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    A6 C7 VCDS Tricks

    Armed with my list of tricks from my C6 and other people's A4s and A5s I have experimented with, I decided to see what I could find and enable on my new A6 C7. I had some success, but not so much in other areas...

    1. Enabling Gauge Test/Needle Sweep
    This will sweep the needles of the speedo and rev counter through their full range automatically when you start the engine.
    [Select]
    [17 - Instruments]
    [Coding - 07]
    [Long Coding Helper]
    Click on byte 1 and you'll see the selectable option: "Gauge Test/Needle Sweep active"
    Check this option
    [Do It!]

    This produced expected results

    2. Enabling Lap Timer
    [Select]
    [17 - Instruments]
    [Coding - 07]
    [Long Coding Helper]
    Click on byte 1 and you'll see the selectable option: "Lap Timer active"
    Check this option
    [Do It!]

    This made no apparent difference to the DIS options between the clocks. Maybe I just have to find the right sequence to get to it?
    Edit 07-09-12. Although this doesn't work on my car, it does on some. The Lap Timer option appears in the DIS menu on page 2 when you press the * button on the steering wheel and scroll down. You may be luckier than me and find it works on your car?

    3. Kerb lighting
    Illuminating the kerb when turning hard left or right at low speeds with dipped beam on, by turning on the all-weather light on the relevant side of the car.
    [Select]
    [09-Cent. Elect.]
    [Coding - 07]
    [Long Coding Helper]
    Click on byte 4 and enable bit 0
    [Do It!]

    I have now (finally) tested this works as expected. I needed a dark night and a quiet corner

    4. Beep on lock
    Chirp the alarm siren briefly when the alarm activates (ie all doors are closed and the car is locked)
    [Select]
    [46-Central Conv.]
    [Coding - 07]
    [Long Coding Helper]
    Click on byte 1 and in bit 2 you'll see the selectable option: "Anti-Theft-System: Horn Confirmation active"
    Check this option
    [Do It!]

    This produced expected results

    5. Hidden menu
    Enable access to the green engineering menu in the MMI
    [Select]
    [5F - Information Electr.]
    [Adaptation - 10]
    Select Channel 6 and Read
    change the value from 0 to 1 then Test then Save
    Reboot the MMI (Press MENU, central MMI knob and top right softkey)
    To get to the Hidden Menu, press and hold the CAR and MENU buttons for a few seconds. You may have to have a few attempts - if you don't press them at the exact same moment either CAR or MENU activates. You know if you have done it right because the red LEDs in the buttons do not illuminate.
    WARNING!!!! BE CAREFUL!!! Do not mess with settings in the Hidden Menu unless you know what you are doing. On earlier MMI versions, people managed to activate the bootloader menu and fried their MMI. Use at your own risk. If in doubt, leave well alone!

    This worked as expected.

    6. Battery Meter.
    Enter the Hidden Menu as in step 5 above.
    Select Car
    Select Carextdevicelist
    Check "Battery"
    Return
    Select Carmenuoperation
    Set "Battery" from 0 to 5
    Return
    Press CAR to exit the hidden menu
    Reboot the MMI

    Despite doing this, I could not find the battery meter displayed anywhere. I am a muppet though - it may be lurking in a menu I haven't found yet

    7. VIM
    Video In Motion - prevent the car from suppressing DVD playback once the speed of the car rises above 5mph
    I used the same technique as in my C6 with MMI 3G. These are the steps I followed:
    [Select]
    [5F-Information Electr.]
    [Advanced ID - 1A]
    Make a note of the Serial Number
    Go to Enable VIM TV-playback using VCDS/VAG-COM in your Audi MMI | trick77.com
    Follow the link for MMI 3G
    Enter your serial number into the input field
    Make a note of the personal login code and the alternative login code it returns
    [Security Access - 16]
    Enter your personal login code.
    [Do it!]
    If you receive a "code not valid" message try the alternative code. If neither code works it's likely that your control module doesn't support VIM adaptation.
    [Adaptation - 10]
    Select channel 48
    Press read
    Set the value from 0 to 255
    Press test
    Press save
    Press "Done, Go Back"
    Close VCDS and reboot your MMI as detailed in step 5 above

    This works as expected.

    8. Passenger door mirror dip on selecting reverse.
    When reverse gear is selected, the passenger door mirror dips to show the kerb if the mirror control knob is set to the passenger door mirror position. When driving forwards and exceeding 5mph or when switching off the car, the passenger mirror returns to its original position. If the position of the mirror is changed when dipped, this change is remembered the next time the mirror dips.
    [Select]
    [52 - Door Elect, Pass]
    [Coding - 07]
    [Long Coding Helper]
    Click on Byte 4 (5th one along from the left)
    Set Bit 2 to "on"
    [Do It!]

    Full details of this mod are lower down in the thread - it is a little disconcerting at the moment because VCDS has no information for the module and displays a warning when selecting Long Coding Helper. This works as expected

    9. Disabling seatbelt reminder chimes.
    Turn off the annoying "Bing bong" when you move the car on the driveway without your seatbelt fastened.
    [Select]
    [17 - Instruments]
    [Coding - 07]
    [Long Coding Helper]

    Click on byte 0 and in bit 4 you'll see the selectable option: "Seat Belt Warning inactive"
    Check this option
    [Do It!]

    Thanks to Mr Fish for finding and posting this up.

    10. Disabling engine stop when opening driver's door.
    Recode the Central Convenience module to STOP the engine from turning off when you get out, having moved the car.
    [Select]
    [46 - Central Conv.]
    [Coding - 07]
    [Long Coding Helper]
    Click on the red byte (below) and in the binary code you will see: 00000111
    Change it to: 00001111
    ie. with 1111 at the end not 111

    Tab into the next bit box and you will see the code change to 0F (013F062220B9000083200904200104070000000000000000000000000000 to 013B062220B90000832009042001040F0000000000000000000000000000)
    [close the long code helper]
    [Do It!]

    Thanks to Mr Fish for finding and posting this up.

    11. Enabling the default distance setting in the MMI for Adaptive Cruise Control
    Adding the option to modify the default distance for ACC (values 1 to 4) via the MMI
    [Select]
    [13 - Auto Distance Regulation]
    [Adaptation - 10]
    Select channel 07
    Press read
    Set the value from 0 to 1
    Press test
    Press save
    Press "Done, Go Back"
    Close VCDS and reboot your MMI as detailed in step 5 above

    In the MMI you should now be able to go to Car > Driver Assistance > Adaptive Cruise and see a new option there to set the adaptive cruise distance.

    Thanks to M1tchy for finding and posting this up.

    12. Modifying the High Beam Assist speed threshold
    Changing the threshold speed at which High Beam Assist activates
    [Select]
    [20 - High Beam Assist]
    [Adaptation - 10]
    From the drop-down menu, select "High Beam Speed Threshold"
    In the third entry box down on the left, enter the speed to set the threshold to in KM/h (eg 40)
    Press save
    Press "Done, Go Back"
    Close VCDS and reboot your MMI as detailed in step 5 above

    Thanks to JK88 for finding this and to M1tchy for posting this up.

    13. Enabling the Daytime Running Lights on/off setting in the MMI
    Adding the option to turn off / turn on the DRLs via the MMI
    [Select]
    [09-Cent. Elect.]
    [Coding - 07]
    [Long Coding Helper]
    Click on byte 3 and enable bit 0 (Daytime running lights adjustable via MMI)
    [Do It!]

    Thanks to diecastsink for finding and posting this up.

    14. Enabling tourist mode setting for headlights in the MMI
    [Select]
    [09-Cent. Elect.]
    [Coding - 07]
    [Long Coding Helper]
    Click on byte 4 and enable bit 6
    [Do It!]

    Thanks to diecastsink for finding and posting this up.

    15. Enable auto handbrake when shift into P
    [Select]
    [53 - Parking Brake]
    [Security Access - 16]
    Code displayed to me was - 78713
    [Adaption - 10]
    [Select]
    "Shift P to EPB"
    Set to Activated
    [Do It!]

    Thanks to A6_Chris for finding and posting this up.

    16. Close electric boot lid from key
    [Select]
    [46 - Cent Conv]
    [Coding - 07]
    Click on byte 2, bit 2
    Tick Comfort operation: Remote control active
    [Do It!]

    [Select]
    [4D - Trunk Elec]
    [Security Access - 16]
    Input 12345
    [Adaption - 10]
    Activation using rear lid opening button in remote key - Touch function for closing
    Change to ACTIVE
    [Do It!]

    Thanks to M1tchy for finding this and to A6_Chris for posting this up.

    Good luck if you try these changes yourself! If you know of any other tricks, please add them to the thread.

    MF.
    Last edited by MFGF; 10-04-2014 at 10:39 AM. Reason: Adding auto handbrake when shift to P & Remote boot closure
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    Re: A6 C7 VCDS Tricks

    Very keen to follow this thread and see what else is posted.

    Slight tangent, but do you know if the VCDS software is available for OSX?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5678 View Post
    Slight tangent, but do you know if the VCDS software is available for OSX?
    I believe you can use Bootcamp or Paralells to create a Windows VM and then run vcds off that.

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    Re: A6 C7 VCDS Tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by A6_Chris View Post
    I believe you can use Bootcamp or Paralells to create a Windows VM and then run vcds off that.

    Thanks Chris. Thought this may be the case.

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    Yep - that is the way to go. VCDS is not supported natively on a Mac. See FAQ 1.8 on the Ross Tech support site, here:

    http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/faq_1.html

    Cheers!

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    Re: A6 C7 VCDS Tricks

    I tried the kerb lighting but no success. I assume that the lighting switch should be set at automatic.

    3. Kerb lighting
    Illuminating the kerb when turning hard left or right at low speeds with dipped beam on, by turning on the all-weather light on the relevant side of the car.
    [Select]
    [09-Cent. Elect.]
    [Long Coding Helper]
    Click on byte 4 and enable bit 0
    [Do It!]
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    Quote Originally Posted by shabazmo View Post
    I tried the kerb lighting but no success. I assume that the lighting switch should be set at automatic.

    3. Kerb lighting
    Illuminating the kerb when turning hard left or right at low speeds with dipped beam on, by turning on the all-weather light on the relevant side of the car.
    [Select]
    [09-Cent. Elect.]
    [Long Coding Helper]
    Click on byte 4 and enable bit 0
    [Do It!]
    I haven't driven in the dark to be able to test it. Mine may well not work either. I will report back when I get the opportunity to test...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shabazmo View Post
    I tried the kerb lighting but no success. I assume that the lighting switch should be set at automatic.

    3. Kerb lighting
    Illuminating the kerb when turning hard left or right at low speeds with dipped beam on, by turning on the all-weather light on the relevant side of the car.
    [Select]
    [09-Cent. Elect.]
    [Long Coding Helper]
    Click on byte 4 and enable bit 0
    [Do It!]
    I finally tried this tonight. With the switch on Auto, I saw the lighting pattern change as I turned sharp right before reversing into my drive. I kept my eye on the extra pool of light as I straightened the wheel, and saw it go again - it faded down rather than just cutting off suddenly. My car does not have AFS headlights, so it can only have been the all-weather light fading up and down for the sharp cornering manoeuvre. It only operates at low speeds I think.

    Cheers!

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    Re: A6 C7 VCDS Tricks

    I concur, it does work. When i first tried it, I don't know why it did not work, but it does now. Not sure about the extra benefit though, I have xenons, so did not notice much diference, but early days yet. will give an update later.
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    Re: A6 C7 VCDS Tricks

    Is it possible to extend how long the ACC stays in Automatic Go?
    If you have tried to use MyAudi, please look here.

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