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Old 22nd February 2009, 16:32   #1
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BMW iBus hack program - NavCoder

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I have no affiliation to the programmer nor to the builder of the USB interface.

As always, just sharing great info when I find them.

Summary:

Finally, one guy wrote a program that can tap into the BMW iBus and users are now able to reprogram navigation computers and other iBus devices!
Trips to the stealer to do recoding can now be done at home!

Its called NavCoder.

It's compatible with E46 3 series, E39 5 series, E38 7 series, X5, Z4, Mini, etc.






Top level features:
  • Scan the iBus and retrieve information on every connected device (audio system, telephone, air condition, navigation, lights, etc.)
  • Pull service information, last service data, etc.
  • Code light control module and switch off individual light bulb warning messages! No more load resistors or light out fault messages!
  • Code the navigation computer and set any settings you like (languages, adjust split screen mode, change region settings, everything!
  • Code TV, TV in motion, change back up camera to NTSC to PAL.
  • Code Bluetooth telephone module, enable voice recognition, speed dependent volume, etc.
  • View iBus info in real time.
  • Read fault codes, etc.
(Note: This is all based on what I have read so far on the X5world and the NavCoder website. I have not tried the program yet as I am still waiting for my USB interface order to arrive.)

With the software, we need a USB iBus interface to plug in to the beast from PC / Laptop.

Cost:
Software and iBus interface is made in Europe and costs about $90.00 total. (Software is free but registration code costs around $60.00. This fee pays for the programmers time invested to create the program.)

I will post updates once I've tried the program.
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Old 22nd February 2009, 16:51   #2
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Thats actually quite interesting. I wonder if this will give you the ability to mod the way that the main menu looks on the MK4 software?
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Yeah, being a regular at X5world this started to be just a program to enhance or modify the NAV OS but soon turned out to be more than that. I have not personally tried it as I don't have any intentions on messing around with the system thru this interface.

But I'd be interested to read about your findings, Dan. Have fun but don't go too crazy with this...
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NavCoder is a fantastic program. I've used it on a few BMWs, most recently for kicking off the pairing (as I chose not to get an eject box) for my bluetooth retrofit.


If you want to mod the menus, etc. you would need to use NavTweak. I've used NavTweak to change my startup screen as well as change the accept button text.

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Would be interesting to see if NavCoder can unlock/set the "WindowUp" feature from the remote.
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Thats actually quite interesting. I wonder if this will give you the ability to mod the way that the main menu looks on the MK4 software?
That can be done using NavTweak as indicated above. It is not nearly as easy as it sounds, but you can customize the order of the selections on the menu, change the text, change pics, etc.

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Would be interesting to see if NavCoder can unlock/set the "WindowUp" feature from the remote.
I'm pretty sure, although I may be mis-remembering, that that feature lives on the K-bus, not the IBus, and thus while it can be read using Navcoder, you cannot change the programming itself.

then again, maybe they've figured it out already and Dan can share with us how!

Remember, the hard part about things like Navcoder is not accessing the Bus, it is knowing which device on the bus you are talking to and what the various codes you can send it do. Navcoder is an awful lot of reverse engineering wrapped into one neat package, but it is still far from a complete digest of Bus codes...

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Would be interesting to see if NavCoder can unlock/set the "WindowUp" feature from the remote.
No, but another application that starts with an N will do it (NCS Expert).
It's somewhat tedious to get working, but it can be done, and gives you the benefit of being able to change some other settings.

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another navcoder advocate here, worked for me. Jochen is always updating it, and very quick to reply to emails etc.
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