Like most of you, I bought a AVIC S2 and I was very disappointed with it.The main reasons are the old navigation program and the old maps.I decided to write a guide on how I solved this problem.
Before you start
[*:2o131xly] If you want to have more than 1 navigation program the 1GB SD card isn't enough(You can find 2GB for less than 10$). [*:2o131xly]SD card should be formatted in FAT. [*:2o131xly]If you will use the SD card that comes with the AVIC copy the original maps to your computer for backup(or any other place) or just use another SD card. [*:2o131xly]Copy the folder "The Flash Disk" from your device to your computer. [*:2o131xly]To copy large files to the SD card I recommended using any SD card reader(laptop with SD card reader,mp3 with SD card slot).Its much faster than transferring through the AVIC. [*:2o131xly]You will need Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5 to copy to/from the AVIC.
How to enter to WinCE/Bootloader:
[*:2o131xly]Make a hard reset(turn the device off and than on from the back) and when you see the first screen(with pioneer in the middle) press and hold MENU and VOLUME until you see a message "Enter Win Ce ?" [*:2o131xly]To enter to the bootloader turn the device off, press and hold MENU,VOLUME and turn the device on.You will get a blue screen with some options.(to navigate press MAP, to select press MENU).
You can restore the AVIC in 3 simple steps:
[*:2o131xly]Download one of those files, copy the winceimg.bin, winceimg.cks to the root of your SD card(not in a folder).Enter the bootloader,choose "0=WINCE Upgrade" than "0=WINCE by SD/MMC(format)".When it finish make a hard reset (turn it off and than on from the back). On the AVIC S1, the bootloader can be a little different from what I described here("0=WINCE Upgrade" ,"0=WINCE by SD/MMC(format)") but you got the idea. S1: http://hpcmonex.net/roms/avics1img.zip S2: http://hpcmonex.net/roms/winceimg_avics2.zip Thanks for cmonex who made those files! [*:2o131xly]Place the original SD card with the originals maps(copy them from your backup). [*:2o131xly]Copy the folder "The Flash Disk" to your device(from your backup).
And your Avic is like new!
Installing Navigation Programs
Every program here is the most updated version that work on the AVIC S1/S2.
There is a howto for every program.
I will provide here the latest maps for North America And Europe(if you need other maps let me know and I'll add them).
General Installation howto:
[*:2o131xly]Extract the program to the root of your SD card [*:2o131xly]Add maps [*:2o131xly]done
Nav N Go iGO8 Amigo and iGO8
iGO8 and iGO Amigo are different navigation programs made by the same company(Nav N Go).They are using the same maps.
Nav N Go iGO Amigo v188.8.131.52590 - (Jun 23 2009)
This download comes with Languages, original voices and games.
Nav N Go iGO 8 R3 series - 184.108.40.206680 (Aug 13 2009)
This come with languages and English only voices.
Maps and more
North America 2009Q1 NAVTEQ MAPS (USA + Canada)1 link!!
I have North America 2009.2 TeleAtlas maps in 14 parts if someone is interested.
Europe 2009.02.1 TeleAtlas Country listed
This pack is originally for iGO 8 but it works on iGO Amigo
This pack contains 105 different voices, including several revisions of some of the voices. This allows you to chose which revision you like best.
Text-to-speech takes voice prompts to the next level. Instead of saying something generic like “In 500 feet, turn right” it can be more specific and will say “In 500 feet, turn right on High Street”. In this case, since there are thousands of street names, it can’t possibly store all of the combinations of directions within the device.
Therefore the device is programmed to provide “speech synthesis” and the internal computer looks at the text (words, street names) that needs to be said and figures out how to pronounce those names. As a result, you will sometimes find that the way the device pronounces a street name isn’t exactly how you would pronounce it.
IMPORTANT: read installation instructions!
Works on iGO and iGO Amigo
Dutch - Saskia & Willem (TTS) v1.33
English US - Susan & Dave (TTS) v1.74
English GB - Kate & Simon (TTS) v3.3
French - Juliette & Bernard (TTS) v1.63
German - Katrin & Stefan (TTS) v4.490
Spanish - Esperanza & Carlos (TTS) v1.63
Games and Apps
Works only in iGO Amigo!
Core Player CE
you cant run navigation and this media player together
Better players that allows you to listen to music and use Amigo dont work on the AVIC (not enough memory).
Fortuna (also a media player)
[*:2o131xly]Extract the program to the root of your SD card.It should look like this: \Storage Card\iGO8 for iGO8 \Storage Card\amigo for iGO Amigo [*:2o131xly]Download the maps you need. Copy the .3dl files to content\building .dem files to content\dem .fbl files to content\map .poi files to content\poi The content folder is in the main program folder(\Storage Card\iGO8 for iGO8,\Storage Card\amigo for iGO Amigo) [*:2o131xly]Enter WinCE interface and open your program using Windows Explorer and check if everything is working.
For additional voices:
[*:2o131xly]Download the 105 voices pack. [*:2o131xly]Extract the voices you want to the voices folder(content). Note: The voices files should have a .zip extension.Do not unzip them!
For TTS voices:
[*:2o131xly]Download the TTS pack you need. [*:2o131xly]Unrar it and copy the voices files(zip) to content\voices. [*:2o131xly]Copy the tts_loq folder to your your program main folder. [*:2o131xly]copy the LoqLanguage.dll (where language is the TTS voice language you download) to your program main folder. [*:2o131xly]DO NOT overwrite the LoqMsx.dll, LoqTTS6_util.dll and LoqTTS6.dll files or TTS will not work!
Games and Apps
Works only in iGO Amigo
[*:2o131xly]Extract the archive to \content\games.
To use both iGO8 and iGO Amigo:
iGO8 and iGO Amigo are using the same maps(3dl,dem,fbl,poi) and voices.Only the languages files are different.
If you want to be able to use both iGO8 and iGO Amigo you can have only one content folder.
[*:2o131xly]Copy the programs to the root of your SD card.It should look like: \Storage Card\iGO8 \Storage Card\amigo [*:2o131xly]Copy everything you need to the content folder in amigo(\Storage Card\amigo\content)(building.map,voices,poi,dem). [*:2o131xly]Copy the language files you need from iGO8 to \Storage Card\amigo\content\lang . [*:2o131xly]Delete the content folder from iGO folder. [*:2o131xly]Open the sys.txt file in iGO8 folder and delete the ";" in this line ;content="\Storage Card\amigo\CONTENT" . [*:2o131xly]You can run either of the program without have 2x everything.
Note:If you want TTS on both you should have the tts_loq and the .dll file in both programs.
Mireo MioMap 2008 v2.4.6623263
Do not confuse Miomap 2008 with Miomap v3. This software is completely different in every way. 2008 can be found running on MioMoov devices and is very similar to the software running on the Navman S-Series units.
Miomap v3.3 = old iGO clone
Miomap 2008 = Navman clone
North America 2008.04
Europe 2009 by country
Password for every archive is the name of archive.
Example:archive name"turky_ta.rar" password=turky_ta
[*:2o131xly]Download the program and the maps you need. [*:2o131xly]Extract the program to the root of your SD card.(it will look like \Storage Card\MioMap) [*:2o131xly]Extract the maps(cpf,lic files) in the MioMap folder(\Storage Card\MioMap) [*:2o131xly]Enter WinCE and run the program from windows explorer and check if everything work.
If you got more languages or voices please pm me and I will add them.
USA Q1 2009
East Central (MI IN OH KY TN):
Mid Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV):
Mountain (AZ CO ID MT NV NM UT WY):
North East (CT ME MA NH NJ NY RI VT):
Midwest (ND SD MN WI IL KS NE IA MO):
Pacific (CA OR WA):
South East (GA NC SC AL FL):
South (AR LA MS OK TX):
MapBuildID=3152 Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Version 2008.Q4.6665 - map of NavTeq. MG V1.6, HLG3, TMC, Toll roads, new tab compression, gates, ferry, tunnels, bridges, highways, WES2, NC, ID0, Signed map
MapBuildID=3151 Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg
Version 2008.Q4.6666 - map of NAVTEQ. MG V1.6, HLG3, TMC, Toll roads, new tab compression, gates, ferry, tunnels, bridges, highways, WES2, NC, ID0, Signed map
Version 2008.Q4.6691 - map of NAVTEQ. MG V1.6, HLG3, TMC, Toll roads, new tab compression, gates, ferry, tunnels, bridges, highways, WES2, NC, ID0, Signed map
MapBuildID=3154 Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
Version 2008.Q4.6690 - map of NavTeq. MG V1.6, HLG3, TMC, Toll roads, new tab compression, gates, ferry, tunnels, bridges, highways, WES2, NC, ID0, Signed map
MapBuildID=3202 Major Roads of Western Europe ADVANCED
Version 2008.Q4.6749 - map of Navteq. MG V1.4, HLG2, TMC, Toll roads, new tab compression, gates, ferry, tunnels, bridges, highways, WES2, NC, Signed map
MapBuildID=3187 France, Andorra, Monaco
Version 2008.Q4.6725 - map of NavTeq. MG V1.6, HLG3, TMC, Toll roads, new tab compression, gates, ferry, tunnels, bridges, highways, WES2, NC, ID0, Signed map
Version 2008.Q4.6709 - map of NAVTEQ. MG V1.6, HLG4, Toll roads, new tab compression, gates, ferry, tunnels, bridges, highways, WES2, NC, ID0, Signed map
MapBuildID=3189 Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar
Version 2008.Q4.6722 - map of NavTeq. MG V1.6, HLG3, TMC, Toll roads, new tab compression, gates, ferry, tunnels, bridges, highways, WES2, NC, ID0, Signed map
MapBuildID=3190 Italy, San Marino, Vatican City
Version 2008.Q4.6748 - map of NAVTEQ. MG V1.6, HLG3, TMC, Toll roads, new tab compression, gates, ferry, tunnels, bridges, highways, WES2, NC, ID0, Signed map
MapBuildID=3188 UK, Irish Republic
Version 2008.Q4.6720 - map of NAVTEQ. MG V1.6, HLG3, TMC, Toll roads, new tab compression, gates, ferry, tunnels, bridges, highways, WES2, NC, ID0, Signed map
Israel 2008 Q4
[*:2o131xly]Download the program and the map you need. [*:2o131xly]Extract the program to the root of your SD card(should look like \Storage Card\MobileNavigator). [*:2o131xly]Extract the whole folder from the rar you downloaded to your MoblieNavigator folder. [*:2o131xly]Enter WinCE, run the program and test if everything works.
Other Navigation Programs
[*:2o131xly]I didn't find a way to run TomTom 7 on AVIC S2 yet. [*:2o131xly]The latest version of Navigon that works is 6.5 which is a little bit old(Navigon 7 doesn't works on WinCE 4.2) so I didn't include it here.If someone is interested I can add it.
So you installed a navigation program and it works but having to do the whole procedure to enter the WinCE interface and navigate to the program folder every time you want to lunch the program is too complicated and uncomfortable
An "unlock" is basically an interface that allows you to lunch programs much easier.Often the unlock come with some programs(media player, calculators and more).I tried a lot of those available unlocks (like miopocket) but I didn't find what I was looking for.They don't look on the device as good as they look on the pictures, they are too heavy,too slow and too complicated.So I decided to make one myself.I took the original AVIC S2 interface and changed it to fit my needs. After that I had just to replace those files in the \Windows folder.
When your device is on, the windows folder is located in the RAM.Thats mean that when you will power off your device(from the back) the windows folder will be deleted.When you will power it on, a new original windows folder will be copied from the ROM to the RAM and you will loose everything you had in the windows folder(your unlock ).
The solution is to change the ROM.
[*:2o131xly]To install a new rom download the one you want. [*:2o131xly]Extract the files(winceimg.bin,winceimg.cks)to the ROOT of a SD card(I recommend using a blanc SD card). [*:2o131xly]Enter the bootloader and choose "0=WINCE Upgrade" and than "0=WINCE by SD/MMC(format)". [*:2o131xly]Power off and on(from the back). On the AVIC S1 the bootloader can be a little bit different
The "skin" is not perfect, if you got any comments, ideas or anything how to improve it please let me know .
For now, I'll stick with the default size and position of the icons.There is a way to change it(or even add new icons) but I don't have time for it now.
These are only for AVIC S2.I will make for AVIC S1 also(I need someone test it for me).
As there are too many possibilities and combination I will make the roms by request.
Here is what I made so far:
Notes & Tips
[*:2o131xly]Every program has exit or quit button. Close the program only by using this button.DO NOT USE THE MENU AND THE MAP buttons [*:2o131xly]On the first run it may take longer to get the signal. [*:2o131xly]The Volume wheel is working in iGO8 and IGO Amigo programs.(but you can't see the bar). [*:2o131xly]I have an AVIC S2, and I tested everything here.All this should work on a AVIC S1(except the roms that are for S2). However I cant confirm it as I don't have one.
I hope this helps
Comments are welcomed