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Originally posted by battleship_potemkin+Feb 19 2005, 03:10 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(battleship_potemkin &#064; Feb 19 2005, 03:10 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-BimmerJD@Feb 18 2005, 10:10 PM
This is great info&#33;* Here&#39;s one I didn&#39;t think I saw... on the 2005 models, the CD player recognizes and plays MP3 CD&#39;s (ie: 120 songs on 1 700mb disc).* There is no mention of this in any of the literature or the info that came with the car. I just knew that it worked in an &#39;05 Mini Cooper, and the head-units are the same behind the face-plate.* Try it... it works in my car&#33;
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FYI: Page 22 of the "Owner&#39;s Manual for the Radio" (I have the standard "Business CD") -- "The CD player can also play CDs containing compressed audo data in formats such as MP3 or WMA..." If you&#39;ve got the same sound system and you didn&#39;t get a manual for it you might want to ask your dealer for one. It has a few &#39;hidden&#39; features that aren&#39;t obvious just by playing around with it.

By the way, anyone know if it supports any other formats? The manual seems kind of vague about this.

Of note:
The in dash player only seems to recognize a limited number of files on a disc. I&#39;ve been squeezing about 30 albums (each in its own folder) onto a disc, but the the player only plays about the first 20 or so (~260 songs) then starts over from the start. I&#39;m assuming its a limitation of the decks internal memory.

Anyone have anything specific on this?

Thanks.
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Thats exactly right. It is because the deck runs out of memory. Thats why the amount of tracks/cds per disk varies with the leangth of the songs contained therein.....
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Man, I love this site&#33;...lol I&#39;ve only had my 325ci for a week so a lot of these things have me here going, "D/mn&#33; It does that?&#33;?" THANKS&#33;


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Is that a repeat button? I thought that was a back button to go back a track CD.
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OMIGOD&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33; I&#39;ve had my 2000 323i for FIVE YEARS&#33;&#33;&#33; Had no idea it did most of this stuff.... mad at my dealer/salesperson&#33; I feel as though I&#39;ve been enjoying my car in much the same way as one who only uses the microwave to warm up their coffee&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33; What a waste&#33; Thanks for all the GREAT info.

Soooo, do you know what to do about a sporadic fuel gauge? Shows different "miles remaining" before refueling. Number will change as much as 20 miles, up & down within as few as 8-10 miles of driving at 25-30 mph, around small town.



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Maximum #of MP3s explained

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FYI: Page 22 of the "Owner's Manual for the Radio" (I have the standard "Business CD") -- "The CD player can also play CDs containing compressed audo data in formats such as MP3 or WMA..." If you've got the same sound system and you didn't get a manual for it you might want to ask your dealer for one. It has a few 'hidden' features that aren't obvious just by playing around with it.

By the way, anyone know if it supports any other formats? The manual seems kind of vague about this.

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The in dash player only seems to recognize a limited number of files on a disc. I've been squeezing about 30 albums (each in its own folder) onto a disc, but the the player only plays about the first 20 or so (~260 songs) then starts over from the start. I'm assuming its a limitation of the decks internal memory.

Anyone have anything specific on this?

Thanks.

Standard computer representation of numbers is in Base 2. Numerical limits are thus built on Base 2. If you are getting around 260 songs, then it would seem the closest Power-of-2 would be the limit. That is, 2 to the 8th power, or 256. This is a ->very<- common limit on RISC-type computers, which are used when the newer high-powered systems are overkill.

If anyone has ever used older 8bit machines(and older 16bit), you'll remember that when a number gets too high, it "flips" and suddenly is a low negative number. That is what is happening here, except negative numbers arent represented and instead it starts at zero.

Why not make the limit higher? To increase the limit they would have to do one of 2 things. 1)invent a 9bit processor. This isnt going to happen, sorry. Not even BMW. 2)Implement a 16bit procssor. This will likely triple the cost of the stereo. Highly unlikely we'll ever see that, especially since 65536 is too many.

In short, 256 is going to be the limit. Furthermore, if you are using 30 albums, each in its own folder, and still getting approx 256 songs, then the folders dont count against you.

Disclaimer:I'm not a BMW engineer, I'm a Computer Scientist
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L337E46, great job. This info is very very kewl. I am gonna send it toll my frnds who have bmw and....those who dont (lol)

I think i managed to roll up the windows while locking the car once. i had to keep the lock button pressed but am not sure....any ideas??
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-the tail lights have a backup set of bulbs, incase one fails, the backup takes over
-the coupe seat handles (the handles that folds the front seats for rear occupents to enter/exit) can double as a seat belt holder for easy access.
-for greater range of your bmw key, put the metal part of the key under your chin (must be in contact) and push any button. the range should double or more.

how to make the handles to be used as the seat belt holders?:
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Does anyone know if it's possible to disable the outside temperature warning. The external temp sensor is up the duff resulting in a warning at time every 20 seconds!! Needless to say it's driving me crazy.
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I often see BMW's with all 4 head lights on the park mode. It looks good but mine doesn't seem to do it. Is there a way of activating this? Ta.
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Damn my thread is still here after like 3 years lol.
lol thanks alot for the tips and tricks.
Im about to buy a 2000 323i this friday. Could you please tell me if all these things work (ex. window roll down, etc)?
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lol thanks alot for the tips and tricks.
Im about to buy a 2000 323i this friday. Could you please tell me if all these things work (ex. window roll down, etc)?
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Yeah all of it works. The one thing I didn't find out about till maybe 2-3 years of owning my car since I got it in 2001 was the window and sunroof rolldown when you hold down the open locks button on the key. Also insert the key into the door and turn left to open windows and moonroof, turn right to close them up and arm the alarm.

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7. There is flashlight in the glove box.
I just picked up my '99 323i today and when I found the rechargeable flashlight inside the glove compartment I laughed like a drain for about five minutes. It is soo cool.

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8. There are amber lights that shine on the center console.
Gonna have to check this one. I'm still disappointed that I didn't get folding door mirrors with a button next to the mirror adjust joystick. Apparently they will still fold up while you are driving up to 20mph. Could someone try this for me?


Also, did you mention that the auto-dimming rear-view mirror un-dims when you put the shift into reverse? It really does work...

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I have 1999 323 i, the engine light came on, I took it to the dealer and they replaced the plugs, belts, but the light stil on, they told me that I have to change the computer? please advice.
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I have 1999 323 i, the engine light came on, I took it to the dealer and they replaced the plugs, belts, but the light stil on, they told me that I have to change the computer? please advice.
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