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XM enable (without Sound Studio)

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by snooprob, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. snooprob

    snooprob Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Has anyone tried to get the XM feature turned on after purchase WIHTOUT the Sound Studio package?

    I deliberately avoided the Sound Studio bundle because I knew I'd be adding a much higher quality after market amp, speakers and sub... but it hadn't occurred to me the XM radio module was all built in the computer unit, so there's no way to "add" XM like you would on after market stereo head unit (with the receiver module)...

    If no one has tried - I will prod customer service and see what kind of response I get :wink:

    thx! Rob
  2. steve841

    steve841 Active Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    I can't directly answer, but I seem to recall the lack of the upgrade meant there was no xm antenna installed either.
  3. MikeC

    MikeC Active Member

    Jul 9, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Wish I could give you mine. I have no use for XM and I'd prefer that it not show up and take up space when I'm scrolling through the audio inputs.
  4. chickensevil

    chickensevil Active Member

    Jan 2, 2014
    Virginia, United States
    You should be able to find out yourself. The antennas are on the back hatch. I think it was am/fm on the left and fm/xm on the right? Read about it from someone else, so you will need to verify. Extra info, the 3G antennas are in the mirrors.

    the issue here is you will either need to hack the firmware to turn it on (if installed) or will need to have the service center do it for you. I don't think anyone has made any headway into breaking into their software (publicly) the last I heard was someone hacked the car through their wireless signal, and was able to get some serious access, but doubt that code/exploit was made public.

    I am in no way suggesting someone do something malicious or illegal, this is merely coming from a scientific/educational standpoint.

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