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OTA Bolt EV software update through OnStar

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:38 pm
by BoltEV
When I complete my drive, I keep getting an OnStar request to update my Entertainment system software. I keep postponing it.

I do not want to lose my ability to play MP4 movies on a flashstick. Reportedly, this feature was deleted when upgrades earlier this year were installed; upgrades that I refused at my local dealer.

Does anyone have this experience with this upgrade?

Re: OTA Bolt EV software update through OnStar

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:15 pm
by Pigwich
I did the update, but I don't encode movies to MP4, so it didn't bother me. Getting full screen Android Auto was worth the update. You could just re-encode your videos?

Re: OTA Bolt EV software update through OnStar

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:53 am
by BoltEV
Pigwich wrote:You could just re-encode your videos?

Apparently the ability to show any encoded movies is eliminated.

Re: OTA Bolt EV software update through OnStar

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:47 am
by Pigwich
Yeah I think you're right, the update completely breaks what was a picky system to being with. I can't for the life of me get ANY videos to play (JPEGS show, so I know it's not my thumb drive)

I've tried every encoding scheme in Handbrake, every extension, every CODEC, a mess of different resolutions, I think it's just busted after the update. Unfortunately for the group, I don't care about it enough to bother to explore it much more because we can watch the movies on phones or tablets (or more likely we're taking a meal or park break when we're charging as a family) so it largely doesn't matter.

Would be nice if GM would weigh in on this :-)

Re: OTA Bolt EV software update through OnStar

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:42 am
by BoltEV
They purposely removed the feature.

I enjoy the larger screen than on my 6+ iPhone.

Re: OTA Bolt EV software update through OnStar

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:08 am
by SeanNelson
Pigwich wrote:Yeah I think you're right, the update completely breaks what was a picky system to being with. I can't for the life of me get ANY videos to play (JPEGS show, so I know it's not my thumb drive)

That wasn't "broken", it was deliberately removed.

Re: OTA Bolt EV software update through OnStar

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:07 pm
by BoltEV
Pigwich wrote:Yeah I think you're right, the update completely breaks what was a picky system to being with. I can't for the life of me get ANY videos to play (JPEGS show, so I know it's not my thumb drive)

I've tried every encoding scheme in Handbrake, every extension, every CODEC, a mess of different resolutions, I think it's just busted after the update.

Try the Handbrake settings for Legacy: AppleTV. I use it and it works, although I am still experimenting to get Full Screen.

Also the flash drive itself may be the problem, so try another by a different manufacturer

If I can get it to attach, upload and view, here is a jpg photo of my display while actually playing an mp4 with an HP (Hewlett-Packard) flash drive:



Also, it is better to hear the soundtrack through the BoltEV sound system, than through an iPad, etc:

Also, you may have already had the update installed.

I just found this thread, which explains it in more detail and has instructions for full screen:

https://www.chevybolt.org/forum/14-chevy-bolt-ev-videos/12874-watch-any-movie-video-bolt-display.html

Re: OTA Bolt EV software update through OnStar

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:13 pm
by BoltEV
Read a great tip somewhere for videos encoded smaller than 1280x800, there is a “full screen” button on the lower left of the display.