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    Mondeo TitXsprt 2.2hdmi
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  1. In case this is of interest to other owners, I've cracked the problem at least one way by myself. I used one of these: No reason to suppose any other hard drives won't work in exactly the same way, and obviously where you buy one from is entirely up to you. This drive is 1000 GB so takes my entire music / audiobook collection and then some. The key thing here is not to use a "standard" format because windows will almost certainly decide you want either a 32GB partition or to format in NTFS, neither of which is what you want. I used windows administration - storage management to create a partition taking the whole 1000GB of disk space and to *Not* format the drive (it'll only do NTFS from within XP, dunno about win7 but I betcha it'll be the same. I then used EASEUS partition master (9.something) to format the full partition in FAT32, with default cluster, etc. Having done that Windows is now happy that I have a new hard disk called "Music" as my T: drive and I can create folders containing various albums and so forth from my various data stores on my network. The resulting drive can then be plugged in, using a normal USB - microUSB lead, to the aux socket in the glovebox where the hard drive is also sitting and when I now go into AUX and select USB there are my files and folders ready to play. Limited experiments confirm I can navigate the folders and play both MP3 and .WAV audio formats with no problems, no doubt there are limitations like how many levels of folders can nest and maximum filesize would be 4GB per file because of the FAT32 but all this is fine by me. If you hit problems with a drive drawing more current than the socket can provide, which shouldn't happen but, then some drives come with a Y cable containing the USB data/power socket and a further power socket for a second USB port to beef up the current, in this case you'd simply use an adapter in the cigar lighter socket for that second lead. Wasn't necessary with this particular product. My audio system is the SD card based touchscreen navigation model which is in the second half of the navigation manual ford have on the website at the minute for 2012 models, if this matters for compatibility and stuff.
  2. Whereabouts is that? searching for "firmware" came up blank.
  3. I haven't tried audiobooks as yet, my music tests were .wav and .mp3 but I didn't see folders anyway so it wouldn't matter. I was hoping others had already tried out some / all the combinations and knew what works and what didn't, I suppose.
  4. To be fair, that's technically what I've done and it doesn't play. There are evidently limitations within the Ford system, e.g. max 4GB sticks or whatever which aren't specified in the manual. Unlike my phone which says "up to 32GB uSD cards" so I know where I stand - stick a 64GB in and it probably won't work. Ford aren't saying, so you buy a 128GB class 16 stick, it doesn't work. "We didn't say it would". What does work? "We won't say, in case it doesn't." you can see the problem?
  5. In my ford handbook folder I have a key code card. It does have a four digit number written down. I have a touchscreen satnav cd/rad and I also have the DVD player for the rear seats, and the manual for that implies it needs a keycode if the battery is disconnected/replaced. In the old days, so did the main stereo. Would they be coded the same, or do I need to go hassle the dealer and get Ford Direct to produce a second keycode for the DVD system, or what? Thanks in advance for any help :)
  6. I didn't find this either in the manuals or from a limited search of the forums :) My Mondeo is a 2012 model with the touchscreen nav system and SD card maps. In the glovebox I have a USB socket and some sort of aux-in for ipods and that. I want to use the USB option for loading files, particularly audiobooks, since I couldn't buy a 6CD changer like my old Scorpio had for this sort of function (they tend to fill several CDs). My first attempt was a fail, I formatted up a USB connected 1TB hard drive as an EXT3 volume upon which I put some WAV and MP3 folders and while the Mondeo recognised there was something plugged in, it didn't find any files on it. Is there a definition or guide as to what you can plug into the USB port, what format it should be in, etc? Does it need fat32? can it power hard drives? what are the limits on memory sticks? I've gotten my phone bluetoothed up and it's pretty neat that it can grab tracks from that, although it seems to be random play rather than searchable (that might be my phone, of course.) Random order won't work for ten hours of unabridged audiobook, though, obviously. :)
  7. Welcome to the Ford forums hazfiend :)