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tom @ eas
05-19-2009
BMW upgraded their iDrive systems in 2009 (CIC) which allows for DVDs to be played using the in-dash DVD system. Unfortunately, we are greeted with a "video is only available when parked" message and and blank screen.

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By tom @ eas on 11-30-2009, 02:56 PM
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This module works on 7 Series Bmw year 2009????
It should - we have not have a MY09 7-series in house to verify, but it should be no different.
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By suffix on 12-29-2009, 08:08 AM
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hello. I have bought the module and tried to install it. But when I tired to remove the trim (step 1) the whole vents come out as well. Is this how it should be? Can someone post a picture of the removed trim?
Thanks!
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By tom @ eas on 12-29-2009, 01:11 PM
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hello. I have bought the module and tried to install it. But when I tired to remove the trim (step 1) the whole vents come out as well. Is this how it should be? Can someone post a picture of the removed trim?
Thanks!
That's fine - the center vents are bolted to the center trim.
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By phattbam on 01-01-2010, 12:14 PM
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does this work on the 2010 E70 X5's?
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By tom @ eas on 01-02-2010, 08:34 PM
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does this work on the 2010 E70 X5's?
Yes, this will work on CiC-equipped X5s.
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By phattbam on 01-02-2010, 08:37 PM
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Yes, this will work on CiC-equipped X5s.
Thanks Tom for the quick response. Any chance there's a plug n play update as you have for the RemoteKey?
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By tom @ eas on 01-02-2010, 08:43 PM
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Thanks Tom for the quick response. Any chance there's a plug n play update as you have for the RemoteKey?
Possibly, we have a harness fabbed up here as we speak. Unfortunately, this will increase the overall cost of the kit if included.
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By phattbam on 01-02-2010, 09:15 PM
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How much extra added cost? Is it possible to make thAt an option to order?
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By tom @ eas on 01-02-2010, 09:37 PM
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How much extra added cost? Is it possible to make thAt an option to order?
Not an option at this time, but we'll make the announcement when ready. The current kit is very simple for the DIY type.
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By phattbam on 01-02-2010, 10:27 PM
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Not an option at this time, but we'll make the announcement when ready. The current kit is very simple for the DIY type.
I was hoping for an option for leased cars that want a clean PnP setup that's all... Keep us posted
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By tom @ eas on 01-02-2010, 10:32 PM
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I was hoping for an option for leased cars that want a clean PnP setup that's all... Keep us posted
With only 2 wires being cut, the install is not invasive at all.
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By phattbam on 01-03-2010, 12:41 AM
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With only 2 wires being cut, the install is not invasive at all.
thanks Tom. may have to order one in a few weeks
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By Eights-n-Aces on 01-03-2010, 11:29 AM
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Are there any shops in the Fort Lauderdale area that can do this install?
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By tom @ eas on 01-03-2010, 01:38 PM
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Are there any shops in the Fort Lauderdale area that can do this install?
No one in FL I've worked with personally, but any experienced audio install facility can have this installed in no time at all.
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By suffix on 01-08-2010, 07:11 AM
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Question

is there a way to play video files on an '09 iDrive and not just DVDs?
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By tom @ eas on 01-08-2010, 12:21 PM
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is there a way to play video files on an '09 iDrive and not just DVDs?
To be honest, I haven't tried, give it a shot and let us know in the following formats:

MPEG
AVI
WMV

While raw DVD files will place in the drive, it may or may not have the codecs necessary to play compressed media. However, the CiC will play MP3 and WMV - that may be a sign other formats are compatible.
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By phattbam on 01-08-2010, 12:25 PM
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is there a way to play video files on an '09 iDrive and not just DVDs?
good question I'd like to know too.
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By Mrbangis on 01-08-2010, 12:39 PM
pm for price installed. any special deals at the moment?
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pm for price installed. any special deals at the moment?
Replying via PM to keep this thread tech-related.
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By chaos888 on 01-21-2010, 06:12 PM
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Installed TVinMotion (smartTV) and Spec.Dock last night.

Wanted to share my installation experience.

When I first looked at the instructions here before purchasing I found it confusing. But, like Tom stated, with everything there in front of you it's clearer. The wiring instructions required re-reading a couple times when I was installing it. Having done it once now I could do it without the instructions probably.

Difficulty-wise, if you've never done any electrical work before or aren't comfortable disassembling your car than I wouldn't say this install is easy. Otherwise it's fairly straightforward.

While the connectors were a nice addition, they were frustrating to use, there's not a lot of slack on the wires or room to work behind the CD/DVD unit once everything's reattached. I do have the additional wiring of the Spec.Dock and Multimedia kit/backup camera back there too though.

Several times the wires would come undone when moving the CD/DVD unit around (leading to some loud cursing ). I did end up twisting a pair of the spliced wires together and in retrospect probably should've done it for all the wires to be safe.

Fortunately, after putting everything back in place, it worked.
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By chaos888 on 01-21-2010, 06:17 PM
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I tried AVIs and the DVD player didn't recognize them. I also tried converting the AVIs to DVD but it didn't work either. The video was compressed into the top half of the screen and the bottom was just green.

Has anyone had any luck with any video other than a regular DVD?


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Originally Posted by tom @ eas View Post
To be honest, I haven't tried, give it a shot and let us know in the following formats:

MPEG
AVI
WMV

While raw DVD files will place in the drive, it may or may not have the codecs necessary to play compressed media. However, the CiC will play MP3 and WMV - that may be a sign other formats are compatible.
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By Ur_Up on 01-26-2010, 04:18 AM
Hi Tom@eas, im interested in getting this module too..

Will it be okay for 2009 Z4 e89? (im sure it will be the same for all 09 BMW with iDrive).

Also do i purchase via your website and how much is air postage to Australia?

Thanks!
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