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Old 09-12-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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Hello everybody,
Drove the, new to me, 2008 S8 from Baltimore to home, around 700 miles this weekend, what a car. I'm still getting us to it since it is different than the D3A8 that I still have ( for sale ) . One thing that I have realized is that there is no battery level in the MMI menu, I have searched in the archives since I remember that there were a lot of posts on the topic but I'm not able to find anyhting. Is there any way to enable this or should I go to the dealer and let them do it.
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Connect VCDS
Select Control Module "07", Click on "Adaptation"
Select Adaptation Channel: 08
0-Hidden Menu Disabled
1-Hidden Menu Enabled
Enter value "1"
Click "Test", followed by "Save"
Close & reboot MMI by pressing "Tel" + "MMI Control ****" + "Upper Right Selection Button" (all together)

Press "Car+Setup" together until hidden menu appears, takes about 5 seconds

Then scroll down to Diag Settings and press enter

Then scroll down to Car Menus Maske (this is how it is spelt on the UK MMI) press enter

The find Battery Level and press enter

Scroll down the the bottom and press Accept Changes

Press the return button 3 tmes to return to the front screen

Close & reboot MMI by pressing "Tel" + "MMI Control ****" + "Upper Right Selection Button" (all together)


I had mine disappear after an MMI update, but never went back and re-enabled it, isn't a big deal at all for me.

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Thanks,you're right I don't want to mess up with the hidden manus, I will probably ask the dealer to do at the first oil change.
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Connect VCDS
Select Control Module "07", Click on "Adaptation"
Select Adaptation Channel: 08
0-Hidden Menu Disabled
1-Hidden Menu Enabled
Enter value "1"
Click "Test", followed by "Save"
Close & reboot MMI by pressing "Tel" + "MMI Control ****" + "Upper Right Selection Button" (all together)

Press "Car+Setup" together until hidden menu appears, takes about 5 seconds

Then scroll down to Diag Settings and press enter

Then scroll down to Car Menus Maske (this is how it is spelt on the UK MMI) press enter

The find Battery Level and press enter

Scroll down the the bottom and press Accept Changes

Press the return button 3 tmes to return to the front screen

Close & reboot MMI by pressing "Tel" + "MMI Control ****" + "Upper Right Selection Button" (all together)


I had mine disappear after an MMI update, but never went back and re-enabled it, isn't a big deal at all for me.
Brozee, you rock! Is there any way I can convince you to move to NC? You're a great reference on this board!
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Connect VCDS
Select Control Module "07", Click on "Adaptation"
Select Adaptation Channel: 08
0-Hidden Menu Disabled
1-Hidden Menu Enabled
Enter value "1"
Click "Test", followed by "Save"
Close & reboot MMI by pressing "Tel" + "MMI Control ****" + "Upper Right Selection Button" (all together)


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After you close & reboot, should something happen? I did go into hidden menu and checked off box for battery level but where can I see it?
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Brozee,

After you close & reboot, should something happen? I did go into hidden menu and checked off box for battery level but where can I see it?
Press 'Car' then 'Systems' and scroll down to 'Battery Level'.
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Press 'Car' then 'Systems' and scroll down to 'Battery Level'.
Got it. just couldn't reboot using the 3-finger salute. Had to use vag-com to reboot. There it was, just like u said.

Now I cannot go back to hidden menus...help?

EDIT:

Got it going. Just afraid I may break something...
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Got it. just couldn't reboot using the 3-finger salute. Had to use vag-com to reboot. There it was, just like u said.

Now I cannot go back to hidden menus...help?

EDIT:

Got it going. Just afraid I may break something...
To reboot without Vag-Com try pressing "Tel" + "MMI Control ****" + "Upper Right Selection Button" instead of "Setup" + "MMI Control ****" + "Upper Right Selection Button", for some reason the A8 reboot procedure is different to everything else.
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To reboot without Vag-Com try pressing "Tel" + "MMI Control ****" + "Upper Right Selection Button" instead of "Setup" + "MMI Control ****" + "Upper Right Selection Button", for some reason the A8 reboot procedure is different to everything else.
So now I can get into hidden menu but when I get to the "CAR" setting, it is not responding.

I can go into the other settings but not "CAR".

Will reboot and try again.
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I guess I'm late to this game. Got the hidden menu all figured out. Tried the enable battery level. Everything appears to have worked. Still no battery level.
Ugh. Reset several times with the 3 finger option, shut car down and restarted. No change.
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Ok. Cancel that. Found it in car/systems/battery level. Odd though, it shows either 100% all 10 bars lit. Now this is confusing.
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Unless it's dying it will almost always say 100% I've only had it show lower when I needed a new battery. You can always look at my signature for helpful tips covering a lot that you've already asked about.
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Yes yes, you have tons of good links Brozee, thank you for keeping them available.
The car was a bit sluggish starting this morning, to the point where the dash odometer etc. were dimming almost shutting off. My first thought is that the battery won't hold out this winter. I'd rather change a battery now instead of in January, or have an addtional tow charge. The charging system seems adequate, and I figure I'd have a go at the battery meter. Looks like I'll pull out the multimeter and give the battery a once over the old fashioned way.
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Battery Level is almost useless. As you said it is at 100% all the times and battery can be barely alive. I guess this percentage is to the actual capacity, so if battery lost most of it it still can be at the 100% of its own capacity. I believe they figured that out and deleted it in the latest MMI update. But we like to have more gadgets so we bring it back.

An yes. It is much better to replace it right away. I would just like if I listen to my own advice.
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Mishar, I think I am going to have to agree with you on this one. Looks like there are alot of misc. settings I can play around with in the hidden menu now. Heh heh heh. I hope I don't mess things up much.
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Take a snap shot of every page before you start "upgrading".

As far as I remember you have to combine two menus from the Hidden Menu in order to get something. Of course if some feature is not installed you can't turn it on. And part of it was newer translated from German. That really helps.
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The battery gauge is useful.

I was having problems and my battery was drained to 10% as shown on the battery meter. I had a message that MMI would shut down in 3 minutes, and the car still barely started. I check battery meter almost every morning now that my battery has almost 9 years on it.

A charge for a few hours brought the battery back to full life.
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A charge for a few hours brought the battery back to full life.
That's exactly why I said it is useless. Your battery lost the most of its capacity. If it is good battery it would take much more than a few hours to fully charge it from 10%. As it is you charged that small capacity left easily. My battery is just like that and we both should replace them.
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Yes, almost 9 years on a battery must make it a little past it's prime in life.
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Yes, almost 9 years on a battery must make it a little past it's prime in life.
I got about 9 years out of the battery in the wife's 04' Passat. The Passat has a whole lot less electronics in it then the S8. The whole sluggish start thing had me going on this. It seems to start ok now, 4 years on a battery seems to be a bit premature for replacement.
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