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Discussion of BMW's 4th generation E65/E66 7 Series flagship. The E65 generated much controversy, due to its radical styling and iDrive user difficulties. Nonetheless, the E65 broke records to become the best-selling 7-series iteration ever, especially after its 2005 facelift.

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Old 11-06-2016, 06:41 AM
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Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) retrofit w/ E70 DVD drive?

I was investigating a retrofit of the factory Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) into an E70 recently. I decided against it but determined the main DVD drive was also used in the Chinese long wheel base E60, where it supported two monitors. ETK shows the DVD drive as having it's first supercession in Nov 2006, which means a part was in production before then. Considering it uses the K-CAN (body bus) for communication, I wondered if it was ever designed to exist in the E65 7-series. So I removed the communication wires from my PDC module and temporarily hooked them up a partially functioning E70 RSE DVD drive...

Sure enough, it showed up immediately in ISTA/D. I was surprised that it's shown on the MOST bus, when in fact it's only hooked up to the K-CAN High and Low wires. I was able to read errors and look at diagnostics, which means the ZGM is passing the requests on to the K-CAN bus. The IR fault was logged when the unit was connected to a lower mileage E70, then the K-CAN when I was bench testing.
The next question is whether or not the CAS would pass along the wireless RF remote control commands?! If so, I see no reason you couldn't retrofit this into our E65/E66 if all you want is a rear DVD player and one or two screens. This drive supports two 8" displays in the Chinese E60, which would be an upgrade from the E65 6.5". The E70 training literature mentions a micro-switch to wake up the screens, which is likely just an on-off type.

Here is a link to my findings when hooked up to an E70.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...&highlight=rse

Here is stuartjohn24's excellent thread on the OEM RSE retrofit:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...&highlight=rse
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