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Old 11-25-2018, 09:43 AM
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Aftermarket Carplay retrofit - W205

Iíve installed a retrofit smartbox in my Mercedes C Class,

This one:
Smart Apple CarPlay Box OEM Apple Carplay Android Auto Mercedes C Class W205 GLC X253 2015-2017 Upgrade
I am told itís Android, I want to change the car icon to a Mercedes icon. The seller is not very helpful with this idea, but I have two update files for the box (ePDKv100.img) and (Auto_Box_Update.img) of which one seems to be an Android Rom of some kind. I was thinking of trying to unpack the Rom and if the icon is there trying to change it to the Mercedes one and repack the Rom. Anybody with more knowledge than me know how to go about this ? The other option was trying to mount the box as a drive on a pc or Mac and trying to locate the icon through that way. However the box has a USB socket and that would mean using USB male to male cable. Would this cause an issue with the 5 volts going from box to laptop and vice versa ?

The other option was trying to mount the box as a drive on a pc or Mac and trying to locate the icon through that way. However the box has a USB socket and that would mean using USB male to male cable. Would this cause an issue with the 5 volts going from box to laptop and vice versa ?

I know it seems a lot of work for an icon, but the one that is there at present makes it look crap.

I have unpacked the (ePDKv100.img) file with imgRepacker successfully.
I am left with a series of .fex files, the main file being 8mb (the whole image file is approx 9mb). This fex file is named melis100.fex
The fex files extracted are in a folder named Beetles. There are a couple more folders I will attach screenshots later.

Not sure what to do with these files now, can't find anything to work with !!

Can anyone help with this please ?

Thanks.

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Old 11-25-2018, 09:46 AM
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Other than the icon, how do you like the unit? Are the steering wheel controls functional?
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Other than the icon, how do you like the unit? Are the steering wheel controls functional?

yeah its good. Get the occasional blimp but other than that fully functional. Steering wheel functions all ok apart from voice control.....that is the favourites button instead.
Phone calls require Bluetooth off, and Iíve had complaints of echo over the microphone.
The seller is a bit useless, their main focus is selling the stuff......they are not interested after itís sold unfortunately.

There will be a way of changing that icon Iím sure but I think Iíll have to live with it.
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