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I have a 1998 E38 BMW 740IL, and the problem I am having is the center console went out. That is just the Radio, On Board GPS Monitor CD Changer is dead also. I check the front and rear fuse boxes and all fuses appear to look good and everything was running fine prior to this. One day just started the car and those things did not work. Do you have any idea what the problem could be. Thanks !

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  • Greg Stephenson Sep 15, 2010

    Hey Joe, Thanks for your response on my problem concerning my center console not working, so I took your advise and check my fuses and there was one that was blown, that didn't indicate being blown. When I replaced the fuse to my surprise everything came on except after pushing the bottom for the MID monitor to come it was a black dead screen. I was wondering would this have any thing to do with resetting code no. And if so, how is that done? At one time I did have a power out, concerning problem with my battery. After I replaced battery that's when I first begin to see these problems. Need your input, THANK'S AGAIN JOE

  • Greg Stephenson Sep 15, 2010

    Hey Joe, Thanks for your response on my problem concerning my center console not working, so I took your advise and check my fuses and there was one that was blown, that didn't indicate being blown. When I replaced the fuse to my surprise everything came on except after pushing the bottom for the MID monitor to come it was a black dead screen. I was wondering would this have any thing to do with resetting code no. And if so, how is that done? At one time I did have a power out, concerning problem with my battery. After I replaced battery that's when I first begin to see these problems. Need your input, THANK'S AGAIN JOE

  • Greg Stephenson Sep 15, 2010

    Hey Joe, Thanks for your response on my problem concerning my center console not working, so I took your advise and check my fuses and there was one that was blown, that didn't indicate being blown. When I replaced the fuse to my surprise everything came on except after pushing the bottom for the MID monitor to come it was a black dead screen. I was wondering would this have any thing to do with resetting code no. And if so, how is that done? At one time I did have a power out, concerning problem with my battery. After I replaced battery that's when I first begin to see these problems. Need your input, THANK'S AGAIN JOE

  • Greg Stephenson Sep 15, 2010

    Hey Joe, Thanks for your response on my problem concerning my center console not working, so I took your advise and check my fuses and there was one that was blown, that didn't indicate being blown. When I replaced the fuse to my surprise everything came on except after pushing the bottom for the MID monitor to come it was a black dead screen. I was wondering would this have any thing to do with resetting code no. And if so, how is that done? At one time I did have a power out, concerning problem with my battery. After I replaced battery that's when I first begin to see these problems. Need your input, THANK'S AGAIN JOE

  • Greg Stephenson Sep 18, 2010

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    Hello, Thanks for your response on my problem concerning my center console not working, so I took the other mechanic's advise and check my fuses and there was one that was blown, that didn't indicate being blown. When I replaced the fuse to my surprise everything came on except after pushing the button for the MID monitor to come on, it was a black dead screen. I was wondering would this have any thing to do with resetting a code no.for it. And if so, how is that done? At one time I did have a power out, concerning problem with my battery. After I replaced battery that's when I first begin to see these problems. Need your input, THANK'S AGAIN

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    dennflorida Dec 22, 2012

    ok if everything works (radio, cd players etc) except the screen.. you either have a bad connection with the video module, possible been water damaged or something is loose or you nav display is now dead. first thing first try to reset battery sometimes that helps reset the whole thing. check your wires make sure they all properly connected.. also green,red and blue cables thats your video signal cables. Good luck!!

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Hi! If it's not the fuses then it's gotta be the PCM (powertrain control module). If the PCM is faulty everything else fails for the PCM has connectivity on all electrical current that runs inside the car including the engine, transmission, accesories, etc. You will need to have it resetted for it to work normally again. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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Hello. Many times even though a fuse looks good, it is not. Therefore, check your manual and locate the fuse that controls the radio, GPS etc. Change it even if it looks good. IF that does not fix it, call your local autoelectric shop. These shops have every electrical schematic on line, and every gauge, test device, etc to find your problem and fix it in no time. J.

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