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

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JasonACT

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Don't install this package, it doesn't work. The tiles do not respond to touch

Not only that, but the original developer has now provided all the source files. And there are more recent ones here too now. No-one should be trying to use the encrypted and time-limited installer software anymore. At least not without removing those 2 points of fact... Which I'm not interested in, in any case, as all this software runs off USB or SD just as well - which is way more serviceable as time moves forward.

I'm sorry for the people who have been bitten by ALZYOUD though, that crew really went beyond what I call reasonable. Extract my "Restore" archive to a blank USB stick and the skeleton keys (in the right extracted directories) should allow you to fix it, by doing a full re-install of the Sync2 firmware, which I won't help with since it's prone to failure. While it should work, you're on your own!

Good luck people! (I've found swFlashLite for QNX 6.x & ARMv6 and that's where I'm now spending my time, since that's what my Aussie 8" i.MX31 screen is running... With any luck, I'll get some cool flash games running on it over the coming weekend. My Sync2 unit is now "off the bench".)
 
Not only that, but the original developer has now provided all the source files. And there are more recent ones here too now. No-one should be trying to use the encrypted and time-limited installer software anymore. At least not without removing those 2 points of fact... Which I'm not interested in, in any case, as all this software runs off USB or SD just as well - which is way more serviceable as time moves forward.

I'm sorry for the people who have been bitten by ALZYOUD though, that crew really went beyond what I call reasonable. Extract my "Restore" archive to a blank USB stick and the skeleton keys (in the right extracted directories) should allow you to fix it, by doing a full re-install of the Sync2 firmware, which I won't help with since it's prone to failure. While it should work, you're on your own!

Good luck people! (I've found swFlashLite for QNX 6.x & ARMv6 and that's where I'm now spending my time, since that's what my Aussie 8" i.MX31 screen is running... With any luck, I'll get some cool flash games running on it over the coming weekend. My Sync2 unit is now "off the bench".)
I only have my unit that's in-car, I haven't been able to find any sync2 vehicles in my local salvage yards yet
 

Lupuccio

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Leggi il post 1741 e usa quel pacchetto di software, è di gran lunga migliore del metodo di crittografia/decodifica e non richiede quasi nessuno sforzo. Lo ammetto, vorrei ci fosse un lanciatore o qualcosa che potrei usare se il veicolo è in movimento ma è per un altro post
Forgive me if I bored you ...
From what I understand, there is the possibility to run the various programs from SD or USB (personally I prefer SD) but I didn't understand how to do it.
in post 1741 there are no files to install.
I certainly missed some steps.
I look in the previous posts and see if I can figure it out...
EDIT: maybe post 1630?
A thousand thanks
 
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Distrojer

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Hi,
Do you know where and in what format are the messages in the navigation? Unfortunately, SYNC 2 does not support navigation commands in Polish. Thought it was possible to change a few sound files. I mean for e.g "Turn left" commands.
 

Jelcyn77

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the skeleton keys (in the right extracted directories)

What do You mean by that.

I have extract archive to USB, its look like this right now.

Edit:
I mange to do it, add wallpaper and click run. I have reinstall to 3.08 then to 3.10 and now lost nav(this is no problem) and serial number.

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IMG_27052022_002431_(1080_x_1080_piksel).jpg
 
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JasonACT

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Edit:
I mange to do it, add wallpaper and click run. I have reinstall to 3.08 then to 3.10 and now lost nav(this is no problem) and serial number.

You can fix your serial number by editing the registry (I posted a registry editor earlier) or you can use the png/swf files in this post (they must be renamed, edited, renamed back first):

https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...on-rear-view-camera-etc.3321397/post-86825211

You can also re-enable the navi software using the original NaviPatch.png file.
 
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sensorial

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Hi,
Do you know where and in what format are the messages in the navigation? Unfortunately, SYNC 2 does not support navigation commands in Polish. Thought it was possible to change a few sound files. I mean for e.g "Turn left" commands.
I would be happy to help you because I would like to add voice comedy in Polish to SYNC2
 
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JasonACT

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Sometimes I amaze myself... Having played with the QNX O/S for a couple of years now, I can pretty well follow what's going on in the images from my Ford screen. Searching the Internet though, I had seen the QNX web-site talk about FlashLite for my version (6.4.1 - which is very old) and someone else had found download files for a Logitech Harmony Remote 900 which, you guessed it, runs a slightly earlier version of QNX but on a i.MX21 instead of my i.MX31. Meh, they are basically the same. The download also happens to contain the FlashLite files - and I now have it running on my original Ford screen:

IMG421.jpg


Bloody touch-screen interface isn't working though :(

Looks like I'm going to be busy for the foreseeable future working on this (as you can see, Sync 2 is off the bench).

But... It's been fun.
 

haylazzz

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WARNING! (this has to be said) - there are settings in the registry that can lower the priority of very important Sync services, which probably shouldn't be changed, but I did anyway since this unit is not in my car and it doesn't matter what happens - this may not be the case for everyone - so "don't do this at home people!"..

HKLM\Software\Ford\DataManager\cfg...

View attachment 5617215

HKLM\Software\Ford\DataManager\gns...

View attachment 5617217

Changing the 3 priority settings to 255 (the lowest priority) and running my latest VNC which changes its priority to the highest allowed for a "normal" app does produce much smoother full-screen playback on the Sync 2 unit which is not interrupted by regular spikes of CPU usage.

BUT YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Edit: For an example of the config .txt file for VNCCE, see this post: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...on-rear-view-camera-etc.3321397/post-86898515

Hi JasonACT,

I follow their work closely. I currently do not own a raspberry pi. Because of this, I couldn't try Linux. But I have connected with android. But the connection is very slow. The screen stutters a lot. I am connecting via WiFi. Is the transfer speed good in your tests? Can you watch videos without interruption?
 

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Lupuccio

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Good morning guys.
Sytem upgraded to 3.10, all seems to work well.
I have read hundreds times all the previous posts.
i still don't understand how to proceed.
which files should i copy to SD to have mirrorlink and how to launch it?
i've understood that decrypt is not the right way to go...
i'm struggling with this since 2018...

:(:(:(:(

The next challenge is to find a decent graphic equalizer to improve the audio sound
 

wolfiehv

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Hi JasonACT,

I follow their work closely. I currently do not own a raspberry pi. Because of this, I couldn't try Linux. But I have connected with android. But the connection is very slow. The screen stutters a lot. I am connecting via WiFi. Is the transfer speed good in your tests? Can you watch videos without interruption?
what vnc server did u use? i tried droid vnc but i cant force exact resolution. did u use vncce provided by @JasonACT ?

And question for someone who maybe knows. I managed to run Installer.jpg but after replugging usb instalation isnt starting. Im on version 3.10. Any advice?
 

haylazzz

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what vnc server did u use? i tried droid vnc but i cant force exact resolution. did u use vncce provided by @JasonACT ?

And question for someone who maybe knows. I managed to run Installer.jpg but after replugging usb instalation isnt starting. Im on version 3.10. Any advice?
I used droid VNC, but you cannot change the screen resolution to 800x480 through the program. For this, you need to connect the phone to the computer and replace it with adb. This is not a useful operation. I just made it to test.
Now I ordered myself a raspberry. I'll try it with Linux when it arrives. But the only problem is that when I try with android, the screen hangs. I hope I don't experience this on Linux. Or does anyone have a solution for this?
 

wolfiehv

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I used droid VNC, but you cannot change the screen resolution to 800x480 through the program. For this, you need to connect the phone to the computer and replace it with adb. This is not a useful operation. I just made it to test.
Now I ordered myself a raspberry. I'll try it with Linux when it arrives. But the only problem is that when I try with android, the screen hangs. I hope I don't experience this on Linux. Or does anyone have a solution for this?
ye i tried adb but i have
android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
permission error
 

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    This one doesn't work for me...
    the only one that works is version 8.0.3 (chinese) but i will try with version 6.xx
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    Found 6.8 in english...
    Don't upgrade it.
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    Audio - Enable Equalizer Presets in Sound Menu (Ford Sync 2 (MyFord Touch) Only):
    7D0-01-02 (2013+ MY) xxxx xXxx xxxx
    0 (Disabled - Default)
    8 (Enabled)

    This just gives the presets (i.e. rock, pop, classic, voice) I wonder if it's even possible to get the graphic EQ like what is pictured
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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.
    JCLOk55.jpg


    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?