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  1. The PCM will automatically recognize a CD changer (or Gateway 500) when it is added to the MOST ring. The CDR24 needs to be recoded to recognize a changer (or Gateway 500). Rick
  2. The pics are from my install. It was from a 987S with PCM & NAV. The pic shows the NAV drive as oppossed to a CD changer. It should be very similar to a 997 front trunk (unless its a C4).
  3. By CD, do you mean CD changer? If so, since it cannot be used at the same time as the Gateway 500, why not try to try the install of "2. NAV", but remove the CD changer from the MOST ring? Its worth a try because in this configuration, it sounds like your CD changer appears first in the ring and therefore is used. Removing it will make the the Gateway 500 appear as the first CD changer in the ring.
  4. I have attached a picture from before cleaning up the installation. In this picture, the cables still need to be organized and the front trunk plastic covers need to be reinstalled. I connected the Gateway 500 by tapping into the connectors going into the back of the NAV drive. The optical connection was very easy - the instructions in the Gateway 500 were clear and all required parts (couplers, optical cables, etc.) were included. It entailed unplugging the optical connector from the back of the DVD drive and unfastening one of the optical cables from the connector followed by inserting one of the included optical cables back into the connector. Basically, the cable that was unplugged from the DVD drive goes into the Gateway 500, and the new cable goes between the Gateway 500 and the DVD drive connector. If your car doesn't have a DVD drive, you will need to perform this procedure on some other MOST component (head unit, amplifier, etc.). The DVD drive was convenient because it is very accessible. The amplifier is hard to reach with the optical connections hiding behind the speaker wires, and the head unit requires removal from the center console. The only other thing to connect is power. You will need to find some location to connect the included power cable to get +12V and GND. I soldered the power wires onto the power connector pins the DVD drive.
  5. Yes, you can switch back and forth between iPod control mode and PCM control mode using a menu option on the PCM. I prefer PCM mode because I have my iPod stored in the front trunk where the CD changer normally would go. :)
  6. Here are some pics of the PCM display when playing the iPod. Overall, I haven't seen any glitches but I've only taken it for one drive. I wish the navigation of the menus would be better integrated with the PCM rather than through various audio commands (CD #, next/prev track, etc.) but that would have required new firmware for the PCM. Despite this, its not too difficult to get use to, although it is a different paradigm than navigating through the other PCM screens. So far it looks good. Audio quality is great, as well as the extensive song selection! :thumbup:
  7. I figured out the problem. I connected the power cable to a line that I measured to be +12V, but it wasn't a power supply line and couldn't drive sufficient current. It all works now
  8. I'm trying to install mine today, but the Gateway 500 is creating a break in the MOST ring. I took power & ground from the back of the NAV drive, but the +12V line drops to +4V as soon as I plug in the Gateway 500 board. I think the board is dead. Did you have to do anything special to get the Gateway to turn on?
  9. Did the kit come with any installation instructions? If not, what did you use to guide you as you installed it? Thanks, Rick
  10. Eric, Your link shows the Gateway 500 from the Dension (europe) site, however your posts on other forums indicate that the model you are selling is not the euro model, but rather the US model (presumably from DICE electronics, distributed by Dension USA). Which model are you selling? Thanks
  11. I just updated my PCM/NAV from 2.1A to 2.1B tonight, but have not been able to get an MP3 disc to play. Save your money if you're buying the NAV update just for the MP3 playback...
  12. I just updated my PCM/NAV to 2.1B tonight and got the exclamation points as well. So far, I have not been able to play an MP3 CD, nor have I found the new NAV functions (browse by ZIP code, etc.)
  13. I was just at the dealer where I was browsing through the new Tequipment catalog for my '05 987S. I flipped by a page where they are offering a NAV update for '05 cars with PCM. I was wondering if anyone knows if this update will add the ability to play MP3 CD's??? My 987 was built in February and has the early '05 PCM's which did not play MP3 CDs.
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