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      03-26-2020, 08:13 AM   #1
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Instrument Cluster Settings in iDrive Not Working?

1 step forward, 2 steps backward. This is my life.

Last week I installed a CarPlay module from Amazon (this one) in my 2016 228i and it works great! I've been thrilled with it. However, I've since noticed that some of the settings in the iDrive system are doing odd things - or nothing at all. I'm not sure if it's a result of the module, or something I've f*ed up in BimmerCode, or if it's been like that but something just ain't right. (Instrument cluster is the original 6WA model. I'd like to upgrade to the 6WB cluster, but no plans to do that yet if I can't fix what I already have.)

What's wrong:
(1) The clock in the instrument cluster does not match the clock in iDrive. I can change the date/time in iDrive, but when I do, the instrument cluster clock does not follow suit. And when I go back into the date/time settings everything has reverted back to default, as if it's never been set.
(2) In the Instrument Cluster Settings section of the iDrive, NONE of the options will allow me to check the boxes to turn things on or off. When I click, the screen appears to know that I've clicked, but no check mark appears in any of the boxes. Date, Range, MPG, etc., none will accept a check mark.
(3) The Gong sound has also disappeared. The entire stock stereo system is still 100% operable with carplay module in place - I can listen to the radio, play CDs, etc., but no gong when the door is open or lights are left on.
(4) Probably more things I've just not noticed yet.

What I've tried:
(1) Reset function several times (press/hold volume knob forever) and it will reset but doesn't fix the problem.
(2) Reverted back to the original backup configuration in BimmerCode.
(3) Pull positive battery terminal cable for over an hour.

No dice.

My next step is to pull the CarPlay module to see if it's causing a data connection issue between iDrive and the instrument cluster, but was hoping someone might have some suggestions or other things to try before I tear into my car again. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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      03-09-2021, 06:49 AM   #2
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@ ZGadson,

I am currently having the exact same issue with my F11 5 Series and was wondering if you found the problem and a fix?

My 5 series has had a similar Apple CarPlay module installed. It has worked perfectly since the install and still does. My car went in for a regular small service and they replaced some of the interior filters. When I brought the car in for service, I checked the Service needs and Check Control in iDrive but now they are blank. I have the exact same issues as you with iDrive data missing.

I have removed the Apple CarPlay unit and reconfigured all the cables as it was before but no such luck for now.

Hope you will be able to provide me with some more info. Thanks
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      03-09-2021, 09:14 AM   #3
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I'd unplug the device, and then reset iDrive.
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      03-09-2021, 10:34 AM   #4
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Thanks but how would I reset the iDrive on an F11?

All I have found online was to hold the volume button but that doesn't work for me.

Thanks

Btw; I did some diagnostics using BimmerLink and noticed the "60 Instrument panel" ECU is not connecting/unable to read out. I am afraid that has something to do with it or possibly the MOST bus being corrupted.
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You need to hold the button down for at least 30 seconds.
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      09-04-2021, 03:45 AM   #6
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Hi ZGadson and BMW-Pilot. I seem to be experiencing very similar issues after installing a CarPlay module. I no longer see iDrive Nav directions on my instrument cluster (I don’t have a HUD) and the iDrive time of arrival seems to set to a completely different time to my cluster too.

Did you ever manage to resolve the issues in your cars?

Cheers

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