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Old 06-29-2007, 11:39 PM   #1
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OEM MkIV BMW DVD Navigation firmware update

Well thanks to the awesomeness that is x5world and their extensive technical threads, I was able to update my OEM BMW Navigation firmware to the latest and greatest version. Understand that I did not write most of this, I just rewrote a bit of it and tailored it to my needs. Again, many thanks to x5world.

This DIY is for the MkIV DVD OEM BMW Navigation System only!!!

Important: You can not simply do this procedure with the same version of firmware already on the NAV unit. If your NAV unit has V29 installed already and you create a new CD with V29 then it will not update the splash. You need to either upgrade or downgrade to a new or old unmodified version. Then re-install the newly modified splash version of the firmware. This is so the NAV recognizes that there is a new update.

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Keep in mind that changes will be made to system ROM files and could seriously damage your navigation computer. The provided set of tools which will accomplish the aforementioned task are not Guaranteed to work 100%. As always, you take on any liability and responsibility for damages. If you need help try searching this thread first. Now with that out of the way here's a step by step guide. You will need some manipulation tools installed first.

Changes:
- BMW Nav firmware version 29.1 (4-1/91)
- Custom Splash (boot) screen) [OPTIONAL]
- USA English female voice changed to Great Britain English voice [OPTIONAL]

Step One
Download latest firmware (v29.1) - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TNC9LTY2

Step Two
Obtain UltraISO and Navtweak

Step Three
Using UltraISO, extract NAV_SW.mdf

Step Four
Changing the splash image

1. Load image onto PC
2. Locate "navboot" file. Usually located in \V_2\RR\0101\BMWC01S\app_sw\
3. Copy "navboot" to hard drive on PC
4. Using navtweak open "navboot"
5. Once opened, click "Image"
6. Now in the "rombitmaps" box highlight the first entry and using cursor scroll down to the image that you will change. Located at line 14.
7. Now select the gif you want to change by right-clicking on the line and selecting "save"
7. NOTE! the new splash image has to fit the screen so you'll have to edit it (with Paint, PhotoShop, etc...) by making sure that it has aspect ratio of Width 400 x Height 234 x Depth 8bit 96X96dpi, single frame. And saved as a *.GIF file
8. If the new gif image is larger than 4544KB then you'll need to check the box "Do not check file size"
9. If you're running into a problem with images not being recognized even after they meet the specs in step 7. Then you need to check the box read "complicated" gifs.
10. Now select the gif you want to load by right-clicking on the line and selecting "replace"
11. Voila!! now you have a new splash that will startup

I chose this:


Step Five
Changing the language

Navigate to
V_2/Voices/0502

rename usa_f.csf to 1usa_f.csf
rename gb_f.csf to usa_f.csf
rename 1usa_f.csf to gb_f.csf

V_2/language/0103

rename usa4f.tsf to 1usa4f.tsf
rename gb4f.tsf to usa4f.tsf
rename 1usa4f.tsf to gb4f.tsf

AND

V_2/language/0105

rename usa4f.tsf to 1usa4f.tsf
rename gb4f.tsf to usa4f.tsf
rename 1usa4f.tsf to gb4f.tsf

Step Six
Creating the Image

1. Start UltraISO (you will see window split into four sections)
2. Goto File->Open (locate the Navigation CD image of firmware) or Open CD/DVD
3. Once CD is loaded into "Image" window goto Actions -> Add Folder and replace \V_2\
4. You will be prompted to verify replacement. Select "yes"
6. Now you're ready to make the new ISO image. In the top left window labeled "Image", click the first entry (it will look like 20060220_120036 with a CD Icon) edit the line to reflect "NAV_SW" and press return
7. Goto File -> Save as .ISO

Step Seven
Burning the image to CD

1. Open UltraISO
2. Goto File -> Open and select NAV_SW.iso
3. Once open, Goto Tools -> Burn CD/DVD image
4. Change the write speed to the minimum setting then click "Burn"

Step Eight
Flashing the NAV system

1. Go to your vehicle and turn the ignition switch to position 1.
2. Let the navigation system boot up and get into a normal operating mode.
3. Leaving the system on (never turn the power off during these steps!!) eject the navigation DVD from your drive unit.
3. Load the new burned V29 disk into your Nav unit.
5. Watch your screen and be patient. Once it find the disc, the monitor will turn off.



6. A few minutes later, the monitor will turn back on. It says it will take 6 minutes to do the upgrade, but it doesn't take that long. When itís done it will eject the CD automatically.





7. Put your navigation DVD back in the drive and make sure everything is working properly.

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Old 07-03-2007, 02:38 PM   #2
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Talking Great post

I just did the upgrade on my 03 M3 just now and it took about 2 minutes to upgrade/reboot. Graphics look so much better! Thanks for the .gif also!

As per the instructions, there were a few things missing:

1) You need to download for NavTweak to work:
GTK+/Win32 Runtime Environment (5.2 MB):
http://gladewin32.sourceforge.net/

2) Save NAVBOOT file if you make changes.

Those are the only things that confused me. Other than that. Sweet upgrade! Thanks!
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Old 07-05-2007, 10:07 AM   #3
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Thanks for the step by step!
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:42 PM   #4
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Wow, so you can a DVD option to your oem navigation? amazing.

can this be done on a 2002 OEM navigation? And can you use the DVD + Navigation while the car is motion?
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Old 08-08-2007, 11:48 AM   #5
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Not sure what is going on but, cant really follow step SIX??? When changed the Navboot file, how are you supposed to put it back in to the v29.mdf file?
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Old 08-13-2007, 01:34 AM   #6
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Not sure what is going on but, cant really follow step SIX??? When changed the Navboot file, how are you supposed to put it back in to the v29.mdf file?
You don't want to put it back into the a .mdf file. That was a merely cd image file that all the data was stored in. In this case you want to leave it in the structure was extracted from the image, turn into the .iso image file, and finally burn it onto a cd.

I just did all the changes. Hopefully, I did them correctly. Going to try the cd out tomorrow morning.
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Old 08-29-2007, 05:04 AM   #7
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I just burned the CD as-is without using Navtweak, worked great.

I heard that 29.1 supported 3D and zipcode searches, anybody been able to get those features to work on the E46?
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Old 08-29-2007, 05:23 AM   #8
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I just burned the CD as-is without using Navtweak, worked great.

I heard that 29.1 supported 3D and zipcode searches, anybody been able to get those features to work on the E46?
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:44 AM   #9
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Does this mean you can watch DVD movies on your OEM navi?
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:20 AM   #10
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Does this mean you can watch DVD movies on your OEM navi?
No, but we have a number of devices that will allow you to get DVD video on the NAV screen, the most popular being the Dietz 1250.

More info can be found here:

Dietz Video Multimedia Interface - 1250
http://www.europeanautosource.com/pr...roducts_id=336

Let me know if you have any further questions on the system, I'd be glad to help.
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:38 AM   #11
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can we run this disc on the MK3......i know that itll only update to v22 tops though no matter the disc.

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Old 11-12-2007, 07:44 PM   #12
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The splash screens can be changed on the MKIII also. You will not get Perspective view like the MKIV units.
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Just wanted to add my two cents

Very good upgrade writeup. But for those that are not clear on some of the instructions provided.


1) I used Winzip version 11.1 w/ .rar support to extract two files from the downloaded V29 file (BMW V29.RAR). The extracted files were V29.mdf and V29.mds. I extracted them to a folder "BMW Download/V29". You can use UltraISO as the poster mentioned. After you open UltraISO, look for the window marked "Local" and in that window navigate to the folder where you have the "BWM V29.RAR" file. Select the folder and all its contents should show up in the window to the right. Select the "BMW V29.RAR" file. There is a set of about 7 icons above filename, select the one that says "Add" and a copy of the file will be copied in the window directly above. Right click on the copied file and click "Extract To". Both of the files I mentioned earlier should be extracted. I tried it but for some reason it would not extract the files...just kept saying "In Progress". There is always the Winzip option if UltraISO doesn't work

2) "Step Three - Using UltraISO, extract NAV_SW.mdf". To do this simply go to "File -> Open" and select V29.mdf Click 'OK' to continue. You might see a prompt that says "File name changed, save it?" I just said 'no'...but you could do whatever you want.

3) Step Six is basically about going to \V_2\RR\0101\BMWC01S\app_sw\ and replacing the current 'navboot' file with the file you just updated if you changed any of the settings with Navtweak. Just drag new 'navboot' file to the location the old file is located, save as an ISO image.
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So I completed the installation...but guess what

Now my "M" Logo doesn't appear...and neither does the accept screen! It just goes right to the radio functions...anyone else experienced this?
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Now my "M" Logo doesn't appear...and neither does the accept screen! It just goes right to the radio functions...anyone else experienced this?

Forget my last comment....left the car and came back 10 mins later and everything is okay now!
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Old 11-28-2007, 05:10 AM   #17
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how can i check the version of firmwere and is it MK3 ot MK4 ...
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MKIII is CD based, MKIV is DVD.
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Will there be another update ever again?
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Will this work on 2003 745li?
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