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      09-06-2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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USB Thumb Drive Stick problems

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So I thought it was my faulty usb drive. I bought a brand new one and as I listen to music, music stops, then it kicks me out of the menu on the idrive. I have to unplug and plug in the usb drive to get it working again. It happens randomly with songs.

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      09-06-2012, 01:13 PM   #2
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There are some USB sticks that won't even work.
I went through a couple before I got one that worked reliably.
The USB controllers in the sticks are not all equal.
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      09-12-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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I need technical information on this. What controller is the most compatible? What sizes? What file system?

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Will this work better? http://www.shopbmwusa.com/ProductDet...ProductId=3712
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FAT32 seems to work well.
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      09-12-2012, 05:39 PM   #5
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Patriot AXLE drives don't work.
Patriot SuperSonic Xpress 32GB USB 3.0 drives *DO* work.

I don't know what other drives work but these two I've tested and I have one of the Xpress drives in my car now. I've also had good luck with 32GB microSD with an adapter.
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Patriot AXLE drives don't work.
Patriot SuperSonic Xpress 32GB USB 3.0 drives *DO* work.

I don't know what other drives work but these two I've tested and I have one of the Xpress drives in my car now. I've also had good luck with 32GB microSD with an adapter.
100% Works or 50% works?

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The Patriot SuperSonic Xpress 32GB USB 3.0 drive works flawlessly in my e90 with USB.
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I got 8GB version. Will let you know. I am just tired burning things.
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It didn't work. Same problem....
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It didn't work. Same problem....
Is the file system FAT32? It will not recognize NTFS
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      09-21-2012, 08:31 PM   #11
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the sandisk cruzer thumb drives work great. i had a 16gb and recently bought a 32gb. flawless performance for about $20 at best buy.
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I might add that I have a 16gb and 64gb USB stick and the 16 is the preferred size for me (Both are the cheapo brand 'Team - Colour Turn'). It just takes the car way too long to 'read' the 64 that in a short 20 minute drive, it still hadn't completed. At least with the 16 it only takes around 5 minutes.

I should note that further investigation is required to determine why the 64 takes so long to read, they are both the same brand so shouldn't be hardware related.

Also - if you want playlists, I use 'oddgravity' Playlist Creator ver 3.6. Its free and works a charm. Just save as m3u file in a folder called 'Playlists' and it works.
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I might add that I have a 16gb and 64gb USB stick and the 16 is the preferred size for me (Both are the cheapo brand 'Team - Colour Turn'). It just takes the car way too long to 'read' the 64 that in a short 20 minute drive, it still hadn't completed. At least with the 16 it only takes around 5 minutes.

I should note that further investigation is required to determine why the 64 takes so long to read, they are both the same brand so shouldn't be hardware related.

Also - if you want playlists, I use 'oddgravity' Playlist Creator ver 3.6. Its free and works a charm. Just save as m3u file in a folder called 'Playlists' and it works.
That's really odd. I have a 120 GB hard drive connected by a USB Y-splitter (1 plug does power + data, the other provides power) with AAC/MP3's, and lossless WMA's converted from ALAC files. All in all, it's got approx. 75 gigs of media. I can access the file structure (artist-->album) in approx. 2 minutes, but it takes much, much longer for the car to actually parse the drive so I can select an artist, a genre, etc. or search the drive/select a playlist--maybe an hour or more for that. But I just always use the browse function.

The only piece of advice I have is make sure your file structure is reasonable (so not like...1000 MP3's in a single folder, that'll just piss the car off) and that the drive is formatted in FAT32.
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Yes it is FAT32. May be I have a buggy USB interface or something... what about wave files. Will it read wave files?

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I have a 16GB Sandisk Cruzer(?). My problem is that my radio doesnt seem to see all of the albums that i have in the disk... is there a limit to how much mp3 metadata the radio can read and store? when i browse via folder, i can see the albums (i have my albums separated into folders), but i dont like playing it that way since it plays tracks alphabetically and not by the track sequence.

I dont have i-drive, i dont know if that makes a difference at all.
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i have an 8gb kingston data traveler formatted to FAT32. when i plug it into the usb in the center arm rest i get a "usb not supported" in CD/Multimedia. any thoughts?
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I've tried a few different USB sticks, as well as my Galaxy S3 (both USB and AUX) and get nothing. My phone won't even charge off the USB cable. Am I correct in assuming this is some kind of wiring/electrical issue. This is with a non-iDrive '07 e92 btw
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