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  1. amauvis

    Mobile broadband temp set up

    50 metres is quite a range to boost. Can you run an extension cable between the two properties, or would it cross a road or neighbour's property? Reason being, if you can, then a pair of Powerlines ethernet adapters might work, coupled with another wifi router in the rental place. I'm not sure how much it would degrade over that distance though.
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    Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - please read

    Wishing you all the best, Dave. A lot of people try and sweep this kind of stuff under the carpet, so huge credit for bringing this up.
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    E39 DSP Amp

    Thanks Dennis, as you probably guessed, the question was more for you than anyone else, and your answers are always detailed, concise and helpful. What let me to suspect the amp was the sudden failure of the steering wheel buttons. I was also thinking of yanking out the N7, reconnecting the factory Business radio and MID and seeing if anything changes - I just need to find some garage time to do it.. I also discovered that there are a wide range of variants of the DSP amp available and I just know that I'm bound to get it wrong. I also read that coding of a new/replacement amp would be unavoidable. But, while searching online for info, I found this: http://www.bba-reman.com/gb/catalogue/detailedproduct.aspx?detailedproduct=2217 If what they say is true, I can be back up and running with a stock amplifier (i.e. mine) that might offer elongated service. So perhaps an enduring repair is the way to go. I had a positive experience with a similar outfit getting my E60 CCC fixed. In terms of alternatives, I also saw from one of your posts about the possibility of using a 5 channel amp with a ten way crossover but the llink in that post didn't go anywhere any more. Truth be told, I am happy enough with the output from the (functioning) DSP system and have no burning desire to improve it (although accept that it is improvable), so would be happy enough with it's restoration. That said, I'm not against springing for a replacement but one thing I absolutely want to avoid is a big, boxy sub in the boot impingeing on available space. I know there are limitations to boot space with the Nokia subs but I've learned to live with that limitation, and it is a far more elegant solution. Have you heard of BBA-Reman. I'm reasonably sure I have but can't remember the occasion or context.
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    E39 DSP Amp

    Hi All, I've been struggling recently with a Dynavin N7 installation. It's in and it works (worked) but a couple of days ago, all sound stopped. I also saw that the unit is no longer responding to steering wheel input (i.e. the volume button graphic no longer appears), and the forward/back S/W buttons have no effect. Reconnecting the original MID, and the DSP button is non-responsive. The Dynavin itself displays FM and DAB details fine, so it is receiving input. A bit of research suggests that the steering wheel buttons operate the amp, and just before I lost sound altogether, the sound quality from digital input (DAB) was really poor, like a poorly tuned FM station. Also, for some years now the left rear parcel shelf speaker sound has been poor quality, which I put down to a blown speaker or some sort of rattle. I have a brand new one that I had not yet fitted. But with this, and the sudden poor quality across the board before entire loss of sound, is it fair to suspect that the DSP amp has died? And if that's fair, does anyone have one for sale? Car is a 98 (S) 528i SE.
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    New E39 owner. 523i SE Touring

    Welcome Parabola, that E39 does look clean, congratulations. The E23 looked nice too
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    Active cruise control

    I have it on my 06 535d. I don't recall it being a particularly expensive option either because it wasn't something I was hankering after so it must have been cheap enough for me to just tick, but it's really useful, especially in Average Speed camera roadworks and in heavy but flowing traffic. Love it.
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    Best and Worst thing about an E39

    Cupholders. Worst ever. Now it is
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    Xenon Retrofit and new MOT rules debate..

    I have four cars, two with xenon, two with halogen. Fitting some decent halogen bulbs makes a huge difference, I have Philips X-treme vision bulbs in the halogen cars and while the colour is still undoubtedly halogen, the throw and quality have made a massive difference.
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    540i Champagne II

    I thought Champagne's had light wood inlays, not boggo vavona. Car does look nice though, regardless.
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    E60 CCC Android system upgrade

    Just scanned the ebay ad so the answer could have been in there, but given that it's touch screen, does that render the iDrive obsolete? Or does it work both from the screen and the iDrive?
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    Goblin Works Garage, thoughts?

    You're welcome
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    OEM DAB Retro-Fit Guide for CCC

    Quick question on this, folks. I don't suppose the OEM BMW unit for the E60 CCC is DAB+ compatible?
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    Rough idling 1997 523i

    Welcome Probably a camshaft position sensor. No great shakes, not a lot of money. If it's that, you'll probably find that when you say it accelerates OK, you'll find out that it wasn't.
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    Deer oh deer

    An insurance repair quote will be a lot higher than a personal quote, in the great majority of cases. One bodyshop close to me actually advertises significant discounts for non-insurance jobs, on the basis that it's more affordable to the punter, and better for the shop as they get paid straight away instead of having to wait. Is it worth getting a second opinion? Good used parts can be used too. I didn't go through insurance for mine because there was no point, they'd write off my E39 straight away. I sorned it, garaged it and had it fixed (properly) at my leisure over the next couple of years. No Cat classification, and I still own the car. A 550 is a rare beast, worth considering other options for, IMO.
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    Bremslicht Prüfen but brake lights are ok

    That would cause the error in my experience. Either wiring or the unit itself.