a thread on here that shows how to do it (too lazy to look for myself lol) and I'm notwhere close to my care at the moment. I think it's under the settings menu in the iDrive

Johnhampton 03-22-2012 12:24 PM

This may be a silly question but what exactly does updating the software do? Is it just a cosmetic change as far as how options are displayed on the Idrive screen or does it change how your car drives or performs?

I have a pre-facelift too and the idrive "theme" from 2002 is getting boring to me, Ive been looking at the same one for 4 years. And how much do dealers normally charge for this?

djdecko 03-22-2012 12:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnhampton (Post 6720089)
This may be a silly question but what exactly does updating the software do? Is it just a cosmetic change as far as how options are displayed on the Idrive screen or does it change how your car drives or performs?

I have a pre-facelift too and the idrive "theme" from 2002 is getting boring to me, Ive been looking at the same one for 4 years. And how much do dealers normally charge for this?

Good question. I didn't know anything about it until I was told that an outdated idrive can be the reason my Bluetooth Adapter is not working correctly.

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pkathee 03-22-2012 02:17 PM

To Check Current Software Version
 
Guys,
To check current Software Version, follow these steps.

1. In Basic Menu display (N,S,E,W), press down the iDrive Controller for 6 seconds.
Hint: The help text flashes briefly when it is ready.
2. Turn Controller 3 increments clockwise. (Increment means click)
3. Turn Controller 3 increments counter clockwise.
4. Turn Controller 1 increment clockwise.
5. Turn Controller 1 increment counter clockwise.
6. Turn Controller 1 increment clockwise.
7. Press Controller to confirm.
8. Enter "MOST Devices" menu.
9. You will see a sub-menu (Item number, Hardware number, Coding index, Diagnosis index, Variant index, Date of manufacture, Name of manufacture, Message- catalog version, the finally SOFTWARE VERSION).................

As of today, this is what my iDrive unit reported;
ASK: 7.6.6 hex
KOMBI: 6.11.16 hex
FOND MMI: 6.87.0 hex
MMI: 6.87.0 hex
CD CHANGER: 6.4.4 hex
AMFM TUNER: 6.9.4 hex
AMPLIFIER: 8.6.0 hex
SPEECH REC: 7.9.0 hex
TV TUNER: 6.9.26 hex
MM CHANGER: 6.4.0 hex

Keep in mind that I have the rear entertainment option and some of the items on above list might not be available.

Also, i'm not sure if I have the most current software version but if you all take time to check out yours and post 'em here we can compare.

Hope this helps.

djdecko 03-22-2012 02:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pkathee (Post 6720394)
Guys,
To check current Software Version, follow these steps.

1. In Basic Menu display (N,S,E,W), press down the iDrive Controller for 6 seconds.
Hint: The help text flashes briefly when it is ready.
2. Turn Controller 3 increments clockwise. (Increment means click)
3. Turn Controller 3 increments counter clockwise.
4. Turn Controller 1 increment clockwise.
5. Turn Controller 1 increment counter clockwise.
6. Turn Controller 1 increment clockwise.
7. Press Controller to confirm.
8. Enter "MOST Devices" menu.
9. You will see a sub-menu (Item number, Hardware number, Coding index, Diagnosis index, Variant index, Date of manufacture, Name of manufacture, Message- catalog version, the finally SOFTWARE VERSION).................

As of today, this is what my iDrive unit reported;
ASK: 7.6.6 hex
KOMBI: 6.11.16 hex
FOND MMI: 6.87.0 hex
MMI: 6.87.0 hex
CD CHANGER: 6.4.4 hex
AMFM TUNER: 6.9.4 hex
AMPLIFIER: 8.6.0 hex
SPEECH REC: 7.9.0 hex
TV TUNER: 6.9.26 hex
MM CHANGER: 6.4.0 hex

Keep in mind that I have the rear entertainment option and some of the items on above list might not be available.

Also, i'm not sure if I have the most current software version but if you all take time to check out yours and post 'em here we can compare.

Hope this helps.

Great Idea. Here is what mine is showing.

As of today, this is what my iDrive unit reported;
ASK: 7.6.5 hex
KOMBI: 6.11.16 hex
MMI: 6.87.0 hex
CD CHANGER: 6.4.4 hex
AMFM TUNER: 6.9.4 hex
AMPLIFIER: 7.5.0 hex
SPEECH REC: 7.5.0 hex
MM CHANGER: 6.4.0 hex
TELEFON *6.4.D hex*
NAVIGATION *8.4.4 hex*

pkathee 03-22-2012 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by djdecko (Post 6720490)
Great Idea. Here is what mine is showing.

As of today, this is what my iDrive unit reported;
ASK: 7.6.5 hex
KOMBI: 6.11.16 hex
MMI: 6.87.0 hex
CD CHANGER: 6.4.4 hex
AMFM TUNER: 6.9.4 hex
AMPLIFIER: 7.5.0 hex
SPEECH REC: 7.5.0 hex
MM CHANGER: 6.4.0 hex
TELEFON *6.4.D hex*
NAVIGATION *8.4.4 hex*

It seems like we certainly have identical updates other than the following; ASK, Amplifier and Speech Rec.

Also, from your list I am missing the Telefon and Navigation options. And you are missing Fond MMI and TV Tuner per my list. Seems like BMW may have used different most device names........

Anyway, let's have a different 7 owner who believes he/she has the latest software. That way, we will be able to tell how bad we need the updates.

umermariner 06-26-2012 09:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pkathee (Post 6720394)
Guys,
To check current Software Version, follow these steps.

1. In Basic Menu display (N,S,E,W), press down the iDrive Controller for 6 seconds.
Hint: The help text flashes briefly when it is ready.
2. Turn Controller 3 increments clockwise. (Increment means click)
3. Turn Controller 3 increments counter clockwise.
4. Turn Controller 1 increment clockwise.
5. Turn Controller 1 increment counter clockwise.
6. Turn Controller 1 increment clockwise.
7. Press Controller to confirm.
8. Enter "MOST Devices" menu.
9. You will see a sub-menu (Item number, Hardware number, Coding index, Diagnosis index, Variant index, Date of manufacture, Name of manufacture, Message- catalog version, the finally SOFTWARE VERSION).................

As of today, this is what my iDrive unit reported;
ASK: 7.6.6 hex
KOMBI: 6.11.16 hex
FOND MMI: 6.87.0 hex
MMI: 6.87.0 hex
CD CHANGER: 6.4.4 hex
AMFM TUNER: 6.9.4 hex
AMPLIFIER: 8.6.0 hex
SPEECH REC: 7.9.0 hex
TV TUNER: 6.9.26 hex
MM CHANGER: 6.4.0 hex

Keep in mind that I have the rear entertainment option and some of the items on above list might not be available.

Also, i'm not sure if I have the most current software version but if you all take time to check out yours and post 'em here we can compare.

Hope this helps.

Now.. the question is :)
What is the latest firmware that we should have?
and if I have 2006, I dont think I can update it to 2012 firmware... right???
Thanks.

dontaewsu 06-27-2012 02:15 PM

Yeah i'd like to see what does the latest versions fix. No sense updating to just update

chrisrees 12-10-2012 04:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by umermariner (Post 6919403)
Now.. the question is :)
What is the latest firmware that we should have?
and if I have 2006, I dont think I can update it to 2012 firmware... right???
Thanks.

Does anyone know what the latest firmware is?

chrisrees 12-20-2012 03:41 PM

BTW thanks for this, mine was almost a decade out of date. I will post the updated versions tomorrow.

drecoop 12-20-2012 05:04 PM

what does updating the Idrive acuatlly do? I have an 04 and if I update the i drive will it look like the facelight Idrive screen with more color and all that? Or is it just a system update.

sirstopher 12-20-2012 08:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by drecoop (Post 7262673)
what does updating the Idrive acuatlly do? I have an 04 and if I update the i drive will it look like the facelight Idrive screen with more color and all that? Or is it just a system update.

System programming.

DarkEagle 12-21-2012 10:29 AM

i'm trying to buy an e66 here in hong kong, pre-facelift models. i hope it already has an update on the one that i might buy coz you really need a bit of a fortune to get to talk to ANYBODY of BMW Hong Kong

chrisrees 12-22-2012 11:30 PM

I've had all of the software updated. Some versions were really behind. Seems to now shift smoother, accelerate smoother, and shifting from p r d back p the thump is gone. And when starting car in cold from p to r that thump is gone. This is day 2 could be just a fluke though.

daman4d00 12-23-2012 05:45 PM

I just had my 06' 750li at the dealer on the 19th of Dec for the soft door recall and while it was there the stealership said that they would check my software for the latest versions. so here is what I came away with.
ASK: 9.7.7
KOMBI: 6.15.2
MMI: 6.A6.0
CD CHANGER: 6.3.38
AMFM TUNER: 6.8.B
AMPLIFIER: 8.6.0
SPEECH REC: 7.F.1
MM CHANGER: ----
TELEFON: 9.6.8
NAV: 9.3.C
As far as I know theses are the latest up dated versions...(according to the stealer-ship) I hope this info helps....

whytry 04-28-2014 05:15 PM

anybody done this themselves? I know its an older thread but wanted to see if anybody has done it or what is the reason to do it.. I know one of the members said its acts a little different but to me thats not reason to take it to the dealership. I had it scanned at a BMW shop and they said my computer needs to be updated to the latest versions and it could fix some of the smaller issues Im having, but Ive since found out it could be due to my battery being replaced before I got the car and wasnt coded to the car...

N they wanted like $500 to update the computer.....


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