This is a guide on how to replace the touchscreen on a Mazdaconnect infotainment system.
This guide involves some basic tools and a $15-$25 part from Aliexpress. It is significantly cheaper than having a dealership replace the entire CMU ($1500+), or DIY replacing the whole screen assembly($200).
The problem: Repeated hot/cold cycles causes de-lamination of the adhesive used to combine the touchscreen cover and the digitizer. This failure was a manufacturing defect, and newer vehicles produced by Mazda do not have this problem.
If your car is experiencing any of the issues seen below, this operation may be required to resolve.
If your car is still under full warranty, you can get it replaced at no charge. Info
Note: I took these pictures while re-assembling, after fixing my screen. If something doesn’t look right, let me know. Certain steps in this guide must be done with extreme caution to not damage the screen PCB. If you are not comfortable with working on electronics, do not begin this guide.
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msg.mwi.1.callBackMode=”contact” – This is part of the fix for the voicemail button. By default it is set to “register”, but FreePBX requires SIP phones to call a number to get voicemail
voIpProt.SIP.AlertInfo.1.value=”Auto Answer” – When a user dials *80[ext], typically the phone will autoanswer. This is known as page/intercom mode. Special SIP headers are sent by FreePBX so the phone recognizes a page from a regular call. Setting this will make the phone aware of a page
voIpProt.SIP.AlertInfo.1.class=”ringAutoAnswer” – your polycom phone has profiles that define what ringtone to use, how many times to ring, and to auto answer. This setting will tell the phone to auto answer if the SIP.AlertInfo field equals “Auto Answer”
attendant.resourceList.1.label=”Page All” – I have my main page group set to 900 in FreePBX -> Applications -> Paging and Intercom -> Page Group. These commands will create a softkey button to page all phones in page group 900.
[PHONE_MAC_ADDRESS]-sip.cfg – you will need one of these per phone, since the attributes defined in this file are specific to each phone
msg.mwi.1.subscribe=”[ext]” – enter your sip extension here to get the mailbox to work
msg.mwi.1.callBack=”*98[ext]” – enter *98 and your sip extension here. This is the number that is called when the voicemail button is pressed.
Web interface changes:
Whenever you manually go into the web interface and make a phone setting change, the phone will write a file [phonemac]-web.cfg to the TFTP server
This will prevent it from loading 000000000000.cfg in the future.
The VVX phones have a full featured web browser, good for internal company resources, or in my case, garage door openers, door buzzers, etc.
Metra 40-LX11– adapts the subaru/lexus/toyota/scion square antenna to the round motorola type. Extra blue wire hanging off is not used. clip off.
Metra 70-1761 – main harness, power, front rear speakers. Simply match colors from sony end to Metra end, and (preferably) solder, properly crimped butt connectors also work.
Adding more functionality
AX-SUB28SWC-6V – subaru/toyota/lexus/scion use a standard 28 pin connector.
This connector has the capability to provide:
reverse camera video and power
steering wheel control (2 banks of resistors)
vehicle speed sense (Pulse)
parking brake sense (GND activated)
reverse gear sense (+12V)
powered microphone power and audio
However not all features are available in the WRX, as some pins are missing.
The AX-SUB28SWC-6V requires modification to work with the WRX. This is the only option available for retaining steering wheel control and backup cam. Out of the entire install, this part gave me the most trouble because the connector had to be re-pinned.
Luckily I made a diagram that should help you figure out what goes where.
When it was all said and done, I only needed 5 of the pins in the 28 pin connector:
SWC Bank 1
SWC Bank 2
Also note: the Metra connector is fragile, do not force in.
Steering Wheel Control
The black connector end of the AX-SUB28SWC typically connects to a Metra Axxess ASWC-1 can be chopped off, because the XAV-AX100 is capable of reading the signals directly from the steering wheel via pins 21-23 on the 28 pin connector Pins 21-13 can be soldered/crimped directly to the 3.5mm jack, then connected to the “remote” port on the XAV-AX100 (see wiring diagram)
the WRX backup cam requires 6V. The AX-SUB28SWC-6V includes a 12 to 6V converter for this purpose. When shifted into reverse, pin 2 of the 28 pin connector is given 12V. That 12V is sent into the 12to6 adapter, and 6V gets sent out to power the reverse camera. The 2018 WRX Premium uses a 5 pin connector for backup camera video and power, instead of the 28 pin (as is common in other Toyotas) If yours uses the 5 pin, there is no known wiring harness you can buy to adapt the backup camera. We must make our own with breadboard jumpers.
Take 5 of those wires, and cut and strip them, the bare wire side will be soldered to:
6V in (from 6V out on the 12to6 converter)
VID (+) (RCA Shield)
VID (-) (RCA Center)
stick them into the OEM camera harness and tape (see wiring diagram for detailed info)
AX-SUBUSB2 Converts a standard male USB connection to the subaru connector found on the OEM harness. This allows you to use the OEM usb ports in your car, with an aftermarket stereo.
(This only works out of the box with WRX’s with a single USB port in center console)Newer WRXs have 2 USB ports and have a builtin USB hub. Since Android Auto/CarPlay is not compatible with USB hubs, a single Aux/USB combo module from 15-17 WRX can be swapped in, if needed. (video coming soon)
Aftermarket Door Speakers
Metra 72-8104 – door speaker, minor modification to plastic adapter required to get proper fitment
Screws (3 per door). OEM screws that connect speaker to door, have too large of a head to accommodate the Metra 72-8104. Any hardware store will carry a screw with a smaller head that won’t interfere with the speaker adapter. (these are not machine screws, they have pointed tips, they go into the plastic inserts in the door)
Speaker Foam – Creates a seal between the speaker frame and plastic Metra adapter to prevent vibrations.
Dynamat (recommended) – Stick inside door panel, reduces vibrations, gives door speakers more bass, and makes interior quieter
After you get everything running you’ll want to do a couple things:
Test the backup cam by going into reverse
Turn off the ugly proximity lines in the head unit settings.
Program steering wheel controls in custom mode
Customize your XAV’s wallpaper
Firmware update your XAV
Make sure all FM stations are coming in, (test fringe stations to check if the antenna amp is working)
Load up android auto and check if the parking brake sensor works
turn on/off your headlights to see if the illumination/dimmer wire works.
This post will be a bit of a rant. I recently got a Dell Precision M4800, a professional mobile workstation.
It comes with software preloaded called Waves MaxxAudio, it provides some of the same features other notebooks include that can “make audio sound better”.
I’ve been comparing the sound output with MaxxAudio enabled, and MaxxAudio disabled. And while it does sound somewhat better while on. The audio still sounds terrible for some strange reason.
I turned the audio enhancement off, and the audio that came out sounded like a megaphone. I instantly knew something was up. So I stuck the audio from the headphone jack straight into a calibrated audio spectrum analyzer and found that:
1. When MaxxAudio is ‘off’, It isn’t actually off. The mids are boosted, and bass/treble cut off to make the audio sound much worse than it should be
2. When MaxxAudio is ‘on’ It boosts the bass and treble to levels where music begins to sound nothing like what it was intended.
So what I did next was uninstall the realtek driver, and rebooted my PC. Music sounds much better now, not distorted, and full of adequate sub bass that i’m used to hearing from a semi-decent DAC.
Now, I really expected better from Dell. I find this completely unacceptable in a professional notebook. Audio coming out of the speakers, when audio enhancements are “off” should not be tampered with at all.
My advice is, UNINSTALL THIS CRAPWARE the moment you get it. Use the stock driver provided by microsoft. Wave audio’s enhancement software is nothing but a scam and a battery/CPU hog.
This is the only way to make the speakers and headphone jack sound normal again.