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About RichardP

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    1980 E26, 1993 E34 M5 Touring, 2003 E39 M5, 2013 F06 M6 Gran Coupe

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  1. RichardP

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Reminds me of this, not long after I first got the M5.
  2. RichardP

    ai net breakout box

    The BoB is just a glorified connector, it has no components except for a board, 3 AI-Net sockets and 2 RCA sockets. I've found that with most amps and the H100 the output from the pre-amp of the BMW radio is too low which results in low volume and can have noise issues. The H800 has variable input levels and can take speaker level inputs directly, the H100 can't take speaker level input, and as the radio is set to full volume when connected to a DSP amp to minimise noise, I suspect the H100 just cuts out to protect itself. The solution is to insert a Line Output Converter between the radio speaker outputs and the BoB, if you get a good quality one with variable gain you will have maximum control over the level going into the H100. There seems to be the Audio Control LCi2 for £100+ or lots of cheap LOCs at <£10 and not much in between.
  3. RichardP

    Bmw quadlock question

    They are not blanking plates, they are just there to help guide the flat pins into place.
  4. Done a bit more playing with the Invery and I'm quite impressed, Two videos for you to look at, sorry they are a bit dark but it was errr, dark and I had to use an old iPhone to do the videoing. The phone was just attached to the vent with simple iPhone mount so you can see what's displayed on it, it's an iPhone 8 and as you can see it's not plugged in to anything. First playing from the iPhone via Bluetooth with control just from the Nav unit. Next I started playing about with other things a bit, using other audio aps from the phone to see what would happen, god knows what tracks Napster was picking up, I do NOT regularly listen to Chaz and Dave and I just grabbed the first program from BBC iPlayer that came up. Gives you a good idea of what you can do though.
  5. Just received the Invery AirDual 100 thanks to Amazon Prime. On connecting it to the Intravee/KCA-420i in the car, first indications are quite good. It's not perfect, I saw one instance where the ID3 for the playing track did not update, and it took 20-30 seconds to show that there was an iPod connected, to be fair, the iPhone when connected directly can do this. Other than that it does seem to work pretty well, track info, including track time, shows up. You can browse by Playlist, Album, Artist, Sub-Album and Track etc. I'd need to do a lot more testing before I could recommend this as a solution but so far so good, it's just as though the iPhone was connected directly to the KCA-420i.
  6. I've ordered one to try, but your experience with the Tune2Air does not fill me with confidence now. I have not heard of anyone else that managed to get the Tune2Air working reliably with the Intravee/KCA-420i. I tried on and off for maybe 6 months and it did not work reliably once in maybe 1,000 connection attempts.
  7. Tune2Air definitely does not work reliably with the Intravee, it will work for some random time, sometimes even an hour or so, sometimes 20 seconds, then it restarts. I tried all sorts of mods to the firmware but could not improve it.
  8. RichardP

    DAB+ for Australia

    Sounds interesting, please keep us updated!
  9. RichardP

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Reinstated the 2nd battery located in the boot in my M5 Touring. The battery was originally fitted from the factory but had been removed to fit a CD Changer that went with the rather nasty after market head unit. After fitting an original head unit the CD Changer was redundant and went in the bin, as all the wiring was there for the rear battery and judging by the total lack of any pictures that I could find of one, it's a pretty rare option, I thought I'd have a go at putting it back. Actually it was dead easy and not expensive to get the missing bits. It's basically a motorbike battery complete with a motorbike power socket which you can just see in the top left of the picture. The battery is isolated from the main one unless the engine is running. I understand that this was usually fitted with the phone system, presumably because the early phones used to flatten the battery otherwise. But my car never had the phone so this battery must have been specked for some other reason, to run a cool box maybe?
  10. RichardP

    PXA-H100 install, no telephone sound

    Yes, you need the ‘tel on’ connection to the radio, it’s the signal to switch source.
  11. RichardP

    Positive jump start nut.

    Now why did I not think of that? Thanks!! Looks like the entire base is only about £15, so worth a punt.
  12. RichardP

    PXA-H100 install, no telephone sound

    That's the way the PXA reports it, I guess its attenuation db from max which is 0.
  13. RichardP

    PXA-H100 install, no telephone sound

    If you look at the PXA menu you should see the current volume displayed top right. It should toggle between two values when you select/deselect the phone.
  14. RichardP

    PXA-H100 install, no telephone sound

    No, just turn up the volume!
  15. RichardP

    Positive jump start nut.

    Does anyone know the part number for the hollowed out metal nut used for the positive jump start point under the plastic cover near the engine ECU? For some reason on RealOEM, and the dealer system, the part is greyed out in the diagram and no part number is given. It would be part #14 here