Activate the reverse camera (MN1 & MN2)

After installing the reverse camera, it needs to be enabled, as well as have a few other settings adjusted. On first and second generation Media Nav units (MN1 & MN2), this can be accomplished using MICOM Config – limited to certain firmware versions – or by using MICOM Test directly.

Guide

Using MICOM Config

Notes:
1. This guide applies to firmware version 4.0.6 for MN1 and 6.0.X for MN2.
2. Additionally, this guide can be applied to all MN2 firmware versions (5.2.7 – 9.1.3) by using the Evo version of MICOM Config, but, given this is an Alpha release, the tool may be unstable and using it for making changes is not recommended.

Prerequisites:
– a tablet, laptop or desktop equipped with an USB port
– USB flash drive, FAT32 formatted, max. 32 GB capacity
– DBoot preinstalled on the Media Nav unit
MICOM Config, according to the unit’s firmware version
– a virtual keyboard for Windows CE

Step 1. Open the chosen virtual keyboard, drag it to the bottom of the screen, then open MICOM Config.

Step 2. Go to the Environment P1 tab and, for the Rear View Camera setting, select Fitted and press Write ECU Config. The new option should be displayed to the right, on the same line.

Step 3. Go to the Reverse Camera tab and press on the input box for the RVC Display tempo. time setting. Drag up the virtual keyboard, press backspace to clear the current value and write 500. Drag the virtual keyboard back down and press Write Tempo Time. The new option should be displayed to the right, on the same line. 500ms is the minimum time, so that the camera viewer will close immediately after the camera is no longer sending a signal (after the reverse gear is decoupled).

Step 4 (optional). If you want to display guidelines over the camera video stream, you can choose a guideline from the first setting, Vehicle type for RVC. Each code represents a car model and the guideline is adapted to the model’s shape. See How to use MICOM Test for descriptions for each code. After the new option is selected, press Write Guideline. It should be checked first if the camera doesn’t already have a guideline embedded in the video stream, which would result in 2 different guidelines being displayed, overlapped.

Step 5. Press Enregistrer (Save) to save the changes and the Media Nav will reboot. It will boot directly into the main interface and, at this point, when you select the reverse gear, the camera viewer should come up automatically.

There are mutiple layouts for the camera viewer, but all include the options for image adjustments (brightness, contrast etc.). The fullscreen layout has this options hidden – you will have to press on the screen on either the left or the right side to make the options show up.

If the camera viewer doesn’t show up when the reverse gear is selected, most often there is a connection problem. Make sure all the wires are connected correctly – see Installing the reverse camera.

Using MICOM Test

Note: This guide, in theory, applies to all firmware versions for MN1 and MN2 (1.0.2 – 9.1.3). In reality, it is limited by the options offered by MICOM Test on each version. As an example, most firmware versions for MN1 do not contain the needed options to follow this guide.

Prerequisites:
– a tablet, laptop or desktop equipped with an USB port
– USB flash drive, FAT32 formatted, max. 32 GB capacity

Step 1. Access MICOM Manager and open MICOM Test.

Step 2. On the last line, locate the RVC setting and press on it until the rvc option shows up – not mvc, that is for multi-view camera.

Step 3 (optional). On the 5th line (in some cases, the 6th line), the first button shows the current option for the guideline, while the following buttons (None, X87, K98 etc.) give access to different guidelines. Each code represents a car model and the guideline is adapted to the model’s shape. See How to use MICOM Test for descriptions for each code. It should be checked first if the camera doesn’t already have a guideline embedded in the video stream, which would result in 2 different guidelines being displayed, overlapped.

Step 4. On the first line, press DSI Config. Be careful ! Do NOT press Clear Virgin or ClrCnf by mistake. The Media Nav will reboot and will boot directly into the main interface. At this point, when you select the reverse gear, the camera viewer should come up automatically.

Note: By using MICOM Test, there is no option to change the tempo time.

If the camera viewer doesn’t show up when the reverse gear is selected, most often there is a connection problem. Make sure all the wires are connected correctly – see Installing the reverse camera. If all connections are checked and there still is no result, I recommend trying to activate the camera using MICOM Config (the first guide here).