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Old 05-28-2012, 11:14 PM   #1
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Magnadyne M4-LCD questions

We have a brand spanking new Forester 3011DS just received from a factory build. It sports a Magnadyne M4-LCD Nav/DVD/CD/Radio/USB/iPod unit about which I have some questions after our first weekend using the coach.

DVD: I understood from one of the dealer's techs that I could play DVDs and direct it through the distro unit to either of the two TVs....I was unable to do so. Is this actually correct? (If so, I'll return it to the dealer for a fix.)

Sirius: Sat wasn't set up on the radio though I believe I'm supposed to get 6 months free. I back-doored the setup, added the Sat to the main menu, but am still unable to get an ESN. Either there is no Sirius tuner or it's not connected. Should it have been there?

USB/iPOD: These either seriously suck or simply don't work with an iPhone 3GS (I'm guessing the latter.) I suspect that the USB only plays from a stick, not from anything that looks like a disk? I didn't have a headphone male-male cable with me but also suspect that will be the method to play from the iPhone.

Nav: Compared to the Nav on my BMW or my DW's Prius, this one is....well let us say 'difficult' to use effectively. There is no manual, so I grabbed one of the net, but it is still somewhat lacking. Is this the only choice?

The good news is that we love the coach -- all my frustrations seemed to have been centred around the electronics. I love the big counter (I cook lots, so prep space is important) and there are only the two of us, with a labradoodle coming soon, so there is tons of space.

If anyone can share some insights, I would be very grateful!
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:37 PM   #2
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Looks like you are having better luck than me. I just picked up the Sunseeker 2860 with the M4-LCD. I can get the radio, gps and dvd player to work, but that's it. The home page only shows the Setup icon, but it won't open. I can't even program the clock. Love the coach, so far hating the radio.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:53 PM   #4
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Looks like you are having better luck than me. I just picked up the Sunseeker 2860 with the M4-LCD. I can get the radio, gps and dvd player to work, but that's it. The home page only shows the Setup icon, but it won't open. I can't even program the clock. Love the coach, so far hating the radio.
Hey digger47: Do you get the password prompt at the setup icon at all? It took me a few tries to actually get the Setup item to open properly - it seems to require 'holding' longer than the others on my system. The password is 5365.

You can apparently also 'reboot' the system by pressing the restart button (it's a little hole at the bottom left of the unit under the "AV in" jack) with a pen or nail. According to Magnadyne this "may" fix LCD problems (ie not responding). I haven't tried this yet.

There's a manual (I couldn't find mine in the unit) at:
http://www.krippa.com/magnadyne-car-...-file-preview/
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:28 AM   #5
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We have a brand spanking new Forester 3011DS just received from a factory build. It sports a Magnadyne M4-LCD Nav/DVD/CD/Radio/USB/iPod unit about which I have some questions after our first weekend using the coach.

DVD: I understood from one of the dealer's techs that I could play DVDs and direct it through the distro unit to either of the two TVs....I was unable to do so. Is this actually correct? (If so, I'll return it to the dealer for a fix.)
It should have a distrbution box that sends DVD to each of the TV's. TV needs to be on channel 3

Sirius: Sat wasn't set up on the radio though I believe I'm supposed to get 6 months free. I back-doored the setup, added the Sat to the main menu, but am still unable to get an ESN. Either there is no Sirius tuner or it's not connected. Should it have been there?
We DO NOT Install the tuners or any part of the Sirius-XM system

USB/iPOD: These either seriously suck or simply don't work with an iPhone 3GS (I'm guessing the latter.) I suspect that the USB only plays from a stick, not from anything that looks like a disk? I didn't have a headphone male-male cable with me but also suspect that will be the method to play from the iPhone.
The iPOD cable should work with all iPhones. I know for a fact it works with the 4. The USB I believe works with memory sticks.

Nav: Compared to the Nav on my BMW or my DW's Prius, this one is....well let us say 'difficult' to use effectively. There is no manual, so I grabbed one of the net, but it is still somewhat lacking. Is this the only choice?
The iGO NAV in this unit is currently the only choice. There are talks of possibly adding a Rand McNally system in the future, but that is on Magnadyne, not FR, so I don't know.

The good news is that we love the coach -- all my frustrations seemed to have been centred around the electronics. I love the big counter (I cook lots, so prep space is important) and there are only the two of us, with a labradoodle coming soon, so there is tons of space.

If anyone can share some insights, I would be very grateful!
I will be more than willing to help you figure out how to work the radio and all of its features. Send me a PM about what you would like to know
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:31 AM   #6
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Never got a password prompt. Will try to hold the setup icon longer. Did you get any other icons on the Home page? I only have the setup icon. The reset button didn't help. I have the manual, but nothing in there helps with this problem. I sent an email to Magnadyne, waiting to see what they say. Thanks.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:35 PM   #7
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I have the magnadyne 3 which works fine but I can actually take the whole unit out of the dashboard. Does anyone have this similar situation?
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:10 PM   #8
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What do you mean you can take the whole unit out of the dash? Do you have to use the u shaped tools or can you just grab the radio and pull it out? It should be locked into place, or snapped into place however you want to say it.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:39 PM   #9
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I can literally take the whole unit out of the dash. I noticed when it was in, the bottom was sticking out and it was on a slant so I pushed on it and it moved. Then just being curious I grabbed the sides and pulled on it and was surprised to see that the whole thing with the metal sleeve came out. How can I fix it or should a dealer fool with it?
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:10 AM   #10
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To add Sirius XM, you need to buy the tuner described in the manual (Sirius-XM SXV100V1). Amazon has a better price than Sirius. It plugs in the back of the unit. Antenna (comes with it) needs to see the sky. I put mine on the front fender near the front of the hood. I bought touch up paint and painted it white to match RV. Can't even see it.

FYI the radio actually is XM compatible (as opposed to Sirius) so it uses the XM channel line up and I added it to my existing family plan subscription.
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