Volkswagen RNS 510 SWL Recovery CD for Gateway Error 202 or Boot Problems

Download Unofficial SWL recovery CD

This is used if the unit is stuck with Gateway Error 202 or similar and is unable to boot after the upgrade. It’s based on the 272x firmware but can be used to recover RNS 510’s running any version. Insert the media into the RNS 510 and start a new SWL process by pressing Setup + Eject +Info/Mic (top right hand button next to the DVD slot). It will attempt to restore a new SWL process and will enable it to boot up. (Thanks Josi)

Download Location

Download: Location 1
Filename: swl_fix.iso
Size: 3.75mb

Search: swl_fix.iso (filename: swl_fix.iso)

Alternative filename: 2720_fix.rar (size: 3.49MB)

71 thoughts on “Volkswagen RNS 510 SWL Recovery CD for Gateway Error 202 or Boot Problems”

  1. my touchscreen on the rns 510 doesn’t work..,i already try this recovery file but nothing work..,
    i also try to patch back on the original 1200 version but it also doesn’t work..,when i try i get the swl error ecuorder.txt error reading hw version..,

    can anyone help me please???


    1. Hi “up4anything”,

      same story here with my Columbus sitting in a Skoda Octavia2 face-lift…

      – after upgrade I lost touch-screen functionality (and also the upgrade failed)
      – downgrade to 1164 stopped with Gateway Error 202
      – using Josi’s 2720_fix.nrg helped to boot the device
      – but: touchscreen still not working, no audio from speakers, no navigation in MFD at cockpit

      Really frustrating…
      What can I try next (before walking embarrassed to my Skoda dealer)?

      Best regards,

      1. Try to load 2680 software. As it is factory CD, it will reset everything. After update coding must be performed by VCDS or dealer VAS system to reenable audio and MFD display.

        1. Hi Josi,

          thanks for your posting here this afternoon.
          I planned to visit the Skoda dealer today after lunch but thought to give it one last try before that with an image now burned on a CD with ImgBurn and 4x speed. So I prepared a CD with 266x and 1164. I tried the 266x first and the unbelievable happened: SWL success!!!
          Everything back to normal plus features from the 266x-version.

          I don’t wish all that stress and worries anyone.
          Consider to go and check first with your VW/Skoda-dealer if you haven’t done this flash-procedure before.

          Best regards and thanks again to Josi for all his efforts,
          Pete (happy again)

          1. I have the same problem:
            – touch not working after FW 5238 Update by josi
            – battery drain issue

            Please, where can we find the “266x-version”?

            1T0035680 (no letter) by Siemens VDO in 2007.
            HW H73
            SW 0520

        2. Hi Josi,
          I got error 202 when I try upgrade my RNS510 last night, I found Pete was success finally when he was try back to 266x version. Can you help me know where I can download this 266x version? I also want to have a try, thanks a lot!

        3. Hi, Josi. Could u help us with navigation error 202 when installing Rns510 for volkswagen car.nothing works after it: no touchscreen, no power off on the whole radio and Navigation unit. Please could u suggest us something?

  2. Josi.

    it is not working for me i tried your fix it is succesful but when i try another cd always gateway error 202
    thx for your help

  3. When loading my RNS510 2760 failed, the error occurred when I was loading the system, ie when the load empiesa the home screen and a white box in the upper left leaves a
    load bar fine which I fail to load. So I think that the starter is bad
    I think the only solution is to go straight through the board connectors
    base and reprogram the system to boot, theory for now, and I seek no more
    find anything.

  4. Hej

    kan se i er nogle stykker der har problemer med jeres rns 510 … har specialiseret mig i rns 510 seat/skoda/vw … kan dermed lave service på dem , har orginalt udstyr til og nulstille enheden, lave koden om vis denne er glemt, ændre opstarts logo, tv free evt ???

    skriv eller ring på 40797800

    1. Hej Kenneth
      Har læst, at du har styr på RNS510, har forsøgt at ringe på 40797800, men nummer eksisterer ikke. Jeg har store problemer med min 510’er . Den starter og skriver “welcome to volksvagen” står et minuts tid, og slukker så. Så går der et min eller og så begynder den forfra, og kommer aldrig længere. Den har kørt uden problemer i meterne 4 år. Jeg har prøvet at reset’ e den med de 3 knapper. Den får også et input, mem det ændrer ikke noget.
      Kan du hjælpe mig?
      Mvh Curt Stender
      Tlf 61551780
      [email protected]

  5. i have bought a RNS 510 from ebay (Lithuania).
    the unit came with SW 3800 and V7 maps (yesterday i installed V7.1 CD_7420).
    Actually i am not that satisfied because the antenna has started to loose the current position.
    What can i do about?
    Does anyone have any suggestion? (maybe CD_7388?)

    I am really worried about this unit for what the seller has done into it.
    is there any way to find out if this unit has been modified or has been object of an operation?
    or if this unit is stolen somehow?
    I want to be sure that in case i will try to upgrade, the unit won’t freeze for ever and loose my money.
    is there any way to check it in order to avoid upgrade and keep it this way (so far it plays normally all the functions).
    So it might be more convenient to avoid any upgrade and let it live with SW3800

    1. You have different possibilities: Put the device out of the car and take a look at the (warranty labels) scribal abbreviations. If they are ok, the unit was not opened! You should also compare the Numbers (identification) that are printed on the Device!

      your second possibility is to have someone who has an RNS510 Manager;)

      Normaly if your unit has now broken warranty labels the unit has not been opened and you could update without any problems!


  6. Hey,
    i read so much about RNS510update, and i decided to do it. I have an A version made from Siemens (not Continental) (originaly HW:04, SW:1020). The unit is absolutely not stolen (I bought it for 3 Years at my Volkswagen dealer) and I get, the same as many other, the gateway 202 Error at 87% (10%gateway), by updating to 1100. I put in the 2720 gateway error recovery CD and now the unit works again on 1100, so far so good. BUT the steering wheel buttons are completely disabled (coding with VCDS, I had no sucess)…before on 1020 they were working. So I think, this was the problem of the gateway error 202, so that the buttons are not able to communicate with the Navigation any more…
    When I try SW 1020 or SW1200, my unit will always stuck on Gateway Error 202…what is the Problem?! The unit works absolutely fine, except steering wheel buttons!
    My question: has anyone the same problems, and was anyone possible to fix it? Does anyone, with an Siemens RNS510,succeeded in Updating it completely?

    Thank you very much! Michael

  7. aiutatemi il rns 510 schermo bianco nn posso mettere il cd di ripristino perchè il lettore cd nn prende più il cd/dvd come posso fare…. :((((

  8. Hi

    The is down, any chance for release on other server? The same about 2720 firmware modified for units A.

    Thanks in advance

  9. my touchscreen doesn’t work. I have read the above messages but if i use the 26xx firmware i am getting on this field, where i have to push OK or cancel. Neither work because the touchscreen doesnt work. Any ideas would be appreciated.

  10. I have the same problem at the moment, when the touchscreen is not working, try the skip buttons at the upper left corner and then the right button at the lower right (the round button on the other side of the loudness button).

  11. I trie to upgrade my rns 510 and wen arrive to gateway upgrade he stoped and sitll black sreen. he dosen´t work animore. can anione help me to reboot the rns?

  12. Have Columbus 510 with continuous re-boot problem. Used swl_fix and it went all the way through its procedures telling me at the end that the update had been fully successful and the car should start of removal of disc. Unfortunately it didn’t and the problem is not solved. Any Ideas?

  13. Hi Josi,

    I appreciate what you have done for the community with these support and firmware downloads.

    I recently tried to update to 5238 and got half way 68% and my car battery ran out of battery.
    And from there i couldnt do anything to try and fix it. Attempted to run SWL Recovery and it goes SWL – Updating 100% and reboots.
    Then my RNS-510 freezes at radio screen, cant press anything etc. After that was done i tried to update to 4020, but i get EcuOrder.txt error.

    Can you please try and help me?

    Thank you

  14. I have a RNS 510 in my Scirocco, it was working fine I stopped at a fuel station got back in and now the “welcome to Volkswagen” and then flashes off and a few minutes later the “welcome to Volkswagen” screen flashes back on and that’s it. And this repeats over and over all the time the car is switched on. Any ideas anyone ?

  15. Hi all,
    I’m having the dreaded re-boot issue too. This happened to me about 18 months ago on my 09 Skoda Superb Columbus and managed to fix it ok with 3810a SWL re-install. However this time round this method isn’t working.
    I have pressed the Eject & i (mic) and Setup buttons together to reset the unit, which defaults back to the red bars top and bottom prompting for the SWL software to be inserted.
    After inserting the 3810a disc, all goes perfectly well until it attempts to load the AAPL (?), which hangs at 5% for around 3mins, reports of a Software loading error (010303) – ‘SWL ERROR’ – ‘Error – APPS – Fragment File Read’.
    The text below the main error message reads ‘A SWL error occurred and now the Maximum SWL Error Count has been reached. SWL is now blocked until a power cycle is instigated using the buttons Eject & i (mic) and Setup buttons.
    and spits out the disc. Have also since tried the SWL fix iso. This gives me a SWL success message but then switches the unit off. I attempt to switch it on again and it simply loads the splash screen and turns off again. Am I missing a trick? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  16. Hello,
    Can you guys help me out on my RNS510. Out of the blue my when I turn on my radio it will show the VW Logo and then it will go blank screen. I tried to reset it but it’s still the same. Can you guys tell me what’s going on? Thank you in advance.

  17. Hi I got this message when trying to upgrade my firmware. It keeps doing it everytime I try upgrade. I was just wondering how I can fix this? And now my Rns 510 keeps freezing on boot up.

    I hope you can help

    Many thanks

  18. Hello.i have boot problems .the welcome screen have continous loop.i have downloaded the file from here which have 3,5 mb but no succes.this is correct file ? Or must something elsr to have on cd together with the file? Can you help me please josi? My rns is a b version.


  19. I got the same problem as first person on my columbus (RNS 510 Skoda):
    – Continious bootloop at first
    – After getting the unit off the power i get the unit to boot but it is stuck on PINCODE , touchscreen is not responding
    – Trying to update an the FIX cd’s (2720/3980), touchscreen works perfect but al versions (1200/2660/2720/2850/3980/4020/5238) return errors
    – After pressing twice oke it starts but at 3% SWL is reboots or quickly fills to 100% and reboot , returning ECUORDER.TXT error : No HW version found, No Proj. Mapping etc. WITH red BOX SWL ERROR
    It was an original Skoda Columbus A unit (C8/C9) 3TO..5680A HW41 with firmware 2724 upgraded to 3980 for 3 partitions worked 2 year without problem and got a 3TO..5680B code now with HW41
    I though the HDD was faulty and bought a new one but when i insert it my dvd player stops working. Without an HDD or the original one it works perfect.(i use verbatimCD’s on 2.4x and 4x speed (the same cd’s worked 2 years ago)
    I tried al these solutions with te unit out of the car.
    Someone a suggestion ? Will a martech cable or something like that help me to program the unit back to an A version HW41 so that CD will recognize it?

  20. Hi anyone help, rns510, c grade randomly stopped working, no touchscreen functions, radio won’t work, speakers won’t work, steering wheel buttons won’t work, nav or any buttons on rns510 won’t work…

    I disconnected battery to reset it but I needed radio code, I got the radio code but can’t enter it cause the touchscreen doesn’t work… I have a friend who Said he can system update it but apparently it keeps saying error when he loads it up…

    I have recently bought sat nav update for 150 pound and can’t use it 🙁

    Anyone please help this Is really frying my brain!!


    Emails would be preferable and welcome
    [email protected]

    1. Hello,
      I have same problem,m i RNS510 final C boot but not respond at touch on the screen code,if insert a Fw cd the touch work.
      What is the problem?I try to install 2680,2720,3890,4020 and 5274 firmware but Error read HW vers.
      Please help me!!!
      Thanks friend!

  21. Hi guys! Just wanted to let you know that this SWL Recovery CD worked for me. I have tried to install V13 Europe maps on RNS 510 and after letting the CD and SD to work for about 45 minutes, nothing happend. So I tried 2 more times (average time spent per instalation 40 minute).

    After each time, the RNS 510 didn’t want to start and what it showed on the display was the following message: “System unaible to start” and “Please insert SWL”.

    I have inserted swl_fix.iso (burned the image on a CD-R at 2x speed|) and restarted the navigation by pressing: EJECT+MIC (Star)+SETUP. After approx. 3 minutes, the RNS 510 started and for my surprize the maps were installed.

    Forgot to mention that I have 3810 SW on the navigation.

    Best regards!

    1. Mine just keep showing the repeating the VW logo on loop.

      I had update the new firmware 5274 on my rns 510 which installed fine switched off the car and came back 10 mins later to test the maps everything was working fine.

      woke up this morning ready to drive to work only to find out my mine VW logo on a loop and wont start up!!

      making me regret updating it now…. is there a way to fix it as I put the update CD on again but nothing wont load or work.

  22. Hey guys,
    Dealing with same issues as some of you, no sound from speakers, nothing will play either on SD, CD/DVD or MDI
    when trying to update i get the ECU Order.txt HW cannot be read error. Trying version 1100 and 1140 North American
    Is there any resources other than those 2 versions i can try to downgrade to ? I can’t find any on the internet
    My unit is a Continental A version with SW 0380 loaded right now.

    Please help

  23. Big problem, updated the firmware to 5238 but unit wouldn’t switch on after that so installed this fix. Unit now switches on and runs but touch screen doesn’t work and i cant upgrade the firmware because it comes up with the clamp state error and i cant change the time to 24hr because the touch screen doesn’t work.

    any ideas?

  24. A lot of these bootloop issues are related to spurious CAN data on engine startup. The units boot first time ok, but after being exposed to CAN data with engine running, the units start to bootloop at the next software reboot.
    If you remove your units from the car, connect 2x B+ & 1x GND wires direct to the ISO plug, and bench flash them with an early firmware version, they should revive ok.
    If they are suffering data corruption whilst flashing in the vehicle, you must bench flash them and investigate data on the CAN lines.

  25. i have a rns 510 hw 61 sw 4120 , tried to update to 5274 but got the 202 error , i tried the recovery software but lost audio function media and no sound at all no feedback no speaker working what should i do install the previous sw or try a different one???? please help

  26. I have an issue with updating my rns 510. I’ve tried with sd&cd reparation, everiting was going by the book (loading 31%), and after aprox. 50 minutes i get message on display SOFTWARE UPDATING ERROR, SWL TIME OUT. After that I can’t do anything on my RNS. It runs over and over and nothing new. I’ve tried to update mg maps, now I don’t have radio neither. Can somebody help me please??

  27. does somebody fix the touch screen problem? my rns boots ok, loads the new swl but because touch is not working a can not proceed to update

  28. Hi!How to fix ERROR APPS File fragment file?I tried with iso fix and say SWL succes but after when i try FW5238 before starting HDD update ,i get this Apps error 87% .Thanks!

  29. Hey Guys,

    The issue that i am having is that my RNS-510 had reset back to German. I have gone through the menu and tried to change the language to English but it just freezes. I have tried going through the secret menu and that does not work either. Any Ideas????

  30. Hi, I want to thank Josi for this fix,

    I was upgrading from 3970 OEM firmware on a 1T0035680F to 5238 modified version, my upgrade failed every single time at GATEWAY update at 11% tried different CD and DVD brands, but still got stuck at same exact point. My unit didn’t want to boot and got stuck on the warning boot screen with 2 red bands.

    Since I couldn’t use my unit anymore tried this fix iso from Josi and my unit is alive again!, everything is working fine, I was on map version v15 and it was still there, didn’t need to configure RNS510 with VCDS and when I checked the sw version it was 5238, the fw was updated and I don’t get why since it failed at gateway update, but now it is working great with the new fw, I hope it will keep working.

    Again Josi, thanks for this great fix!

  31. My RNS510 is stuck on boot loop, but i didn’t upgrade it.
    It just started doing that by itself…
    Does this method works to fix this issue?
    Did anyone fix it this way?

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