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post #151 of 565
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Originally Posted by CRussell0300 View Post

I see on Garmin's website that you can download custom vehicle icons for some of their GPS units...

Can anyone shed some light on how to load these onto the DNX6140? Or does anyone even know if that is possible?

Thanks!

EDIT:
A friend of a friend installed my DNX6140 today in my '07 Ford Escape. It took about 2.5 hours, we ran into a few snags, but those were problems with the the car, not the DNX6140. Afterward, I spent an hour changing a bunch of settings, programming radio stations, and playing with the unit. I tested out a bunch of the features, and I'm extremely happy with it!

For those who are curious, the bluetooth paired seamlessly with my iPhone 3G, address book and all - no problems whatsoever. I made some test calls, they came in clear for me, and the people on the other end said they heard me just fine, but I sounded "a little funny" - like normal speakerphones. I have the mic placed right on my steering wheel column. I had no problems with dropping the signal or anything like that.

Still not sure how to load the custom vehicle choices onto the GPS... And does anyone know how to change the startup screen to a custom image? There are instructions in the manual for a custom background, but nothing as far as I can tell for a custom startup screen... I have heard that it can be done, though.

Woohoo!

Do you have 3.0 software on the iPhone? I am having 2 issues using this unit with the iPhone:

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When I have my iPhone playing on the iPod Source, and I attempt to make a telephone call using Voice Recognition the music gets transferred into the call and I can hear the music and the person. I should only be able to hear the person as the music should fade out.

I believe this is related to 2 things.

1. The phone and ipod source are coming from the same device, the iPhone.

2. iPhone Software 3.0 recently released enables Stereo Bluetooth whereas iPhone never had this before.

I feel I would not be the only one experiencing this problem and infact anyone using this unit with an iPhone would most likely be in a very similar situation.

Can you please try this? It would be a huge help in my troubleshooting as it is hard to find someone with an iPhone 3G and the same unit.

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The other problem is if I leave my iPhone plugged in and start the car, the music will play for about 5 seconds, and i will be forced to unplug and replug in the iphone for the ipod music source to begin playing music again. Can you also try this?
post #152 of 565
On a cold start how long does it take for the GPS to lock on?

It takes mine anywhere between 30 seconds to 3 minutes and on a rare occasion it won't even lock on and will require a restart. After the first lock on, if I shutdown the car and restart it will lock on right away.

I have the antenna mounted under the top of the dash and usually get 4 to 5 bars of signal quality.
post #153 of 565
is there any way to display a screen saver sequence while the music is playing? that would be cool. And I mean an animated saver, not just a picture.
post #154 of 565
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Originally Posted by BamAlmighty View Post

On a cold start how long does it take for the GPS to lock on?

It takes mine anywhere between 30 seconds to 3 minutes and on a rare occasion it won't even lock on and will require a restart. After the first lock on, if I shutdown the car and restart it will lock on right away.

I have the antenna mounted under the top of the dash and usually get 4 to 5 bars of signal quality.

As soon as the Kenwood/Garmin page goes away you should be acquiring signal. My antenna is on my roof and all signal bars ar usually pegged with a D in them. Maybe you might want to do some placement test to see if that helps.

post #155 of 565
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Originally Posted by csnewb View Post

is there any way to display a screen saver sequence while the music is playing? that would be cool. And I mean an animated saver, not just a picture.

How about the map, it's animated.

I know you can play slide show of pics in the same folder, but I don't know of any hack for screen saver.
post #156 of 565
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Originally Posted by citruspilot View Post

Just got my 6140 installed into my 2004 Highlander works great. One thing I admit though is the GPS is a comedown, I had been using the Nuvi 765 so having the signage pop up will be missed. One thing I have not been able to find, has anyone found how you can turn the volume down on the GPS voice instructions. By the way, I have my iPOD along with Sirius hooked up to my unit.

I want to install 6140 on my Toyota Highlander too. But from bestbuy.com I see it does not fit 2007 Highlander. I am not sure it is true or not. Also, 2 din in-dash radio is located in the bottom of the console. Is location too low for view purpose? Please let me know you installed by yourself and somebody else.
post #157 of 565
I have all my music on a 32gb flash drive that is plugged into my 6140 and all works well except I have one album that I downloaded and it will not play that album. I called Kenwood and they had no answer. I take the flash drive out and plug it into my other car witch had a Kenwood also and it plays the album. also when I plug my flash drive into my laptop all my album artwork is there but it will not show up on the 6140....Thanks for any help!
post #158 of 565
I had mine done professionally, it is not too low to see.
post #159 of 565
I converted the album to WMA , WAV, & MP3 and still no luck.....
post #160 of 565
I have a Sandisk cruzer micro 2gb that works great for mp3s. So I decided to upgrade to the Sandisk cruzer 16gb model. Unfortunately, the kenwood will not recognize it. Any suggestions to why?
post #161 of 565
I reformated the 16gb drive on an XP machine and downloaded the music from it and it works. I was on a Windows 7 OS.
post #162 of 565
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Originally Posted by dcb315 View Post

I converted the album to WMA , WAV, & MP3 and still no luck.....

Make sure you're using the right setting per: http://www.kenwood.com/cs/ce/audiofi...0&lang=english
post #163 of 565
Thanks YMarker...Still no luck....Check your inbox, I sent a little more info. Thanks DCB315
post #164 of 565
I had my 6140 installed by Ultimate Electronics about two weeks ago. So far, I'd say I have good and bad. I've never had an aftermarket radio installed in a car before so this is a new experience for me and I have no technical experience in the area either. I'll go through the main functions and what I like and what is bothering me.

the unit was installed in a 2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali to replace the factory unit. In addition, I had it setup to output video to two headrest monitors I already had in the car. Nav, XM, iPOD cable, and blue-tooth all setup as well.

Overall unit
I like it quite a lot. Good sound and lots of bells and whistles. Better sound quality EXCEPT for one major issue. I'm getting "engine whine" through the speakers when the car is running and push on the gas. I took it back to the installer today and he said it is common on GMC cars that have the Bose speaker system and a seperate amplifier. I'm taking it back late this week where he'll try a workaround, but he's not optimistic. Does anyone else have this problem? It is annoying.

Update: Issue resolved. Installer found a feedback issue with the rear headrest and prior DVD player.
DVD
My old underseat DVD player burned out so this was my solution... a new $800 entertainment unit. It does work very well. Outputs video to the two headrest monitors in the back. The only gripe I have is that you have to have the main unit on the NAV screen to get the DVD video to show on the secondary screens. I would think that as long as the main screen is not showing the video, it would not care which screen is showing. E.g., I can't see the full XM screen. I can toggle between the functions using the sub-function menu at the bottom of the screen, but I can't change the main screen in NAV.

iPOD
I have the iPOD cable hook up and it works great. Quick to read my iPhone 3G 3.0. I have also been able to use the iPOD as the video out the rear headrest as well. Nice feature!

Blue-tooth
Paired quickly to my iPhone 3G 3.0 and my wifes iPhone (original) 3.0. The one thing that did not work though is getting either of our address books updated. I saw another poster said theirs updated automatically, but mine did not. I can't figure out how to get that to work manually either. Any help?

Update: I didn't realize the dang car has to have the e-break on to use the contacts and direct dial for the telephone. That's ridiculous, but explains my issue. Now I need to re-ground the light green wire.
I also have the same issue as another poster where if I make a call while playing music off the iPhone, the music does not shut off automatically. I have to pause it first. That's ridiculous.

GPS
Works fine. I actually prefer the maps of the factory unit. The Garmin ones are a bit cheesy. My only complaint so far is that the when zooming in or out, I can't tell what the distance is the map is showing. There's no scale saying the bar is approximately 1 mile, etc.

XM
Had that hooked up as well. I do have issue though where the screen will freeze on a channel. I don't know what series of events cause this, but it has happened multiple times. I can cycle through the channels only by using my steering wheel scan buttons, but not using the touchscreen itself. If I turn the car off then back on, it goes back to normal. Has anyone else experienced this?

I can't really given this a final recommendation until I know if there are resolutions to the issues I have so far. If so, it's a great unit. If not, then it's mediocre at best.

Update: Getting better. Now I rate a good unit. Just a few more quirks to resolve.


First time poster.
post #165 of 565
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Originally Posted by citsur86 View Post

Do you have 3.0 software on the iPhone? I am having 2 issues using this unit with the iPhone:

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When I have my iPhone playing on the iPod Source, and I attempt to make a telephone call using Voice Recognition the music gets transferred into the call and I can hear the music and the person. I should only be able to hear the person as the music should fade out.

I believe this is related to 2 things.

1. The phone and ipod source are coming from the same device, the iPhone.

2. iPhone Software 3.0 recently released enables Stereo Bluetooth whereas iPhone never had this before.

I feel I would not be the only one experiencing this problem and infact anyone using this unit with an iPhone would most likely be in a very similar situation.

Can you please try this? It would be a huge help in my troubleshooting as it is hard to find someone with an iPhone 3G and the same unit.

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The other problem is if I leave my iPhone plugged in and start the car, the music will play for about 5 seconds, and i will be forced to unplug and replug in the iphone for the ipod music source to begin playing music again. Can you also try this?

Hi citsur86,

I do have the iPhone 3G with the new 3.0 software upgrade. I don't typically use my iPhone to play music, as I have an 80gb iPod that I hook up for that. I'll load some music, try it all out, and let you know.
post #166 of 565
Last week I did the install of my DNX-6140 into a 2008 Ford F250. I added the iPod cable, the aftermarket kit to allow the factory steering wheel controls to work, and the Kenwood backup camera. I used a diode between the reverse lamp wire and an auxiliary switch to allow power to the backup camera while driving forward, or when the vehicle is placed in reverse. Of course I also grounded the e-brake wire to allow all functions while driving.

My issue is that I want to watch music videos that are on my iPhone 3G without having to individually select which ones I want to view. In music only iPod mode, the unit will automatically play random songs or play them sequentially. When I go to view music videos, each video pops up as its own individual playlist. When I select a video and play it, the same video just plays over and over again unless I bring up the control screen and manually select another music video. I can't find a way around this. Has anyone had this problem?
post #167 of 565
has anyone figured out if theres a button for playing all the random files within a folder (including the subfolders) and not just playing random files inside the folder??
post #168 of 565
two q's:
1) Can anyone play .m4b (audio files w/ bookmark) from USB connected flash. I realize it'll probably work with ipod just waned to see if it'll work w/ thumb drive
2) Anyone know how to FF/RR within an audio file or get it to play the audio file back from where we left off when we last turned off the car? I'd like to listen to podcasts (mp3) files and don't want to start from the beginning of the file everytime.
post #169 of 565
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Originally Posted by akz View Post

has anyone figured out if theres a button for playing all the random files within a folder (including the subfolders) and not just playing random files inside the folder??

I tired and it won't play subfolders. I had about 250 folders with sub folders and it only randomizes the songs in the folder your on. With 250 folders and 4000 songs it took at least 10 minutes before I could start using the DNX6140.

When I tried with all 4000 songs at the root level the system would read for about 5 minutes and then reboot.
post #170 of 565
Does anyone else have issues with images loading very slowly? Reading decent sized images from the USB is next to impossible (~5 minutes for a large image from a 5 MP camera). I noticed that even very small images like album art embedded in music takes a while to load, and what's worse, the controls are inoperable when the images are loading. This even includes the volume knob!
post #171 of 565
my dnx 6140 is reading the files from iPod 8 gb nano but I have no audio. flash drive worked, but this is not. any ideas?
post #172 of 565
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Originally Posted by chrisb007 View Post

my dnx 6140 is reading the files from iPod 8 gb nano but I have no audio. flash drive worked, but this is not. any ideas?

Have you attached the iPod to the DNX6140 with the Kenwood iPod cable adapter?
post #173 of 565
i was wondering a couple things

First I am having severe issues with the iphone 3g and the bluetooth. everyone says that i sound like i am in a dungeon or just really far away and they cant understand me. i have deleted the iphone from the 6140 and re-paired it, same thing happened. called kenwood and he had me change a few settings, like what speaker the audio for phone cames out and nothing has changed, any ideas??

also i was wondering if anyone has figured out how to move your source buttons on the source select screen. like move them around and what not.


thanks for the help, and other than the bluetooth issue, i love this unit
post #174 of 565
I just installed my DNX6140 in my 09 Sierra Denali Yesterday. I was out last night playing around with a lot of the features and noticed that the NAV voice was extremely quiet when music is playing. I could only tell that it was saying something becasue the front speakers quit playing music, but I could not understand what it was saying. is there anyway to adjust the volume for the navigation?

Also, I was trying to get a movie to play from my iphone 3g (3.0 software), but could never get the HU to read from my phone. All the HU would do is charge my phone but was never able to read it.

I was just wondering if there was a firmware update for this unit yet or if there was something you guys could suggest that would help me fix these issues.
post #175 of 565
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Originally Posted by Stoneman2382 View Post

I just installed my DNX6140 in my 09 Sierra Denali Yesterday. I was out last night playing around with a lot of the features and noticed that the NAV voice was extremely quiet when music is playing. I could only tell that it was saying something becasue the front speakers quit playing music, but I could not understand what it was saying. is there anyway to adjust the volume for the navigation?

Also, I was trying to get a movie to play from my iphone 3g (3.0 software), but could never get the HU to read from my phone. All the HU would do is charge my phone but was never able to read it.

I was just wondering if there was a firmware update for this unit yet or if there was something you guys could suggest that would help me fix these issues.

Go to the AV Interface and on screen 3 you can adjust the volume for the NAV Voice. I have the Kenwood ipod cable with the iPhone 3G and have no issues yet playing tunes. It reads the iPhone fairly quick and displays artwork fine.
post #176 of 565
Ok. Thanks I'll try that when i get to my truck.
post #177 of 565
Hi guys,
I am waiting to receive my Kenwood DNX6140 and I have a few questions. Can a camera (not the backup camera) be connected to the Visual Input mini plug (with the right cable)? If so, how will I be able to select the input on the unit? Can the input be rename? Also, I have taken a look at the back of the unit (picture) and I am not sure I understand why the Rear Preout/SubWoofer are on the same connector, how does it work? Sorry If my questions are knid of Newbee!!!

Thanks.
post #178 of 565
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Originally Posted by Stoneman2382 View Post

Also, I was trying to get a movie to play from my iphone 3g (3.0 software), but could never get the HU to read from my phone. All the HU would do is charge my phone but was never able to read it.



Ok, I was able to get the HU to read my iphone 3g, but now I am having problems figuring out how to play movies from my iphone. I have the $30 Ipod cable that I bought w/ the deck and I am able to see all of the Playlists, Artists, Songs, etc... on the phone, but i cannot figure out where the movies are. Could someone point me in the right direction please?

Also, I was trying to play a DVD that I had been watching in the house and wanted to finish in my truck. How do I access and navigate around the DVD Menu screen so I dont have to skip 30 chapters in the movie?

I apologize for the noob questions.. This is my 1st Kenwood HU. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.
post #179 of 565
To play movies/Music videos/Audiobooks: Plug your phone in, and when on the main iPod page press the little arrow on the left of the menu bar near the bottom. Press it a couple times until you see "video" pop up within the small bar. Press video, and it will give you a choice of what types of media to play. If you figure out how to shuffle music videos, let me know.
post #180 of 565
I have an older iPod (4th generation...colour screen with click wheel). Does anyone know if this iPod is compatible with the Kenwood Unit?
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