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      06-29-2007, 11:59 PM   #1
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BMW OEM MkIV Navigation System 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 and to make it a bit easier to accomplish. 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 V32 installed already and you create a new CD with V32 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 32
- Custom Splash (boot) screen) [OPTIONAL]
- USA English female voice changed to Great Britain female English voice [OPTIONAL]

Step One
Download latest firmware (v32) - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IP0KD0O0

Step Two
Obtain UltraISO and Navtweak
GTK+/WIN32 Runtime Environment

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 V32 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.

Images courtesy x5world.
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      06-30-2007, 09:37 AM   #2
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i just updated my v29 yesterday using winrar and imgburn.

questions:


1) when i DL navtweak, i extract it, open the folder and when i click on the program i get the message " this application has failed to start because libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll was not found. re-installing the application may fix this problem" so ive tried to DL it using the other ones and i still get the same message.

2) i can see you use navtweak to change the splash screen. now do i use that also to change the navi voice as described in step 5?
thanks unionjack!

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      06-30-2007, 10:10 AM   #3
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you'll have to downgrade to v28 then back up to v29 as the system will only update if it sees a different version.
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      07-01-2007, 11:05 PM   #4
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ok i dont see the audiotext option nor the GAL option.

can you explain what nav-vol +/- does? the manual tells how to adjust but not what it does..

also is there a way to select certain POI icons to show up on the map? such as gas station and restaurants..
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I get the same problem when running navtweak.exe failed to start because libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll was not found. re-installing the application may fix this problem"
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i just updated my v29 yesterday using winrar and imgburn.

questions:


1) when i DL navtweak, i extract it, open the folder and when i click on the program i get the message " this application has failed to start because libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll was not found. re-installing the application may fix this problem" so ive tried to DL it using the other ones and i still get the same message.

2) i can see you use navtweak to change the splash screen. now do i use that also to change the navi voice as described in step 5?
thanks unionjack!
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      07-04-2007, 04:46 AM   #6
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Sorry folks, I forgot about the GTK+/WIN32 Runtime Environment you need for navtweak. I updated my original post.

nav-vol +/- allows you to adjust the volume for the Nav voice.

- No, you do not use navtweak for the voice. Simply rename the voice files as described.
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Sorry folks, I forgot about the GTK+/WIN32 Runtime Environment you need for navtweak. I updated my original post.

nav-vol +/- allows you to adjust the volume for the Nav voice.

- No, you do not use navtweak for the voice. Simply rename the voice files as described.
is the nav -vol +/- same as using the nav voice in the settings?
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      07-14-2007, 12:27 AM   #8
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Using unionjack's instructions, I just changed my splash screen to this.
Name:  Z4M_splash.gif
Views: 64293
Size:  37.7 KB

If you have already upgraded to V29.1 and now want to add your own custom splash screen or make other changes, you can make a custom release of the SW so that your car will upgrade to include your new changes. Also from our friends over at X5world are the quick and easy instructions.
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Alternatively you can upgrade to your "custom" version by branding it to a number higher than 29.1: hex-edit files lng_rel.tbl and sw_rel.tbl in \V_2\RR\0101\BMWC01S. The first four bytes "0910" indicate the software version (29.10). You can simply edit the fourth byte to brand your custom version as 29.11.

These are binary files. Do not use but hex-editors with them.
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While downloading these files, I realized that they are exe files. What if i'm on a mac?
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I too am a Mac user. If you just want to download the latest version of the Nav Software and burn it without any tweaks, then just use "Disk Utility" and burn the image. I did that when I initially upgraded to V29.1

If you want to go ahead and add a custom splash screen to the image, you will be forced to use a Windows computer. I have Parallel's Desktop virtualization software on my iMac so I can run Windows XP side by side with my mac software. When I updated my splash screen I did all of the graphic editing on the mac side of things and then just used UltraISO and Navtweak on the windows side of things to create the new image and update the revision number.

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OK, I messed around with this last night on my husband's computer until about 1:30 a.m. Couldn't be more pleased with the results. My next step is to change the icon that represents where you are to be something that resembles my car. So if anyone has any Super Mario like graphics of our cars please post them. It needs to be something simple.

Here is my accomplishment.



And now I have 3d maps - though I'm not completely sure it comes from this update. I think it's the one where you go into the hidden menu and change some settings. I'll have to check on that.



I also put this picture up as the splash screen but I couldn't get it to show when I was there with the camera of course.

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i saw that you can change the picture of the sky on the x5 thread...ima bout to try that too!
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Here's an old one taken by a friend of mine. It's been dropped since then and I'll be ordering some goodies real soon that won't be revealed until it's complete.



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Figured it out.. Going down to try to install the disc. Wish me luck!

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okay. got it installed thanks to these instructions. Now when I turn off the car and restart it there is not warning or splash screen? Also my voice activation is still a male voice?
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kav,

I've found that the splash screen doesn't appear every time you start the car. I haven't figured out the rhyme or reason for when it does appear. It usually shows up after the car has been sitting for a while. Also, I don't think that the tweaks change the voice from "voice activation", but instead changes the voice of the spoken directions from the navigation. Somebody feel free to correct me if that's wrong.

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I've found that the splash screen doesn't appear every time you start the car. I haven't figured out the rhyme or reason for when it does appear. It usually shows up after the car has been sitting for a while. Also, I don't think that the tweaks change the voice from "voice activation", but instead changes the voice of the spoken directions from the navigation. Somebody feel free to correct me if that's wrong.

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Thanks for the reply.

I left the car for a while then restarted and this time only got the warning screen and no splash screen.
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Software Update

Hey Guys, I am new tp the site, I have looked over all these intructions, I am wondering if someone has the cds for me to just install. I would pay for them via pay pal. I am running an older mac, so it will be pretty difficult.
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Same for me. Anyone have a CD they can send me for a few bucks?
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