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Chevrolet Equinox, SUV
#52 of 72 What do I have?
Feb 20, 2012 (9:36 pm)
We just purchased a used 2011 Equinox 1LT from a dealer. The sales person was totally clueless. How can I tell if I have the standard radio or the premium? I can see a microphone in the ceiling over the drivers seat and there are phone controls on the steering wheel. When I go to the phone on the menu is says "not available". Am I looking for a bad fuse or does this thing not have bluetooth? It does have a USB connection in the console which works great. I really need bluetooth however so if it is not included (what extras actually come with 1LT?) I need to find a way to add it. Is there a place to punch in the VIN and find out what was actually installed on this vehicle?
#53 of 72 Re: What do I have? [eqbill]
Mar 02, 2012 (3:25 am)
I have a 2012, but i assume you will have the same set up, you have to go to the bluetooth menu first and pair your device. (which if its a current gen android device you will have to DECLINE the phone book integration on the phone pop up or it will continuously connect and disconnect)
#54 of 72 Re: What do I have? [eqbill]
Mar 02, 2012 (9:17 am)
I would be happy to check into the features on your vehicle if you wanted to get me the last 8 digits of your VIN (my email address in my profile is fine). Just let me know which features you're interested in knowing about when you get in touch.
GM Customer Service
#55 of 72 Re: What do I have? [gmcustsvcsarah]
Mar 19, 2012 (11:53 am)
I have the same issue with my 2011 LT. I have the speaker in the ceiling and the bluetooth button on the steering wheel, but when I go to the driver information center to activate it, it says Not Available. Any suggestions/info would be greatly appreciated!
#56 of 72 Re: 2012 Equinox, 30GB iPod stops working [cpontani]
Apr 13, 2012 (3:27 pm)
Did you ever get any feedback on your problem? I'm having the same issue and it is very frustrating! The only way I can control my ipod is to use the 3.5mm line in plug and then use the menus on the ipod itself. Not cool!
#57 of 72 Re: What do I have? [eeg622]
Apr 17, 2012 (2:41 pm)
The thing in the ceiling over the driver's head is the noise sensor location for the I-4 sound-deadening feedback - there's an identical one over the rear seat in the center. The bluetooth / OnStar microphone is in the top console, driver's side, next to the light switch.
#58 of 72 Re: What do I have? [eeg622]
Apr 18, 2012 (7:47 am)
I'm sorry that your post was missed! My initial question is have you already gone through the pairing process? I've included the steps below. What type of phone are you using?
GM Customer Service
Pairing a Phone
1. Press the CONFIG button.
2. Select Phone Settings.
3. Select Bluetooth.
4. Select Pair Device (Phone).
A four‐digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) appears on the display.
5. Start the pairing process on the cell phone that will be paired to the vehicle. Reference the cell phone manufacturers user guide for information on this process. Locate the device named “Your Vehicle” in the list on the cell phone and follow the instructions on the cell phone to enter the PIN provided by the system.
6. The system prompts for a name for the phone and confirms the name provided. This name is used to indicate which phone is connected.
7. The system responds with “ has been successfully paired” after the pairing process is complete.
8. Repeat Steps 1 through 7 to pair additional phones.
#59 of 72 Re: 2012 Equinox, 30GB iPod stops working [ukon33]
Apr 18, 2012 (7:50 am)
I'm sorry you're having difficulty with your vehicle's infotainment system. Have you had any luck in getting this figured out since your post? If you decide to get this checked into, please let us know.
GM Customer Service
#60 of 72 Using the USB and Aux ports
May 01, 2012 (8:45 am)
I just puchased a used 2010 LTZ a couple of weeks ago and love the connectivity (bluetooth, Aux port, USB).
I believe the bluetooth connection is for phone operation only. I did not have any problem pairing my phone to the system. Streaming music via blutooth from Pandora, Slacker, etc. is not possible.
If you want to stream music, connect a device to the Aux port. I have confirmed that this works with a Verizon Motorola Bionic (Android) phone. When connecting the Aux port to the speaker port on the phone, music is streamed through the stereo whether from the music player or from streaming radio like Pandora or Slacker. I did not try to skip songs using the steering wheel controls but I don't think that works since the Aux plug only has connections for stereo (audio) output and not an extra connection for phone control. There may be Aux cables out there that have this extra 'control' ring in the plug but the one I used didn't.
As for the USB connection. When used with my phone, the USB connects to my external SD card where all my music is and behaves like a hard drive. The music player on the phone is not used because the stereo is in control of the music. Seeing that, I have simply purchased a Sundisk USB flash drive which I loaded with all my music from my computer and plugged that into the port. It is always plugged in and returns to the song last being played when I turn the car on.
An idiosyncrasy when the radio has a USB device connected is that it has no 'memory'. Every time the vehicle is turned off, the only thing that is remembered is the last song it was playing. Every time the vehicle is started, the radio has to 're-index' (scan) the USB device and recatalog all the music. For example, this takes about 1 minute for the 3GB of music I have on my USB flash drive. During that time, skipping to the next or previous track is not possible. Once the radio has re-indexed the USB device, the steering wheel controls work to play the next or previous song. This also means if you selected a particular genre or artist, these selections are 'forgotten' when the vehicle is turned off. This is also true of the shuffle function if it was turned on. The next time the car is started, it returns to the default setting of 'shuffle: off'. With shuffle off, the radio plays tracks in alphabetical order according to their titles regardless of genre or artist.
By the way, does anyone out there know if the radio can be reprogrammed to remember the USB settings (catalog, genre, shuffle, etc) if the USB device is the same as it was when the vehicle was turned off?
I hope this helps some of you and is purely based on my experiences so far.
#61 of 72 Hard Drive issue in Radio
Jan 15, 2013 (11:04 pm)
I have a 2011 Equinox LTZ with the entertainment package (HDD, etc). Our Equi seems to have a pervasive glitch that has been very difficult for the dealership to fix. By design when playing music from the HDD, when the car is turned off and then back on, it will resume where it left off. We periodically have the music start playing with the very first song in the "All songs" list. Usually this is something that starts with 01- song name. However normally it will stay in album mode, or what ever the mod and song it was last on. Additionally, at random intervals the stored "Favorites" will all be wiped out. While this is not a critical feature of the car it is annoying nonetheless. We have had the car at the dealership 3 times over this and they have replaced/swapped out the entire entertainment/radio/HDD unit. The latest time GM HQ instructed them to put in a slightly different model but still one for that year Equinox. This seems to have slowed down the instances of this happening but it is still happening. Has anybody else seen this occurring or have any advice. There possible could be a firmware or chip issue since this problem has been consistent across 3 different units. I suspect there is a short or some type of glitch that causes the unit to return to a default state (all song mode and start with the top/ whip out memory settings) Ironically when the favorites all disappear the saved RADIO stations are not lost. I would love some advice. I have a suspicion this goes on FAR more than GM is aware but most people probably dont realize it is doing this and think somebody else maybe have just change songs.
Thanks in advance. Michael