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    Radio buttons stopped working

    Hi,

    I read a number of the posts about the radio dying, but did not see any like these so thought I would ask if anyone else has had a similar experienced. This morning, the radio was playing and all was fine. I switched to a different station preset and it switched, but then I could not switch to any other presets. At that point, I also realized that none of the buttons were doing anything. I can still rotate the right knob to scroll through the warning, but cannot 'accept' as the push functionality does nothing. Turned off and on a few times and no change.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    That's a new one on me, hopefully it'll clear itself, as that sounds more like a software glitch than anything. Keep us posted.
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    I had this and yes, unfortunately, it required a new head unit in my case....

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    Thanks... I suspect that will be the case. So was the head unit unique to the Z8 or is it a general BMW unit - what is the likely cost? Someone mentioned that Bill was able to get a bit of a deal for them?

    Thanks!

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    Its unique to the Z8... I don't remember the cost but as you can imagine it was not inexpensive. Many just get an aftermarket radio with more functionality. I like the look of the stock unit so I got another.

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    So after my day at work, got in the car and radio worked ok... however, noticed a flashing red light to the right of the radio unit. Any ideas what that light means? I have never noticed it before, so i assume it is related to this. Maybe a warning of something imminent? but presumable should mean you can do something about it... maybe increase your credit card limit? :-)

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    That at least made me laugh!! :-)

    Seriously I'm not sure about the red flashing light as I never turn my radio on. (it's my own personal preservation plan, fingers crossed it'll work!)
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    Do you have the radio manual? If so it must have been mentioned somewhere.
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    I think you have the right idea, Andrew.

    I checked the manual and although they show it on the radio image, they do not identify it at all... ah well.

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    I have a vague memory it is the radio anti theft system, but I can't swear if that was this car or another one.
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    Who wrote the manual? Ferrari?

    I actually think a flashing red light is to alert you that Denise Richards will be your passenger shortly

    I don't remember the flashing light so I'm at a loss.

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    I just checked my car, and there's a (very) passive anti theft warning red light that flashes on the right hand side of the radio unit. See poor image below.

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    That looks familiar.

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    Ya I think you are right... just never noticed I guess. Anyway, it works again so fingers crossed it was just a software crash.

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    Over the years I've has similar issues with other bmw radios, and after they rebooted, "no problemo." Hopefully that will be the case here.
    silver/black- 60522

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    Working again reliably - decided to follow Andrew's suggestion though and just listen to the engine!

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    Thats the best music of all!!!!!

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