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JasonH

Pioneer AVIC HACKMODE by Condi

Finally we've got full access to new Pioneer units!

After many tries, many scripts, I think that

its proper state to be released.

 

 

SO FAR CONFIRMED TO WORK ON:

  • F30BT (tested by me ;) )
  • X920BT (thanks to Krms!)
  • X930BT (thanks to Ralpharn!)
  • Z110BT with Z120BT firmware (thanks to PatrickFernandes!)
  • F920BT (thanks to Tudor Z!)
  • F20BT (thanks to wikke!)
    ...

 

!!!!!

I'm not responsible of any damage/brick,

so all of this you are doing at your own risk.

Its working on my unit perfectly,

but its not 100% sure that it will work on yours!

 

FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY!

THERE IS NONE OF PIONEER SOFTWARE INCLUDED,

THIS 'HACK' IS MADE WITH FREE SOFTWARE,

= NO COPYRIGHTS ARE BROKEN!

!!!!!

 

Source: Condi's HACKMODE v1.4 - DiskRW, GpsGate, TextFiller, RegEditor with .reg files associated! [updated: 13.06.2011]

JasonH

Pioneer AVIC HACKMODE by Condi

 

Finally we've got full access to new Pioneer units!

After many tries, many scripts, I think that

its proper state to be released.

 

 

SO FAR CONFIRMED TO WORK ON:

  • F30BT (tested by me ;) )
  • X920BT (thanks to Krms!)
  • X930BT (thanks to Ralpharn!)
  • Z110BT with Z120BT firmware (thanks to PatrickFernandes!)
  • F920BT (thanks to Tudor Z!)
  • F20BT (thanks to wikke!)
    ...

 

!!!!!

I'm not responsible of any damage/brick,

so all of this you are doing at your own risk.

Its working on my unit perfectly,

but its not 100% sure that it will work on yours!

 

FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY!

THERE IS NONE OF PIONEER SOFTWARE INCLUDED,

THIS 'HACK' IS MADE WITH FREE SOFTWARE,

= NO COPYRIGHTS ARE BROKEN!

!!!!!

 

On the new units standard testmode with windows explorer

is not working. Funny is, that on the newer units

there is no even explorer.exe ;)

Fortunately we've got GGS1080 with TESTMODE.KEY,

which is working on F30BT, and other units also, I think.

But plain Pioneers Service Mode is not handy and 'usable' for us.

To hack Pioneer device I used Pioneers 'service mode'.

 

OK, so everything what we will need is in the attachment.

Below are detailed instructions, but in few words

we need to delete Av.exe, and copy hackfiles to its place.

 

Source: Condi's HACKMODE v1.1 - windows explorer!; SD/USB and AUTOUPDATE feature! [updated: 08.05.2011]

JasonH

Changes/Improvements/Issues:

 

- Image table update for all May 2011 XM lineup changes including new channels and channel name/number changes.

 

- Update of all images from the latest channel guide.

 

- Sports channels still alternate between "Sports XXX", "NBA XXX" etc. and "Sports Play-By-Play". The logo will only appear if the channel name uses the name with the number in it, i.e. "Sports 190" or "NBA 218", etc. There is no way to avoid this and at this time I still don't know which naming scheme is ideal to associate with the logo.

 

- There are no category logo updates in this release as all the major categories are covered. I have no source for category images as XM does not provide them.

 

Installing:

 

- You will need to know how to modify the media for your particular AVIC series. See the stickied posts in the hacks/mod forum related to your unit for details.

 

- Locate the folder containing the XMCAT, XMDAT, XMLPS, and XMDPS directory. On the Z series this the AV subdirectory of the SDAT volume. On the F series this was reported to be MyFlashDisk/DATA/XM. On the D/N series these folders are in the root directory of the 2 map DVDs.

 

- As always when doing such updates on the Z and F series be sure to make backups of your XMCAT, XMDAT, XMLPS, and XMDPS directories.

 

- Simply copy the files in the pack over any existing files for each directory (XMCAT, XMDAT, XMLPS, and XMDPS). Do not delete any files.

 

 

Source: XM May 6th 2011 Logo Update...D/N/F/Zx series!

JasonH

Pioneer AVIC HACKMODE by Condi

 

Finally we've got full access to new Pioneer units!

After many tries, many scripts, I think that

its proper state to be released.

 

 

SO FAR CONFIRMED TO WORK ON:

  • F30BT (tested by me ;) )
  • X920BT (thanks to Krms!)
  • X930BT (thanks to Ralpharn!)
  • Z110BT with Z120BT firmware (thanks to PatrickFernandes!)
  • F920BT (thanks to Tudor Z!)
  • F20BT (thanks to wikke!)
    ...

 

!!!!!

I'm not responsible of any damage/brick,

so all of this you are doing at your own risk.

Its working on my unit perfectly,

but its not 100% sure that it will work on yours!

 

FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY!

THERE IS NONE OF PIONEER SOFTWARE INCLUDED,

THIS 'HACK' IS MADE WITH FREE SOFTWARE,

= NO COPYRIGHTS ARE BROKEN!

!!!!!

 

On the new units standard testmode with windows explorer

is not working. Funny is, that on the newer units

there is no even explorer.exe ;)

Fortunately we've got GGS1080 with TESTMODE.KEY,

which is working on F30BT, and other units also, I think.

But plain Pioneers Service Mode is not handy and 'usable' for us.

To hack Pioneer device I used Pioneers 'service mode'.

 

OK, so everything what we will need is in the attachment.

Below are detailed instructions, but in few words

we need to delete Av.exe, and copy hackfiles to its place.

 

Source: Condi's HACKMODE v0.2 - windows explorer! [updated: 06.05.2011]

JasonH

Why your Ford warranty is worthless...

I don't usually post rants, but I'm sure this has happened or will happen to someone else.

 

I'll shorten the story down to a few simple points:

 

It all starts with my 2007 Ford Mustang. The rear differential went out at 36k miles; the drivetrain warranty is 5yr/60k.

My car gets towed to the nearest dealer, they spend 4 days looking at it, then tell me it's not covered under the warranty due to "driving beyond the vehicle's limit" and now wants $2600 to repair it. I ended up buying a new rear end assembly from new take off and had my dealer install it, it came out to $2133 with rental car expenses, which I'll be seeking in reimbursement.

 

I did attend an arbitration meeting regarding the $2k differential reimbursement, for which I of course was denied, since it was a Ford arbitration... The absolute ignorance of Ford astounded me. I expected to actually talk to some engineers or at least product managers during the arbitration, however it was basically just a dealer service rep and two other equally clueless people. They made grossly inaccurate statements during the arbitration, things like: "If you spin the tires...it's not normal, and we're not responsible to fix it". "An open differential will spin both tires" and "a 3.55 gear ratio is not factory and is used for racing" The people trying to fight me didn't have the slightest clue what they were talking about, It was like arguing with a 6 year old, no intellectual conversion, just infuriating rewording and repetition over and over. I'll have the audio recording posted as soon as I get a copy of the tape. Update: They will not give me the audio recording, they will only provide a transcript...

 

UPDATE 2/18/11: So after replacing the rear end, guess what breaks about two months later? The driveshaft... I'm driving (80ish) along on the highway and the driveshaft basically exploded...it honestly sounded like a bomb went off under my car, a piece of something came up through the bottom of the car and broke the plastic around the handbrake. Anyway, Ford is using the same "not normal conditions/abuse" excuse and refused to replace the obviously defective driveshaft under warranty; the service manager stating "it wouldn't have broken if you were driving normally". Great logic there Ford... So I'm out another ~$800, bringing the total to about $3000. I can't wait to see Ford explain their logic in court.

 

Update 2/24/11: After paying the $800 and waiting 5 days for a new driveshaft (the dealer said it would be done the next business day)...I go and pick it up, after paying, the service adviser comes out and says "If you bring it back we'll void your entire warranty, just some friendly advice". I replied, "You've pretty much already done that." and left. I was absolutely disgusted with Ford, and just knowing that the car cost me $3k under warranty for no legitimate reason made me sick. I decided to cut my losses and trade it in for a 2011 VW GTI. The GTI is a great car, handles SO much better, it's light, nimble, great on gas, and the build quality is phenomenal, leaps and bounds above the Mustang.

 

So the moral of my story is this: If you have a Ford vehicle, the dealer and/or Ford Corporate/Field Service Tech can deny your warranty repair for literately any reason they want, even if it's just some "expert's opinion" or some nonsensical cause like "non-factory wheels/tires" (another excuse Ford Corporate tried to use when I called them, even though they were OEM Shelby's with the same factory overall diameter... )

 

If you don't have a Ford, consider yourself lucky. If you ever have a warranty claim and it gets denied, you're in for a hell of a time. I'm never buying any Ford or Ford owned vehicle ever again.

 

Source: Ford's Warranty is a joke.

JasonH

Step 1:

Take the MUTE wire, and move exactly one position over. Its located on the AV harness.

 

Step 2:

Then, as before, take that wire and tie it & and the unit's green parking brake wire to ground.

 

Step 3:

Enjoy your Z to its fullest potential!

 

Special thanks to "daddy" who helped me out on figuring out how to pull the pins. And of course, this was the 5th of 7 open pins that I tried before I hit the gold-mine...but well worth the effort!

 

BTW, I used a super small jewelers screwdriver to pop it out, made it fairly easy, but still takes some effort. A heavy gauge staple (not the paper kind) would work also, but you're probably going to draw blood that way! :D

 

I've only tested to 45MPH since everything was still loose in my car, but I think we're good to go.

 

-B-

 

Source: AVIC Z110BT/Z120BT Bypass Instructions

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