MyFord Touch system hack. Enable features, navigation, rear view camera, etc.

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cancer32

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Hi all! Please help me to install at least Navitel. I tried to install through Release v2. After launching Installer.jpg, a black screen appears and Sync restarts. Then I disconnect the USB, change the name of pack_install.bin to install.bin and connect to Sync, but nothing happens. Thank you.
 

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It took a while, but I finally found MicroSoft Solitaire for Windows CE...

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.Solitaire
.Minesweeper
.Poker
.Total Commander

FYI: Total Commander looks like the best file manager for CE out of what I've seen.
 

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That download worked for me, I'll take a look tomorrow... But if you're not getting sound with the ALZYOUD version then I don't know what's going wrong. I can see they include the same [sound] wave.dll patch file (I assume it has to do with stereo vs mono sound devices in Sync 2). If they didn't get it to work, then I'm sure I won't be able to either. FYI: My Sync2 unit is on the bench, and I don't have sound connected up, and even when I plug ear-phones into the pins on the back of the unit, I've never heard any sound out of this unit. I just copied the Russian for Navitel - and it was reported that the sound was then working on that navigation software. Anyway, we will see tomorrow if it works...

Oh, and I've been playing Solitaire...

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That download worked for me, I'll take a look tomorrow... But if you're not getting sound with the ALZYOUD version then I don't know what's going wrong. I can see they include the same [sound] wave.dll patch file (I assume it has to do with stereo vs mono sound devices in Sync 2). If they didn't get it to work, then I'm sure I won't be able to either. FYI: My Sync2 unit is on the bench, and I don't have sound connected up, and even when I plug ear-phones into the pins on the back of the unit, I've never heard any sound out of this unit. I just copied the Russian for Navitel - and it was reported that the sound was then working on that navigation software. Anyway, we will see tomorrow if it works...

Oh, and I've been playing Solitaire...

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Thank you @JasonACT . I have a spare sync 2 unit on a bench test too. Which some how just bricked it's self i was looking around on total commander then the unit crashed. Learn from your mistakes i guess.
 

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@JasonACT here is the igo directly from my usb drive.

I have managed to get the alzyoud igo program.
But i'm still not getting sound would you be able to guide me through it if you wouldn't mind

I took a look at the download, the image is from mid 2013 - and like some other 2013 versions I've tried, they have an error when exiting iGO back to the Sync 2 software - and it always reboots. This is fairly consistent too, so I'm not really wanting to spend any time on this old version. Sorry.

You should post up the ALZYOUD version, I'm sure someone else will then help you get it running properly. I'm fairly confident that you can copy over the language packs from other versions too.

I'm sorry to hear about your bench test unit, were you running any commands or just "looking"?
 

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I took a look at the download, the image is from mid 2013 - and like some other 2013 versions I've tried, they have an error when exiting iGO back to the Sync 2 software - and it always reboots. This is fairly consistent too, so I'm not really wanting to spend any time on this old version. Sorry.

You should post up the ALZYOUD version, I'm sure someone else will then help you get it running properly. I'm fairly confident that you can copy over the language packs from other versions too.

I'm sorry to hear about your bench test unit, were you running any commands or just "looking"?
@JasonACT i totally understand with the igo app. As for the unit i was just looking around then about 4 different errors came up then locked up. Went in to battery saver mode. Turned it off then back on get to the sync maintenance screen after that says blank for 30 seconds then shuts down.
 

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Hmmm, that's not good. I'm trying now, seeing what happens on my unit when I do various things (I can run programs off the USB stick like a normal Explorer.exe will do and it seems to be ok). I'll report back if anything strange happens though.
 

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I know of only one dongle (CP-06) advertised to be working with WinCE, but I've never seen the companion exe package:


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiph8jC9OD3AhXL6aQKHYIwBkMQFnoECA4QAQ&url=http://m.icartizan.com/product/carplay-android-auto---mirroring-3-in-1-usb-dongle-for-aftermarket-android---wince-navigation-stereo.html&usg=AOvVaw3O45WHoSGuhPyWGmo1Msax

If someone has a verified purchase link that is still active, we can try it now that we can run any wince exe file.

https://www.tradetecglobal.com/en/a...d-auto-usb-for-android-models-ref-tr2569.html

@JasonACT, does Total Commander allow replacing syncapps xml directly on the unit? I am thinking about permanent install of certain apps on the system (e.g. this dongle's AutoPlayBox.exe app) by copying apps on the internal memory and editing the xml to show them on the application list instead of png running.


AutoPlayBox.exe:

 
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hi i try this car play be for but not work its needs to install androidouto on ur screen that why not work with with me .
 

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@JasonACT, does Total Commander allow replacing syncapps xml directly on the unit? I am thinking about permanent install of certain apps on the system (e.g. this dongle's AutoPlayBox.exe app) by copying apps on the internal memory and editing the xml to show them on the application list instead of png running.

Yes, that should work quite well.

Edit: I guess you will copy my renamed *Plugin.dll to /Windows along with the .txt file to make that work.
Edit2: The Russian might have had software on USB, so the XML might allow a full path too - testing is needed to see how well it works that way, but /Windows should work for sure.
 
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rioachim

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After reading a little, I will try to run this package:


And if it works, I'll get one wired dongle for my Android phone:


Reference link:
 

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Ok, I did manage to run dongle companion app, but not from png, instead I ran it from totalcommander. Totalcommander can also open Control Panel with some Ford settings, but I did not see anything interesting. Guess it's time for ordering from Aliexpress.
 

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@JasonACT, does Total Commander allow replacing syncapps xml directly on the unit? I am thinking about permanent install of certain apps on the system (e.g. this dongle's AutoPlayBox.exe app) by copying apps on the internal memory and editing the xml to show them on the application list instead of png running.

Sorry rioachim,I think I was a little too quick to say this would work, the SyncAppsRunner.exe currently only runs off the USB or SD card, but attached is a new version of the xPlugin.dll which will run it from /Windows/ if it finds it there first. All three places are checked in order. (Completely untested, sorry, this isn't something I want to do.)

I've also created a LibVNCClient version of VNC for Sync 2 / CE:

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You need to configure your VNC server machine for 800x480 (easy on a Raspberry Pi, harder on a Windows PC - but not impossible). There's a .txt file in the VNCCE folder with two lines - the IP address, followed by the VNC authentication password (more secure auth methods are not implemented). There is an invisible button right up the top and in the centre - to close the connection and return to Sync. Left-click is implemented, along with dragging, and if you press the touchscreen in the same place for 750ms and let go, it will right-click.

Yeah, I'm showing off my Windows developer skills here. Don't ask me for help, but if there are issues with what little it can do, I may try and fix it. Enjoy.
 

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Ok, I did manage to run dongle companion app, but not from png, instead I ran it from totalcommander. Totalcommander can also open Control Panel with some Ford settings, but I did not see anything interesting. Guess it's time for ordering from Aliexpress.

I'll be following this issue. I read the article in the reference link. If you can achieve this in sync2 it will be great.
 

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    Wait a little more for someone else to do it, Jason has done more than enough. Thank you, will test it tomorrow, great code, clean and structured.
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    @sensorial, tell me your sync SN and I will generate the package (mirrolink/easyconnect only!) that you can test.
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    Yes, install woked just fine this time (many thanks @JasonACT), but I managed to crash the UI twice already. Tried to find a suitable easyconnect app, entered connection settings inside the installed mirrorlink package then the app stole focus and I could not interact at all with the screen and back button was not working. I had to restart to safe mode and back to normal to kill the easyconnect car app. Still trying to connect properly
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    Neah, they did what they could, the app is Chinese. It still amazes me how they were selling this buggy solution
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    For those willing to experiment, if your phone is not compatible and the car app locks up, use the attached archive unzipped to USB root to reboot to Safe Mode and back to Normal Mode. The procedure autostarts, but right after the second reboot (after "Installing file 1 of 0" prompt) you will have to take out the stick manually, otherwise it will reboot over and over again.
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    Unfortunately I'm too much of a lurker to create a new thread but since it involves some of the topics in this thread I'm going to add to this one. I'm an embedded software engineer with 20 years of experience in reverse engineering. I've got a MFT Sync 2 and have been doing a great deal of research on what is involved in breaking this ****er open. To date I've learned that the i.MX5 uses UART3 for the "debug" serial port and there is an input I/O labeled EOL which can be used to put the bootloader into a special mode. I'm not sure if EOL needs to be pulled high or low as I have no decent pictures of the boards to trace the EOL to see if it's tied to a pull-up or a pull-down. This is of little interest to me, however. My goal is to gain full access to Windows Mobile in order to replace the bootloader with one which will allow dual-boot of Linux and Windows Mobile, along with removing the signing restrictions on Windows Mobile(trivial registry changes and minor patches to the bootloader). I also intend to dump the flash memory despite their pathetic attempt to protect the TSOP pins with epoxy(always a laughable protection and one that proves that they have something to fear from access direct to the flash). The end goal is to create a software-based solution to do this so that all of us who have been abandoned by Ford can extend our Infotainment systems as we please. I bought a new 2016 Fusion SE and like many of you am very pissed off by the lack of support by Ford. The fact that they won't bother supporting AppLink for MFT is extremely lame(not that their are any decent apps, but the technology itself would allow things like linking our smartphones to Sync in a meaningful way). Having enabled Navigation was nice but I find it to be sub-standard, IMO. More than once it's routed me in insane directions. I would much rather create a google maps AppLink-style integration since GMaps is free, constantly updated and rarely steers me wrong.

    So my proposal is this. I have the time, experience and drive to bust Sync open. I do not, however, have a MFT system that I'm willing to modify as my warranty on my car was expensive and I have no desire to void it at this time, nor do I want to take the chance of toasting it. I am willing to dedicate the time to do these things but I require donations in the form of PayPal or a functional MFT system(which the monetary donations would be used to purchase). All code/information will be open-source and free, though some of it may be closed temporarily in order to avoid Ford patching holes until they're fully exploited. People who donate will get full access to all information.

    Additionally, anyone who has experience with Windows Embedded 6, Windows Automotive, Adobe Flash Exploits, ARM(particularly assembly language) and general RevEng are welcome to join in. I'm willing to share all tools that I have at my disposal and encourage you to do the same. Even if you don't have any development experience but have access to related tools and information, please contact me.

    Finally, I know that I am a "ghost" here on XDA. Truth be told, "asmblur" is a not a name I used to go by and I choose to use this one to avoid potential issues from corporations that were not so happy with the fact that I laid waste to their pathetic protections on their systems. I'm an extreme proponent of consumer rights to modify and extend the functionality of products they own and nothing pisses me off more than a company locking the consumer out of their own property. As a software engineer, I respect the right of an intellectual property owner. In my opinion, protecting your I.P. should involve litigation when their rights are breached, NOT locking down a system so that only "approved" software may be used. In the past, game consoles(I won't say which ones) where my target and I'm happy to say that many of my innovations can be found in "homebrew" software to this day. I no longer have interest in game consoles but when I buy a product and find it lacking features I know I could add but the system has protections in place that inhibit me from doing so, all I can say is: GAME ON!

    Hopefully this post doesn't break any rules at XDA. I'm not trying to make any profit and I'm not interested in scamming anyone. I have an extensive workshop with the tools necessary to perform the tasks I've outlined(though sadly my oscilloscope has bit the dust, luckily I can live without it). I've got years of experience working with teams spread throughout the world as well, but unfortunately English is the only language I speak fluently. "Il y a un écureuil dans mon pantalon." is about the extent of my French.
    Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you! -ASM
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    WOW!!! TOTAL SUCCESS!!!
    NAVIGATION NOW ENABLED ON THE TRUCK!!!

    Thank you to Forscan team. They were wonderful to work with in getting ELM327 working on HSCAN/MSCAN and enabling APIM as build flash. Awesome software! Please don't nag them about the software, they will release soon i imagine.
    Thank you to members here for hints/clues/files.
    Thank you to ford.

    Now the good part...
    1) Program APIM as build with bit mentioned in thi thread.
    2) Program ACM as build with bit mentioned in this thread. Not sure needed/what it does but i did it anyway.
    3) Download license (BT4T-14F500-BE) and nav software pack (EA5T-14F657-AD hint! in my case)..
    4) Flash this as normal usb stick update.
    5) Stick in A7 nav SD Card.
    6) Enjoy the trip!

    There is no need for a total APIM flash...maybe that was posted to get past step 1 i did with forscan.

    3) is tricky, i finally nailed it. What i posted earlier today (just updated zip with more accurate information) is very close to working download for your vehicle, just use your VIN/ESN/part numbers. Hint!
    Get the xml (format is SYNC_ESN_VIN.XML) from the normal usb update from your vehicle, it has needed information (you can get this from ford/sync website and run it on USB stick) Hint!

    Get the license/software pack while you can, f0rd can shut this down anytime i imagine.
    I guess I will have to RTFM now?

    This thread just got really fun!
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    UPDATE: Hey folks, navigation has been figured out. Thank you to everyone who helped and an especially big thank you to the folks in Russia who made it mostly possible!
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/windows-mobile/general/myford-touch-navigation-activation-t3368080

    There was a thread on this topic a while back and has since been closed. Pending certain developments it has become prudent to open a new thread to discuss these new directions.

    The last thread can be found here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/windows-mobile/general/hacking-myford-touch-getting-closer-t2938321

    First of all, I want to start this thread by saying this is NOT intended to start fights! One user, jmr061, has figured it all out and currently charges money through his own private website and business in the Wisconsin area. I don't want to hear anything about putting anyone out of business. His business is his own. Its fine if you feel that way but this thread isn't the place to discuss it. He is also the only one thus far who has successfully plumbed the workings of MFT entirely and I have nothing but respect for him. He also happens to be a very helpful poster on many Ford enthusiast websites across the net and doesn't deserve any chastising of any kind. Keep it clean!


    Current option for adding Navigation to MFT in a non-Nav equipped vehicle:

    Replacing the APIM with a Nav enabled one. The part numbers are different and a few versions exist. To successfully add the new APIM you must match the correct options. By not getting the proper APIM you will very likely lose features such as the backup camera, etc.. To properly check which car came with what options you will need to use Ford Etis. Ford Etis can be found Here. Options that are not enabled by the factory show as "Less XXX" where XXX represents the option. For example, a car without Nav will read "Less Navigation". Similarly, a car with Nav will read "With Navigation". You must match all options.

    There are a few downsides to this procedure. First of all, the obvious is finding an APIM that is correctly configured for your car. Secondly you will need to rip the dash apart. It isn't particularly difficult depending on your model but it can lead to a few setbacks. A software update from Ford installed on a USB drive can also remove the nav. I'll get into this later down below. The expense is also a factor as you can rarely get the units for less than a few hundred. Certain sites online sell Nav enabled APIMs for over a thousand or more.

    You will also need to purchase a navigation SD card separately. At the time of writing (Feb 2016) the A7 card is newest for North America.

    I can independently confirm this method does work. This is my 2013 Ford Fusion SE that was equipped with MFT and no Nav.
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    What I believe we need to do to unlock Navigation in our MFT systems

    The secret to enabling features is going to be in the As Built Data. ABD. It seems as though all MFT cars get the same APIM and what differentiates the features is the ABD. The ABD tells the car which features were purchased and which to be enabled. ABD is not plain text, it exists as bits. Comparing the ABD of cars with Nav vs cars without Nav should teach us what modifications we need to make. The ABD is NOT easy to access or change and will likely involve using proprietary or expensive software to do so. Ford VCM2 and IDS are a guarantee. ABD is not unique to the APIM, in fact its used in many modules on the car. We are unable to manually change values on the APIM ABD.

    We should be able to accomplish this without opening the dash up as the solution is within the software, not the hardware.

    I found a tool for the Ford Focus that will retrieve ABD and edit it. http://ford.xtlt.ru/

    Things to keep in mind:
    - Updates for MFT from Ford.com will remove Nav from even a Nav enabled APIM. As happened to me. Probably has to do with the ABD (as stated above).
    -It seems as though the update files given to a car with Nav are identical to the update files given to a car without Nav. I could be wrong but my testing of this is very limited. I used the VIN from my car to create an account and download the latest version of the software then I used the VIN from a Nav enabled car and created a separate account and downloaded the latest software. The file name, size, and hash are the same. It is unknown (at least by me) at this time if this is the same across the board. Its possible (and likely) the file for the Fusion will differ from the file for say an Escape.
    - A downstream USB port exists on the rear of the APIM. Connectivity achieved by use of a Ford Rotunda OTC Sync Generation 2 Programming Cable.
    - Interestingly enough it seems that all Nav enabled APIMs use the same Navigation license.
    - Many (possibly most) APIMs are all loaded with the Navigation apps already and simply lack the license. Some users on other forums have sucessfully added the license (again the same on all) but it won't magically run. Probably ABD related as well.
    - Modifying the Zip files for the update install will break the signature and verification used by the MFT and will NOT install.
    - The MFT system is custom designed from the ground up. No standard file structure exists in other systems.
    - In the old thread a user jsalzman took his APIM apart. He took highly detailed pictures. They can be found Here. Thank you!
    - Ford IDS cannot be used to change ABD on APIM for MFT.
    - It seems jmr061 figured it all out around March 2015. Some of his post history on other forums gives us many clues. Please don't flame him.
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    The program I wrote for making your own JPG is here:
    https://mega.nz/#!AEZ2hADD!YPlNcj0OMvLlEe992KotOT49NlQJlncPrX1Mbv_gnN4

    Included in the package:
    A mirrorlink installer.jpg and a navitel installer.jpg.
    Both are already decompressed and modified to APIM ID "ABCD1234" to protect the original providers of the files.
    The program can find a specified APIM ID in the JPG and replace it with a new one.
    In this case, you want to replace ABCD1234 with your APIM ID.
    Click BROWSE to select one of the included JPG files to modify.
    Click FIND ID OFFSET and the program will locate the current APIM ID in the file.
    Enter your APIM ID and click MAKE NEW JPG to save a new JPG with your APIM ID.
    Use the new JPG as your installer.jpg

    The source code is included for anyone that doesn't like downloading random EXE's off the internet.

    NOTE: THIS STILL DOES NOT MAKE THE INSTALLATION WORK. IT JUST LETS YOU MAKE YOUR OWN JPG TO MUCK AROUND WITH THE NEXT STEP.
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    Here you go: TMC, some unknown ECALL option and the possibility to turn off that annoying blue screen with time/date, all tested on European Focus

    edit: in APIM configuration there is a "Audio Visualizer: Off" setting, does anybody know what that might be?