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

Version 3970/3974/3976/3978 firmware for the Volkswagen RNS 510 and the Skoda Columbus has been released. Confirmed BETA firmware.

  • 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.
  • 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 however there are issues.

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 not create the new partitions required for the new POI system if you upgrade from 1xxx/2xxx. Upgrading from 3800-3910 is required so the new partitions are created.

Warning! 7L6 Touareg RNS 510’s are no longer supported since version 3870 due to the Touareg being fitted with the RNS 850. Version 1200 was the last version factory loaded on the 7L6 units with a hardware revision B.

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. My HTC Diamond for example worked fine before the update but only partially afterwards however my 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 . 2 3 4 . 3 0 1

#Project: VWRNS
#Author: RoNe
#Steckbrief: C_EU_10.344_t190 C10/C6

This is a SWL CD for VW delivery.


#Integrationphase: Delivery cw22/11 C10/C6-samples
#AppsBuild:C_EU_10.344_t190 C10/C6


95 thoughts on “Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3970 / 3974 / 3976 / 3978”

  1. Can someone explain to me why there are so many different versions of the firmware? Which one should I use for my RNS510?

    1. Different versions released on different dates, some beta, some release and some with modified images for earlier head units.

  2. I just got a new passat cc and am trying to figure out which firmware is installed on its rns510. If I press and hold down the setup button, after 7-9 sec I get the AM, FM menus, but no VERSION menu. Based on this, can anyone maybe tell which firmware might currently be on it?

  3. hi

    is this SW beta or final ??

    i have SW 3800 and i have video in motion active by software CD if i install this SW the video in motion will be not working ??

    My RNS 510 is version C

    Thank You

  4. Thank You for your respond

    now i want to upgrade my C version RNS 510 SW to 3970

    what the different between 3810 & 3970 ??

    i have 3800 beta

    is this upgrade will delete my music & map ??

    Sorry for questions 🙂

  5. – video in motion is lost only when upgrading to firmware 3800, with all other 3xxx it remains.
    – HDD is repartioned and music and maps are lost when upgrading from any 1xxx/2xxx firmware to firmwares 3800-3910. But in leaked beta firmwares 3930 and 3970 HDD is not repartioned, and if you are doing direct upgrade from 1xxx/2xxx to 3930 or 3970, the third partition for POI is not created and unit will not be able to store POI from maps disc or personal POI.
    – POI search with VW 7.1 beta maps stopped working after firmware 3810.

    So firmware 3810 is still the best solution until official VW maps (CD_7476/CD_7477 or later) will be available.

  6. you told me this is final version 🙁

    i install this upgrade yesterday & video in motion & map & music still in HDD

    but i have small problem

    the system is slow when i put the gear in R the the camera late

    if i install 3810 this problem will solve ?

    what you suggest still on this SW or download 3810 ??

    Thank You

    1. Not sure about the RVC, I’ll have to do some testing with 3810 with my revision A to see if there are any delays or not (But this could vary depending on hardware version). There is supposed to be a version 4000 coming soon so I’d be inclined to wait for that seeing as you have a revision C.

  7. I am trying to update the following unit:

    Delivery part number 1T0035680D
    HW-Version H04
    SW-Version 3810

    I am getting a software error 010306. Can someone help me?

  8. Dear josi
    i am sugesh from india.i need help from your side.i have skoda octavia facelift
    a5 2011 and retrofitted vw rns 510 and multifunction steering wheel
    now i have one mfsw the left and right roller is not working.mean
    only station list change and source can able to change.volume and track roller not working .please
    help me to solve this issue. My rns 510 part no starting 1TO


  9. Hello!! Is there any place where I can download the video in motion software to install in my rns510?? Many thanks from Portugal!!

    1. hola mandame un email y dime que navegador tienes si es rns 510 .
      te puedo mandar el archivo para ver el video en movimiento.un saludo desde españa

  10. Hi
    i have an 1t0035680a radio in VW passat. and when i’m using this cd it shows me: Software loading error. Is this wrong image or am i doing something wrong?

  11. Ok I tried to upgrade this firmware a few days ago and my rns 510 just died. The CD has stuck in the drive, the unit is not booting up the VCDS cannot communicate with the unit and only the backlight of the screen starts for some seconds with black screen and shuts down after a while.

    As I see it this firmware cost me 1000 euros.

    1. There is a way to reboot the system which forces the eject, I believe something like previous (track) button, right button and setup (or i). It’ll reboot and when it does it’ll spit out your CD. Happened to me in the past, it’s virtually impossible to brick it don’t worry whatever your VW dealer might claim.

  12. Hey, I have a MY06 plate Passat B6 Sport with a retrofitted RNS 510, It was a b version when I bought it running 1100…then I upgraded it to 2760 for the SDHC feature but I had to install the modified fw to stop the power drain issue due to the old CAN Gateway, is it possible someone could do the same for this firmware? And if I upgrade from 2760 will I lose my v6 maps? :S I’m only 17 from the UK So give me a break! 😀

    But the main issue is the battery drain issue! and will my car need to be coded again? and will the VIM hack disc still work? 🙂 thanks any help is much appreciated! I think Maverick is the guy with all the solutions anyway! 😀

  13. Hello everybody, I need some help with my POIs what is going wrong with this firmware version?? Everytime I touch a POI it says No POI in the selected area!! what maps version do i need to use?

  14. Is this statement:

    Revision A, B and C units can be upgraded with the modified firmware (see link below)

    suitable here? I think it only corresponds to the modified by Josi firmware rev. 3810a_norus.rar. You put it in every new firmware just bu copy-paste function which is incorrect IMHO. Was anybody able to upgrade this firmware with RNS-510 A-version?

  15. Skoda columbus 3T0…A (C version) since 3814 3T0…B (software update!?!?!) worked as expect.

    28xx->3814 hdd repartitioned->3974+V7.2 and everything is ok.

    the only problem i had was the GPS didn’t know where it was.
    shutdown, left the car for a few hour, back on and 15min latter everything ok.

    Video in motion still on 🙂

  16. Hi Josie,

    My parts number is 3CD035682A, now it is bricking with gateway 202 error, can u help me how to resolve this? Can I use the recover CD above mentioned to recover it? Thanks!

    1. Hello Josi

      I have a 1T0 035 680 A – RNS510
      HW: H04
      SW: 1100

      I am searching the lastest firmware thats works…. 2XXX or 3XXX
      Maybe can you help me?



  17. hello all
    I have a rns510 version C (normally) but I can’t upgrade to FW 3970. I have the “error 010306”.
    I installed FW 3810 currently.
    Here the version of my RNS with vagcom.
    “Address 56: Radio (J0506) Labels: 1T0-035-680.lbl
    Part No SW: 1T0 035 680 D HW: 1T0 035 680
    Component: RNS-MID H05 3810
    Revision: AB001001 Serial number: VWZ6Z7K8971006
    Coding: 04000400000000A00000
    Shop #: WSC 00000 000 00000
    ASAM Dataset: ————————- ——”

    I have no letter after the HW number.
    my car is VW Scirocco
    Do you have any idea please ?
    Best Regards

  18. I’m currently on 3810 firmware. Tried updating with the 3970 firmware and kept getting SWL Error 010306 halfway through loading.
    Tried a CDR (at 10x speed) and CDRW (at 4x speed – this is the same CDRW I’d used for updating from 2680 to 3810, and it worked perfectly). HW version is H04.

    Am I missing something?

  19. Hi I have updated sucesfully several times now upto 8310 with no problems, just tried updating to 39xx, the unit finds the SWL then has error 010306,The unit still works as nothing was voppied across. Any ideas as I want the picture in motion to work again by pressing the speaker and tone buttons.
    Thanks in advance

  20. Hello there!my rns 510 made in 2010 with hw:41 and sw:2720, and i would like to upgrade the firmware version.The maps are 7.2 and i would like to know what update to install and if i will install it a will lost the maps?Best regards,

  21. I have the 1T0035680F, HW55, firmw 3970 (golf variant)
    Diff. with previous version from what I understood: LED Backlight and 40GB

    Why is this model number not mentioned here yet?
    And why are the ‘NEW’ features for every version the same on this site, ‘NEW’ compared to which version?

  22. Dear Josi,

    I bought 3T0035680A hw:H42,sw:2724. Could you please advise the latest version of sw for upgrade?

    Best Regards,

  23. I just upgraded to new RNS510 version F, HW 55 with SW3970. I lost the audio control from the steering wheel right hand side (Channels up and down), volume working fine, also, the navigation and audio screens totally disappeared from the MFD. Can someone please help and give me the required coding to restore the MFD display and the SW audio control. My car is 2008 EOS

    1. I just had a revision F unit installed in a 2008 Golf, firmware had to be downgraded to 27xx due to the same issues you describe. Installer advised this was due to the fact 3970 doesn’t support red dot MFD, no coding changes were required.

    2. Be interested to know if you got this working?

      I had the same F unit installed in a 2008 Golf GTI, installer downgraded the software to 27xx to resolve the issues you describe, they stated the 3870 firmware does not work with red dot MFD.

      If you had to reflash the firmware or change any coding would be grateful for any detail.

  24. Hey guys
    i am From Holland and just got new Car Golf 5 with the RNS 510,
    how do i know which version of Firmware do i have and also which model is my RNS 510 A or B or C ?

    thank you

  25. hey guys can someone advise about the error 010302?
    i am getting this error while trying to install this flash
    Software Loading Error 010302

    please help

  26. Hi all,
    after a lot of searching (to avoid someone telling me that i need to read first…) I don’t have a clear understanding of my problem so I ask you all for a clue, please…

    i have fw 3810 with maps 7333 in a VW sharan from MArch 2011. This combination does not have POIS and i have managed to find a db3 file that i insert in the SD and load correctly in the RNS 510. but then when searching for POIs i don’t get anything, no categories listed.
    Can anyone help me? do i need to change firmware? maps? both?
    i also have map DVD V7. this is supossed to have POIS but if i insert this DVD the 510 does not recognize as an upgrade and does not update the maps already loaded (733)

    lots of virtual beer for anyone helping…


  27. 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!!!


  28. Hi Josi
    I have this version of RNS 510:
    Address 37: Navigation (J0506)
    Label: 1T0-035-680.lbl
    VAG number SW: 1T0 035 680 C
    HW: 1T0 035 680 B
    Ordered Component: RNS-MID H02 2660
    Revision: AB001001
    Serial number: VWZ6Z7H8160113
    Coding: 040504000400000200
    Workshop: WSC 05314 000 00 000
    I want to ask you if, SW 3970 can be installed correctly on my RNS
    At this moment, I have installed SW 3810 and works perfectly, but I can not install the latest version of the map with Western Europe, which is double layer dvd, CD_7690.
    Map of Eastern Europe was installed perfectly, CD_7691
    Thank you,
    Waiting for your answer.

  29. Looking at the info from the “secrete menu” is there a chance to spot the revision of my RNS510 unit (A, B, C, etc) ??

    Navi / Radio: 1K0919887F / 1K0035095G
    Syst: VW Radio Nav MFD2 DVD
    VW-no: 1K0035198C
    MCM: v04316R / 20070205
    SH: v04.16 / 20070205
    RP: v04.11 / 20070316
    EEPR: v04.11 / 20070316
    HW-hu: D1 / 0830
    Platform: opl3.0v49P26 / 070516
    Cntry Code: Germany / Europe /Europe

  30. Hi, anybody knows why the route is marked red in stead of blue in the new version. I upgraded to 3978 and europe west V7.2…. I liked the blue, not the red…..

  31. hello can anyone help please,

    i have a RNS510 1t0 035 680 B, a few weeks ago it started shutting down and starting back up randomly, when it is shut down you can still hear noise coming from inside.

    when it started happening more frequent i deleted the firmware and tried reinstalling a few different firmware versions, but due to it shutting down so much during the install it wouldn’t go past at most 65%

    after doing this so many times it now will not go past the welcome to volkswagon screen and it still shuts down!

    can anyone tell me what the problem is and how to fix it? my reading of forums leaves me to believe it is the mainboard. does anyone know of anywhere i can get it repaired to?

    your help very much appreciated, many thanks

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