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Old 04-26-2010, 05:13 AM
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E53 nav retrofit

Hi, I've looked through the site but can't seem to get the answer I need! I am about to retrofit nav into my X5. Today I did a test run in the back of the car to see if it all worked and most of it did (I basically plugged everything together and added my loom to the main loom of the car). There was power to the CD changer, the nav computer and the board monitor. However, although the screen did come on when I turned the ignition on - I could get nothing more than a blank screen - none of the menu screens that I was expecting. I know you have to get the car recoded for the nav to work in sync with the rest of the cars electrics but does anyone know if the car has to be recoded to get the menu screens??

Notes: I have a replacement loom (not retrofit loom) and at the time of my "test" it was connected to the nav computer, board monitor, CD changer and BM54 radio. The radio antenna, GPS antenna were all connected but the speakers were not. I swapped the 12 pin plug in the rear of the car (near the bluetooth unit) and plugged in the additional 2 pin plug next to it.

The only other things that weren't connected were a white 18 pin and a blue 18 pin connector (located near the radio connector) and an additional antenna connector - all this I imagine is for tv or video??

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:28 AM
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The White and blue connectors are for the TV module, and they interrupt the video signal from the nav. Without something plugged in the video is not fed to the LCD. You could try plugging the blue connector into the nav aftre first checking the pinouts match on the WDS.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:53 AM
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thanks Big bob!

I actually have a video module from an E46 with the correct connectors so I'll plug that in too and see if it all works.
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:03 AM
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Yes it will get you going. Check the part numbers as the video modules weren't 16:9 in the early days, but that only affects the TV picture.
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