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By SquithyX, Senior Member on 12th August 2018, 01:28 PM
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I thought i would start this thread, separate to the Jeep one as the Jeep thread is for the 8.4" uConnect and uses some different files to the 6.5" version.

The aim of the thread is to be able to gain some sort of 'root' access to the file system to be able to update the maps on the system. So far I know cm0002 and Leighm0 have done some great work with the 8.4" - Most of which we can use on the 6.5".....once we have access to the file system.

The problem we seem to be facing is finding a swdl.iso that is old enough to be modified for our 6.5" units.


Mission Accomplished.... mostly


Disclaimer: I can not be held responsible for any damages to your uConnect, Car or your hair falling out from running this modification.
That being said, if you do have a problem please contact me and I will see if I can help you fix it.


For all those people still on v17.07.46 or older uConnect 6.5 firmware I offer you a “jailbreak”, you can now update your maps to the latest versions (currently offering EU 2018Q3 / NA 2018Q1 in my pack). I have to warn you though, the process can take a lot of time!


For those of you who have updated your 6.5 uConnect to v17.35.41 or v18, I am still working on how to update those, FCA / Alfa changed the locks with that update!


For a Full EU / NA update, if you follow my instructions fully, it will take approx. 4hours during which time your uConnect must remain powered on. This time can be greatly reduced by only updating the country or countries you need, or if you are feeling brave, skipping Step 1.


Files / Items needed:
uConnect 6.5 running v17 or older firmware -Supporting Alfa, Fiat and Jeeps too!
At least 8gb USB Drive ***preferably with a flashing led light so you can see file access***
Files from
https://mega.nz/#F!kURhTCbJ!uJhKPMyGiESbvQSDb33CvQ


Stage 1 – Backup your files

Download:
1 Magic -Alfa pre UPD.zip -For Alfa
1 Magic -Fiat & Jeep pre UPD.zip -For Fiat / Jeep
2 Backup.zip


Process:
1. Download and expand “1 Magic -XXX.zip” and “2 Backup.zip”
2. Copy the content onto the root of the USB drive
3. Start car and let uConnect boot up (wait approx 5min for full boot up)
4. Plug in and WAIT, the uConnect will not appear to be doing anything but if you are using a USB with a light you should be able to see it flashing with file activity
5. After some time, in my case it took 1h25 to complete this stage, it should popup a window about there is a update that you MUST answer NO to
6. Pull USB, and power cycle the uConnect*


After that you now have a backup of all the system and map files we are going to change on your uConnect.


KEEP THEM SAFE!


Either use a second USB for stage 2, save the backup folder to your computer or if your like me and use a 16gb USB stick you can leave it where it is.


I have now uploaded copies of the official EU Map Packs from (A) 2013, 2015 and 2017, NA Map Packs (B) 2013, and ROW Map Packs (C) WIP that will function as a backup or official upgrade for anybody needing them, restoring your uConnect back to stock.


***If you have a newer set of Original Map files please contact me, and I can add them to the drive for all to benefit from***


Stage 2 – Modify your uConnect


Download:
1 Magic.zip --You should already have this if you completed Stage 1
D EU Custom 2018 HNEU2018Q3v2.zip --Full EU
E NA Custom 2018 HNNA2018Q1.zip --Full North America
Or
D UK Custom 2018 HNUK2018Q3.zip --UK Only
D FR Custom 2018 HNFR2018Q3.zip --France Only
D DE Custom 2018 HNDE2018Q3.zip --Germany Only
D IT Custom 2018 HNIT2018Q3.zip --Italy Only
***There will be other country / State only update packs soon***
Or
A EU 2013 Original NQEU2012Q4.zip --Stock 2013 Maps, Original EU Release
A EU Update 2017 HMEU2015Q4.zip --Newest Original Map files released 2017
B NA 2013 Original NQNA2013Q4.zip --Stock 2013 Maps, Original NA Release


Process:
1. Download and expand “1 Magic.zip” and “D XX Custom 2018 HN….zip”
2. Copy the content onto the root of the USB drive
3. Start car and let uConnect boot up (wait approx. 5min for full boot up)
4. Plug in and WAIT, the uConnect will not appear to be doing anything but if you are using a USB with a light you should be able to see it flashing with file activity
5. After some time, depending on file used - If country / State only pack approx. 15min if full EU then approx. 2h, it should popup a window about there is a update that you MUST answer NO
6. Pull USB, and power cycle the uConnect*


If all gone well you will now have a uConnect 6.5 with updated maps!


As I am sure you can understand, there are still some little bugs to work out;

Problems:
UK postcodes > Only 5 digit search
Speedcams > Not working at all
Anything else… you tell me


Fixed:
UK TMC now working
France TMC working again
Italy TMC (paid version) working

There may be other little problems, but I am unable to test them, please let me know and I will look into them and try to fix!






*To Power cycle:
Either remove key, lock car, wait 10min, unlock and restart)
Or use engineers menu to reset the uConnect (Press Radio, More and Browse until menu pops up, scroll down to Reset Radio, answer YES)
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16th August 2018, 05:34 PM |#2  
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I have uploaded some of the files, more to come.
The URL:

https://mega.nz/#F!kMYjlSKB!MCC6U1jclb0_aHc-NdocrA

If you have anything else to share please message me.
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So I have found a uConnect 6.5 update file with version no 15.18.xx. Uploaded to the mega share - now to figure out how to modify it!
14th September 2018, 02:42 PM |#4  
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Hi.
It is possible in jeep?
14th September 2018, 02:58 PM |#5  
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Originally Posted by SquithyX

So I have found a uConnect 6.5 update file with version no 15.18.xx. Uploaded to the mega share - now to figure out how to modify it!

any news?
15th September 2018, 08:46 AM |#6  
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Update....

The 15.18.xx file is ROW and after modifying it to work for any model, I get a authentication error on inserting the USB!!!!
23rd September 2018, 10:33 PM |#7  
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Hi SquithyX,
Any chance to get the link for "Updated EU Maps (2018q1) formatted for the 6.5"??
Many Thanks in advance!
27th September 2018, 07:49 AM |#8  
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Hi,

I have a working Alfa 6.5" headunit with 14.X.X sw still installed on it. Does anyone know if it is possible to extract fw directly through JTAG? What kind of harware is needed to do such operation?
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Hi SquithyX,
Any chance to get the link for "Updated EU Maps (2018q1) formatted for the 6.5"??
Many Thanks in advance!

I can upload for you if you want, however until I hack has been found to be able to modify the system, they will not work!

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Originally Posted by andri98

Hi,

I have a working Alfa 6.5" headunit with 14.X.X sw still installed on it. Does anyone know if it is possible to extract fw directly through JTAG? What kind of harware is needed to do such operation?

Not sure on JTAG, but if it is a early uConnect (Alfa 940 unit with More button) then the NAND chip is on a separate daughter board, that can be removed from the system. If a interface could be made for that then full disk access could be got. Click image for larger version

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15th October 2018, 09:24 AM |#11  
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it would be great to see some development on this system
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