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      06-07-2013, 05:43 PM   #661
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So I am still having trouble and thought I would post an update to share / seek advice.

Based on my earlier post / what I have read so far it seemed I needed a firmware update for my 2009 328i built in 4/09. I had already downloaded a copy of the map plate back in Jan from a different thread on this forum and my car never saw the update via the glovebox USB drive. At the time I had a 32GB PNY USB 3.0 drive that worked fine on my PCs that I was using as well as the armrest USB (just as confirmation that the car could see it from the music port).

I ended up getting a quote of $300 to update firmware at one local dealer so I called the other in my area and got a quote of $135 (which turned out to be $150 in actuality). I took my car to that dealer and they had it for about 2 hours. In that time they verified that all of my software was already up to date but had not yet been activated. Hmmm. Sounds a bit odd to me (I'm not sure how you update firmware on anything without activating it/using it) but I go with it in the hopes that it will work and I can buy an FSC code and be happy.

Needless to say it didn't work when I got home so I verified with Dracon that Lexar is the USB stick that BMW uses but Sandisk should also be good. Best Buy miraculously agreed to swap my PNY I bought in Jan for a Sandisk so I came home, formatted the new USB drive and loaded the maps (holy slow as this stick was clearly NOT USB 3.0). Tried it in the car and it doesn't work either (after 5-10 minutes waiting). Armrest USB sees the drive fine as does my laptop so I know the drive itself works, but the glovebox USB is still DOA.

At this point I see two options: 1) get a Lexar drive and cross my fingers or 2) try to get a drive that has worked for someone else and see what happens. I am kind of partial to 2 at this point since I am not sure the dealer did anything and it would be good to have a working USB stick in hand if I have to go back and push them. If anyone has one that they would be willing to let me borrow for a bit I would be happy to pay shipping both ways. I am also happy to hear any other suggestions anyone might have to share.

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      06-08-2013, 01:37 PM   #662
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Scandisk cruzer works fine. I also tried the Sony PNY and it worked fine. My money is that BMW didnt do crap to your car.
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      06-09-2013, 06:34 PM   #663
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Tried to update this because I was missing major roads on my newly purchased used 2011 528i just to find out the dealer already updated it for me and the roads are not in the 2013 maps

Thanks to Dracon for the FSC code but now I have a code that did not get used - can I use this for 2014 maps when it come out?
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      06-09-2013, 09:57 PM   #664
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I'm pretty sure that code cannot be used for the 2014 maps.
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      06-10-2013, 09:53 AM   #665
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I'm pretty sure that code cannot be used for the 2014 maps.
Figured that was going to be the answer. I would be upset if I paid BMW for the FSC code but since I didn't - its not too bad
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      06-10-2013, 12:11 PM   #666
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So I am still having trouble and thought I would post an update to share / seek advice.

I ended up getting a quote of $300 to update firmware at one local dealer so I called the other in my area and got a quote of $135 (which turned out to be $150 in actuality). I took my car to that dealer and they had it for about 2 hours. In that time they verified that all of my software was already up to date but had not yet been activated. Hmmm. Sounds a bit odd to me (I'm not sure how you update firmware on anything without activating it/using it) but I go with it in the hopes that it will work and I can buy an FSC code and be happy.
If you have the nav maps on the iDrive screen you should have a little window that shows the number of bars for your phone. If you push the iDrive controller down, does the window disappear and reappear if you push the idrive controller down again?

If so, you probably already have the updated CIC firmware. If not, you probably need the CIC firmware updated before you can do the USB update.
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      06-11-2013, 05:26 PM   #667
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Pushing down on the iDrive controller does not make the box disappear - it only pops out the menu on the left (box stays in the upper right).

The dealer knows I am not happy and is supposed to be getting back to me to discuss.
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      06-19-2013, 03:35 AM   #668
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Started downloading. Will get the code later
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      06-22-2013, 01:07 AM   #669
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Downloaded, got the code from Sergej. all is well
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      06-26-2013, 07:45 AM   #670
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Downloading maps now.

Been reading through the thread. So I have a 2009 E90 built day of 01/2009 with the wide screen. Will it work with USB update?
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      06-26-2013, 07:50 AM   #671
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Downloading maps now.

Been reading through the thread. So I have a 2009 E90 built day of 01/2009 with the wide screen. Will it work with USB update?
If your car has never been updated by a dealership in 2010+, then most likely not. You'll need a software update from the dealership before you can update via USB.

Do you know if your car has ever been taken to the dealership and any software updated?
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      06-26-2013, 07:59 AM   #672
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If your car has never been updated by a dealership in 2010+, then most likely not. You'll need a software update from the dealership before you can update via USB.

Do you know if your car has ever been taken to the dealership and any software updated?
That I am not sure. Is there a way to find out?
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That I am not sure. Is there a way to find out?
You could take your car to your local dealer and ask for the key printout. It should have the I-Level of the car. With that, I could tell you if the car has been updated recently or not.

There's not really a definitive way to check from the vehicle itself, unless you have coding tools available to you to read the I-Level from the car.
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      06-26-2013, 12:10 PM   #674
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That I am not sure. Is there a way to find out?
See post #675.
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      07-04-2013, 12:57 AM   #675
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Thanks to Dracon for updated maps. Iím new to this and didnít understand the language of torrents, seeding, extracting, etc. Struggled for a week before my pride let me email Dracon again. Voila! Up and running in no time. Just a few hints for other newbies. All 32GB sticks are not the same. Bought a $42 SanDisk that just wouldnít work. It kept trying to make an extra directory and had no flashing lights to show it was working. Then bought an $18 Lexar 3.0 USB. It loaded properly without a hitch. When plugging into my car it flashed so I knew something was happening. Also, I had to insert the stick in the glovebox, THEN turn on the car. The stick flashed and it took another 2+ minutes for it to begin updating. Lost count of the times I tried inserting the disk after the car was turned on and nothing happened or I didnít wait long enough. Looking forward to the 2014 update. Will be doing business with Dracon again.

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      07-04-2013, 11:53 AM   #676
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Thanks to Dracon

I just did the 2013-1A map upgrade and cannot say how happy I was with the help from Dracon. I wasn't too clear on the procedure so I asked Dracon and he was nice enough to take the time and lay it out for me. Once I got the USB media with the map update, I requested the code from Dracon, and within ten mins of the request and payment, I had the FSC code. Code worked just fine and map update was done in 40 mins. Absolutely no probs thanks to Dracon.

Thank you very much to Dracon and when the next update comes out, I will be calling again.
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You could take your car to your local dealer and ask for the key printout. It should have the I-Level of the car. With that, I could tell you if the car has been updated recently or not.

There's not really a definitive way to check from the vehicle itself, unless you have coding tools available to you to read the I-Level from the car.
Just got the coding cable and INPA and NCS Expert installed. How do you read the I-Level from the car?
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Just got the coding cable and INPA and NCS Expert installed. How do you read the I-Level from the car?
You can check your i-level with Tool32.

Load E89x.prg et and execute JOB: I_STUFE_LESEN

Post a screenshot of the resulting window. Be careful not to play around with any other settings, just execute I_STUFE_LESEN
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      07-10-2013, 02:47 PM   #679
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Anyone have "Road Map North America Premium 2013-2 just released (SWID 002D0006)" Torrent ? I believe that's the latest 2013 release for the CIC Professional ...
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      07-10-2013, 04:03 PM   #680
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Anyone have "Road Map North America Premium 2013-2 just released (SWID 002D0006)" Torrent ? I believe that's the latest 2013 release for the CIC Professional ...
I've seen that posted but I have not seen anything on BMW's dealer's website referencing this map release.

BMW also just sent out notice not even two weeks ago for their Summer Navigation Promotion and they only list 2013-1A as the current maps.

I think 2013-2 is a false flag and isn't truly released. The US typically gets a single DVD/USB release a year. Europe typically gets a -1 and a -2 release.
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      07-12-2013, 02:13 PM   #681
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My dealer finally figured out how to configure the software update and get my glove box USB working. Got a code from Dracon and uploaded the new maps successfully. I would recommend him to anyone else looking to do this update as he has been very helpful and the price was fair.

Thanks to everyone else for your help and suggestions. Now it's time to see how many things have been fixed over the last four years on the maps!
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Success, sort of...Quick Question

Hey guys..quick question. I was able to update maps to the latest version using the thread posted software on usb and code from Sergei. i have one issue so far, when i go to Map options, two choices are completely greyed out, Satellite Images and Perspective View in 3D. Are these location based options? meaning they are only available in an area where there are buildings, maybe?
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