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So, because the DRL/parking light switch is always on, the nav system thinks it should always be on "night," even if you pick the auto setting, is that correct? The only way to get the "day" setting is to manually choose it?

Gaah. It's bad enough that you can't really use it once you start driving, and this just adds to the enjoyment.
 

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which nav system do you have? I have the Pioneer and it lights up fine day or night. Not sure how to enter in address of where I want to go, but I get to choose points of interest... I will check out your other posts to see which system. Hope it works out.... Sorry I couldn't help.
 

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So, because the DRL/parking light switch is always on, the nav system thinks it should always be on "night," even if you pick the auto setting, is that correct? The only way to get the "day" setting is to manually choose it?

Gaah. It's bad enough that you can't really use it once you start driving, and this just adds to the enjoyment.
yeah, looks like you have to go into the map settings and switch it from automatic to manual to get the proper map for the daytime. this doesn't personally bug me as it would be just a couple of buttons but you will have to stop to reset when dusk approaches. i am going to see if i can get a shortcut to the setting but not holding out much hope.

in daytime mode the screen is pretty decent and in all but direct sunlight it is really useable. i am very pleasantly surprised with the whole pioneer system after having a few days to fool around with it.
 

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which nav system do you have? I have the Pioneer and it lights up fine day or night. Not sure how to enter in address of where I want to go, but I get to choose points of interest... I will check out your other posts to see which system. Hope it works out.... Sorry I couldn't help.
It is the AVIX-X930BT. The manual says that if the orange/white lead is connected correctly, then the system will, if set to automatic, select day/night "according to whether the vehicle lights are on or off." I'm guessing that since our vehicle lights are always on, the unit always defaults to "night," unless "day" is manually selected.

With respect to selecting/setting a destination, it is certainly not intuitive!

I am not new to nav systems, and have had them in 10 other cars, foreign and domestic, and two hand-held units, and this one is a puzzler.
 

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It is the AVIX-X930BT. The manual says that if the orange/white lead is connected correctly, then the system will, if set to automatic, select day/night "according to whether the vehicle lights are on or off." I'm guessing that since our vehicle lights are always on, the unit always defaults to "night," unless "day" is manually selected.

With respect to selecting/setting a destination, it is certainly not intuitive!

I am not new to nav systems, and have had them in 10 other cars, foreign and domestic, and two hand-held units, and this one is a puzzler.
You may know this already, but there is a way to disable the lights being on all the time. It's as simple as cutting a single wire & taping it off in the passenger footwell (I've done it). That way you can choose when to turn the headlights & LEDs on manually. This may also help with the nav issue.
 

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Ahh. I didn't know you could set it to manual. I'll have to fiddle with it more.

You can only enter your destination address if the car is stopped and the e-brake up.
 

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I have the same model, and disconnecting the DRL's definitely fixes this day/night problem. My unit is now on day mode unless the lights are on.
 

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Ahh. I didn't know you could set it to manual. I'll have to fiddle with it more.

You can only enter your destination address if the car is stopped and the e-brake up.
from the home screen hit the settings button at the bottom and go to maps - you will see it right in there - Auto or Day
 

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Another quick change tip for MY '12

Perhaps you all already knew this, but I just figured it out, so just in case. I didn't want to do the DRL disable, and you can't access many of the nav settings while driving, but the day/night switch continues to be annoying.

While you can't make day/night a short-cut on the short-cut screen, you can put an actual choice button into the quick access menu that is already on the nav screen on the right hand side. How to do this is described on page 161 of the manual. Here's the link to the full manual (applies to MY '12, but perhaps there are similar options for other years) on the Pioneer site http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/StaticFiles/Manuals/Car/AVIC-X930BT_OperationManual071211.pdf

But just quickly:

press "home"
press "settings"
press "map settings"
press "quick access selection"

From here there are 11 different functions (some are traffic, which requires the traffic module, plus Sirius traffic) you can select, one of which is the day/night switch. Once you select it, it will become part of the quick access menu. When you touch the menu, all of the functions are shown. You can add or delete the ones you want.
 

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I've never really understood why all manufacturers don't just use either the embedded GPS data or an ambient light sensor (or both) to determine which illumination to use. My Alpine unit does exactly that, as does every piece of communications equipment in my aircraft. It's not a lot to ask of the processors in these NAV systems...
 

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possible fix?

Have done the wire fix and now have DRL when I wish by engaging the Parking light swittch. Problem with Nav (pioneer system) scren illumination exists.
I thought about this. I believe the orange-white trigger wire must be in line with the parking lite switch. If this is changed, and wired to the master switch, the when one turns on the main lights at night then the screen should dim......other wise it would be daytime lighting, even when using the DRL switched via the parking lights.......????

Am having 1000 mile service done; dashboard will be out to replace ABS panel on passenger side. Want to rewire NAV orange white wire as noted above if possible. Will report if can be done, and if so, result.
Hopefully, can then have on demand DRL via parking light switch with daytime illumination of NAV and when turning on headlights via Master switch, should trigger night time dimming of NAV.......? Thoughts?
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Perhaps you all already knew this, but I just figured it out, so just in case. I didn't want to do the DRL disable, and you can't access many of the nav settings while driving, but the day/night switch continues to be annoying.

While you can't make day/night a short-cut on the short-cut screen, you can put an actual choice button into the quick access menu that is already on the nav screen on the right hand side. How to do this is described on page 161 of the manual. Here's the link to the full manual (applies to MY '12, but perhaps there are similar options for other years) on the Pioneer site http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/StaticFiles/Manuals/Car/AVIC-X930BT_OperationManual071211.pdf

But just quickly:

press "home"
press "settings"
press "map settings"
press "quick access selection"

From here there are 11 different functions (some are traffic, which requires the traffic module, plus Sirius traffic) you can select, one of which is the day/night switch. Once you select it, it will become part of the quick access menu. When you touch the menu, all of the functions are shown. You can add or delete the ones you want.
i have to wait until the spring to do this but thanks
 

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have the car back and this was bugging me so found this thread and will try tomorrow
 

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great tip - works and now can swap between day & night with touch of a button. BTW - they don't mention but in the Map settings i put it to day rather than automatic.

hit the quick acess and swap between day/night. = super easy.
 

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this is a must do task if you have th Pioneer -
 

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Have done the wire fix and now have DRL when I wish by engaging the Parking light swittch. Problem with Nav (pioneer system) scren illumination exists.
I thought about this. I believe the orange-white trigger wire must be in line with the parking lite switch. If this is changed, and wired to the master switch, the when one turns on the main lights at night then the screen should dim......other wise it would be daytime lighting, even when using the DRL switched via the parking lights.......????

Am having 1000 mile service done; dashboard will be out to replace ABS panel on passenger side. Want to rewire NAV orange white wire as noted above if possible. Will report if can be done, and if so, result.
Hopefully, can then have on demand DRL via parking light switch with daytime illumination of NAV and when turning on headlights via Master switch, should trigger night time dimming of NAV.......? Thoughts?
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Well, completed service.
Dealer noted presence of DRL's meaning screen lite is always in nite mode and "factory suggests that it is not changed or rewired-factory suggests to leave it as it is." So no resolution from dealer.
 
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