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Old 11-07-2010, 04:09 PM   #22
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If you dont see your question here, post it and ill answer it and add it to the FAQ.


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.

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.
Tischer BMW offers a good deal on them...check it out here:

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.

Will my steering wheel buttons still work?
Yes. Plug and play.

Will the E46 Dynavin work with my HK system?
Yes. Plug and play.

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.

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.

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)

Where can I get these cables?
From me of course.........but any car audio shop should have the parts on the shelf.

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.


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.

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.

I hear lots of weird noises, static, beeps, etc...
See above.

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...........

NOT here...........

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.

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.


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"

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!

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.

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

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


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.

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.

When I press the Nav button everything is in the wrong language or even "boxes"....
Do this:

My Dynavin says "navigation software not found"
Do this:

I can see the Navigation program but its in italian/chinese/etc...!
Do this:

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.

Firmware updates

How do I get the firmware update for my V5
Contact your dealer....currently you can also just follow this link: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=799537
Register on the dynavin forum then download, follow the instructions to the letter.

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.

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Old 11-07-2010, 04:27 PM   #23
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I will hit you up soon jeff i need one for x-mas!!
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:45 AM   #24
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Hey Jeff,

Can you PM me with a cost of V5 Unit and postage to AUS 4012... also availability and how to pay etc

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Old 11-09-2010, 02:29 PM   #26
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E-mailed to get on the list. So excited!

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Old 11-09-2010, 02:31 PM   #27
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hahaha....I hope it wont be that long....I saw your email...ill get back to you shortly....

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Old 11-11-2010, 05:44 AM   #28
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:13 AM   #30
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Is the oem tv and nav t he same, i have a 4:3 tv monitor and no nav unit

Do i still need a fakra?
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:15 PM   #32
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New Dynavins will start to ship monday, if you have an old reservation watch your email on monday, if you have a more recent reservation made in the last few weeks, you will hear from me around the end of the month.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:28 AM   #33
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I need to buy myself a nice christmas gift. PM me with a cost of V5 Unit included shipping to Norway. Also mention an approximate ETA and payment method

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Old 11-27-2010, 05:06 AM   #34
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Please PM me with V5 price shipping to Florida
Also what is the time frame for getting the unit?

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Old 11-30-2010, 04:49 PM   #35
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Please PM me with V5 price shipped to 60030 (IL) and time frame for getting the unit?
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:43 PM   #36
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Hey Jeff I emailed you 11/25 for a reservation. Any word on when to expect the shippment?
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:32 AM   #37
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you are number 13 on the incoming order....dynavin is currently telling me dec. 15. I will email you as soon as I see them....
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:28 PM   #38
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Hi Jeff,

New to the site - it looks like a great product and my complements on the work and information you provide. Looks like the list for the next shipment is full, but sent an e-mail to you about getting on the list. Looking forward to getting more involved on the site!

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Old 12-09-2010, 12:52 PM   #39
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I have a BIG shipment coming in right around christmas and will have plenty available. Even for those not yet on the list.
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Old 12-12-2010, 03:38 AM   #40
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do you have in stock? V5
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