Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade and Information

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade and Information

Factory/Update/Custom image

An update image is denoted by the extension .301 in the version.txt file and this will update without deleting music, maps or changing the partition sizes.

A factory image is denoted by the extension .901 in the version.txt file and this will delete your music, maps and may change the partition sizes.

However there are some custom modified update images that perform other tasks like re-enabling the setup or re-partitioning the hard drive and this may wipe your music and maps so always make sure you have a copy of anything that you need.

Revision/Version numbering system

Volkswagen have revised the revision/version number system and now each release is denoted with an 8 as the final digit, instead of a release being known as 4020 / 4024 / 4026 / 4028 it will now just be known as 5238.

The revision file on the firmware media now shows #VwSwIndex:5238/5238/5238/5238/5238 instead of #VwSwIndex:4020/4026/4028/4024

For older releases the final digit of the version number denotes the vehicle/type of head unit the firmware upgrade is for.

yyyx firmware where x is

  • 0 VW
  • 2 VW Touareg
  • 4 Skoda
  • 6 Seat
  • 8 VW T5 Multivan & California

 

Firmware Upgrades

Version 5xxx

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 5269

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 5238

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 5218

Version 4xxx

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 4020 / 4024 / 4026 / 4028

 

Version 3xxx

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3980 / 3984 / 3986 / 3988

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3970 / 3974 / 3976 / 3978 – beta

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3930 / 3934 / 3936 / 3938 – beta

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3890 / 3894 / 3896 / 3898 – beta

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3810 / 3814 / 3816 / 3818 – release with support for older units

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3800 / 3802 / 3804 / 3806 – beta

New Startup Screen

Old startup screen

New startup screen

File System Changes

  • 1xxx/2xxx firmware has a 20GB music and 10GB navigation partition.
  • 3xxx firmware has a 15GB music, 7.5GB navigation and 7.5GB POI database partition.

POI Database

  • Requires a separate partition on the hard drive and new POI data v6 or greater.

See Volkswagen RNS 510 Maps POI – New Features with Firmware 3xxx for further information

New Setup Screen

details coming soon.

Map Changes

New maps required to support new POI format

  • European beta maps currently available with new POI database map support
  • European official maps (CD_7476 and CD_7477) – due for release mid 2011
  • Australian official maps (Version 4) – due for release late 2011

 

Version 3xxx Specific Problems

  • Software video in motion is lost when upgrading to version 3800.
  • HDD re-partitioning does not occur when upgrading to version 3930 and 3970 from 1xxx/2xxx, upgrade from 3800-3910 to use these versions.
  • POI search with the European beta maps only works with version 3800 and 3810.

 

 

Version 2xxx

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 2840 / 2844 / 2846 / 2848

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 2760 / 2762 / 2764 / 2766 / 2768

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 2720 / 2722 / 2724 / 2726 / 2728

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 2700 / 2702 / 2704 / 2706 / 2708

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 2680 / 2682 / 2684 / 2686 / 2688

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 2660 / 2662 / 2664 / 2666 / 2668

Version 1xxx

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 1200 / 1202 / 1204 / 1206 / 1208

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 1100 / 1102

 

Version 0xx

None Available

 

 

 

 

Fixes

SWL Recovery CD

During the firmware upgrade if a Gateway Error 202 or other failure occurs and the unit will not book this recovery CD will recover the SWL and allow the unit to boot. Based on 398x firmware and will recover a RNS 510 running any firmware and for any market. Simply insert the CD and reboot the RNS 510 to start the process.

Further information can be found in this post – Volkswagen RNS 510 SWL Recovery CD for Gateway Error 202 or Boot Problems

Download: Location 1
Filename: swl_fix.iso
Size: 3.75mb
(thanks to Josi for this fix)

CAN Bus fix for old gateways
(power drain issues)

Early build Volkswagen cars can experience a power drain issue after upgrading to a RNS 510 running firmware 2660 or above, this fix can avoid having to upgrade the CAN Bus gateway below.

Further information can be found in this post – Upgrading 2nd generation radios (RCD 300, RCD 500) to 3rd generation (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RCD 510) power drain issue

Download: Location 1
Filename: 1200_gw_all.rar
Size: 3.84mb
(thanks to Josi for this fix)

Skoda Columbus (RNS 510) Fix

Updates gateway to enable the display on the instrument cluster to work, required when fitting a Skoda Columbus (Skoda branded RNS 510) to a pre facelift Octavia A5 or any Volkswagen.

1xxx/2xxx firmware
Download: Location 1
Filename: 2760_sk_fix.rar
Size: 3.84mb

3xxx/4xxx firmware
Download: Location 1
Filename: 4020_sk_fix.rar
Size: 3.9mb
(thanks to Josi for these fixes)

Format CD – HDD and Maps

This will format both partitions on HDD and all MP3 files and maps will be lost. Run it only if you have problems accessing audio files after software upgrade or you do want to install an older version Navi map. If you want to erase maps only and keep existing MP3 files, then edit the file WA\FORMHDB1.WSH and replace first symbol in line “hdTermFormat(“/hdb1″,3)” with #
In some rare cases the MP3 partition can not be formatted with this CD, if this happens downgrade to software 1200 (it will also format HDD) and then upgrade back to your current version.

Download: Location 1
Filename: 2720_form.rar
Size: 3.49mb
(thanks to Josi for this fix)

Format CD – Maps

This will format only the maps partition on the HDD and MP3 files should remain.

Download: Location 1
Filename: 2720_mpf.rar
Size: 35.96 kb
(thanks to Josi for this fix)

 

 

 

21 comments to Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade and Information

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  • Bob

    :-) Excelent collection of info – I found that little snippet that might just fix my problem (“HDD re-partitioning does not occur when…”)

  • Dready95

    Hi guys,
    Where can I find the 1002 version to avoid the Battery drain issue?
    I’m running a 2662 version but the issue is still there..
    Thanks

  • Roberto

    Hi,
    I have an old version that with the latest firmware updates each time it is turned off, it restart from Germany (I think Kassel, but I forgot). I remember there was a notice on the web saying that they were working to sort it out, but for what I am concerned it has not!
    Can anyone give me more information?

    Thank you

  • John C

    Hi,
    I’m looking into upgrading my RNS 510 in my 59plate Passat CC and would like advice about in which order I have to do the upgrade to the lastest stable firmware version.
    The main reason I’m doing this to gain access to 32gb memory SDHC cards and to have the OPS function on the same page as RVC display as recently retrofited RVC camera without control module.
    My worry with the upgrade is that I may loose my Maps etc and there was no disc that came with car upon purchase. Can Maps be downloaded from web or do I need to go to VW agent.

    Model of Radio is listed below from snapshot of VCDS:-

    Address 56: Radio (J0506) Labels: 1T0-035-680.clb
    Part No SW: 1T0 035 680 B HW: 1T0 035 680 B
    Component: RNS-MID H11 1200
    Revision: AB001001 Serial number: VWZ6Z7J9291017
    Coding: 04000440040000A200
    Shop #: WSC 10403 000 00000
    ASAM Dataset: ————————- ——
    VCID: 2D5B2DAC740A1F1

    No fault code found.

    I look forward to hearing from anyone who can guide me through this process.

    Much appreciated

  • Vlad

    Hi, I have a problem, I fited a skoda columbus in my octavia 2 2004, on the case of the unit the code is 3T0035680 A and FW 2724 but in the secret menu is 3T0035680 whitout the A and FW 0904, I dont understand why is this. Now the problem, MFSW and MFD not working

  • PLS!!! Could anyone help me? I have upgraded MFD to MFD+. I had instaled RNS 510. And the result you can watch here: http://youtu.be/T0gRZBdSKdk
    Pls, I realy don’t know what to do…. Nobody in my country couldn’t help me… i’m cryingg…..

  • Mibarra

    Anyone knows where can I download the maps for Mexico & US? My RNS510 comes only with US&Canada

  • Lesmayhead

    How do you tell the version and model number you have ? I have tried the “press setup for 30 seconds” but this does not work, the car is a 2010 VW Passat CC if that helps. Cheers Les

  • Hi Lesmayhead,
    I have a 2009 Passat CC and the secret menu was not available until it was unlocked using VCDS. Go to Navigation channel 37. Click on Adaptation 10. Enter 50 into the channel value. Then change the value from 0 to 1. Click test, exit VCDS, and press and brightness to reboot the RNS-510. This should unlock your RNS510 making the secret menu available after 30-30seconds.

    Regards

    John

  • Flavius Sora

    hello.i also have a 2009 passat cc and the secret menu is not working. what do you mean by “unlocked using VCDS”?
    can you tell me what version is your rns 510? do i need to “code” or “recode” my rns510 after i upgrade it to 3810a_noru? and what does that mean?
    what i want to do is upgrade it to 3810a_noru and then 4020. is this the right way to get the lastest version?

  • Matteo F

    Hey!!! A new version is available! Look for 5218…

  • Very useful information, there’s just a thing that i can’t really find.

    My car (leon 1p 2008) has a Seat Multimedia System, which is apart from the sd card slot, the same.
    It’s now running on:

    HW Vehicle: 0xC001
    SW version: 0996
    Delivery part number 5P0034680A
    HW radio 0003
    SW radio EUR_CN_130H

    To what version could i update ?? Do i get the volkswagen start screen or will that automaticly be set to seat ?

    Maybe important to keep in mind that i have the : 5P0 862 335 B Bluetooth car kit

  • Koba

    Hi i have RNS510 7L6035684B (us ver) HW-H02 SW 0382 tell me lastest version.. i need to upgrade urgently

  • a.zec

    please can anyone help me to choise which firmvare is corect for my rns510. right now i am having problems like every day is car batery empty. it is rns 1T0035680D, HW Version: HW03, SW Version-4120.if anythig else you need just tell me please.

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  • I have an RNS 510 and i think it’s on 0xx because i have the volume in the middle of the screen and the setup button “secret menu” only takes you to FM, AM and DAB (It doesn’t even have a DAB tuner:/)
    I can’t get any links until 3810 / 3814 / 3816 / 3818 will i be able to upgrade directly to this?
    Thanks

  • Tibi Hosz

    Hi

    I have a 2008 Touareg 7L6 with rns 510 (20gb HDD)…..wich version of firmware is the coorect for me?

    Thx

  • Tony

    Hi Guys, i have a serious problem after Upgrading to 5269. any one can Help me, i am from UK, Any help would be much appreciated .. Thanks in Advance.
    i have uploaded a video in youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izO9kspbi0E

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