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Has anyone heard of a firm that repairs DVD units. I have a 2000 MY M5 and I bought one online as well as the 16:9 monitor to do the upgrade. The monitor works fine however only the dvd portion of the player works not the gps. I get an error that the antenna is open. The connector on it was bent and the filament inside looks like it was crimped. I know my gps lead is fine because it works with my MKII trimble unit with the 16:9 monitor.

I was just wondering if there was an option other than buying a new unit and taking my lumps. Please let me know if you are aware of such a company.
 

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Has anyone heard of a firm that repairs DVD units. I have a 2000 MY M5 and I bought one online as well as the 16:9 monitor to do the upgrade. The monitor works fine however only the dvd portion of the player works not the gps. I get an error that the antenna is open. The connector on it was bent and the filament inside looks like it was crimped. I know my gps lead is fine because it works with my MKII trimble unit with the 16:9 monitor.

I was just wondering if there was an option other than buying a new unit and taking my lumps. Please let me know if you are aware of such a company.
It looks like you know better, but you did bypass the trimble unit when connecting up the new one? Otherwise, maybe a photo might help. I've used very tiny needle nose plier with some success to straighten bent pins before. Best of luck.
 

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It looks like you know better, but you did bypass the trimble unit when connecting up the new one? Otherwise, maybe a photo might help. I've used very tiny needle nose plier with some success to straighten bent pins before. Best of luck.
Yes I tried connecting the gps lead directly to the dvd player following the instructions that I found on bimmernav.com. Then when that didn't work I tried connecting the gps to the trimble unit and using the dvd. And finally when that didn't work I pulled the dvd and reinstalled the MKII and reloaded the firmware and it worked so I figured it had to be the bent lead on the dvd.

All part of the risk of buying stuff online I know. I was very disappointed because the dvd really does function nicely. Its so much faster than the cd player and you only need one disk instead of the rediculous pack of 8 with the cd. I think I will give the pliers a try before I plunk down several hundred dollars again to replace the dvd player with another.
 

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Well, if that doesn't work out, there is a group buy going on another board for the MKIV computers and 16x9 screens. They are brand new units and reasonably priced.

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/74970


Haven't been on this board long, but if posting links to another board offends anyone, my apologies, I'll know next time!ouich
 

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I figured I had nothing to lose with this dvd player since although the dvd portion works the gps doesn't as I stated earlier. So I went ahead and disassembled it and removed the trimble unit from inside the dvd player. I then located the right angle rf connector on the trimble pcb and ordered it from digi-key (I used to be an electronics buyer). I am going to have the broken connector de-soldered and the new one installed.

When I get it back I will take pictures of the disassembled unit before I put it back together just in case anyone is curious what the guts of their DVD looks like. I am hoping this thirty dollar fix works. If not then I will pick up a new dvd later. More info to come....
 
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