One of the most important and distinguishing features of the latest BMW models is the new BMW iDrive infotainment system. The system’s capabilities are expanding every year, and now it is an intelligent assistant in your car.
Sometimes it happens that the system suddenly shuts down entirely or in some part. This article will tell you how you can predict a breakdown and take specific measures in advance. It will save you money, time, and hassle. System failures are far from random, as they may seem at first glance. We have listed six indicators that hint at an iDrive loss, as well as some tips on what to do if you encounter them.
The concept of iDrive is that all updates and applications are downloaded automatically via Wi-Fi or mobile Internet. However, this does not mean that there is no data stored in your car. All current information about installed drivers and applications is on the hard disk. There are movable components in the construction of the drives. Therefore, they are subject to wear and breakdown. Some studies show that the average lifetime of a hard disk is from 3 to 5 years.
Unfortunately, ordinary users cannot influence the situation to prevent the data warehouse from wearing out. If this occurs, you will need help from a certified BMW service center.
There is a long list of possible causes of boot failures, but most indicate an increased risk of iDrive system failure. For example, if you see a message like “System not found,” then your iDrive system is most likely damaged. If you see this message more than once, it may mean that the chances of failure are growing exponentially. If this happens, do a system restore, install updates, or reinstall it from scratch.
Hardware malfunctions do not always cause system failures. Software problems can also cause problems. One of the most fundamental problems in this case is the lack of system power for your applications. If the application needs more computing power than the specifications of your car can provide, in most cases, this will lead to a slowdown in performance up to a complete failure to load.
Do not try to install the most up-to-date applications into a six-year-old car system. Also, try not to run many resource-intensive applications at the same time.
Sluggish performance is another sign of a system failure. If the problem is not in the software, there is a high probability of a malfunction in the car itself.
There are many systems and components in the car; the malfunction of which can lead to a decrease in performance. The iDrive system works as a bridge. All devices of your BMW send signals about their work to a single iDrive center. If at least one of any blocks fails, then the entire system may stop.
Conflicts in the equipment of the car often arise due to problems in the drivers. Due to such malfunctions, the iDrive system may work unstable, applications get hung up, and the user often only sees a black screen.
The easiest way to find out about hardware conflicts is to make diagnostics in the garage on special equipment. In special programs, complex components will have an exclamation mark. Reinstalling drivers can help solve these problems.
Errors in application files can lead to system failures. They can manifest themselves as follows: applications generally working up to a particular point stop running or do it every other time. However, the reasons for such errors can be malware, faulty disks, and failed components. Oddly enough, the car’s software can also become the target of a virus attack.
Always install only approved applications. If the problems have already started, check your system for unlicensed or malicious software. In addition, it would be useful to check the iDrive system for any other errors. Mechanics can do it with special utilities in a specialized garage.
A failure of the iDrive system usually occurs at the most inopportune moment. There are too many nuances in the work of the iDrive system. If your iDrive system detects a malfunction, you can expect the Ultimate Bimmer Service technicians to perform necessary software updates. Our certified and experienced engineers will comprehensively check your car and resolve any problems with the iDrive operation. Give us a call today or come in to speak to one of our knowledgeable technicians.
* BMW M5 Car image credit goes to: Roman Stasiuk.