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    Exclamation DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    Howdy friends!

    Just picked up my new CTS last night. This thing is
    fully loaded and beautifiul! The DVD Nav / Computer is,
    naturally, the coolest part... And when I discovered it
    ALSO plays DVDs, I thought I was in heaven!

    You see, the only way I can get my wife to quiet down
    for a long road trip is to stick a movie in front of her.
    She's like a kid. Anything more than 30 minutes and
    she starts bitching.

    Anyway, I discovered quickly that you can only play
    movies when the transmission is in "PARK". Bummer.

    However, I completely understand Cadillac's thinking
    on this. It's a no-brainer. ("LOCAL MAN FLIES-OFF
    BRIDGE WHILE WATCHING MATRIX DVD - GMC SUED" ...etc)

    But for us RESPONSIBLE drivers, there HAS to be a 'trick'
    to overriding the system. I'd like to avoid buying a
    portable DVD player if possible.

    Is there a way to allow your passenger to watch DVDs
    while the cars moving?

    C'mon you hackers! Whaddya got?

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    Re: DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Father Ray
    Howdy friends!

    Just picked up my new CTS last night. This thing is
    fully loaded and beautifiul! The DVD Nav / Computer is,
    naturally, the coolest part... And when I discovered it
    ALSO plays DVDs, I thought I was in heaven!



    Is there a way to allow your passenger to watch DVDs
    while the cars moving?

    C'mon you hackers! Whaddya got?
    Hey, did you ever get a solution to the DVD problem of it not playing while out of "Park"?

    Excellent vehicle but this DVD thing is driving me nuts.

    Anybody figure out the patch or bypass to make this work?

    Andy

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    Re: DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    nothing u can do eespecially if u dont wanna void the warranty......

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    Re: DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    Quote Originally Posted by BUILDINGCTSAMG
    nothing u can do eespecially if u dont wanna void the warranty......
    Well, I've already taken apart a lot of the panels and electrical connections looking for an obvious fix but nothing so far. Really thought that pulling and grounding the purple wire running from the shifter would have done it, but that wasn't the solution.

    I'm open to any ideas and the warranty worry is not a concern.

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    Re: DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    Quote Originally Posted by ADulay
    Well, I've already taken apart a lot of the panels and electrical connections looking for an obvious fix but nothing so far. Really thought that pulling and grounding the purple wire running from the shifter would have done it, but that wasn't the solution.

    I'm open to any ideas and the warranty worry is not a concern.

    AD
    I'm about to pick up an '03 Escalade, I'm guessing it will be able to do the same thing (play movies). I'm going to try and find the wiring diagram for the audio system. I know there is a Helms manual for my Acura that found that has all of the info and more, does one exist for the Escalade?

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    Re: DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    g o on ebay ....they have a hack for the lexus. i am sure its the same idea.....

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    Re: DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    Quote Originally Posted by caddypimpin
    g o on ebay ....they have a hack for the lexus. i am sure its the same idea.....
    Ok this is just my 2 cents. Don't own an escalade but here goes

    Logically speaking
    The dvd only plays in park. So there has to be a sensor that is sending a signal to the system that it says when its in park. If you find that sensor and find a way to make it read that its always in park that would be the way to do. A shop manual SHOULD tell you where that sensor is and how it works. I would go from there good luck guys it would bother me as well.

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    yeah it's possible to buy the hack (try Ebay or search) to bypass the security feature (only play DVDs in park)... not a very big deal.

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    Re: DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    Maybe you could help us out with the search criteria you used on ebay? I don't know about others, but I've researched this extensively (including searching ebay) and as far as I can tell the only DVD Nav override available is for a Lexus SUV. I know that there is one for BMW as well, but nothing yet on the cadillac.

    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Stealth_Space
    yeah it's possible to buy the hack (try Ebay or search) to bypass the security feature (only play DVDs in park)... not a very big deal.

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    I emailed the guy who sells the mod for the lexus/toyota. He does not have anything for the GM stuff as of yet. Its only a matter of time, and I doubt its as easy as just "fooling it" to think you are in park by gounding on wire.

    Paul

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    Re: DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    Quote Originally Posted by ADulay
    Well, I've already taken apart a lot of the panels and electrical connections looking for an obvious fix but nothing so far. Really thought that pulling and grounding the purple wire running from the shifter would have done it, but that wasn't the solution.

    I'm open to any ideas and the warranty worry is not a concern.

    AD
    Does it still play DVDs in park if that wire is completely disconnected?

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    Re: DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    paulct,

    Please keep us informed if the guy who does the Lexus fix comes up with anything for "our" CTS.

    This has almost become an obsession with me now. There simply must be a way to bypass or work around that system!!

    AD

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    Re: DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    davesdeville,

    Well, what happens when the "four wire" connector is disconnected is that the key won't come out of the ignition and you can't get the car to come out of Park.

    I may go back in there and start grounding and checking the other three wires. For the time that I had that night, I was only concerned with the purple one as that was the one I had understood to be the "key" to the functioning of the "Park" module.

    When I get back home (I'm in Hong Kong this week) I'll open up the console again and work with the other three to see if it's that simple.

    Hmm, now that you got me to thinking, perhaps a switch in that line to turn off that purple/park connection might work. It would have to be "on" to get the vehicle moving (and the key to come out of the slot) but once in motion, it may very well do something else.

    I'll get back home on the 25th and try it again.

    AD

    Quote Originally Posted by davesdeville
    Does it still play DVDs in park if that wire is completely disconnected?

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    Re: DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    Quote Originally Posted by splitz
    I'm going to try and find the wiring diagram for the audio system. I know there is a Helms manual for my Acura that found that has all of the info and more, does one exist for the Escalade?
    Splitz,

    Did you ever find a wiring diagram for your 2003 Escalade? Any info that we might use to track down the elusive "Park" DVD movie solution?

    I can't find any CTS electrical pages now and the people I've talked to say they may not be available until next year. This doesn't make sense as I would imagine there has to be some wiring and tech manuals somewhere that we can get out hands on to find out what the logic is in the "Park" circuit to drop out the video.

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    Re: DVD Nav Override? (I wanna play movies!)

    Quote Originally Posted by ADulay
    Splitz,

    Did you ever find a wiring diagram for your 2003 Escalade? Any info that we might use to track down the elusive "Park" DVD movie solution?

    I can't find any CTS electrical pages now and the people I've talked to say they may not be available until next year. This doesn't make sense as I would imagine there has to be some wiring and tech manuals somewhere that we can get out hands on to find out what the logic is in the "Park" circuit to drop out the video.

    AD
    ADulay,

    No I have not been looking because the Escalade Nav does not play movies at all, I just get something like "DVD Map Error." So I figure it doesnt work, and I stop bothering looking for it.

    Splitz

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