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Old 08-18-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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Question Radio head unit brightness

Yesterday I upgraded to a newer head unit so that I can run an aux port. I noticed today that the display brightness is dimmer than my old head unit and dimmer than the climate control display. I'm wondering if this is a setting that I can adjust or if it's just and old tired display. I did some searching and couldn't really find an answer.
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Old Today, 08:45 AM   #2
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Perhaps the wiring is different on the car harness or radio side. The brightness may be a different wire
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Actually if you don't turn your headlights on they should be at max brightness
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Headlights on or off make no impact, the new unit is just always dimmer, about half as bright as the old one. Can't figure it out but I guess the display brightness is a sacrifice I can deal with in order to have my iPod hooked up. Still annoying tho!
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Old Today, 10:52 AM   #5
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Check your radio's connections. The lighting is supposed to be on par with the climate control and there is a light sensor by the LCM (your headlight switch) that determines the interior lighting brightness.
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Old Today, 11:07 AM   #6
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Will do, not too excited about having to pull the trim panels off again since my clips are beyond tired but it's possible something got messed up when I was putting everything in...
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Old Today, 11:49 AM   #7
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Is the new (to the car) head unit from a BMW?


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Old Today, 12:33 PM   #8
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Yes from an 04 e46. Mine as an 01.
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Yes from an 04 e46. Mine as an 01.
I hate to burst your bubble, but all you had to do was purchase a Quidzel unit for $40 to get an auxillary input. Its an easy 30-45 minute install and I've done the upgrade myself.

Check out this thread I created when I bought the unit. It has pics on how to do it if you decide to return the new head unit and go back to the old one.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1043683

http://quidzel.com

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Well god dammit I really wish unwound have known about this like 2 weeks ago.
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Gonna go ahead and put the old one back in and use this option. The brightness is bothering me, as is the crappy radio reception (even though I hardly ever use the radio)
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Well god dammit I really wish unwound have known about this like 2 weeks ago.
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Oh believe me I did search, but this never came up anywhere. Ugh!
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