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Old 07-08-2007, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E39 MKII Navigation Problem

Hi everyone,

Just purchased my new-old 2000 528it. The MKII navigation that it is equipped with seems to operate only one in every ten-or-so tries. Usually I get the "No CD" or "Please wait" messages, after which the navigation option is grayed out from the option list until the car is resatrted.

I have two old but original disks in decent condition and it happens with both of them. Do you have any suggestions on where to start looking? Any help greatly appreciated.

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Just noticed that the computer unit in the trunk gets pretty hot - do not know if it's normal. It has both the "on" and "CD in" lights lit.

BTW, The actual msgs displayed on the screen are "Pls wait a moment..." or "No CD in navigation computer"
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I guess it is not too popular problem with the nav system.

I'll keep trying, thou...

Has anyone tried doing any repair to the navigation computer / nav cd drive? Any luck or pointers you can share? From the tests I have done so far, it looks like the GPS signal is being picked up no problem, and the trouble is related to the drive not reading the map CD reliably. I was actually thinking of attempting cleaning the lens.
The quality of the map CDs I have seems OK (there are only minor scratches on them), but I wonder if making fresh backup copies of them would help (is that possible at all???).
Any other suggestions?

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Sounds like you have a faulty Nav computer. This is becoming more common now as the MK2's are getting older. I havent heard of anyone being able to repair the units but it never hurts to look around. If you end up replacing it I highly recommend upgrading to a Mk4 DVD unit. Its basically a plug n play replacement and itll be a nice upgrade from what you have now.
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DT, thanks a lot for responding and for your advise.

I haven't gotten to it yet, but I would try my luck with fixing it before spending money on new drive. In case I am successful with the fix, I will post it here.

The upgrade idea is certainly tempting. You are absolutely right that the MKIV looks (and I am sure performs) much better, but the upgrade is a bit expensive.

I understand there would be a need for both the DVD drive and the screen, right? I did a little bit of searching and it looks like the DVD drive can be purchased for ~$600, and ~$900 is needed for the screen unit...

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The Mark IV will actually work fine with your smaller 4:3 screen if you decide to upgrade just the Navi.
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I was finally able to get to it... Just finished cleaning the laser lens using an air gun equipped with a long plastic pipe of ~1mm diameter, which I slid through the CD slot and pointed straight at the lens. Seems to be working fine... Looks like there was just some dust accumulated on top of the lens.
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Well that did not last long... The navigation computer is back to its more-not-working-than-working mode. I guess I will be shopping for a new drive since cannot figure the fix for it.
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