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post #1 of 13 Old 4th March 2010, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Secret Menu and Nav Settings Questions

Heres a little DIY and guide on the secret menu, from the beginning through all the functions... I am sure most of you know this but for anyone who doesn't here is a little walkthrough. Do this at your own risk. I don't mess with settings before knowing what they are beforehand and recommend you refrain in the same manner.

From the start, go to Settings


Once you are in Settings, hold down Menu for about 10 seconds


It will take you to this menu


First section is "On Board Computer"


I really don't know what any of that means, but if you press Functions...


You get 3 options - Version, Key Settings, and Contrast. Contrast is pretty straightforward



I usually turn off my monitor when driving because its so bright and distracting, but this gives me a nice option to turn it down. I have it at -4. Next is Key Settings


I dont know what Key means, but that is where it was by default. I am also not sure what OBM increment sensor means. I assume Radio increment sensor has to do with the speed-volume increase level, which is something I will investigate later. It was strange that the next option over was FF instead of perhaps, 01, 02, etc... so I left it alone for now. Leave it alone for a second or two and the Function button will come back


This is computer version, probably not of use to any of us. Next (back from the Secret menu base menu) is Navi/Graphic Functions


Again probably not useful to any of us. Next on the secret menu is Video, which I can not access. After that...


GPS version. Then we have GPS Status, tells you the Latitude/Longitude and I even believe the current speed you are heading. Of course this was in my garage so I am at 0m/s


It bothers me that this menu knows the correct time but note on the bottom right that it does not know the date if someone can help me with that, I would appreciate it


The last function under GPS is more boring numbers

Probably one of the coolest things we have is Sensor Check, including a real-time Gyro, telling you which direcetion you are headed, as well as the G-forces to go along with it. Sometimes it is fun to drive around with it on and it can tell you where you are going. Not sure why my Wheel Sensor is at 0 though but it may have to do with the fact that the car is not on


Lastly is telematic settings...


Pretty cool to be able to input your number and license plate in there. However I could not adjust the VIN, and it makes me wonder if my car got a radio from a 7 series - thus the "7er" designation. You can also input your car's color - useless but kinda cool

If anyone knows what the "Radio increment sensor" or "OBC increment sensor" does that would be cool. I get the feeling they both have to do with getting louder as speed increases, but how to set them I am not sure.

Enjoy the secret menu if you did not know how to access it before! I can now enjoy my navigation system being on without blinding me thanks to the contrast!!! Happy motoring everyone!


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Good notes. A couple things:
1. The way into the menu varies by radio module. Somewhere I have all the different ways, but the short version is that it isn't always the "menu" button that you hold down. In some cases it is either tone or select.
2. Your wheel sensor shows 0 because you are stationery. Move forward and it should be +. Move in reverse and it will be -.
3. I do not believe there is a G sensor. There is a gyroscope, but the menu doesn't measure G-Forces anywhere I am aware of. The number on the right, as far as I know, is simply indicating the reading from the gyro. If it were G forces you'd see a 0 since you aren't moving.

Lastly, to answer your initial question, date and time are both under "Settings" in the main menu where you originally started. You may need to set one or both of them twice - it doesn't always "take" the first time.

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Doug is right. Its a gyro rather than a G-meter and I think you have to set Time before date or the date won't take.
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Pretty cool to be able to input your number and license plate in there ... You can also input your car's color - useless but kinda cool
The info on the telematics is for BMW assist - always thought is was for if someone had to come for road side assist or something, so they could spot the color and know basic vehicle intel by VIN, etc. I know you can code telematics info with NavCoder too, but it has been a while since I opened that program. Good info.

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Lastly, to answer your initial question, date and time are both under "Settings" in the main menu where you originally started. You may need to set one or both of them twice - it doesn't always "take" the first time.

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There is nowhere to enter it in my car Am I screwed here? I went through all the settings and there is nowhere to enter a time or date... I will take some photos of the screen later

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Press Menu, select Settings (by pushing the right knob) and then scroll up and down in the list...

Send pics of what happens when you do the above

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Press Menu, select Settings (by pushing the right knob) and then scroll up and down in the list...

Send pics of what happens when you do the above

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Thanks Doug! I guess when its 3am and I am bored I have trouble finding the "Set" button... the problem before was I didn't even click the "Clock" or "Date" ...first time around the Date didn't set, but then I just put it in again and it worked no problem.

Gonna edit my original post so its a little more "informative" ...also gonna go out tonight and see if the "Radio increment" setting is indeed for the speed level control.

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