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      05-19-2009, 11:33 PM   #1
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▀▄ eas - smartTV module installation on MY09 M3 (CIC iDrive)

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.







Our smartTV module acts as a safety override so you can decide if you would like this option enabled or not, allowing full video while the vehicle is motion for passengers on those long trips.

Detailed function description (* = Factory Setting):

Function 1 - Module Mode ( 0=OFF / *1=ON )
When disabled (setting 0), the module becomes completely inactive and behaves as if it was not installed. This is useful if you need to take the car to the dealer or garage for inspection or repairs. The module can not even be seen by and does not interfere with the manufacturer's workshop tester.


InstallAID™ LED:
This module is equipped with our unique installation help and status indicator LED. The LED signals a correct installation and shows the status of the module in a clear and easy to understand way.

LED OFF Ignition OFF:
CAN bus and module are in low-power standby mode. This is normal.

Ignition ON:
Either power connection or CAN bus connection is interrupted. Troubleshooting: Check the two wire taps for 12V and ground as well as the CAN connectors. Also make sure the CAN polarity is correct.

LED permanently ON
- Ignition OFF: Should not happen! CAN bus and module should enter standby mode after max. 1 min. The LED MUST turn off at some point.
- Ignition ON: Module is connected to CAN and power, but does not receive the correct data. Recheck all connections thoroughly.

LED blinks
CAN Bus is active, the module is connected correctly and ready for use.


Programming
This module is equipped with our interactive setup feature to allow easy setting of the desired options.



All programming is done by using the blinker stalk (3) and the two green turn signal (indicator) arrows (1,2). Functions are indicated by the left arrow (1) and their settings are indicated by the right arrow (2). Navigation is done by pushing the stalk down (next function) or pushing it up (next setting). After selecting the last function or function setting, the setup automatically jumps back to the first function / lowest setting. Each time either a new function is selected or a function's setting is changed, the arrows will indicate the new status by first blinking the function (left arrow) and then the current setting (right arrow).

To enter programming mode, first make sure the key is not in the ignition lock. Tap the UNLOCK button on the remote fob, then push and hold the blinker stalk UP (only into the first position, not all the way!) until the left arrow blinks once to indicate function 1. Now let go of the stalk. From this point on you can navigate through the functions by pushing the stalk down and once the arrows are finished indicating the function and setting, change the setting by pushing it up. The new settings are active immediately.

To end programming mode, either wait for 30 sec. or insert the key into the ignition lock. End of programming mode is indicated by both arrows lighting up simultaneously for 1 second.

Examples: Function 1 (Module mode) is set to ON (setting 1): Left arrow blinks 1x to indicate function 1, then right arrow blinks once to indicate that this function is set to setting 1. In case the left arrow is finished blinking and the right arrow does not light up at all, the appropriate function is set to setting 0 / OFF and hence disabled.

Installation - Steps 1-3

1. IMPORTANT: Turn ignition off, and pull key from ignition lock before installing the module! Remove the trim by pulling out on the end (1) and the middle (2). Unclip the plugs from the START/STOP button and the button panel between the air vents.



2. Pull out the Climate Control panel and disconnect the plugs on it's back.



3. Remove cover plate from Multimedia unit keypad. Like all the other parts it is just snapped in place.



Installation - Steps 4-6
4. Remove the 4 screws shown in the picture. Then pull Multimedia unit out. Be careful not to scratch the gear shifter (use towel).



5. Unplug the large black plastic plug by squeezing the tabs (1) together while pulling outward (direction of the arrow).



6. Connect the module as shown by tapping the power and ground wires (thick red/green and thick brown wire), then cut the pair of twisted CAN BUS (orange/green and green) wires that goes to the pins directly next to the power wires (not the 2nd pair going to the little inserted plug). Connect the module harness between the CAN wires, orange/green and green from RADIO side connecting to wires in slots 10 and 2 respectively and orange/green and green from car wiring harness to 11 and 3. All wires are numbered in the picture. Connect all plugs, install module in back right corner pocket before sliding Multimedia unit back in.



Reinstall all covers and plugs. Installation is complete. More info can be found on our website:



smartTV Control for 3-series (e9x)
http://www.europeanautosource.com/pr...oducts_id=2320

Note: Safety First! Please do not watch TV while driving and obey all laws applicable in your state.
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      05-19-2009, 11:45 PM   #2
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      05-19-2009, 11:48 PM   #3
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Extremely easy to install. Took maybe 30 minutes tops. Works great... had entourage playing during my morning commute to work today

oh and I dunno how the ratings thing works. I assumed the higher the number, the easier to install
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The last step with the wiring is a little confusing. I would order this if the DIY was a little clearer. Can someone clarify the wiring further? Thanks. Unfortunately, I don't live in SoCal to stop by EAS for install help.
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The last step with the wiring is a little confusing. I would order this if the DIY was a little clearer. Can someone clarify the wiring further? Thanks. Unfortunately, I don't live in SoCal to stop by EAS for install help.
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The last step with the wiring is a little confusing. I would order this if the DIY was a little clearer. Can someone clarify the wiring further? Thanks. Unfortunately, I don't live in SoCal to stop by EAS for install help.
What specific part are you having trouble with so I can explain further?
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It would GREATLY help if there was a picture for each sentence in the last step. Also, what does wire #1 & #9 represent and what does #s represent on the module in the picture. There should be a picture of what the finished product should like too. Just a suggestion for us non-savvy people...
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It would GREATLY help if there was a picture for each sentence in the last step. Also, what does wire #1 & #9 represent and what does #s represent on the module in the picture. There should be a picture of what the finished product should like too. Just a suggestion for us non-savvy people...
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The picture above shows the final connections before the harness is plugged into the module:

9 = power
1 = ground
11 & 3 = CAN (vehicle side)
10 & 2 = CAN (module side)

Since the module serves as a gateway, the signals are translated at the module - the reason for the CAN in/out design.

Hope this helps. If you are any bit unsure of your vehicle's electrical, I would recommend professional installation.
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Hope this helps. If you are any bit unsure of your vehicle's electrical, I would recommend professional installation.
Wow, that's really helpful in a DIY section.


I'll just wait until someone posts more detailed pics of wiring process from start to finish before I order.
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I'll just wait until someone posts more detailed pics of wiring process from start to finish before I order.
Its actually pretty clear. The following numbers are wires in the TVE90 module's plug. Starting from 1 on the top left and so on..

Module plug:
1. Ground - Connects to car ground by tap into thick brown
9. Power - Connects to car power by tap into thick red/green


Then you cut the orange/green&green wire. Now you have 2 wires coming from the car, and you have 2 wires going into the big plug that fits into the multimedia system.
This 4 wires should be connected with the following 4 wires on the Module plug:
2. Brown - Connects to the green wire on the vehicle side
10. Orange - Connects to the orange/green wire on the vehicle side
3. Brown - Connects to the green wire on the plug side
11. Orange - Connects to the orange/green wire on the plug side

I think this is correct, as I just did it, and now I can watch TV and DVD while driving
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Its actually pretty clear. The following numbers are wires in the TVE90 module's plug. Starting from 1 on the top left and so on..

Module plug:
1. Ground - Connects to car ground by tap into thick brown
9. Power - Connects to car power by tap into thick red/green


Then you cut the orange/green&green wire. Now you have 2 wires coming from the car, and you have 2 wires going into the big plug that fits into the multimedia system.
This 4 wires should be connected with the following 4 wires on the Module plug:
2. Brown - Connects to the green wire on the vehicle side
10. Orange - Connects to the orange/green wire on the vehicle side
3. Brown - Connects to the green wire on the plug side
11. Orange - Connects to the orange/green wire on the plug side

I think this is correct, as I just did it, and now I can watch TV and DVD while driving


How do you watch tv? I can watch DVD but not tv, do i need an extra module?
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How do you watch tv? I can watch DVD but not tv, do i need an extra module?
All E90's come with TV module in the car here in Thailand. I just select TV from the menu, and it tunes all the UHF-type analog channels.
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All E90's come with TV module in the car here in Thailand. I just select TV from the menu, and it tunes all the UHF-type analog channels.
Wow that would be sickk to bad US models dont have it!!
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I feel like an idiot asking this question. What is the (CIC)? Will this work on US Spec cars?
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I feel like an idiot asking this question. What is the (CIC)? Will this work on US Spec cars?
CIC is the newer Hard-Drive based Navigation that appeared on MY09 cars, this will work on US as well as euro models.
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This is not clear but when you recieve the module it becomes clear. The wires are already connected to the module you ond have to connect them to the wires in your dash.

Simple tap into the brown and the red wire using the T Taps
Then CUT the Orange and Green/ Green wire.

Now youll have half the wire coming from the car and the other half coming out of the plug.

Now tap into all four of those wires.
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omg so many wires! Lol.. I suck at Electronic DIY, but it's def a cool upgrade! Does it work for Euro specced cars?
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