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Old 04-09-2008, 01:34 PM
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DVD Changer in Glove Box


I've got a UK MY2008 E70 with the professional sat/nav, TV, Rear DVD and upgraded sound.

Threads on this board and the user manual state that I should be able to play DVD's to the front screen through the single slot player in the dash and through the 6 disc changer in the glove box.

I've tried and it doesn't work. The entertainment menu only shows me CD, I don't get the DVD option. If I press on CD through the idrive it tells me that no suitable media is installed in the changer/single slot.

Do the UK cars enable DVD's to be played to the front? Can someone in the UK test this please? If the UK can't, why the flipping heck not?

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Old 04-10-2008, 02:20 AM
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Anyone pls?
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Old 04-10-2008, 04:28 AM
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I believe the DVD changer is only an option on the UK-Spec 08 X5s. I'm sure I read that somewhere, but I could be wrong. I believe you can play DVDs through the Nav Drive (i.e. the lower of the two) not the single slot CD drive (upper).

Edit: tried a DVD in my Nav Drive, and nothing happens. I do know however that a DVD with MP3s is readable. Obviously no software included to show movies, just read data. Mine is an 07, but perhaps viewing DVDs is blocked due to UK/european safety regs.

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Old 04-10-2008, 10:24 AM
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I think you're right re it being blocked.

I got a call back from BMW UK today and they confirmed that the UK spec cars cannot play a DVD movie from any of the factory fitted devices (nav dvd, single slot & 6 disc changer) to the front screen.

I guess we're just unlucky in that we can't and other countries can.

If this is for legislative purposes it seems rather inconsistent in that the UK cars can be specced with the TV option (which I have).

I can't see the problem/risk in having DVD's played to the front screen if they turn off, as the TV does, when you move the selector from P

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Old 04-10-2008, 02:49 PM
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I have the dvd changer but haven't tried any dvds yet, I'll post later with results.
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Old 04-10-2008, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by RelaxdatmospR
I have the dvd changer but haven't tried any dvds yet, I'll post later with results.
The OP has a UK model question. There is no question about the U.S. model DVD changer. It plays DVDs.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:48 AM
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Yes, my X5 from Netherlands with DVD changer also plays on the front screen and of course the screen is locked when driving.
One good thing, when you play Music DVD's you can actually enjoy Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 playback.That's kinda cool. At first I thought this was not possible, but after selecting the right sound track and setting the sound to Surround it worked.

I do have an outstanding question @ BMW why the DVD changer does not play DVD's on the Back Screen. Isn't that strange?
It's simply not connect and this is certainly why I upgraded to the DVD changer, to be able to have multiple DVD's loaded for playback on the back screen.
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:42 PM
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I too have premium sound and the DVD changer... didn't really want it, but the car had every other option the way I wanted it. I'm eagerly awaiting the new Invision entertainment specs. I'm hoping it will have an option to play DVD's from the front factory changer to their rear screens. If not, I'm tempted to pull out my screwdriver and tinker around with it.
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Old 04-14-2008, 04:56 PM
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My dealer says that in order to link the DVD Changer video to the rear screen, you also need to unblock the "TV in motion" security screen.
I'm not convinced that this is true, but who knows.

Also, they claim to have exeperience with people enabling the TV in Motion, that this might stop working with a software update.
Also not a very convincing argument.

I guess they simply don't want us to mess around with all of this,

The main question remains: Why sell a DVD changer if you can't use it (on the back screen) while driving.
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:24 PM
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I don't have rear DVD installation but DVD changer in the glove box, Pro navigation screen as weel as TV-tuner.
Video DVD works well on the front screen with Dolby Digital sound if you select it.
I have installed a cable for unlocking TV on motion so my passengers can enjoy DVDs while driving.
You may also play audio CD.

I just have a bug: english subtitles are selected by default and I didn't find how to change this default.
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