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SquithyX

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May 24, 2006
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Bradford
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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Icaro03

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Sep 23, 2018
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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!
 

andri98

New member
Mar 21, 2011
2
0
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?
 

SquithyX

Senior Member
May 24, 2006
356
127
Bradford
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. IMG_20180709_130618.jpeg

Sent from my CLT-L09 using Tapatalk
 

robert991122

Member
Jun 23, 2018
20
0
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. View attachment 4611300

I found a datasheet searching JY455
It seems to be an eMMC Memory from Micron (MTFC??GLGDM) with a build in MMC-Interface
Maybe it works like an MMC-Card.
If someone build an adapter for the white connector and USB, maybe we can read and write the flash like an MMC-Card on an USB reader.

Flash0.jpg
Flash2.jpg
Flash3.jpg
 
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sofro1988

Senior Member
Dec 22, 2017
127
5
33
Ferrara
for you may this works for really? have a look for "Alfa Romeo Giulietta UConnect Apple CarPlay & Android Auto retrofit Kit" in a search engine. it's very expensive but they say you can use touch screen as well to interaction when usually all the video interface i have found say not possbile, only video signal. what do you think about this?
 

SquithyX

Senior Member
May 24, 2006
356
127
Bradford
So close, but broken lol

Success......kind of, I have managed to modify a swdl.iso to enable loading of different / modified files, on my Alfa 6.5 uConnect running 17.07.55.

The problem now is I seem to have completely broken navigation!!!!!!

I used the idea from post #216 in the Rooted Jeep Cherokee thread and modified the manifest.lua file in the swdl.iso (17.07.55) to load a script from usb before running the update.

Process goes power on uConnect > wait for it to boot up and display "Hands free ...." > insert USB and wait...it seems like its not doing anything but the script is running in the background > after some time the do you want to update question and answer No.
The fact that is has asked if you want to update is confirmation that the script has finished, however unfortunately there is no indication that the script is being run or how long it will take unless you have a usb with a flashing light, then it will show you something is happening at least! **my usb does not have a flashing light
I tested it with a splash screen update.... that worked perfectly, so no more boring Alfa Romeo logo on silver background for me at start up, I then pushed the modified NaviServer2, nav.sh and navRestart.sh files and rebooted.... new splash screen working perfectly but on pressing Nav button I just end up on a screen saying "Activating Navigation"

I am in the process of uploading the modified files to the mega share if anybody whats to have a look or are feeling brave
 

SquithyX

Senior Member
May 24, 2006
356
127
Bradford
Ok, here is a test image (working with v17 and earlier.... unknown for v18).

https://mega.nz/#!IUZDQATI!o1OBd8qbA...mQ5lunDb0opDvs

For anybody wanting to try it, and let me know the outcome.

The script I have included will:
Backup your MAPS license files to the USB
Backup your original Alfa Splash Screen to the USB
Copy a dbver file to the USB, that should contain information about your version of MAPS installed
Push the modified Splash screen and set its properties on the uConnect

Steps:
1. Download and expand
2. Copy onto USB drive (at least 4gb) ***preferably with a flashing led light so you can see file access***
3. Start car and let uConnect boot up (wait approx 5min for full boot up)
4. Plug in and hope
5. After some time it should popup a window about there is a update (with v17) that you answer NO to. With v18 i dont know what it will do, it may popup a window saying newer version installed, Error or maybe not do anything at all.
If that is the case use the led on the usb to make sure no file access is going on and then maybe wait 5 min extra, just to make sure.
6. Pull usb, and power cycle the uConnect - either power off the car (lock car, wait 5min, unlock and restart) or use engineers menu to reset the uConnect
7. Watch it boot....the boot image will be different if success!!!!! (there will also be some new files on the usb)

It is very important NOT to let it run the update, if it offers
 
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SquithyX

Senior Member
May 24, 2006
356
127
Bradford
I am in the process of uploading my work to my mega share,

I am currently running 2018Q3 UK maps in my Alfa with WORKING tmc. Still trying to sort the speedcams and full postcode search though - they dont work....yet!
 

SquithyX

Senior Member
May 24, 2006
356
127
Bradford
did you modify the swdl.iso? or just the script.lua?

I have used a modified 17.07.55 swdl.iso with a script.lua - if you download the test above it contains some of the modified files. The rest are currently being uploaded / are already available online.

I have done a very quick video of progress with the uConnect here:

https://youtu.be/ed0O-xXNHdg
 

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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)
    7
    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.
    5
    There is now 2019v2 map pack on the share for anybody who wants it.
    The map files are from May 2019 (2018Q4)
    Merry Christmas to you all
    5
    So close, but broken lol

    Success......kind of, I have managed to modify a swdl.iso to enable loading of different / modified files, on my Alfa 6.5 uConnect running 17.07.55.

    The problem now is I seem to have completely broken navigation!!!!!!

    I used the idea from post #216 in the Rooted Jeep Cherokee thread and modified the manifest.lua file in the swdl.iso (17.07.55) to load a script from usb before running the update.

    Process goes power on uConnect > wait for it to boot up and display "Hands free ...." > insert USB and wait...it seems like its not doing anything but the script is running in the background > after some time the do you want to update question and answer No.
    The fact that is has asked if you want to update is confirmation that the script has finished, however unfortunately there is no indication that the script is being run or how long it will take unless you have a usb with a flashing light, then it will show you something is happening at least! **my usb does not have a flashing light
    I tested it with a splash screen update.... that worked perfectly, so no more boring Alfa Romeo logo on silver background for me at start up, I then pushed the modified NaviServer2, nav.sh and navRestart.sh files and rebooted.... new splash screen working perfectly but on pressing Nav button I just end up on a screen saying "Activating Navigation"

    I am in the process of uploading the modified files to the mega share if anybody whats to have a look or are feeling brave
    4
    Navigation now fixed! working on making a 2018q2 map pack for it now.