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    Quote Originally Posted by 7eregrine View Post
    It's not hard. He just sucks. Bwahahahaha
    Just kidding! LOL
    And once you're in Lbear, there's actually a thing you can run that will automatically restore your access after an update.
    Ain't this the truth, lol! I fried two TTL adapters (literally puffs of smoke), thought I lost my laptop forever, and had to pull the trim and bolts 3 freaking times, but I FINALLY got it to work! I left an Android phone in there that has the free, unlimited Sprint BYOD service for a year and everything worked flawlessly this morning as the CMU booted lightning quick and went almost straight into AA. Amazing.

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    Someone please educate me on what Mazda Android Auto means once the new feature is available. Please bear with my stupid questions.

    Does it mean after the upgrade the Mazda infotainment unit will become an Android device internally, just like any Android based home appliance such as media player, and the Mazda Navigation system would still be a standalone unit?

    Or does it mean one must bring his own Android phone, which must be installed with Waze or whatever, and have phone connected to the Mazda (through BT?) EVERY SINGLE TIME after starting the engine, before one can use the Navigation system?

    This link seems to suggest an external phone must be used:
    https://www.android.com/auto/

    To use Android Auto, you need an Android Auto compatible vehicle or aftermarket radio and an Android phone running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher.

    If it's the latter I'd prefer MazdaConnect, assuming the AA upgrade is optional and MC will continue to be supported. thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazdafollower View Post
    Someone please educate me on what Mazda Android Auto means once the new feature is available. Please bear with my stupid questions.

    Does it mean after the upgrade the Mazda infotainment unit will become an Android device internally, just like any Android based home appliance such as media player, and the Mazda Navigation system would still be a standalone unit?

    Or does it mean one must bring his own Android phone, which must be installed with Waze or whatever, and have phone connected to the Mazda (through BT?) EVERY SINGLE TIME after starting the engine, before one can use the Navigation system?

    This link seems to suggest an external phone must be used:
    https://www.android.com/auto/

    To use Android Auto, you need an Android Auto compatible vehicle or aftermarket radio and an Android phone running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher.

    If it's the latter I'd prefer MazdaConnect, assuming the AA upgrade is optional and MC will continue to be supported. thx
    It's the latter. You plug in your Android phone and the headunit automatically boots up the Android Auto app on both the infotainment unit and your phone. If you've never used AA, then trust me when I say you'll very quickly grow to love it! Prior to buying our CX-5, I was just using the standalone app on my Pixel when I drove -- it's that good. I'm now on day 1 of having it in on our Mazda (after applying the hacks here), and it honestly makes the infotainment unit 100x better. You can still do everything you want on the MazdaConnect system just like before, but you're one click away from Google and their touch friendly interface that can access a number of phone apps quickly and easily, such as Maps/Waze (FINALLY -- live traffic!), Pandora, Google Music, podcast apps, etc.

    If Mazda ever gets around to releasing AA, most people believe you'll have to pay to get it installed at a dealer. So if you're not all that thrilled by it, you'll definitely be able to continue using the stock Connect system.

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    Yea it's totally stand alone. Just an app in the radio. You can launch it from the headunit just like you do the MPG app. Once in AA it's a couple clicks to exit and go back to Mazda.
    I still don't think it's must have. I don't need live traffic. But the thing I do like about it is making the voice activated button on the steering wheel actually useful.
    Hey Google > Send text. IFull Google Assistant integration is nice. It amazes me how little functionality that button has in MZD. About half of car companies do the same while the others allow you to talk and text.
    I did have to admit these hackers did a great job on it. It boots fast and works so good I'm not sure how Mazda can improve it.

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    Thanks for confirming MazdaConnect is to stay and one can freely switch between the two before 100% comfortable with AA. I wrongly thought the MazdaConnect "operating system" is going to be completely replaced with an Android OS and one's forced to use AA.

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    Any of you Serial Hack Ninjas help clarify the serial wiring? When I look at the power and more connector, do you push the tx and rx into the far right ports that have no existing wiring going in? Or the ports that already have the wires present? If you are looking at the screen, is it the ports on the right or left? Thanks in advance, I really appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by changes13 View Post
    Any of you Serial Hack Ninjas help clarify the serial wiring? When I look at the power and more connector, do you push the tx and rx into the far right ports that have no existing wiring going in? Or the ports that already have the wires present? If you are looking at the screen, is it the ports on the right or left? Thanks in advance, I really appreciate it.
    The holes with no wires. I am pretty sure they are the left most ones when viewed from the back, so that would make them right most when viewing the screen.

    Have you looked at the pictures? I found them very clear.

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    Thanks for the reply alphadog00 and PMs with abeln2672. It turns out the issue was the pins on the wire were too short to make proper contact. Easy fix, cut the pins off, strip the wire to about 1.5 inches. Plug in and it was good to go. Taking off the trim was surprisingly easy with $10 trim removal tool from ebay. That was 5 minutes. 90 minutes futzing with the wiring before realizing the pins were probably too short.

    A hint I have for others: One way to prove to yourself that your wires and USB Serial adapter are fine is to touch the rx wire to the tx wire. Open up putty/securecrt to start the serial session as normal. Then touch some characters on the keyboard and verify they show up on your putty/securecrt session. If it does, your usb and wiring is good. If it does not, it means your wiring or usb adapter are not working properly.

    To confirm wiring, while looking at the screen, the two empty ports all the way to the right. These would be the ones closest to the passenger seat.

    Finally, I lost one of the screws that hold the head unit in. It's a wide head phillips screw. While I was putting it back in, it slipped out of my fingers and fell somewhere inside the dash. Darn! Luckily the head unit seems to be mostly held in with those 10mm bolts on either side. If anyone knows where I can get that screw I lost, would be much appreciated!

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