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Old 08-12-2011, 03:04 AM
JackFunOne JackFunOne is offline
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Location: Athol, MA
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Nav Screen Blank White...Requesting any Experience or Insights

Hello, I'm Jack, a new to me owner of a beautiful 2001 black on black 540i/6 Sport. Man, I love this car. I will love it more if I can figure fix the bright white screen. I have searched and read for three days. I've tried most if not all of the tired and tested DIY fix jobs. No joy, though. So, as a last hope, I thought I'd send out and SOS.

OK, here the case:
Prior Owners told me that the NAV (MK III) unit sometimes works and sometimes does not. I'm in day 5 of ownership. Almost always stays blank white. Occasionally the screen will go black. When I open the door and turn on the key, it lights up bright white. Then, it occasionally go black with a few vertical lines, then, go back to blank white. Very irritating at night.
1. Radio always works..
2. I have tired the reset fix, no joy.
3. The Nav unit in the trunk has a red LED light on when I start the car, then goes out..
4. When I insert a map disk, it accepts it, spins, still blank white screen.
5. Downloaded very 32 and prior version. Inserted the disk. The Nav unit accepts it, spins for a few seconds, then spits it out?? Anyone know why?
6. I posted this issue on BimmerForoum, response is that Nav unit is faulty.
7. I have a line on a MK III for 3 bills, BUT, I do not know if the issue is the Nav Unit or the display screen???? Or is it software? Or is it a wiring issue. The blank white display goes black with a few vertical lines when I go over bumps. Anyone know how difficult it would be to get to all the wires from the trunk to the Dash Display?

If anyone has had the same problem, please hook me up. I know time is valuable. If you anyone can help me get to a successful conclusion, I'll gladly compensate you for helping me. I'm truly mad dog desperate. I know it would be easier to just go out and buy the MK V and new screen, but I am not prepared to go there yet. Front end is clunking over slow bumps so I think I have to prioritize some cash for the common linkage issue or ball joints or whatever is causing the slow speed clunking.

Anyways, please chime in here if you have any ideas whatsoever.

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