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Old 02-12-2015, 11:18 PM
skv skv is offline
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Diy: Navigation update

I have an X3 and I recently purchased two navigation DVDs. One is for the East US and the other is for the West US. I tried following the instructions that I was given with the DVD, but it didn't help very much. I also used this forum:
For MK I, MK II, MK III, and DVD-Top NAV systems (except for the E65 and E66), use the following software loading instructions:

1. Turn the ignition to position 1 (terminal R).

Do not cycle the key or perform diagnosis while installing the new software. Make sure that the power supply is stable, i.e., do not switch on any electrical loads.

1. Activate "GPS-Navigation" and acknowledge the screen disclaimer by pushing the rotary knob on the board monitor.
2. Remove the map CD from the navigation computer by pressing the "Eject" button.
3. Insert the navigation software CD (V17.1 P/N 01 59 9 789 299 index "x" for Mk III without the split screen; V32 P/N 01 59 0 141 891 index "y" for all other versions).
4. Mark I System (up to 9/97 production):

After a few seconds, the BMW roundel will appear on the board monitor and will be "filled in" clockwise to show the progress of loading (approx. 4-6 minutes).
Mark II System (from 9/97 production)
Mark III System (E46 from 06/00 and E38, E39, and E52 from 09/00 production)
DVD-Top navigation system (E46, E39, E52 from 09/02 and E53, E85 from 10/02 production):

After a few seconds, a menu of notes on the loading procedure and the "Progress" bar appear on the board monitor.

When the loading process has been completed, the message "Software has been successfully loaded" is displayed.

1. Remove the navigation system operating software CD and confirm the end of the loading process by pressing the rotary knob on the board monitor. "OK" appears in the display.

2. Drive the vehicle before delivering it to the customer to ensure that the navigation system is functioning and displaying (interstate icons) correctly.
but that didn't help either. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions?

All help is welcomed and very much appreciated.

Also I was wondering since I do have two DVDs; if I were to update the east and then west, will the east be deleted? since I just updated it with the west?

Thank you!
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Old 02-13-2015, 12:59 AM
russella russella is offline
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I don't know this for a fact. But the procedure you have described appears to be for updating the operating software, whereas the DVDs you have are I suspect are just the map/navigation data that is used by the software. Perhaps the first thing you need to determine is what version of the navigation operating software do you have on you car, then which version do the navigation DVDs require, if you then need to update the software, then find out where you can download the latest version of the software and use the procedure you already have to update it. After that, just put the navigation DVD in the DVD drive and the software will read it as and when required.
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