Hack a Honda/Acura Navigation System

Acura Honda

if you have 2 MDXs, and NSX, and an RSX like we do, this might be for you! seriously check it out. honda and Acura have their little built in GPS navigation screens to help guide you to wherever…well that’s gotta look boring after about 1000 miles, so spice it up with some customade skins. there is even a blue screen of death background, which is a wonderful thing. you’ll need a program called dumpnavi¬† that will let you change it. there’s little documentation but the source code is right there. it’d be cool to see some BMWS, infinitis, and other luxury cars hacked.

There is a GUI version, a console version, and good ol’ source code. pick your poison and if anyone actually….wants to try this, please let us know! thanks [pantz]

Comments

  1. rav says:

    I like it. Makes me want to go get an Acura GPS unit and toy around with it.

    I dig the C64 skin the most.

  2. Morgan says:

    Man, I wish someone would do this for the mercedes/dodge DVD. Maybe I need to get off my ass…

  3. Adam says:

    It works awesome!
    http://adamroyer.com/tsx/misc/tsx_cockpit.jpg
    Thanks Bysin!

  4. Pedro says:

    damn it i knew i should have gotten the navigation on my tsx!

  5. anonymous says:
  6. Hal Hockersmith says:

    Man You just gotta love that CIA one. Put that in there and someone will get suspicious.

    Hmm. On second thought best not take that to the street race.

  7. Shaun D says:

    I tried it on my MDX and I couldnt get it to work. I couldnt get to the screen where it shows the Version number. Anyone know what year this hack works on?

  8. Adam says:

    Mine is an ’05, but I would think it would work on all Acura’s with navi.

  9. Josiah says:

    Tried it on an ’03 TL and couldn’t find the version button. The three key combination instead took me to a daignostics mode that didn’t have access to the version information as far as I could tell. Any help out there!

  10. kirk says:

    I’ve got a ’03 MDX. I found the bootloader file (josiah – after holding 3 button – go to version tab, hold menu for another 5 – should give up bootloader file name). But the GUI program doesn’t open bootloader file – BN2HH110.bin. thoughts?

  11. David Annett says:

    one of the cool things about working for a company that makes these things is can do great hacks when you have the source code. Mine is hacked to show the channel name from the radio scanner. I changed the splash screen to show my car and marketing rejected it cos it shows the mitis logo on the bonnet. I fixed that by getting a hot babe I know to stand in front of the car. That pink mini-skirt hides the logo nicely ;-) Next hack on the list is to change the speed camera warning sound to use the robot from the ‘Lost In Space’ TV series, you know “warning, warning, danger will robinson!”.

  12. adam michela says:

    Almost all of the info on this is actually in these two threads, not so much the download page directly.

    http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=112677
    http://tsx.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21434

  13. Theodore says:

    Anyone have a hack for BMW’s nav system to remove the annoying legal disclaimer which you have to ‘accept’ every time you start the dang car? Clicking a liability shrinkwrap for my car every day is totally annoying!

  14. pantz says:

    It worked for my 05 Acura TL. Here’s to getting that legal disclamer removed completly.

  15. JoeBean says:

    I am going to be trying this tonight on my Honda Accord’s Navigation. Any sugestions will be nice.

    AIM name: Accordwthnavvtec

  16. kevkha says:

    Same as Josiah’s. I tried it on an ’02 TL and couldn’t find the version button. The three key combination instead took me to a daignostics mode that didn’t have access to the version information as far as I could tell. Any help out there!

  17. dadgumkid says:

    I have a 2000 honda odyessey with nav and I need to upgrade the nav dvd but the dealership wants to put it in me by charging me a $210 for a cd/dvd that costs 29cents to make. I REFUSE to pay full price!!!!! they are smoking some phat rock!!!!! anyone help me out with finding an updated version for less?

  18. dadgumkid says:

    I have a 2000 honda odyessey with nav and I need to upgrade the nav dvd but the dealership wants to put it in me by charging me a $210 for a cd/dvd that costs 29cents to make. I REFUSE to pay full price!!!!! they are smoking some phat rock!!!!! anyone help me out with finding an updated version for less?

  19. The Hammer says:

    Does anyone have voice upgrades to swap out the plane jaine honda voice. I would love a jap girl voice that yells and swears at you, “you miss da turn a-hole” or “turn around you f*&%^”…any suggestions?

  20. Jon says:

    Anyone know if there is a way to update the 2003 Navi system to the 2005 system? Is it an easy software update? does using a newer nav disc do that? is it a major hardware swap?

  21. SOSO says:

    I JUST GOT A TSX WITH A NAVI SYSTEM IN IT IM NOT A COMPUTER GENIUS BUT CAN MANAGE CAN ANYONE DIRECT ME IN THE DIRECTION OF HACKING THE NAVI SYSTEM TO PLAY DVD’S

  22. Guindalf says:

    Didn’t work on my ’04 Accord V6. There’s only 6 BIN files and tells me that nag modification is not supported on my car. Then when I try to midify the bitmap without the nag, it tells me that I have an invalid XIP file.
    So, I have to live with the standard screens :(

  23. tekurtz says:

    To somewhat answer Jon’s question: You can update the factory 2003 OS to the 2005 OS, however the only way I know how is to use the PC Card slot under the DVD slot-load. Unfourtunatly the only way I know of to do this is to bring it to the dealer and have them take care of it.

  24. daryl sebring says:

    whats up with the link, not working

  25. jkool says:

    I have a 2003 Honda with nav system and would like to try this. What kind of hardware and/or software is need? And what kind of problems I might have?

  26. Dave k says:

    Great site. I have an older 1997 Acura with a bad hard drive. Acura upgraded these older systems with a flash card in a PCMCIA adaptor to eliminate the spining drive failure issues. I am looking for several bad files I was unable to recover from my old drive. Does anyone have the files from this vintage system I could download?

  27. Nick says:

    anyone use the PC slot in the Accord nav (2006) to play mp3’s, I’ve heard some people do it with the 06 civic, just wondering if it’s possible (using a pc card adaptor to compact flash or SD.

    -Nick

  28. DB says:

    We just bought a 06 odyssey, can you point me to a place where I can make the dvd show on the screen up front?

    Thanks.

  29. DB says:

    We just bought a 06 odyssey, can you point me to a place where I can make the dvd show on the screen up front?

    Thanks.

  30. tuvshuu says:

    I’m a student. I want to be Hack.

  31. tuvshuu says:

    Hi! I’m a student. I am development Programmeras. I will want to be a Hack

  32. ahsan ali says:

    I have Honda CL-7 2003 model. I have imported this car from Japan and every thing is in Japanese language. Could any body tell me how to change a language for navigation system. Also i want to know if there is a way to use the DVD rom for DVD based movies and how phone steering swicth working?and want 2 set the clock the time so plzzzzzz need help badly…

  33. tim gage says:

    We have a Honda Civic Hybrid 06 and play MP3’s off the PCMCIA flash card all the time, it works great. You have to make sure that you use a fast card or than can be a lag between when you start the car and when the music starts coming out as the radio has to read the files of the card. This lag only happens at power up so slow cards do not effect playback after start.

  34. Ali says:

    I have honda cl-9 model 2002. Its navigation system is in japanese language. Can anyone please tell me how to change the language in navigation system/screen. Plz email me at a_ali_81@hotmail.com.

  35. tk says:

    I tried this on a 2006 Honda Accord EX. Didn’t work for me. After hitting menu for 5 seconds after Version screen, nothing indicates a “Loading filename” or any .BIN files. Only saw 3 pages of screens with nothing but version numbers. Bummer.

  36. Leo says:

    I know this may be a silly question, but since there is a dvd player on these navi systems, is there a way to reprogram the system to play dvds on the display? I just bought a 2006 Honda Pilot and I’d rather use the nav display than by another dvd system for the back. Thanks!

  37. Steve says:

    I just purchased a 2006 Honda Accord with Navigation is there anyway to turn off the Stupid Disclaimer that popsup every single time you turn on the car?

  38. Steve says:

    I get the same thing on my 2006 Honda Accord EX as tk

  39. Doyle says:

    I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey and I tried to edit the files from may nav disc but the downloaded software would not reconize the bin files from my disc. Does anyone know of any other software that I could use to open/extract these files. Also, on the Honda nav screen there is no statement that says files loading or anything like that. Any assistance would be great.

    Thanks

  40. Steve says:

    doyle I am having the sort of same problem. On my 2006 Accord EX I go to extract the BIN files and it extracts like 2-3 files but then gives me a error message..

    And yes when you go into the system and you get into the diagnostics menu and hit version and then hold menu down the next screen nowhere does it say loading let alone loading filename.

  41. Steve says:

    okay found out that for new civic/accord you will have to use a program called bysin instead of dumpnavi for complete instructions go too

    http://www.guicide.com/cars/2006civic/nav/hacks/

  42. Steve says:

    forgot to mention that on atleast the Accords dont know about the Civics but the file you need is 06Touch2.bin

  43. Donald mangenje says:

    I have a Honda Odyssey 1998 which is Japanese and I would like to get an English Version

  44. Jeff Cross says:

    Guicide’s how-to worked for me. You can read this post for some useful links and to see my modified, yet factory looking image I used on my ’06 Civic.

    Maybe I’ll get more creative in the future.

    http://www.averageadmins.com/blog/2006/05/06/hacking-the-2006-civic-navigation-splash-screen/

  45. Dean says:

    My friend sent me a copy of the nav disc from his new ’06 Acura TL. I wanted to use it in my ’03. When I put the disc in, the display says ‘Incorrect dvd inserted- see dealer’. Anyone know how to make this ’06 dvd work in my ’03 Acura TL? Thx.

  46. andrew says:

    Ok so i treid to hack my Nav screen and well it never worked. However i want to use my PC card slot for mp3s on my EX-l 2006 honda accord. I would like to get the USB model but when i didnt close my player in the trunk it said that it was open so i think ill have to get one that has a memory card in it. Similiar to this in the civic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc3pcDM_JV0…ch=Ipod%20Civic. I was wondering if any one has done this??? I would like to know if i could maybe cut out a part so i could use the USB and connect a ipod to it. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)

  47. VLadimir Honda says:

    i realy need dampnavi programm, all links closed now, can anybody send it to me crabman@yandex.ru
    probably somebody can send me copy of your navigations discs? it is realy important to me

  48. Wayneo says:

    I have a 2006 Honda Pilot with Navigation.
    I want to add Bluetooth to the system so I can use my cell phone. Anybody have any ideas what to do?
    Thanks

  49. ray says:

    Did anyone figure out how to change the voice on the navigation system or how to play DVD’s on the nav screen?

    Thanks,
    Ray

  50. Marek says:

    does anybody know if the navigation CD with Europe is available for Honda Acura TL?

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