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Yes, stopped working completely 6 10.91%
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:34 AM   #1
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USB port intermittent... shall we compile a list of PDIM failures?

Happened for the 4th or 5th time today, I got in and with the iPod permanently connected as always, no Aux interface. Looks my car is another victim of soon to be PDIM failure.

I remember there was a long post by a member who pulled his PDIM out and took it to the dealer. Let's start keeping track of PDIM failures for posterity's sake, anyone else having the problem yet?

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:49 AM   #2
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Yeah, there is definetly something going on. Sometimes it works fine other times it won't work unless I unplug it and plug it back in. Sometimes it will play, but the display
has locked up on the previous song. The problems seem to arise when I shut off the car
and then come back and start it up again.
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:09 PM   #3
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that was me who pulled the PDIM out... I am still waiting on a replacement.

I hope the next one has the newest firmware
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:12 PM   #4
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If these issues can be pulled together in a constructive manner, we may be able to get them fixed through firmware updates. We've already been told that an update should be released to fix some of the issues relatively soon.

And you need an option for "works fine"
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:17 PM   #5
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I'm curious how they'll update the firmware. You think it'll just be a matter of plugging a special computer or even flash drive into the USB port?

The display on my radio will occasionally freeze on a song's information but continue to keep playing. The only way I've found to fix this is to remove the USB stick, turn off the car, turn on the car, and re-insert the USB stick.
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:26 PM   #6
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Mine does not read the Zune or USB stick sometimes. Of course, as soon as I get around to coming on here and seeking out Codeman, it starts to work again. A minor annoyance...not really worth taking the car to the dealer for. It seems to reset after a few ignition key cycles. I was waiting to see of others had the same problem and if GM came up with a fix for the next time I am at the dealer.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:21 PM   #7
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I'm curious how they'll update the firmware. You think it'll just be a matter of plugging a special computer or even flash drive into the USB port?

The display on my radio will occasionally freeze on a song's information but continue to keep playing. The only way I've found to fix this is to remove the USB stick, turn off the car, turn on the car, and re-insert the USB stick.
The device is on the CAN bus so it might require something to be plugged into the OBD port. The other option is just a file that gets put on a flash drive. Obviously the latter would be easier but since this is GM, I'm guessing it will be the former.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:27 PM   #8
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My USB has never worked........
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:33 PM   #9
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:39 PM   #10
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And you need an option for "works fine"
I didnt put that up because I didnt want the people who just get their cars to vote "works fine" and then later have a problem and not be able to add themselves to the "broke" section of the poll.
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:56 PM   #11
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Never ever. Tried several things as suggested here, and nothing......Liquid Metal plays some pretty good tunes so I will stick with that.
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:59 PM   #12
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When you plug a USB thumb drive in with mp3's on it, does it even try to read the thing?
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:00 PM   #13
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Says no data found. My computer reads the USB just fine. It shows each band as a folder and plays everything on it.
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:04 PM   #14
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Have you tried taking everything out of folders?
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:09 PM   #15
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How do I do that? Music went from I -Tunes to My Computer to USB. The music was then put into folders by band name. It just did it. I didnt mean for it to happen like that.
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:12 PM   #16
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There's the problem. I believe the Camaro will not recognize music with DRM attached. I'm pretty sure all music from the I-tunes store is equipped with this pesky stuff.

For your reference, DRM means Digital Rights Management, and it's a way for the recording industry to prevent file sharing.
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Most of my music was loaded onto my computer(by original cd)and since my default is I-Tunes non of my music will work??
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:18 PM   #18
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There's the problem. I believe the Camaro will not recognize music with DRM attached. I'm pretty sure all music from the I-tunes store is equipped with this pesky stuff.

For your reference, DRM means Digital Rights Management, and it's a way for the recording industry to prevent file sharing.
Bingo! You can play the songs, but only through an iPod with the USB cable.
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I'll have to defer to someone who knows more about this than I do, but I believe if you use I-Tunes to rip cd's, it automatically copyrights all of the music files with DRM. Even if it was purchased at a store. If that's the case, that really sucks.
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:29 PM   #21
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Not a very good poll because there is no option for "working fine". If you got everyone to post their experiences both positive and negative then you would get a sense of how many problems their are and perhaps we can look for some trends.

It is the difference between just complaining and actually trying to resolve the issues so we can all enjoy this feature.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:35 PM   #22
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I'll have to defer to someone who knows more about this than I do, but I believe if you use I-Tunes to rip cd's, it automatically copyrights all of the music files with DRM. Even if it was purchased at a store. If that's the case, that really sucks.
No, if you rip from CD using itunes there is no DRM. Also, after April 2009 most iTunes music is DRM free. Most older itunes purchases can be upgraded to DRM free version for $0.30 per song.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:58 PM   #23
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I use my IPOD on mine. I will work just fine, be playing a song and shutoff the car, come back and start it...no music, wiggle the USB plug and it comes back on. This has nothing to do with type of file, music rights or anything software related on my IPOD. It it software or hardware related in the car. Too many people are having problems with this system and it will eventually get GM's attention.
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:42 AM   #24
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iTunes rips CDs to AAC (m4a or whatever) which is NOT compatible with the Camaro via USB flash drive. You need to go into your iTunes settings and change it to rip to MP3. You should also be able to right click on your songs and convert them to MP3 so you don't have to re-rip them.
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No, if you rip from CD using itunes there is no DRM. Also, after April 2009 most iTunes music is DRM free. Most older itunes purchases can be upgraded to DRM free version for $0.30 per song.
They are still AAC which will need to be converted to MP3 in order to play in the Camaro off a flash drive.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:27 AM   #25
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Solution: RIP music with windows media player, it creates high qualty MP3s (320k) or WMAs if you set the options right.

I didn't respond to the poll at all because as far as I'm concerned having the car close to 3 weeks now it works fine to me. I have had a couple little problems that I consider inconsequential. I use an iriver player with its USB cable and all my music is non DRM either downloaded or ripped. Once or twice I got "device not recognized" or "no compatable data on device" (or something like that) which was solved by unplugging it and plugging back in. As well I discovered that yes Camaro and DRM don't mix, but thats not a problem its just the way DRM sucks, I mean works....

What I don't like:
- It doesn't save the fact you select random play
- If you change the source to XM, FM, et.al. while driving and shut off the car, it automatically defaults to the device when you start the car again

What I do like:
- sound quality is great (partially because I don't bother with MP3's that are under 256k)
- quick and easy to search through tracks
- charges up the battery while in the car so I can use it wherever I go
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