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Old 12-08-2012, 10:37 PM
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Arrow 2001 740i. LOST Multifunction display

2001 740i. New with the E38/740i car.
I lose my NAV/Radio/Multifunction display after disconnecting my battery for replacing the oil cover gasket.
When I reconnected the battery back, my display was blank. I called for help. Helper is not familiar with BMW. I could not started my car b/c I set the security code. After reading the manual, I could start my car again but still no display. Radio only works for ~3 min then stops.
1. Any thing I can do to bring back the multifunction display back? (the back light does work)
2. Do I need to take to dealer to fix it? or just any simple fuse or reset somewhere in the car that I could do?

Any help is greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

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Old 12-11-2012, 03:58 AM
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Try disconnecting your batt again. Leave it disco'd for about 20mins or so. When you disco the batt make sure you disco the negitive...not the positive. Reconnect and report back.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:03 AM
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Also try both terminal disconnect and joint them (NOT THE BATTERY TERMINALS) together. Resets a lot of stuff and might be a quick fix.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:17 PM
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Today 24 Dec 2012, I disconnect both positive and negative terminals and check the 2 fuses (27 & 47). They are not blown. I check them with an ohmmeter. After terminals are connected, the mutli function display is still blank! The back light is on because I check when the outside is dark. Does the multi function display device have its own fuse? the radio only plays for 2-3 mins then stops but I can change stations. It does hinder the operation of the car. The nav system and 6 cd charger in the trunk do work. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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