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AVIC-N1 locked in mute - Car Audio & Video

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  • djvollmer Apr 14, 2009

    This may or may not work, and at the moment I don't even have the car, it's in the shop. When I first got it (a 2001 BMW 325Ci from a dealer) the radio worked, but neither the dealer nor I knew it was that sophisticated a radio, just an am/fm/cd player. When I got it home, I looked at the manuals (I have all three) but it still didn't register that this was indeed a nav/dvd/mp3/xm radio as well. I do not have any map data discs or install discs. I can get to some menu functions, but the audio button is greyed out.



    Once I figured out that it had a pop-up nav screen, was when I started having problems, and it has been locked in mute ever since. I'm not quite sure what the parking brake has to do with the mute function. Thanks in advance for your help.

  • djvollmer Apr 16, 2009

    Still no luck. The parking brake is in the center console and there is a blue wire going in that general direction, coming from the hide-away-unit under the drivers seat. That blue wire is then spliced into a yellow wire, then a fuse holder and 2 amp fuse which is marked "battery". I cannot see anything under the dash that would would be green.

  • djvollmer Apr 17, 2009

    Back to the beginning. Pioneer AVIC-N1 locked on mute. I just bought it at a BMW dealer, used, and the am-fm portion worked. I didn't realize it was a nav-dvd-etc. player. Now the system displays a menu, but can't get rid of the mute (lower left corner)function. The menu button brings up three buttons, 1)audio (greyed out), 2)radio and 3)setup. I can find no option to turn the mute function off/sound on. I don't see that it is a hard wire problem. I have the manuals, but not the data/DVD's.

  • djvollmer Apr 18, 2009

    I finally found the problem, as I was not able to get to the "initial setup screen". Once I found that, I could finally make my way around the system, half way anyway, and I now have sound!



    It's still difficult getting to the menu to change time, brightness (basic things), but I'm getting there.



    Thanks for all the help

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All you gotta do to bypass the N2 is look on the bottom side of the unit you will see a little brown piece of tape or covering once you remove that you will see two soder points all you gotta do is put a wire between these two points BE VERY CAREFUL!!!! and thank your Pioneer rep!!! this was very useful info we;ve tried it on two units so far with no problem. if this works for you all i ask is that you PM me and let me know thanks
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My brother (who i would say is the F*#@ing man) and i just completed the moving lockout bypass on my AVIC N1. We began by finding the green wire that runs from the head unit to the parking brake. He then cut it before the splice and placed it between the parking brake and the mechanism itself ( the mechanism is a plastic and metal piece that creates a circuit when the parking brake is activated). You will notice a hole in the parking brake lever that lets you access the screw to loosen the mechanism. Take the wire you cut that runs from the AVIC N1, strip the end, and place it between the mechanism and the parking brake itself. Use the screw to tighten the wire between the two and this will complete the circuit and make the head unit think that the parking brake is always on. Therefore you will have control of all the locked out functions while moving such as address search and dvd playback. This took a total of five minutes and is easier than you think. I was running version 1.2 pioneer navi disc and had no problems with all functions. We did a test run and got up to about 55mph and had no problems. I now love my AVIC N1 a million times more. No i will not be using this to distract myself form the task of driving, just to make the unit alot more usable in the real world. I will post pics tomorrow as it is now too dark to do so. Good luck and enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can also help from this site
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  • Aftab Nawaz Apr 17, 2009

    i think your problem in hardware but software work....so you need a check the wiring and other things...may be speaker problem....rate it

  • Aftab Nawaz Apr 17, 2009

    dear if your FM work properly then i surly your problem in hardware it is not linked with DVD

  • Aftab Nawaz Apr 29, 2009

    hi.dear thanks to this.....VERY GOOD YOU ARE LUCKY AND I AM ALSO LUCKY.So if your problem is solve please rate it best



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Dear djvollmer,

Avic-N1's when installed properly will either mute or disable certain functions when the parking brake is not engaged. The idea is that you must be stopped to access these features, not driving and messing with NAV functions at the same time. The system is easily circumvented by most installers and if left un-attended to by the installer it may render many functions useless. Once you make sure that the parking brake safety switch is installed correctly it should fix the mute issue. If not the sytem's remote can toggle the mute on/off. After going through those steps it should be fully functional.
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    Do you have the remote for the unit? If so try unlocking mute with it. Also you can usually disconnect the brain from the nav unit and the deck should work as normal but with out nav functions. If that works it will indicate that the nav unit is not receiving the signal from the parking brake, or is malfunctioning.

    -Dynami

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Please try to find the green wire that runs from the head unit to the parking brake. Then cut it before the splice and placed it between the parking brake and the mechanism itself ( the mechanism is a plastic and metal piece that creates a circuit when the parking brake is activated). You will notice a hole in the parking brake lever that lets you access the screw to loosen the mechanism. Take the wire you cut that runs from the AVIC N1, strip the end, and place it between the mechanism and the parking brake itself. Use the screw to tighten the wire between the two and this will complete the circuit and make the head unit think that the parking brake is always on. Therefore you will have control of all the locked out functions while moving such as address search and dvd playback. This took a total of five minutes and is easier than you think. We did a test run and got up to about 55mph and had no problems

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All you gotta do to bypass the N2 is look on the bottom side of the unit you will see a little brown piece of tape or covering once you remove that you will see two soder points all you gotta do is put a wire between these two points BE VERY CAREFUL!!!! and thank your Pioneer rep!!! this was very useful info we;ve tried it on two units so far with no problem.

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Check the AVIC-N1 connections to audio system.
It is possible that audio wires are not connected properly , refer to the user manual.

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