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Old 07-02-2009, 05:14 AM   #1
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How to change voice audio to use in Navi?

Hi there,

My doubt is, how can I change the audio GPS indications to another language (Portuguese, my language).

I mean, English it's totally ok for me, but if I could put it in Portuguese it would be better in my case, naturally, because if I want to sell the vehicle it's another plus on it.

The menus are already changed using NavTweak and all is in Portuguese, but I can't figure how to change the audio commands.

By the way, I'm sure this is possible because other people that I know have it, the problem is, everybody who have this, is selling it and I didn't wanted to be spending almost $200 only to have my system talking in PT because for that I do it myself.

If someone could help me I would be very pleased.

Thank you very much in advance.

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Old 07-02-2009, 05:45 AM   #2
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When i retrofitted Nav in my car (all parts used from ebay), the Nav computer had two languages programmed : USA (US English) and ES (Spanish). Those language and voice files are located on the Nav Firmware disc. So i used NavCoder to change the Nav computer language settings. It then asked me to insert the Nav Firmware CD to load the languages i selected (USA and FR) and i was done.

Here is wat i used :

1 - NavCoder (a free software, google it)
2 - A laptop
3 - A Reslers iBus interface (www.reslers.de)
4 - A USB or serial cable (depending on what Resler's interface you get)

With Resler interface and NavCoder, you can configure your Nav, Light Module, TV Module, and Bluetooth, so it payes for itself.

Hope it helps
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Hi

When i retrofitted Nav in my car (all parts used from ebay), the Nav computer had two languages programmed : USA (US English) and ES (Spanish). Those language and voice files are located on the Nav Firmware disc. So i used NavCoder to change the Nav computer language settings. It then asked me to insert the Nav Firmware CD to load the languages i selected (USA and FR) and i was done.

Here is wat i used :

1 - NavCoder (a free software, google it)
2 - A laptop
3 - A Reslers iBus interface (www.reslers.de)
4 - A USB or serial cable (depending on what Resler's interface you get)

With Resler interface and NavCoder, you can configure your Nav, Light Module, TV Module, and Bluetooth, so it payes for itself.

Hope it helps
Hi,

This may be definitely part of what I need. Now what I need more is, to know how can I change the language voice commands so when I "upload/upgrade" the system, it can be in PT.

Thanks for your kind help.

Best regards,
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Hi

When i retrofitted Nav in my car (all parts used from ebay), the Nav computer had two languages programmed : USA (US English) and ES (Spanish). Those language and voice files are located on the Nav Firmware disc. So i used NavCoder to change the Nav computer language settings. It then asked me to insert the Nav Firmware CD to load the languages i selected (USA and FR) and i was done.

Here is wat i used :

1 - NavCoder (a free software, google it)
2 - A laptop
3 - A Reslers iBus interface (www.reslers.de)
4 - A USB or serial cable (depending on what Resler's interface you get)

With Resler interface and NavCoder, you can configure your Nav, Light Module, TV Module, and Bluetooth, so it payes for itself.

Hope it helps
A few more things needed from here...

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Hi,

This may be definitely part of what I need. Now what I need more is, to know how can I change the language voice commands so when I "upload/upgrade" the system, it can be in PT.

Thanks for your kind help.

Best regards,
Pedro Lima

- NavCoder is not free. The free version is a trial version. The actual version is $20 to unlock it, which you'll need to do so to make any changes. NavCoder can be purchased here: http://www.siegenthaler.co.nz/NavCoder/

- You need the Nav OS software to upload the language files. v. 32 is the latest. Part # 01590141891. Its about $15 at your dealer. You'll need this.


Once you have Navcoder installed on your system, you then connect the Reslers interface to your CD changer input and the other end to a serial cable connect to a laptop. You make all changes to the car this way.

BTW, You can download NavCoder now and use the trial on your laptop. You can see all the menus, how to program languages etc from here.
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A few more things needed from here...




- NavCoder is not free. The free version is a trial version. The actual version is $20 to unlock it, which you'll need to do so to make any changes. NavCoder can be purchased here: http://www.siegenthaler.co.nz/NavCoder/

- You need the Nav OS software to upload the language files. v. 32 is the latest. Part # 01590141891. Its about $15 at your dealer. You'll need this.


Once you have Navcoder installed on your system, you then connect the Reslers interface to your CD changer input and the other end to a serial cable connect to a laptop. You make all changes to the car this way.

BTW, You can download NavCoder now and use the trial on your laptop. You can see all the menus, how to program languages etc from here.
Hi Sna77

I did not purchase/activate/register NavCoder, and the trial version allowed me to configure the Nav computer. The only time it asked for registration was when i tried to code the LCM.
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Hi,

This may be definitely part of what I need. Now what I need more is, to know how can I change the language voice commands so when I "upload/upgrade" the system, it can be in PT.

Thanks for your kind help.

Best regards,
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There are always people willing to help on the board, Pedro.

So here you go :

- Open NavCoder
- In the main menu go Code -> Navigation
- Click "Read Language"
- Select desired languages in the language section
- Click "Code Language"
- Follow instructions on your Nav screen

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There are always people willing to help on the board, Pedro.

So here you go :

- Open NavCoder
- In the main menu go Code -> Navigation
- Click "Read Language"
- Select desired languages in the language section
- Click "Code Language"
- Follow instructions on your Nav screen

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Thank you once again for your kind help.

The problem is, what I want to do is to install a new language, not to use those "default" languages that the system already have. I want to add a language that doesn't even exist officially in BMW (Portuguese).

It's very, very weird that this language doesn't exist, but it's true, unfortunately...

BUT, I've already seen people here in Portugal that was able to manipulate that and put the Portuguese language. Maybe by taking it from other GPS systems and putting it in BMW system, I don't know.

And that's what I really need to know!

If eventually someone knows how I can do that, it would be perfect.

Thanks in advance.
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Hi Sna77

I did not purchase/activate/register NavCoder, and the trial version allowed me to configure the Nav computer. The only time it asked for registration was when i tried to code the LCM.

Interesting... What version of NavCoder are you using? I downloaded the latest version a month or so ago and had to register...
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Thank you once again for your kind help.

The problem is, what I want to do is to install a new language, not to use those "default" languages that the system already have. I want to add a language that doesn't even exist officially in BMW (Portuguese).

It's very, very weird that this language doesn't exist, but it's true, unfortunately...

BUT, I've already seen people here in Portugal that was able to manipulate that and put the Portuguese language. Maybe by taking it from other GPS systems and putting it in BMW system, I don't know.

And that's what I really need to know!

If eventually someone knows how I can do that, it would be perfect.

Thanks in advance.
In this case, you must use NavSpeak. Allows you to replace the sound files on the OS Disc. You can take for example, the french sound files, and replace them by PT voice files. You can also create your own sound files. I am using my wife's voice speaking in french for the directions, wich is much sexier than the OEM voice
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Interesting... What version of NavCoder are you using? I downloaded the latest version a month or so ago and had to register...
It says "NavCoder v2.6.40 - Unregustered Version"
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In this case, you must use NavSpeak. Allows you to replace the sound files on the OS Disc. You can take for example, the french sound files, and replace them by PT voice files. You can also create your own sound files. I am using my wife's voice speaking in french for the directions, wich is much sexier than the OEM voice
Ahhh you're my hero!

Thank you VERY much! Hehe...

And so if I change, for instance, the UK version, I don't even need to acquire NavCoder neither the ibus connector, right? Just reinstall the firmware, isn't it?

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In this case, you must use NavSpeak. Allows you to replace the sound files on the OS Disc. You can take for example, the french sound files, and replace them by PT voice files. You can also create your own sound files. I am using my wife's voice speaking in french for the directions, wich is much sexier than the OEM voice

Can I have a copy of that? i would love to hear your wife speak to me in French when i drive. haa
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Ahhh you're my hero!

Thank you VERY much! Hehe...

And so if I change, for instance, the UK version, I don't even need to acquire NavCoder neither the ibus connector, right? Just reinstall the firmware, isn't it?

Thank youuuu
You're welcome, mate

As for the procedure, i modified teh FR voice files on the OS disc with NavSpeak. I then used NavCoder to make the system load IT and DE (to replace USA and FR in the Nav computer. I then changed the settings with NavCoder to USA and FR, wich made the system load my modified USA and FR voice file.
I may be wrong, but unless you use NavCoder to change language settings, the system will not load language files. If you are making an OS upgrade vrom v28 to v32, it will display "No loading of languages is required"

Sna77, Technic, or KiwiJochen, can you confirm ?
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Can I have a copy of that? i would love to hear your wife speak to me in French when i drive. haa

But anyway, my custom voice files woun't please you, they're full of codes/jokes that my wife and i have between us. For ex, instead of hearing "Proceed straight ahead", you could hear "Hey ! Fvcker ! Go head and stop looking and smiling at the hotties !!"
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But anyway, my custom voice files woun't please you, they're full of codes/jokes that my wife and i have between us. For ex, instead of hearing "Proceed straight ahead", you could hear "Hey ! Fvcker ! Go head and stop looking and smiling at the hotties !!"
Thats brilliant. Love it. Haaa
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You're welcome, mate

As for the procedure, i modified teh FR voice files on the OS disc with NavSpeak. I then used NavCoder to make the system load IT and DE (to replace USA and FR in the Nav computer. I then changed the settings with NavCoder to USA and FR, wich made the system load my modified USA and FR voice file.
I may be wrong, but unless you use NavCoder to change language settings, the system will not load language files. If you are making an OS upgrade vrom v28 to v32, it will display "No loading of languages is required"

Sna77, Technic, or KiwiJochen, can you confirm ?
Hi pal,

Now I have ANOTHER problem!

I've download the Portuguese voices from TomTom website. I've used Viftool to extract the ".vif" file and so I've got OGG files. I've then converted the OGG files into WAV and then I've "downgraded" the WAV quality to 16000Hz, 16bits and Mono, but even so the program NavSpeak still gives me an error when I try to upload that file.

The error is: "Error loading audio file 'data' chunk not found"

What is this?

How can I substitute the audio files?

Thank you in advance.

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Pedro, you're beyond my expertise here... There is a NavSpeak thread on x5world that you should check out. Lots of users of NavSpeak there...

http://www.xoutpost.com/electronics/navigation-system/
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