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Old 03-31-2015, 12:08 AM   #1
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Backup camera microphone?

Our backup camera monitor has volume control buttons and I can change the volume readout numbers up and down but I don't hear anything back by the camera even when I turn it up. Is there a microphone that I should be hearing or is it not part of the camera that is installed on a 2015 Forester?
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Old 03-31-2015, 12:46 AM   #2
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The microphone is in the back so the driver can hear someone behind him giving backing instructions etc. Have someone outside in the back talk while you are in the drivers seat and test it out that way.
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I have tested it and I don't hear anything even at max volume. Either mine doesn't work or the Forester cameras don't have the microphone.
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Backup camera microphone?

Ok, after reading the backup camera owners manual again it sounds like I should have audio from the monitor, as in the camera I have is equipped with a microphone. Now I just need to figure out why it isn't working. I found this in the troubleshooting section of the manual.

No audio
Verify selected camera has audio.
Verify volume setting.
Confirm that the Blue audio trigger is connected to 12v+

The only thing I haven't checked is the blue audio trigger wiring. I'll have to check it out. Is there anything else I could be missing, a setting somewhere? Otherwise this may have to go on the list for warranty work.
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Ok, after reading the backup camera owners manual again it sounds like I should have audio from the monitor, as in the camera I have is equipped with a microphone. Now I just need to figure out why it isn't working. I found this in the troubleshooting section of the manual.

No audio
Verify selected camera has audio.
Verify volume setting.
Confirm that the Blue audio trigger is connected to 12v+

The only thing I haven't checked is the blue audio trigger wiring. I'll have to check it out. Is there anything else I could be missing, a setting somewhere? Otherwise this may have to go on the list for warranty work.
With a new unit like this, IMO go with the warranty if you get into it too deep you may void the warranty just by working on it. If the camera does have the microphone I would verify whether all the wiring is correct or not. I am a do it your-selfer from way back but am very cautious when it comes to voiding warranties.
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Some back up cameras have the mic and video activated only when the vehicle is in reverse. This is due to some state laws that prohibit displays visible to the driver during normal driving. This is why there are separate wires to activate video and mic. If you find that the blue wire is not connected and want to check it out or use it only when backing you can temporarily connect a cigarette lighter adapter to the blue wire and plug it into the cigarette lighter/ power port.
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My speaker only works in reverse.
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Is there a way to keep the backup camera on while travelling to monitor our TOAD (2014 Solera 24B) ???
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Is there a way to keep the backup camera on while travelling to monitor our TOAD (2014 Solera 24B) ???
You don't say what camera and how connected (OEM or aftermarket). If the camera is activated by the backup pin in the Bargman. If you disconnect it and connect it to the 12V acc pin it will be on all the time.
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