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    Thumbs up Becker Cascade Maps V5 (outdated)

    NOTE! 2014 maps are now available:
    Bmw business 2014 maps (dvd1) plus speed camera database (scdb, from nov 2013)


    2013 DOWNLOADS
    Other downloads at bottom of post

    PASSWORD: gpsunderground

    BMW BUSINESS 2013 MAPS (DVD1) PLUS SPEED CAMERA DATABASE (SCDB, FROM DEC 2012)
    to get the latest maps replace the TRACK01.RAW on your existing, working V5 CF card with this file
    Note: this new file will not fit on 2GB CF cards. We're lucky that these BMW maps have fitted in previous years, but the 2013 maps are a bit larger this year. Speed camera adds less than 1MB.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Note: Update to System V5 to use V5 maps

    SYSTEM UPDATE PROCESS
    1. Turn on car ignition and leave on during update
    2. Insert System CD V5.0
    3. Wait for Update to be found
    4. Choose Yes
    5. Wait for update to complete
    6. When asked to Insert Navigation Software, insert V5 CF card

    V5 CF OPTIONS
    1. Write V5 2GB CF IMAGE to CF card
    (for old, standard Becker maps)
    OR
    2. Create 4GB CF card with magic text, copy TRACK01.RAW onto it
    (for new, current BMW maps)

    CF WARNINGS
    1. Windows: Use USB Image Tool (link below): Device Mode, Restore IMG file to CF card.
    1. Mac OS X: Use Disk Utility: Restore IMG file to CF card.
    2. CF card required needs to be Official SanDisk (I recommend Ultra II model).
    3. Therefore: Other brand CF cards will NOT work.
    4. CF card required needs to be at least size 2,048,901,120 bytes
    (this is important! it is 2.05GB using base-10 measure, 2GB using base-2 measure)
    5. Thefore: Fake SanDisk CF cards will NOT work.


    1. WRITING 2GB CF IMAGE TO CF CARD
    Simplest is to use the CF card that was working for you with V4.
    Make backup of CF V4 card using USB Image Tool in Device Mode, or Disk Utility on Mac.

    USB IMAGE TOOL
    2. CREATING YOUR OWN LARGER (4GB, 8GB) CF CARD
    You will need:
    1. Gparted (Linux/Ubuntu Live CD)
    2. WinHex (Windows)
    3. Official SanDisk CF card (use a trustworthy seller, retail packaging, to check if the card is legitimate you need to use a PCMCIA adapter and WinHex to see manufacturer name). Easier way is to just buy a trusted one - avoid cheap eBay deals "too good to be true".

    In Gparted, operate on CF card:
    1. Delete partitions of partitions (not format)
    2. Create new partition on CF card, sized to fill almost all the card but leave smallest unit free (minimum 1KB, usually 1MB)
    3. Apply changes

    In WinHex:
    1. locate unpartitioned space after main partition, put magic text there (see below)
    2. save changes

    MAGIC TEXT:
    Becker branded devices: HARMANBECKER BECKER V5
    Other (eg. Ferrari) branded devices: HARMANBECKER OEM V5
    change V5 to V4 for older system version

    Screenshot of magic text
    OTHER DOWNLOADS

    PASSWORD: gpsunderground

    V5 2GB CF
    V5.2 SYSTEM CD ISO
    (V4.03 may be used as an intermediate update which may result in working telephone on 7941 and 7948, but you are on your own with this.)

    V4.03 SYSTEM CD ISO
    BMW BUSINESS 2012 MAPS (DVD1)
    to get the latest maps replace the TRACK01.RAW on your existing, working V5 CF card with this file
    PASSWORD: gpsunderground

    TOOLS DOWNLOAD
    Use these to modify the databases
    BE794x Info und Tools - Becker Radio Navigation (DIN) - Forum pocketnavigation.de u. geo24.de
    Last edited by emsef; 9th December 2013 at 00:32. Reason: 2014 maps link
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    Re: Becker Cascade Maps V5?

    NEW INFO
    BMW maps can be used which offer more up-to-date coverage than the old, official Becker/Navteq maps. See above.

    OLD INFO
    This is from NAVTEQ, no mention of any software changes.

    Thank you for contacting NAVTEQ.

    Map version 5.0 for the Becker Cascade contains the following changes:

    77 605 Points of Interest (22 679 are new)

    Croatia coverage improved from 17% to 49%

    Estonia from 62% to 100%

    Germany 99% to 100%

    Greece 40% to 44%

    Hungary 99% to 100%

    Italy 51% to 74%

    Latvia 31% to 97%

    Lithuania 15% to 41%

    Portugal 95% to 100%

    Slovakia 12% to 100%

    Spain 87% to 100%

    Should you require additional information, please send us your feedback by replying to this email including your reference number. You may also contact us through our Customer Service Centre at the phone numbers provided below.

    With kind regards,

    NAVTEQ Customer Service Centre
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    Re: Becker Cascade Maps V5?

    I am now using V5.0 running on a 4GB card. Working well.
    Last edited by emsef; 1st March 2012 at 17:53.

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    Re: Becker Cascade Maps V5?

    Hi emsef,

    its long time ago, that i send a message to you, now i will begin.

    The last Version of Becker V4.0 on my 3.62 CF card runs without failoures, but if i took all new files on a 4gb card mith many music (120 songs in mp3), i have the problem, that the navi software runs slowlier.
    It tooks many minutes from start to get them to work. The next problem: Speedtraps runs a little while (30 - 45 minutes and crashed for ever)

    I deleted many songs from 4gb cf and all runs ok.

    Is this the same problem with Software 5.0 - and where can i find this for testing?

    Sorry about my poor school english

    Sonja

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    Re: Becker Cascade Maps V5?

    Hi,

    Becker devices are not optimised for serious mp3 usage. Large numbers of mp3 files will slow down operation. You need good, high speed, Sandisk CF card for best results.

    So, I recommend one folder MUSIC in the root level and then one folder per album inside of that. So, structure looks like this:

    CF
    -TRACK01.raw
    -MUSIC
    --ALBUM ONE
    ---MP3 A
    ---MP3 B
    --ALBUM TWO
    ---MP3 C
    ---MP3 D
    etc

    With this setup you can achieve good results. There is still slight delay but only.

    Also, it is useful to sort the directories and mp3s using: This may speed things up, also.

    V5 is much the same as V4 software, from what i can see. But of course with newer maps.

    I have asked moderators where is best place for me to upload V5.0, but no reply. V5 seems the same in terms of MP3s.

    If anybody has any hints, let me know.
    Last edited by emsef; 25th August 2010 at 11:38.

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    Re: Becker Cascade Maps V5?

    Hi.

    So with V5 you can use bigger CF-Cards? If so great.
    Why not put it out with bittorrent?

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    Re: Becker Cascade Maps V5?

    Hi emsef,

    thank you for the better strukture with mp3s on a cf card.

    What i know is the possibilty to read the original v5 cf card with the “USB Image Tool 1.55” in the device mode. - sorry, i dont know if this works.

    Sonja

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    Re: Becker Cascade Maps V5?

    Quote Originally Posted by mangos View Post
    Hi.

    So with V5 you can use bigger CF-Cards? If so great.
    You can use V4 and V5 with bigger CF cards, but they need to be prepared in a special way. Easy to buy from eBay

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    Re: Becker Cascade Maps V5?

    First post updated with Downloads


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    Re: Becker Cascade Maps V5?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsef View Post
    You can use V4 and V5 with bigger CF cards, but they need to be prepared in a special way. Easy to buy from eBay
    I Use a 4GB today but the preparation reduced the card to 2GB.

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