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    Thumbs up 2010-2011 Saab 9-5 USA Infotainment Firmware Update U803

    This was so hard to find, but simple to install and completely fixed my infotainment system. Check radio version in Configuration. If you have U415 with bugs, upgrade U803 *(upgrade E800 for Europe) Do NOT mix-up.

    U803 Nav Software Update Files/Instructions
    Credit: TroyandEddie on SaabCentral. I've attached the U803 Nav software update and instructions. All you need is to extract the 3 files in the zip onto a USB drive and follow the directions below. Full credit for this glorious find goes to Arlind Muca from the 'Saab 9-5 NG Connection' page on Facebook. I updated from U40D and this fixed all my memory issues and other radio/Nav gremlins!

    ZIP Download
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0...DQyZDc5aEM3alU

    BEFORE YOU BEGIN: You should format the USB Drive before using it (FAT32). Also, you must take the three files out of the zip file. The only files that should be on the
    USB drive are the ones listed in step #2. ALSO, if you have an old or weak battery, you may want to hook your car up to a trickle/slow charger during the update. The entire process takes 30 minutes.

    1. Turn on the car to accessory mode. (Foot OFF BRAKE - Hold down the start button for 10 seconds.) This won’t start the engine, but it will put your car in ACC mode.
    2. Insert the USB drive with the following files: FAA_BC06.VBK, HASHLIST.DAT, and LOADING.KWI
    3. Press the OK button.
    4. The update will begin. This will take some time. Grab a beer. It will say “Number of Programs remaining.” This process, including the next step #5, takes about 10-15 minutes.
      (NOTE: Step-5 and 6 did not happen on my update.)
    5. After the 1st program updates, you’ll hear radio static. After the 2nd program updates, it’ll prompt you to “Please turn ignition off and then on.”
    6. Turn off ignition, then turn back on to ACC mode (hold down start button for 10 seconds.)
    7. There will be a white, empty progress bar on the bottom of your radio. This will take another 10-15 minutes to complete.
    8. After the progress bar completes, you’ll see the SAAB splash logo. It will then return to the first update screen you saw after you put your USB drive in. You may remove your USB, and press Cancel on the screen.
    9. Congrats! You’re updated to the latest version.

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    Very nice! So is this compatible with all ng9-5s with nav? I just got a 2010 yesterday and it looks like it's got U306, could I upgrade straight to this version safely?

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    I'll answer my own question, worked fine, straight from U306 to u803. Did have a slightly scary moment when it came back on and there was no sound on FM, but power cycling the head unit fixed it.

    Paul

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    Could not answer your question but so glad it worked. Fixed all my infotainment issues.

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