Dynavin Frequently Asked Questions....READ First
If you dont see your question here, post it and ill answer it and add it to the FAQ.
1: Whats the deal with all these V numbers?
Totally made up names to differentiate the various revisions that Dynavin has made to the E46 units. Versions 1-3 are basically the same, just some minor changes to circuitry and buttons, the V4s got rubber knobs and the V5 got new hardware and a new orange colored user interface to go with the new rubber knobs.
2: What AC control relocation kit do I need?
Look at the buttons....if they are all housed in the same button housing you need the "single row button" part. If you can see seams between the buttons or you have a single button with a "blank" filling in the rest of the are you need a "individual row button" part.
Multiple forum sponsors including myself carry them.
3: I have OEM Nav....what do I need to get to install a Dynavin?
If you have OEM Navigation your cars radio is actualy in the trunk! Because of this you will need to purchase the "5M Fakra Harness" that will extend all of the wiring from the radio in the trunk to the dynavin in your dash. The Fakra comes with an antenna extension and an extension for the steering wheel controls as well.
If you have an E39 with nav you will also need the OEM dash bracket from a non nav car for the dynavin to mount to. Part #51457037713. You can get this part from your dealer, ebay, Tischer BMW etc....
4: Will my steering wheel buttons still work?
Yes. Plug and play.
5: Will the E46 Dynavin work with my HK system?
Yes. Plug and play.
6: Will the E39 Dynavin work with my DSP system?
No, the DSP is a propriatory integrated system, the display on the dashboard is just a control unit and display, the amp, radio and all its functions are actually housed in the trunk. Because of its closed nature you cannot remove a part of the system and expect it to still operate. Because of this there are two options available. Option 1 is to relocate the dash mounted parts of the system to the trunk and/or glove compartment, info about how to do this can be found here:http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1553862
The second option is to bypass the factory amp altogether and install an aftermarket amp. This option is desirable if you want to upgrade your sound at the same time that you upgrade your head unit.
7: Can I watch TV on the Dynavin?
There is a television tuner available but it is a separate accessory. At this point there is only a tuner available for DVB-T markets (Europe and Australia primarily) A US ATSC tuner is expected around the end of 2010.
8: Do I need anything else?
You might want USB extensions so that you can easily access the USB plugs on the back of the unit once it is installed. There is a mini usb plug on the front that is tied internaly to one of the rear USBs and can be used to play music files and apply firmware updates but most people dont want a cord hanging off the dashboard and prefer to either use flush panel mount usbs or run the extensions to the glovebox. The dynavin also has an auxiliary audio video input, there are a number of cables that can be used with the aux in and which cord you might use depends on what you want to connect. The ipod video cord is the most common as it allows video to be played (the dynavins built in ipod cord is audio only)
9: Where can I get these cables?
From me of course....:D:D:D.....but any car audio shop should have the parts on the shelf.
10: How do I buy a Dynavin?
There are a few forum sponsors that sell them and of course I do too. See here: http://directory.e46fanatics.com/sit...nsor&SpCId=214 You can also contact dynavin directly and ask them where to buy....BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!!! Buy from reputable sources only.
11: What do these labels mean on the USBs and which ones should I use?
The dynavin has 2 systems running inside it, a radio/DVD/USB player and a Windows based small computer used to run the GPS system. So the "radio board" is connected to the "DVD USB" and the "windows board" is connected to the "GPS USB."
The DVD USB is used to play music/videos/pictures off a USB flash drive and is one of the selectable sources for the dynavins regular player interface. It is also used to update the firmware.
The GPS USB is used to connect to the windows board for things like the Wifi or 3G modem or the windows media player embedded in the windows menus.
12: Do I need to ground the "park" wire to make video work while the car is in motion?
No, the V5 has a setting in the radio menu called "brake," Turn it off. The V1-4 will need to have the "park" wire grounded, just tap it into the black wire on the dynavin harness or ground the wire directly to the chassis of the dyanivin using an existing screw.
13: What are these boxes with all the white/grey/green/purple wires hanging out?
The Line Output Converters, they reduce the output of the Dynavin to better match the factory amplifier, reducing and eliminating unwanted noise, if your car has an amp in the back corner of the trunk you should use them. All US cars have the amp, euro and asian cars can come either way. Installing them is easy, they go inline in the factory harness, just unplug all the bullet connectors in the factory harness and plug the LOCs into their corresponding color coded wires.
14: I hear lots of weird noises, static, beeps, etc...
15: My Steering wheel controls dont work!
The steering wheel interface (black box with a plug on one side and a "headphone" jack coming out of the other) should be plugged into the pigtail plug on the dynavin labled IR IN....NOT the plug on the back of the unit...that plug is for the bluetooth mic.
Take note here since everyone seems to mess this part up
The steering wheel control harness connects to the end of this cable...........
16: What is the best place to put the bluetooth mic?
Every install seems to be different but the general consensus seems to be that the built in mic works better than the external mic, I encourage you to experiment and see what works best in your car.
17: Will the Dynavin work with a backup camera?
Absolutely, there are many cameras available online as well as from some of the dynavin dealers. The dynavin has a dedicated plug for the camera and a wire that is tied in with the camera power wire so that when the backup camera is activated by the reverse lights, the dynavin will automatically switch to the backup cam.
18: The screens gives me a warning message when I try to watch a DVD or video?
One the V1-V4 you will need to ground the parking brake wire, on the V5 just go into the radio menu and turn off the setting labled "Brake"
19: Why is the time always wrong on the radio screen?
If you have RDS turned on, the Dynavin will get its time settings from the radio station you are listening to. If the radio station is broadcasting inaccurate RDS time data....your clock will be wrong on your dyanvin! Turn off RDS in the settings menu or call your local radio station and tell them to fix their RDS time settings!
20: Where is the setting to make the time 12 hour instead of 24? There is no setting, thats just the way it is.
21: Whats with all the different menus?
The Dynavin has two systems running in parallel. One system runs the radio, DVD/CD, ipod. USB etc.... The second system is running windows and is used to run the Nav program that is located on the SD card....this can be confusing initially as there are three separate menus, one for the radio etc... functions, one for the windows functions, and one for the navigation program functions. Once you spend some time with the unit and understand how it works you will better understand the different menus and how to use them.
22: Does the Dynavin have internet access?
It certaily can! Dynavin offers their 3G modem that can be plugged into one of the USB ports and when loaded with a data sim card allows access to the internet through a number of available browsers. There are also some "hacks" available from a third party to enable wifi tethering to a smartphone. http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=794137
23: What is the best way to use the ipod control?
Until Dynavin adds a "back" button to the ipod interface, using the touch screen controls can be a bit fidley. Dynavin has managed to enable steering wheel control with the latest firmware so that you can actually control the ipod completely via the steering wheel buttons, this works well enough, use the up and down buttons to move the cursor, the RT button to go back, and a long press of the talk button to select. However I find that the remote control is by far the easiest way to control the ipod while driving. Just use the arrow buttons and the "root" button on the lower part of the remote to move the cursor, skip pages, make selections and go back in the menus
24: What are all these other programs I keep hearing about?
The Dynavin will run any number of navigation programs, they just have to be placed on an SD card and if they are comaptible the dynavin will run them. It comes with iGo8 but iGo Primo is proving to be very popular, search the forums for details.
25: Everytime I touch the screen, the music comes from back speakers only.
Go into the windows menu (the one with the lowrider car) go to setup, go to volume, set "keystroke" to "non"
Then start the nav program, go to menu, go to settings, go to sounds, turn key sounds off and turn up the volume controls.
26: When I press the Nav button everything is in the wrong language or even "boxes"....
27: My Dynavin says "navigation software not found"
28: I can see the Navigation program but its in italian/chinese/etc...!
29: I did the above settings but every time I turn it off the Dynavin looses its memory!
For reasons I dont completely understand the dynavins sometimes dont hold their memory on the windows settings when new. This usually only lasts a day or two and then it will hold the settings. As far as I can tell there may be some kind of battery backup that needs to charge for a day or two in order for the memory to hold.
30: How do I get the firmware update for my V5
Contact your dealer....
31: Can I update my V1-4 to make it look like a V5?
No, the V5 has completely different hardware and firmware. The newer firmware is not compatible with the older hardware.
Useful Links Thanks to forum member "thejames" for compiling all of these links to all of the known Dynavin info out there on the web, great job James!
Installation into a car with 16:9 OEM Nav
DICE Install Guide (Trim removal/Cable Routing)
Centre Console Removal/Adding a 12v
Jeff's Dynavin FAQ Thread
Jeff's Dynavin Thread 1 (inc. Install)
Jeff's Dynavin Thread 2 (inc. Install)
e46fanatics Reverse Camera Install Info
diMka Skin Homepage
iGO 8.3 User Manual
iGO 8.0 User Manual
e46fanatics iGO Primo Tweaks/Systxt thread
Wolf NCU for Dynavin
I have the V1 and I stopped following all the new updates since I installed it. I see you cant update it to V5 firmware, but can I go from v1 to v4?
yes, but that doesnt accomplish much.....there were not any meaningful changes to the firmware that I know of....
Might be a stupid question but I'm going to be having a switch to turn the sub amp on and off. Does the Dynavin V5 have an Amp Remote on/off wire connection? As I don't see one?
I am still lovin my V4 and its the best upgrade that I have done too my car since I have had it. When i first put mine in and the car went in for a standard service the bmw dealer here was like WTF where did you get that and i had to take them through all the features lol.
Since Got mine from Jeff and shipped over here the unit has the built in analog tuner for the tv. I ran a cable from the tv antenna out into the glove box so when I wanted to I could hookup the tv. Now that I want to I want to know what antenna all you guys state side are using and where you got it from. ??
Bump for updates....by the way, if you are going to buy a dynavin it is now mandatory that you read this thread first....:D:D:D
Bump because this is mandatory reading if you are getting a dynavin.....:read:
Just got my Dynavin V5 unit today, i have read that their are some great guides to installing this on various threads, but i seem to be blind and can not find one, other than a few with a couple of pics.
I was hoping to get a guide, so that i can go off something to know where to place the GPS receiver and Digital TV antenna?
its not very hard to install, I have my GPS antenna in the dash near cluster, TV antenna hidden behind the roof liner top of the rear windscreen, ipod in the center console. If you're installing a reverse camera then do so while you have everything out so you don't have to pull it all out again. Not sure about the V5 but V4 on right hand drive cars (due to the angle) need the adapters for TV and radio (depending on the year of your car). If you still have problems PM for any specific answers. I have installed a few now and I think I've mastered the art :)
i have read most of your thread, but i cant find the answer to my question. apologize if it has been asked before. How do i differentiate V4 & V5?
if i understand correctly, V5 is made up name, not official name, so i assume it will not be written on the box. since the knob is the same for v4 and v5, i might not be able to differentiate those two.
please enlighten on the difference. (I meant physically)
Hey. Where is the most legit place to get one of these? Thanks!
Did you read this thread at all?
check out the first post of this wonderful thread. Check out Jeff's signature and you will find contact info for him and there you go. email him and get the process going.
^^^^yes.... Thats pretty much it
Installed mine today. Took about 3 hours start to finish. The thing is awesome! Better sound quality and obviously WAY more features than the business CD I had.
I got mine from Jeff. He's a great guy to deal with.
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