DSP Wires Connection for Aftermarket BMW X5 GPS Navigation System Installation

For those who want to upgrade the factory head unit on a BMW X5 E53, and install a new aftermarket BMW X5 navigation GPS head unit, the first question you should know is if your car has DSP amplifier. For BMW X5 with DSP amp, installation is a little different.

If you have confirmed that your X5 has DSP amplifier, and together with a 7 inch large screen in the dash where the factory radio is, then you should use a long cable running from the front to the rear trunk to connect a 40 pins plug under the trunk. For 2002 year afterwards, BMW X5 E53 comes with flat 40 pins connectors, for a 2001 year BMW X5, it should be with round 17 pins connectors.

So we are talking about installation of 2002-2006 BMW X5 E53 with a 7 inch large screen in the dashboard, and with DSP amplifier, your factory radio looks like as following:

As you can see, there's a large screen in the dash, so you need to use a 6m long power cable. How to run this long cable? You can run the long cable under the carpet along the door frames, removed the back seat to get access to the trunk, and hid the wires behind the cover panel in the trunk.

How to find the 40 pins plug under the trunk? Just check below pictures:

About 4 loose wires: 1 yellow, 1 black and 2 white wires.
  1. Yellow: connect to 12V+ car battery
  2. Black: connecto to 12V- car battery(Ground wire)
  3. You will not need to connect the 2 white loose wires.

While if your car does not have DSP amplifier, you will not need to connect these wires, so installation is easier. After you connected the yellow and black wires with your car battery, but still the unit does not support DSP amplifier(no sound), you will need to splice 8 speaker wires to connect your 8 speaker wires for each car door speaker directly to get sound, if not, you can also install the new BMW X5 navigation GPS radio with an external amplifier with RCA connectors(FRONT-L, FRONT-R, REAR-L, REAR-R) and non DSP or fiber optical.

If your BMW X5 E53 just comes with business CD and radio, before installing a new aftermarket multimedia navigation unit, you can learn how to remove the original BMW X5 radio here.

This instruction is also suitable for the new Android BMW X5 navigation head unit: http://www.dvdgpsnav.com/android-bmw-x5-e53-dvd-gps-navigation-head-unit-radio-navi-bluetooth-usb.html
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How to Update GPS Maps for Navigation Head Unit?

Have already installed and used an aftermarket in-dash multimedia GPS navigation head unit for years? If yes, you should update your GPS maps with new version now. For some countries road changes are minor but new maps will give you a fresh looking and you can enjoy driving for a trip.

The most common GPS maps in the market are IGO, TomTom, Sygic, etc. Let's take IGO maps for example because IGO maps are widely used all over the world and it's one of the most popular maps nowadays. Old maps are usually located in a SD card which has already inserted into the GPS card slot, which is usually at the front panel of your unit. What you will need to do is replacing the old map files in the SD card with newer ones.

IGO maps include two parts, one is the software and the other is map files. The IGO software is located in the root directory and with a IGO.exe or Primo.exe file included. Map files are located in content > maps folder. If you don't need to update the software then you can just replace map files under maps folder.

Follow below steps will help you update GPS maps easily and safely.
  1. Where can i get new maps? Firstly you can contact the supplier who has sold you the navigation unit and ask them to see if they provide free update for you. If not, you can try to search on google to find new maps for your country.
  2. Firstly you should backup all files from the SD card in your computer. If new maps does not work then you can install back the previous maps, this step is very important.
  3. If you have got the entire new maps including software, then you can delete all files in the GPS card, and copy new maps into the SD card, it may take about several minutes to copy them as the map files are in large size. If you just got maps folder, then you can delete content folder and then delete this folder and copy the new one.
  4. Insert the SD card into the GPS card slot, not the other SD card slot. Now enter into GPS path settings by touch screen, settings > navigation(or navi path), select the root Primo.exe or IGO,exe, click "OK", that' all, then you can test GPS function and see how it works now.
Dvdgpsnav.com provides aftermarket Android and Wince GPS navigation head unit with GPS maps for free, together with a 8GB SD card for maps. Update is also free when it's available. If you want to update your maps just visit dvdgpsnav.com to ask a question.


Install Mercedes-Benz E W211 Android GPS Navigation to Upgrade W211 Radio System

Upgrading the factory Mercedes-Benz E-Class W211 radio system and installing an aftermarket W211 Android GPS navigation head unit is your best choice to add navigation system and back up camera compatibility. With the aftermarket Android GPS unit for Mercedes Benz E W211, you and your passengers can also enjoy music or movies in the car through multiple features like DVD, SD, USB, Android Apps, Bluetooth stereo music, and so on.

The following is the best quality Android OS head unit for Mercedes-Benz E W211, it's compatible with Mercedes Benz E55 AMG, E220, E240, E280, E300, E320, E320/300 Bluetec, E420 CDI, E63 AMG, E350, E500, E550, and Mercedes Benz CLS W219(2005-2006), Mercedes Benz CLS350, CLS500, CLS55, Mercedes Benz CLK W209(2005 to 2006), etc.

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Firstly it's equipped with 100% pure Android 5.1.1 operation system, all the interfaces of this W211 head unit are Android based. With the built-in WiFi function to connect internet, you can easily download many apps in Google Play store by touch screen, and it supports Google maps. It comes with 7 inch 1024*600 high resolution intelligent capacitive screen, which brings the sharpest image in brilliant color, it's more intuitive being able to simultaneously support 5 points touch screen operation, which is better than old resistive 800*480 screen.

With convenient and humanized operation interface, the inbuilt 3D navigation system locates your position accurately, receives GPS signal sensitively, provides turn-by-turn voice directions and reroute automatically all the way. GPS works worldwide, DVDGPSNAV offers Android IGO GPS maps for free available nearly all countries in the world, besides, maps update in the future is also free. The powerful Quad-Cores Cortex A9 1.6GHz Frequency high speed CPU makes it run faster than other Dual-Core Android units, and it's with 16GB high speed eMMC Flash, 1GB DDR3 RAM.

The media playing feature from this Mercedes-Benz E W211 Android GPS navigation head unit supports 1080P HD video, compatible with multiple disc formats like DVD, DIVX, MP4, MP3, VCD, etc. You can also pair with your mobile phone to play Bluetooth streaming music, both Android phones and iPhone are supported. The hands free phone calling function is built-in for safe driving without picking up the phone to answer a phone call while driving.

The inbuilt USB port and micro SD card slot with maximum capacity of 32GB allows you to connect a USB device or TF card for media play, file management, photo view, software update. It can even support an external 500GB hard drive through USB.

My Mercedes-Benz E W211 has steering wheel controls? Don't worry, with CAN-BUS decoder included it can keep your original car steering wheel controls, also support automatically displaying reversing image when you put the car in reverse gear, but you should install a back up camera with this unit firstly.

With WiFi module built-in you can connect to any available WiFi hotspots in range, you can enjoy convenient e-life whenever and where-ever for online entertainment such as videos, music, TV, movies, radio and online communication including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other services.

Another cool function from this W211 Android GPS unit is Mirror-Link, which delivers wireless connectivity between the system and your smartphone and realize the same display on both screens. This modern technology enables you to gain access to your smartphone's apps on the unit to play music or videos.

As for how to this Mercedes-Benz E W211 Android GPS head unit, you can download installation instructions via this link. Please note there are two different kinds of cables included in the package. If your W211 has fiber optic amplifier, you will need to use the 5m long cable to connect speakers in the trunk at left. For any other questions like features or installation about this aftermarket W211 Android navigation unit, you can contact DVDGPSNAV.com to get professional help.


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Would You Upgrade Your Factory Car Radio With Aftermarket Navigation Unit?

Most high-end new vehicles now come equipped with in-dash navigation systems where the driver can access maps, plot out the fastest route to a destination, and avoid traffic congestion on busy roads and freeways. While some base models don't come with large screen navigation system just with basic car radio system, would you upgrade the factory car radio unit with an aftermarket navigation unit?

Commonly referred to as GPS navigation device, a built-in unit has many advantages that can help the driver save time, money and frustration.

Using your starting and final destinations, the system can map out the most time-efficient route to get you where you need to be. The more hi-tech versions can tap into traffic and congestion data and inform you if there are any anticipated delays. You can avoid traffic jams and wasted time sitting idly on a freeway. Some units even offer rear-view imaging, so that you can have better visibility when parking and backing up. This can come in really handy in tight spots or at night, when visibility is naturally diminished. Speed limits are reflected on your screen, so you can easily see if you are below, at limit or above limit while driving.

In addition, these devices can also help you locate specific points of interest based on your location. Need to fill up at a gas station? Want to grab a burger? Searching for a museum or zoo for family day? A navigation unit makes it easier than ever to find what you are looking for. Simply type in what you need and the navigation system will give you plenty of options for the nearest matches. This is a very helpful tool when travelling in a new city or state; naturally, you will not know where every hotspot is- the GPS tool will help you find what you need.

Most systems have “hands-free” voice-activation, so that you can stay focused on the road while plugging in your destination details. This is equally beneficial for making voice calls without risking a ticket, or an accident!

For a reasonable price, you can upgrade your system and throw out the paper maps for good.

If you have an older vehicle that is fitted with a standard factory car radio, you can still enjoy the benefits of an aftermarket car dvd player navigation system. Some of these units go for as low as $150, with higher technology models going up to $1,500. Whatever your budget, you can find an aftermarket car dvd navigation unit that will suit your needs.

One of the added benefits of these systems is their capacity to act as a media system, as well as a GPS tracking device. Most of the in-dash systems are compatible with USB, smartphones and Bluetooth. This means that you can easily hook up external media to your car and enjoy music and videos from your personal collection. You will additionally have access to standard AM/FM radio and usually a CD/DVD drive is fitted into the technology.

If you have children, you can have additional screens fitted in the backseats to keep the kids quiet with a movie or TV show during long drives.

For just a few hundred dollars, you can transform your driving experience! An Aftermarket car DVD player navigation unit reduces stress, saves time and money, and alleviates road rage. Drive in style, safety and luxury with a navigation unit: you won’t regret this purchase.

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DIY - Installing a Mercedes-Benz W204 Navigation GPS Head unit to Upgrade Factory Stereo

Installing an aftermarket navigation GPS head unit is nothing new nowadays, not only for its multi-functions to add car entertainment, but also the aftermarket navigation unit makes your car looks modern and cool. For those who have a Mercedes-Benz C-Class W204 like C300, C200, C250, etc, you can upgrade the factory stereo including a small 5.8 inch screen in the dash with an aftermarket Mercedes-Benz W204 navigation head unit, which gives you a new 8 inch high definition touch screen.

Note: The original large screen can not be upgraded with this unit

The new Mercedes W204 navigation GPS also comes with a one din DVD player optional, which can be installed in the glove box. But since you can keep the factory CD player working after installation, DVD player is not an essential part for this unit. Besides, your factory car radio, Bluetooth can also work after installation. And the factory screen menus showed on a 5 inch screen before can also display on the new 8 inch HD screen, because you are able to see the factory menus by touching the "Original" icon.

Installation is not difficult for a professional installer, if you have some knowledge of electronic you an also do it yourself. There's a installation manual included in the package which can show you the most steps one by one. If you want to check more pictures when installing this W204 navigation by DVDGPSNAV technicians, you can check this video on youtube:

However, there are some installation tips for new installer.

  •  Firstly you should prepare a special installation tools kit, so that you can detach the original screen unit and radio easily and avoid damage on the surface.
  • If your Mercedes Benz C W204 comes with fiber optic cables from the factory wiring harness, then you will need to move these fiber optic cables to the new plug which connects to the back connector from the factory radio and CD player.

    If you did not move the fiber optic cables, there may be no sound after installation. The sound from the new W204 GPS will be transferred from the original AUX function, so make sure your W204 has a working AUX.
  • If there's no audio/sound after installation, firstly you should check the above step to see if your car has fiber optic cables, if yes, then move them to the correct positions. Then you can check if you have set in AUX mode from factory menus, this is the most probably reason why there's no sound, this is the feedback from one of our customers after done this:
    "Ok thank you I found the issue I did not have it in aux mode and the volume selection was muted , everything works great now thank you ."

    How to activate original AUX mode?

    1. Firstly click "Original" icon at right of top menus of the new screen, so that you can enter the factory menus.

    2. Insert a CD disc into the CD player, the screen will display CD playing, then select "CD', enter, and select "AUX", enter, then the factory AUX mode activates and the screen will automatically change to new UI.
  • From the original plugs, there are a small white plug and a black plug which used to connect the back of the original screen, you don't need to connect them anymore.
  • There's a small speaker included in the package, this is used for the sound from GPS voice. So if you connect this small speaker, the GPS navigation sound will come out from this speaker so that it will not influence other sound from Radio, CD, USB, iPod, etc.
  • Normally the factory functions can still work after installation, in case there's anything wrong with the factory function, you can carefully compare the factory plug with the new plug which connects to the back connector of factory radio and CD player to see if there's any wire missing connected from the new plug, if yes, just move it to the new plug. You can also take some clear pictures and send to us for further checking. 
When installing this Mercedes-Benz W204 Navigation head unit, if you still have a question during installation, welcome to contact us or leave a comment on this post, we will do our best to help you. DVDGPSNAV is a professional and reliable supplier for aftermarket car DVD players, GPS navigation systems.

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Can Aftermarket BMW E46 Navigation Support 6 CD Changer?

Sometimes during installation of an aftermarket BMW E46 navigation, you may don't know how to make the CD changer working, even doubt if the unit supports factory 6 CD changer?

BMW E46 usually comes with a factory Alpine 6 CD changer, for those who want to upgrade the factory BMW E46 radio, they may have a doubt that if the aftermarket BMW E46 navigation can support the factory 6 CDC, the answer is yes. If your new BMW E46 navigation is the same as this:

 bmw e46 navigation
Then you are able to use the factory Alpine 6 CD changer. However, please make sure your CDC is original Alpine, other brands or not original Alpine can not be supported! Besides, you should make sure your original Alpine 6 CD changer works well before the installation.

For BMW E46 after year 2002, the car should be with 40 pins flat plug, and before year 2002, it's with round 17 pins  plug. If there's a wide screen in the dashboard, the 17 pins or 40 pins plug is in the trunk, then you will need a long cable which runs from the front dash to the back in the trunk. By the way, this BMW E46 head unit also supports steering wheel control.

No matter which cable you use, the short or long one, you will always need to connect a CDC plug or CDC wires with your factory CDC wires. 

  • For BMW E46 after 2002 year, there's a small 4 pins black plug to connect, below is a pic for your reference: 

You just need to connect the above 2 plugs together, so that you can use the original Alpine 6 CD changer. If not, CDC will not work after installation of a BMW E46 navigation head unit. 

  • For BMW E46 before year 2002, the car is most probably comes with 17pins round plug, the aftermarket 17pins cable does not have the CDC plugs as 40pins cable. But there are 3 loose CDC wires including CDC-L, CDC-R, CDC-GND. If you want to use the Alpine 6 CDC, then you will need to connect these 3 wires with your car's CDC wires. You can check the wiring diagram from the factory unit, so that you can find out the factory CDC wires: CDC-L, CDC-R, and CDC-GND. CDC-L means left audio for CDC, CDC-R means right audio for CDC, and CDC-GND is the ground wire.


The aftermarket BMW E46 navigation unit can support original Alpine 6 CD changer, as long as you have done the right things as above. If you use the flat 40 pins plug cable, then you just need to connect the CDC plugs, if you use the round 17 pins plug cable, then you will also need to connect CDC wires(CDC-L, CDC-R, CDC-GND) directly with the factory ones.

Check this post to learn more about installation of BMW E46 navigation.