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      12-20-2010, 01:17 PM   #1
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USB Import contacts help

I have a new 2011 535i X drive. I am trying to import contacts into the internal drive on the BMW (into "my contacts").

I have no problem syncing my blackberry via bluetooth, but due to the extremely large number of contacts, it does take a bit of time.

I am also able to save a contact into the internal drive, and then export or import them onto a USB key (in the glove compartment). This of course, is very tedious, as I have to save each contact individually - in other words, once my phone is synced, I can go into a contact, go to the edit screen and then save it onto the internal drive, which can then be exported to the USB key, and either used in another BMW, or reloaded into the internal drive. Alternately, I can create a contact in the car, and save it, which will save to the internal hard drive, and of course then export the contact or re-import it once it is saved on a USB key in the glove compartment.

What I can not seem to do is make a list of contacts (either exported from MS Outlook, or using excel or any other program) on a computer and save that to a USB key and load it into the internal drive.

(I am not looking for info on syncing my BB Bold (9700) with the car - because while that does work, it needs to resync every time you start the car. With a large number of contacts, that takes some time)

The iDrive seems to only allow import and export of contacts to the internal BMW hard drive through the "profile" (there are 3 profiles and a guest profile). The exported file is a .MPD extension. I have tried opening the file in a text editor, but can not figure out the format.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to import contacts in bulk or alternately how to edit the MPD profile file?


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      12-30-2010, 07:14 AM   #2
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Hi Steven

Have you tried to upload and edit your .mpd to this site?
http://www.bmw.com/com/en/owners/navigation/pia.html

Can someone please upload/share an empty .mpd file?
I would like to setup my profile for my car I will pick up next week.

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      01-02-2011, 10:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I did try that. I uploaded my profile to the website. The tab for addresses on the website does not work. The tab for settings works, and I can modify items in the settings area (e.g. lights, sound etc) but the address tab is greyed out, and clicking on it does not do anything.

Any other suggestions?

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      09-01-2011, 08:56 PM   #4
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Sync your BB to MS Outlook, then export your contacts to a single .vcf file. Copy the .vcf to your BB, then transfer it to the car via bluetooth. If you have a BB running Android it should work. Yyou might need a Bluetooth file transfer program installed on your phone. If not, you just need a phone which can send files via BT.

For people with Android phones, .vcf export is supported by gmail also.
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