Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3810 / 3814 / 3816 / 3818

Version 3810/3814/3816/3818 firmware for the Volkswagen RNS 510 and the Skoda Columbus has been released.

  • Voice Control (requires microphone – see Volkswagen RNS 510 Microphone Connection for voice control)
  • NEW hold down the setup button for 30 seconds and get the following menus: FM, AM and the new VERSION INFO (map version and type, hw and sw versions)
  • NEW Compass
  • NEW POI – see Volkswagen RNS 510 Maps POI – New Features with firmware 3xxx
  • NEW Languages – Arabic,  Russian, Turkish and Polish
  • Speed Limit Display
  • Stability Improvements
  • Faster Startup (this has been improved on 2720)
  • Display OPS and RVC at the same time
  • SDHC 32 GB Support (HW04 and above)
  • Display Off on extras tab
  • Climatronic control if approriate climatronic fitted
  • Clock display if RNS 510 swtiched off
  • Excluded roads (under route options)
  • GPS coordinates entry
  • Additional adjustments for video
  • Larger RVC screen with transparent menus at the side

Units that can be upgraded include (still being compiled may not be 100%)

  • All D and later versions.
  • 1T0 035 680 C (1T0035680 C) from software version 1000, 800,  900, 1100 , 2660 and 2700 to version 3810.
  • 7L6 035 680 C (7L6035680C) from software version 1002,  1022, 1102 and 2664 to version 2700.
  • 3T0 035 680 A (3T0035680A) to version 2704.
  • 7F0 035 680 (7F0035680) to version 2700.
  • 7E0 035 680 (7E0035680) to version 2700.
  • Revision A, B and C units can be upgraded with the modified firmware (see link below)

Revision A, B and C revision units

These units will become SW revision D after the upgrade however when coding the unit using VCDS you will receive the error
“Coding Rejected, Error 31: Request Out of Range”
Before saving the new coding manually add a 10th byte (00) at the end before pressing “Do It” as per the example below

9 byte coding (A/B/C SW revisions):

10 byte coding (D SW revision):

Warning! This upgrade WILL delete your music and/or maps if you have a firmware version  1xxx/2xxx and upgrade to 3800-3910. A third partition is created for POI data and the 20GB music partition now becomes 15GB.

Warning! There is a remote chance of you ‘bricking’ the unit, this is a fraction of a percent but it could happen! The process takes around 60 minutes.’

Warning! There are a small number of users where the RNS 510 does not know where it is after it’s been powered on, details of the previous location are kept in the unit but at this stage there is no pattern to this problem.

Warning! There are a small number of users where the RNS 510 display has a dim backlight after upgrading. See the post “Volkswagen RNS 510 Backlight Dim after upgrading Firmware” for more details.

Warning! Users with cars MY07 and earlier may experience power drain issues after the upgrade. See the post “Upgrading 2nd generation radios (RCD 300, RCD 500) to 3rd generation (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RCD 510) power drain issue” for more details.

Warning! Users with the Skoda UHV bluetooth 1Z0 035 729 B (1Z0035729B) may want to delay upgrading the firmware, there is an issue with the RNS 510 no longer displaying the phone book and/or the call details but signal strength etc are visible for some phones. A HTC Diamond for example worked fine before the update but only partially afterwards however an iPhone 3G worked fine before and after. This is not a problem with the 1Z0 035 729 D (1Z0035729D) Skoda UHV bluetooth kit. The MFD functions as per normal with phone book and last calls listed correctly. Android 2.1 phones work fine with the update.

Note! Test/Setup Mode. The firmware can allow access to enter test/setup mode without Vagcom/VCDS access see Accessing the Setup Menu on the RNS 510 head units with firmware later than 1100. The procedure for entering the test/setup mode for those with Vagcom/VCDS is slightly different as well. To enter the test/setup mode when the RNS 510 is operating press and hold the setup button, keep holding it when the radio menu appears and shortly after the test menu appears . I had to reboot my unit after coding it but it may be possible a power cycle is enough.

Note! Failure (Gateway Error 202) You can downgrade back to 1100 by inserting the 1100 firmware and rebooting the RNS 510 (Setup + eject + info).

Download Firmware Upgrade

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Download Repository

Version Information from VERSION.TXT

Software Loading CD for CP2 based units

CdTreeBuilder version 3.06 is used.

#CD:P 0 0 5 . 1 5 7 . 3 0 1

#Project: VWRNS
#Author: RoNe
#Steckbrief: C_EU_10.342_t1 C10/C6

This is a SWL CD for VW delivery.


#Integrationphase: Delivery cw22/11 C10/C6-samples
#AppsBuild:C_EU_10.342_t1 C10/C6



 Software Loading CD for CP2 based units
 (c) CONTINENTAL Wetzlar
 CdTreeBuilder version 3.06 is used.
 #CD:P 0 0 5 . 1 5 7 . 3 0 1
 #Project: VWRNS
 #Author: RoNe
 #Steckbrief: C_EU_10.342_t1 C3/C4A/C5C/C6/C10
 This is an unofficial SWL CD by josi. Use it at your own risk.
 No Russian language support
 #Integrationphase: Delivery cw22/11 C10/C6-samples
 #AppsBuild:C_EU_10.342_t1 C3/C4A/C5C/C6/C10

99 thoughts on “Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3810 / 3814 / 3816 / 3818”

  1. I installed this firmware on my Skoda Octavia with a D-unit of RNS-510.
    Everything works perfect, but the radio/navigation info is no longer available in my MFD. How do I restore this?


  2. Can’t tell from the notes and warnings above. Does this firmware also need v7.1 maps or will it run with v7.0 maps?

  3. Successfully upgraded to 3810 but I can’t see any difference in the compass. What should the new compass look like?

  4. Hy guys who can help me…i upgraded my RNS510 3T0 035 680 A with this firmware…after that i recoded my RNS to 9 byte and everything works fine except the comand on steering wheell…how can i fix that?after upgrading my RNS is 3T0 035 680 B…

  5. Hi Guys,

    Here the same problem with the steering wheel buttons after upgrading.
    They don’t work anymore. Everything else is just fine.
    I also have a “A” revision Columbus.



  6. Hi Guys,

    Here the same problem with the steering wheel buttons after upgrading.
    They don’t work anymore. Everything else is just fine.
    I also have a “A” revision Columbus. After upgrade it is also showing me revision “B”.



  7. Problem solved thanks to Klaasje of Skoda Forum Netherlands and a guy named Ted.

    Note! Skoda owners (thanks to Ted)

    Extract files PQTABLE and SKTABLE from image (use magiciso or ultraiso). Files can be found from path: \VUCI\B101\RNSMIDEC\PROG
    Switch the filenames by just renaming SKTABLE to PQTABLE and vice versa
    Overwrite the renamed files back to image and save the image. Burn this image to DVD or CD.
    Load or reload the Firmware to your RNS-510 using the steps below.
    Voilá… buttons are back!

    1. Hi Dennis,

      I installed the 3810a and worked fine except MFSW and MaxiDot.
      I tried the PQTABLE and SKTABLE swap trick but it’s not working for me. I get an error (I didn’t write it down, oops).

      Did you just rename the files in UltraISO or really extract and then reintegrate them into the image ?

      Isn’t there some change to do within the CRC16 file on the CRC16 value at the end of the version.txt ?

      My config:

      Octavia 2 pre-FL 2008
      HW 1Z0 A
      FW 3T0 A then B (after 3810 setup)

  8. Hello i’m new in this… soo how to upgrade to 3810 ? il already make the DVD with this software. I only need to run the DVD into the RNS 510 i have a touran 1.9
    By the way old version of maps can be use with this release ? i have the V3 maps version.

  9. I have a North American US 2011 Tiguan SEL model with the RNS-510 that I bought in August 2010. It has the Day/Night button in the top right corner and doesn’t allow for reaching past the radio info screen into the “secret menu” no matter how long I hold the setup button. I’ve tried reading forum upon forum but I can’t figure out exactly what to do in my case. I’ve also tried to find VAGCOM people in my area but none are even close to me. Can you please help?

    How do I find out what firmware is right for me? I feel the stock software is buggy and slow and I want to upgrade the firmware so that it runs better but I’m unsure of the correct path to take and I don’t want to mess things up even worse.

    Some advice please?

  10. ho provato a sostituire il nome dei file PQTABLE e SKTABLE e il navi mi dice errore disco????? help help

  11. I upgraded my firmware previously to 2720 and the unit number changed slightly from a C to a D. Does this mean I download version C or D from above?

  12. y problem is I’ve played on my RNS 510, the FW 3810, if everything is OK, but I can not encode it, my code goes to 8 bytes, but should have 9th If I want to coding at the Long Now add one byte, ie from 8 to 9 VCDS brings me when I close that nothing has been encoded.

    You know what I’m doing wrong?

    Thanks for your help

  13. Hi, I have RNS 510, 1T0 035 680 C, HW02, Passat cc 2008. I made upgrade from 2720 to 3810a_noru. After upgrade everything work OK (1T0 035 680 D).

    – Play Bluetooth mp3 from iPhone 4 (only right speaker, don’t know why it is only mono :))
    – New colors in navigation paths
    – New Image in welcome screen


  14. I have the 3M version maps for US & Canada. Maverick, are you saying these will not work even though they currently work with Firmware H41 2720? Why is that?

  15. Hello Friends,

    I have a RNS510 1T0 035 680B with HW H11 and SW 1100.
    Can I direct upgrade from 1100 to 3810 or should I first upgrade to 2700 and then to 3810.

    Thank you all

  16. Hi, Maverick. I just upgrade my RNS-510(1T0035680C/HW41/SW2660) using 3810a_noru.iso. Everything was okay, except still-remained 20GB music partition and data. Is this okay?
    Thank you for your great homepage!

  17. Dear,

    I have updated from 2760 to 3810 and it was successfull. As noted here, I lost the maps and the POI’s, I went to VW local dealer and installed the maps from the DVD, however POI’s were not installed. Any suggestions please, I need to install the POI’s.


  18. Hi,

    Thanks for the post. I have an A unit and am unable to do the upgrade. Give me the error (010306) and then just kicks out the DVD. Any ideas?? I do remember that error was previousally seen when trying to upgrade a unit with the wrong firmware but as this works on an A unit I dont knw why this is showing now. Currently running version 1300. Do I need to upgrade to another version first?


  19. Hi guys, I have RNS510 VerC HW42 (1T0 035 680 C)

    Do I need to download the modified update “3810a”?

    Will POI work on this unit?

  20. Successfully upgraded RNS510 7L6035680C with the modified firmware 3810 (Thanks Josi) but I noticed sometimes the screen doesn’t shift to RVC when I put reverse? All other functions work great. Can someone help please!

  21. Hi to everybody,
    I have updated my columbus two years ago with firmware 2664. According to the thread about version 2xxx my device 1Z0035680A became 3T0035680B after the update. Why should I install the version for units from A-C which is unofficial and not the version for D units? The file VERSION.TXT in version for units D include the devices 3T0035680B. What would be the problem?


  22. Hello I have a Vw Golf V with:

    Part No SW: 1T0 035 680 C HW: 1T0 035 680 A
    Component: RNS-MID H04 2660
    Revision: AB001001 Serial number: VWZ6Z7G9274019
    Coding: 060500420100011100

    I downloaded “3810a_noru.iso”
    Please, Could I upgrade to this firmware 3810 without problems?

    Best regards!

  23. i have B device as far as i know
    means this upgrade isn’t for me?
    what you mean with the coding? is the radio will ask me this?
    how i am supposed to the below? is the radio going to ask me for kind of coding?
    9 byte coding (A/B/C SW revisions):

    10 byte coding (D SW revision):

  24. Please someone answer on my questions!
    Delivery part number: 3T0035680B
    HW-Version: H03
    SW Version: 3814

    1. How can I activate “guidance system”???
    (now it is saying that “guidance system is inactive” when i press the button in upper right corner… 🙁 )

    2. Where to programm RNS510 on my voice commands??? Before any flashing I had 10 config submenus in Setup menu, and now I have 9… I have Samsung Galaxy S2 connected and working over Bluetooth…

    3. Which version has to be used (I already tryed 2660-4,2720-4,2760-4,3810-4,3970-4,3980-4) and my RNS510 is with bluetooth and is built in Skoda Octavia 2009.

    4. Can I activate TV even if I don’t see it in Media menu???

    Please HELP!!!


  25. Since a couple of month, I want download the 3810a_noru version for my A device. But I had not enough time and move it from week to week.
    And now, the hoster is down…we have all read or seen it in the news.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers, Chris

  26. Hi to everybody,
    I have updated with this version and the process is terminate with SUCCESS but at the second boot all is gone to’ bitch , NO AUDIO, NO MEDIA, and nothing works good, my RNs SW version was 1022, Someone have a solution ?

  27. Chris,

    Can you please elaborate on the link you provided, nothing seems to work to obtain it using a jdownloader and I’ve never used this site before?

    Kind regards


  28. Chris,

    I’ve tried to download this file via jDownloader but to no avail. Can you please advise on the method or getting this file your download site?



  29. My satnav is currently showing 1T0 035 680 C (1T0035680 C) does that mean I can’t use those rapidshare links which says it is for version D only?

  30. As stated above, could someone upload 3810 firmware (for A,B,C) to another host.
    And about the link to the SWL recovery CD, is it really supposed to be only 4MB large? I hardly believe that as other firmwares are atleast 400MB.

  31. I got many times errors, first SWL error because I tried to use wrong FW (for D’s) and then downloaded correct FW (filename: 3810a_noru.rar containing 3810a_noru.iso of size 687,790,080).

    That went well until APP upgrade which stopped to 5% – Media error.
    I then finally used QUALITY media (Maxell DVD-R) and it all was fine.

    So use QUALITY DVD’s to avoid waisting dozen of cheap CD’s or DVD’s.

  32. Hi guys. Yesterday I installed the FW 3810 on my RNS-510 (1T0035680 B) device. My device finally became type D at the end as it is written here, and when I tried to code it with VAG_COM the coding had 10 bytes already so I didn’t need to add any byte as it is written. Now it’s time to install the new 7693 Navigation. Everything is working perfect, (steering wheel buttons, MFD display etc.) Thanks for the guidance..

  33. Hey guys
    i used the 38XX firmware for MY unite B
    Part No SW: 1T0 035 680 B HW: 1T0 035 680 B
    HW= H02
    SW = 3810
    Part 1T0035680D

    after i can’t copy music to the HDD, its gree and can’t select it,
    when i check the HDD capacity its shows its empty,
    your help be much appreciate

  34. hey guys
    after the update my RNS 510 can’t copy the files to the HDD,
    please find the info

    Support Status : HDD supported
    Tempstatus : Degraded
    Power Status : ok
    TEmpstatus : —
    HDD read size 30005821440
    Number of partition = 3 Partition
    Volfile system = filesystem_f..
    Volumsite- 26977769928
    Remaine size = 26977751040
    Firmware version = F4rjas03
    Model = Hitachi HEJ425030

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