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Radio won't stop speaking to me in German

2009 Ferrari F430

Infotainment Issue

Miles: 11,000
Date of First Occurrence (D/M/Y): 06/03/2020
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Description of Issue:

When a Ferrari branded Becker radio is reset back to factory it will switch to German as its language.  If the car does not have the factory navigation open w/the SD card installed you cannot change the language back to English (or anything other than German).  This also removes the Ferrari themed color scheme from the radio display.   The CDROM that is included with the car is NOT the language for the radio, but the language for the voice commands, so it can't fix it.

Resolution if Known:

The only fix, and Ferrari can't help here as most dealers don't have their "SD-Cards" anymore for a 10+ year old car is to buy (next to impossible, I paid $400+ for an SD Card on eBay and it took a while) or borrow a Ferrari Navigation map SD card from someone.  It must match your software version (CDROM that came with your car) or you will need to update/downgrade your radio to a software version that matches the SD Card.  You can then upgrade using the CDROM after you switch the radio back to English.  

The SD Card is located under the left hand radio knob.  You slide the ferrari logo on the radio and the knob will "pop" off and you will see the SD Card slot.

Note: For two reasons you cannot simply duplicate a "borrowed" SD Card to have a copy.  First is licensing, only Becker (who can't help you anyway, I tried calling them) or Ferrari can license you to copy your card (they won't).  Second, the SD Card is a specially prepared card and you will need to know some esoteric UNIX commands to create the copy.  



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