Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrades

Firmware upgrades to the Media Device Interface (MDI) are performed using the USB cable and a suitable USB storage device, the upgrade cannot be performed using the iPod/iPhone cable. Detailed instructions and possible error messages are detailed on the firmware version update pages.

Firmware Versions

MDI 0530-0546 KW22-2012 (this is only for vehicles produced from week 22 of 2012 – it will not install on older versions of hardware)

MDI 0240 KW22-2011

MDI 0150 KW45-2010

MDI 0111 KW22-2010

MDI 0090 KW33-2009

General Notes (for all versions)

  • Only USB 2.0 hard drive and usb flash drives  should be attached to the USB cable.
  • No USB cable extenders should be used, only a USB cable or a USB powered hub.
  • The hard drive and flash drives should be formatted with the FAT file system FAT16 for <2GB devices and FAT32 for >2GB devices.
  • Complex file structures will create delays in reading the contents.
  • Only the first partition is playable if the device has multiple partitions.
  • Memory card adapters are not supported.
  • MP3, WMA, OOG Vorbis and AAC format files are supported, 3GP and WMA lossless files are not supported. WMA files that are DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected will not play.
  • Variable Bit Rate (VBR) MP3’s will not show time remaining.
  • DRM protected M4P and similar files will not generally play back from mass storage (USB).
  • PLS, B4S, ASX and WPL playlists are supported.
  • Playlists must reside in the same directory as the media file.
  • MTP (Media Transfer Protocol – displaying the logo ‘PlaysForSure’ and ‘ReadyForVista’) may take several minutes to start playing as they request information such as battery status and memory usage from the MDI.
  • Devices can be hot plugged at any time without loss of data.
  • The Interface provides 5V for charging (standard USB)
  • Folder structure should not exceed 8 folder levels and folders should contain no more than 1000 files.
  • The Apple iPod and iPhone should only be connected with the iPod cable with the exception of the iPod Shuffle which can connect through the USB cable.

14 thoughts on “Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrades”

  1. Awesome! Fixed the pauses at the beginning of tracks, and the occasional miss-sync between tracks and their names. This is in a 2010 GTI built in 2009. Thank you!

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  3. Absoiute pants that VW have seen fit to no longer provide firmware updates for anything older than 2013 model year cars; my Nano 6G has never worked properly in my Golf and I suppose it never will…fortunately only have the car for another few weeks!


    I have a RNS510 F with 5N0035342 G MDI module. Strangely when I connect the IPOD the HDD menu stays white but the MDI menu goes gray (like this option was missing) and after some time appears a message ” MDI: UNSUPORTED DEVICE”.

    here is the result:

    VCDS Version: Release 11.11.3
    Address 2E: Media Player 3 Labels: 5N0-035-342.lbl
    Control Module Part Number: 5N0 035 342 G HW: 5N0 035 342 G
    Component and/or Version: SG EXT.PLAYER H19 0770
    Software Coding: 010100
    Work Shop Code: WSC 00000 000 00000
    VCID: 2B5F19754A1E111
    1 Fault Found:

    03138 – Input AUX IN
    009 – Open or Short to Ground
    Freeze Frame:
    Fault Status: 01101001
    Fault Priority: 4
    Fault Frequency: 1
    Reset counter: 72
    Mileage: 0 km
    Time Indication: 0

    On the other hand when I connect a USB pen with the firmware upgrade the RNS 510 MDI option screen goes dark gray and says that the pen does not have “voice files” –> so it does not detect firm Upg.

    Any ideas about the problem? why the change from white to dark grey at the RNS510 menu ?…


  5. Hi, I have sw version 0231 and hw version H15 on my RNS310, I see a lot of versions for updates, do I have to do them all? With which version I have to start to updat my machine? Please help!
    Thanks a lot!

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