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N. No ID3 display on BMW (how to set radio to display text)

Please note: The Gateway Lite is only capable of displaying text on BMW radios (except the BMW 4:3 head unit). By Toyota there is only a chance for text display if you push the DISP or TXT button on the radio head unit (if any of those buttons are available).

  • Gateway Lite is not capable of full menu browsing, you will only have song information display
  • For text display function the car’s factory installed phone module needs to be removed
  • There are 3 different display types available (Radio, MID and Navigation) and each requires a different configuration, so you might need to change this setting after installation

Below you can see the three possible options for turning on the ID3 text display:

Option #1:

To set text from the text selection menu, you must do the following:

  • Turn the Radio ON and select the Gateway (CD-Changer option)
  • Disconnect  all  devices  from  the  Gateway and wait until CD5 / Track99 is displayed on the radio
  • Keep the FF (Fast Forward) button pressed for longer than 10 seconds, then release.
  • The display will change to Disc 1 /  track 01 within 3 seconds (this indicates you are in text selection mode)
  • By pressing the Next track button, you can toggle between Tracks 02-04 which set different screen modes (e.g.  MID, Radio). Please  note:  Track  01  is  the  non-Text Mode  
  • When  you  have  moved  the  text  to  the position  you  prefer,  press  FF  (Fast Forward)  to  confirm.  Or,  by  pressing  the REW  (Rewind)  you  can  exit  Text  selector without making any changes
  • If  the  text  selection  procedure  was  correct  AUX GW will appear on the display
  • If the text selection did not come up, try again from step #3 and try another track option. Some radios will need to be set to a specific track to operate properly.

Please note: If selections of track 2-4 fail to display text, it could be that the radio does not support text for one of the following reasons:

  • The radio is manufactured by Becker and therefore will not support text (That information is available at the tuner, there is no info on the radio)
  • The Head Unit has a phone module or preparation. This causes an issue on Business radio

Option #2:

On some BMW radios, there is an “M” button (Mode) between the Next Track and Previous Track buttons that changes the function of these buttons to FF (Fast Forward) and REW (Rewind). 

On these radios where the “M” button is present, you must do the following:

  • Turn the Radio ON and select the Gateway (CD-Changer option)
  • Disconnect  all  devices  from  the  Gateway and wait until CD5 / Track99 is displayed on the radio
  • Press the “M” button on the radio an “M” should show on the radio display
  • Keep the FF (Fast Forward) button pressed for longer than 10 seconds, then release.
  • The display will change to Disc 1 /  track 01 within 3 seconds (this indicates you are in text selection mode)
  • Press the “M” button on the radio to select Next / Back function
  • By pressing the Next track button, you can toggle between Tracks 02-04 which set different screen modes (e.g.  MID, Radio). Please  note:  Track  01  is  the  non-Text Mode  
  • When  you  have  moved  the  text  to  the position  you  prefer,  press “M” then press FF (Fast Forward) to confirm the track selection. Or, by  the REW  (Rewind)  you  can  exit  Text  selector without making any changes
  • If  the  text  selection  procedure  was  correct  AUX GW will appear on the display
  • If the text selection did not come up, try again from step #3 and try another track option. Some radios will need to be set to a specific track to operate properly.

Option #3:

Alternatively you can also enable the text mode with configuration files. You can download them from Dension website, or get them through the Dension Technical Support team from: https://dension.kayako.com/en-us/conversation/new

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  1. Dénes Turánszki

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