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Old August 7th, 2018, 21:57   #1
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Atlanta, GA
Default RNS 510 Distorted

I purchased a great 2015 Passat TDI SEL over the weekend, the only issue I have on it is the RNS 510 has a distorted startup screen and there seems to be a lag when you increase/decrease the volume.
I did a factory reset and reboot and it still has the issues. I have noticed VW doesn't provide in the USA a download where you can reload the software. I am sure the dealer would help their self to a few dollars out of my wallet.
Is there a place I can get the latest version and load it myself?
Current Software Version is 5378 Hardware Version H27 Map version 8213.
Thanks in advance.
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Old August 8th, 2018, 08:00   #2
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Location: NJ/PA
TDI(s): 2014 Jetta
Fuel Economy: Best tank:54.7. Drove From Chattanooga Tennesse to Poconos PA

While I'm always a fan of the "OEM" look, the truth is that these radios are just notoriously glitchy. If it's not broken glitchy now eventually it will be.
It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to consider and aftermarket double din.
I recently got a Kenwood DDX9703S, which is essentially their excellon series for $340 NIB with a 5 year warranty.
It has infinitely more features that the rcd does. You would even be able to retain all of the factory controls with the can bus add on (I forget what it's called).

When I had my Jetta the rcd510, same as yours minus the nav, was constantly having issues. The backup camera, shutting down randomly et .

I know that's a pricey option, but figured I'd throw it out there as I think your only option is the stealership..

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Old August 8th, 2018, 08:02   #3
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Also I found this. I dont know if it's legit or not, also you run the risk of bricking the unit if the files are corrupted...but it is free

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Old August 11th, 2018, 15:38   #4
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Reloading the firmware/software cured my "split globe on startup". The RNS-510 worked OK before the reload, the split startup globe was merely a nuisance, and I wanted the latest s/w my unit could handle. You can find the download if you do some looking. I chose to buy from a reputable guy on eBay, user name "extremenetwork". Peter, the guy behind extremenetwork was an RNS service guy. He also answered a few questions I had about the RNS-510, which was (to me) worth the price of admission. He noted that my s/w version was 7 or so versions old, and that the latest one I could load fixed a number of bugs.
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Old August 18th, 2019, 15:46   #5
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TDI(s): golf mk6

Hello!Anyone can help me with a firmware 5374 5378 or 5382?A link to download?Thank you!

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