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Hello,

i recently let my Audi dealer install the original iPod Adapter (Part No. 8E0 051 444) in my Audi allroad 2.5TDI Apr-2004 with factory-installed RNS-E, Bose Soundsystem, CD-Changer, Steering Wheel with audio controls.

To start off, a hint regarding connecting:
My dealer obviously de-installed the CD-changer harness and connected the new harness from RNS-E to iPod Adapter box without realising that the speed signal, k-line and Bose pin would get lost, leading among other issues for being unable to navigate when GPS satellites are out of sight. This issue could be resolved meanwhile by re-configuring the car mounted wires to the quadlock connection of the cd changer interface.

Helpful were the information at www.nsxjr.com (many thanks for the excellent site!!!), especially http://www.nsxjr.com/ted/TED_RNS_E.pdf to explain my dealer what went wrong ;-)

What I don't like about the original Audi Adapter is that I have no chance to directly control the Ipod, just via the MMI interface I have access an 5 playlists + all titles (CD 1-6), left apart some noise when changing tracks.

As I read in diverse places in the Internet that the original iPod adapter is supposed to being produced by Dension, I wonder if it's possible to upload the newest Dension Firmware (should be 2.17) to the Audi adapter.

Has anyone tried this so far?
I ask because I fear to make things broken.
Die Dension Firmware 2.17 gibt's hier:

The firmware ist available at e.g.
http://www.car-audiosystems.com/sup...&_a=view&parentcategoryid=28&pcid=20&nav=0,20

I'd appreciate confirmation on the Audi iPod adapter being a Dension device.
Furthermore, anyone out there who uploaded new firmwares to the Audi iPod Adapter?

Best regards

Sven
 

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Re: iPod Adapter 8E0 051 444 compatible with Dension iceLink

bu999 said:
What I don't like about the original Audi Adapter is that I have no chance to directly control the Ipod, just via the MMI interface I have access an 5 playlists + all titles (CD 1-6), left apart some noise when changing tracks.
New firmware won't and can't fix this - the CD changer interface on all non-MMI Audi radios and sat nav units (the RNS-E is NOT an MMI unit, only the new A6, A8 & Q7 have "real" MMI systems) can only control 6 discs.

So all iPod adapters that use the CD changer interface (which at the moment means ALL) have to make the iPod appear as a 6 CD changer. So you see the first 5 playlists as CD's 1-5 and everything else as CD6.
 

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Hello,

You're absolutely right.

But the Dension firmware would allow to control the iPod via ClickWheel alternatively. The Audi firmware / box disables the ClickWheel as soon as the iPod is being connected.

I can live with the Dension solution (though I agree that full control via MMI would be favorable).

Thus my question: May I upload Dension Icelink Plus firmware to my original Audi iPod Adapter?

Best regards

Sven
 

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bu999 said:
Thus my question: May I upload Dension Icelink Plus firmware to my original Audi iPod Adapter?
I don't have either the Audi or Dension adapter - so I'll have to let someone else comment on that.
 

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I doubt it until someone proofs me wrong. The design of the interface is completely different even though the plugs fit both. But we won't know until someone tries this out.
 
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