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Stuartc



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Vanny wrote:
Stuartc wrote:
Or entertain the car behind you in Sydney traffic jams..... Whistle


Dont tell me you've never sat just to the side of someone in traffic so you can watch Pepa Pig!


Lol🤔 MY15
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Stuartc wrote:
Forgot to mention that also discovered that the Rear Media System is capable of runing 5 rear screens in total (not that LR ever made it available) for anyone who wants to totally mesmerize their rear passenger.... Rolling Eyes

What you need these days is rear projection remapped to the 3d contours of the rear environment. Like they do on Sydney Opera House & all the other buildings. But it would work a lot better with ivory trim! Procrastination, mankind's greatest labour saving device!

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Stuartc



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This project is still very much alive if not been put on the back burner as another project has been given
Priority and taking up most of my attention. That project is soon to be completed so I will be able to switch back to this project. There’s another member “Vanny” fast catching up with me on this one so it’s great to have a fellow member to bounce ideas off😂 MY15
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A total of 17 fields needed the be changed to get the RSE system working fully. Previously I had some features working but now have DAB, AUX, DVD and TV now available from the source list. So now everything is working how it should be which has been no easy task. Big thank you to Cambo for all his help in getting this mamouth CCF task completed. Lots of late night emails and Whatapping went into decifering this jigsaw.







The screens are fully operational now with Land Rover startup screen same as front touchscreen and “Watch” or “listen” main screen.











Now the system is fully operational had a chance to test my LVDS repair which I can report was a complete failure Big Cry Laughing



So now I need to come up with a repair that maintains the integrity of the digital signal and being compact enough to pass through the headrest posts. Bit more work to be done before I can mount the headrest screens and complete this project. MY15
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Stuartc



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Have ordered a couple of HSD Fakra’s Male/female which should get me out of trouble with the LVDS/GVIF cables by maintaining the shield at the joint for the digital signaling.



The connector diameter are such that they will pass through the headrest post in the seat with ease. That’s the plan just have to wait for them to arrive and get them fitted as they require specialised crimping tool.
Will be able to mount the headrest screens and conclude this retrofit. MY15
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Still waiting on the HSD Fakra’s but something I forgot to mention which was also as successful as my LVDS repair was the remote for the rear passengers. After a bit more research realising I had the wrong remote and the one I had was for NGI models.
An unexpected surprise on delivery realising the earlier remotes are backlit and the newer models are not! Some bean counter at JLR must be really happy with himself saving some money designing out this really useful feature of the newer remotes Rolling Eyes
The back lighting is a really nice touch and I’m afraid this says a lot for what JLR have been doing with their models over the last 5 years trying to save everywhere they can whilst charging extra for every little feature/option and goes further than just cosmetically.





Just Fakra’s now! MY15
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Vanny



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What's the part number for the correct remote Stu?

My understanding was that the NGI remotes have the extra full width button below the d-pad.

The crimping tool isn't that specialist, they can be picked up for £30, my problem is finding good quality cable. I may just have to try and persuade Cambo

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EPLA-19g291-BB or Lr066435 but I think there are a couple of variants.

Yes, NGI remote has silver pad below d-pad and that’s the one I had, DOH! MY15
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So close but so far Rolling Eyes



HSD Fakra’s arrived and straight away noticed a problem. These HSD Crimp Fakra’s are not the same as the JLR ones in that there is normally a clip which releases the plug from the cable and these ones don’t have this. This is important as I need to release the plug from the cable to be able to feed it through the seat post. Luckily I could release the Male Crimp but then also noticed that the cable end can fit into the plug 4 different ways which is not good as I need to put the plug back together whilst in the seat and won’t be able to see it Rolling Eyes



Solution is I have now ordered 2 more Male crimps which release and also have a chamfered or keyed cable mount which means the plug can only go back one way.
Waiting again...... Rolling Eyes MY15
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Few further developments whilst waiting for the Fakra’s to arrive.....
Have tested the new remote and that works perfectly



Whilst testing the remote tried my headphones which didn’t work🤔
After a bit more investigation and establishing the screens are MY14 and are for “Whitefire” headphones which explains why my headphones weren’t working as I thought they may be IR.



So now purchasing one of these “Whitefire” transmitters which plugs directly into the AAM. Luckily I have one of these LVDS leads which plugs the “Whitefire” transmitter into the AAM Laughing

 MY15
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Long story short, Fakra’s arrived, went off to Fakra cable repair man who had just moved premises, no phones, employee had just broken leg at workplace and said “don’t expect you job anytime soon” just leave it” me thinking will see it when hell freezes over.
Plan B
Wait for it......Caravan Repair Guy Shocked says I’d just solder them and explains a super secret way to do this (as my first attempt was a monumental, complete failure, me thinking, “Yeah, right, what would a caravan guy know, pffff! (Que caravan people on here☺️)

W. T. F. IT WORKED! Bow down





I now have two working screens all thanks to the Caravan Repair Guy Bow down

So tomorrow some rear seat Yoga and this retrofit is complete Laughing MY15
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Retrofit complete?

Did you get the Audio working?

It aint entertainment until the _____ lady sings

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Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
Detail details details
Whitefire transmitter and LVDS cable are on their way!!!

Can’t say how impressed I am with this system. Rear passengers even get Navigation and navigation progress to destination Shocked





Shame I’m not in the back seat 😂

Your “young’n” is never going to know how lucky they are to have “pepa pig” in rear seats and
You’ll never have to answer that question “ are we there yet”! MY15
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I could really do with this in the car for a very long road trip (4hrs) tomorrow . . . .

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Laughing Laughing Laughing
Well get on with it then Rolling Eyes Laughing MY15
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