As we europeans know, the navigation part of the AVIC D1/D2 does not work in Europe. When I received the unit with the 2005 blue DVDs I bought the european version of the CNDV_60M. Unfortunately, the unit did not accept it. I did an analysis of the files and found some parts that were worth a try. The most important thing is that the unit looks for the DISC VERSION in the DVI.DAT file during startup. I finally got the maps to work with the following hack :
1. load the actual european DVD into an ISO 2. extract the DVI.DAT and load it into a simple text editor like notepad 3. change the first line to : DISC VERSION [xxxxxxxx] and safe it. Note : Take the xxxxxx code from an US DVD that has been accepted by the unit by reading the DVI.DAT from this DVD. 4. Copy the two files called *APL.HTM and *APL.PRG from the US DVD into the ISO from the EU DVD. 5. Burn a DVD from the ISO
Unfortnately I only have a single layer DVD writer. I therefore made the tests with a DVD-RW and deleted the IDX directory as well as the very large REGION.KWI file from the ISO. This way it was less than 4 Gigs large.
The NAVI started well and it showed Paris by default. Why Paris ??? Ok, changing current location worked easy for my hometown in Switzerland Scrolling and moving around Western Europe is no problem so far. I'm sure the same works for the Eastern Europe DVD as well.
- the AVIC D1 sits on the table in my living room with a 12V battery. It is not able to receive the signal from more than one satellite if any - therefore I'm not yet able to test it on the road - no XM of course (US/CAN only)
Open issues :
- changing the language doesn't work, even the DVD has about 8 or more languages on it. It always stays on English - are the three languages hard coded in the units ? - I still have to buy a double layer DVD burner to see if the whole navigation thing works with the IDX directory and REGION KIWI file. - The .PRG doesn't work at all from the european DVD. If either the DISC VERSION is wrong or the .PRG is the one from the new DVD the system ask for a proper DVD. I do not have any idea why this is. But in Europe we only have the AVIC-X.. devices where the EU DVD works well. - can someone please mail me the *.PRG file from an US CNDV_60M DVD I believe it should work on the D1 but I want to be sure.
I'm aware that this is not yet a full solution but a small first step in getting the units running in EU too Maybe someone can go even further in the testings or has other ideas. Any inputs, tips and tricks are highly appreciated
- Roger, Switzerland