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Unread 06-03-2005, 01:08 PM   #1
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How do I get Vehicle Entertainment System turned on in my Nav system?

I just traded in my 2001 Grand Cherokee Limited for an '05 GCL Hemi. Love the truck and the nav system, but I opted not to get the DVD player as it plays only for the back seat passengers. I was reading in the manual for the nav system that there's a potential add on called VES that will allow DVD playback up front, anyone know anything about this? Reading through the brick of a manual didn't help me find out anything more.

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Unread 06-03-2005, 01:14 PM   #2
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Someone was asking about this earlier (maybe 3-4 weeks ago); try searching the forum for this question. Additionally check out www.wkjeeps.com and see if you find any information there about it.

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Unread 06-03-2005, 02:10 PM   #4
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I did a search using the terms "ves" and "DVD" and both returned no results.

wkjeeps.com did come up in a search I ran on Yahoo, I'm hoping to find more info there. I was just hoping that someone here knew the answer off the top of their head.

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If you have the DVD system, accessing VES through the navigation system allows the audio to be transmitted through the speakers (otherwise it's through the headphones only). I'm not aware of any way to have the video visible on the nav screen. In fact, I believe it would be illegal to have the video visible to the driver.
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Unread 06-03-2005, 02:18 PM   #6
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If you have the DVD system, accessing VES through the navigation system allows the audio to be transmitted through the speakers (otherwise it's through the headphones only).
Bummer, I was afraid of that being the case.
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I'm not aware of any way to have the video visible on the nav screen. In fact, I believe it would be illegal to have the video visible to the driver.
Not true, you can buy plenty of aftermarket decks that will play DVD's in the dash.

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Unread 06-03-2005, 02:51 PM   #7
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Illegal in California and should be in all states. Here's an interesting article.

http://www.christiansciencemonitor.c...1s01-usgn.html
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Unread 06-03-2005, 02:59 PM   #8
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Illegal in California and should be in all states.
I disagree. I only want it in there to watch from the passenger seat. I have no desire to watch a movie while driving nor does my wife, but why should either of us be relegated to the backseat to watch a movie during a road trip, or sitting in a parking lot waiting for something? The more comfortable seats are in the front anyway. I had no idea it was illegal anywhere; I thought only porn was illegal on in car DVD players.
The fact is that I've lived this long without it and I'll get by without it, but it sure would have been nice to have that option.

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Unread 06-03-2005, 03:09 PM   #9
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In fact, I believe it would be illegal to have the video visible to the driver.

Not true, you can buy plenty of aftermarket decks that will play DVD's in the dash.
Just because you can do it does NOT make it legal.
They will but they can be bypassed very easily. My guess is that any place installing them will install them per directions including this parking brake switch. They don't wna tto get sued.

Most (all?) front DVD players install instructions tell you to connect it up to the parking brake so you cannot watch video unles the brake is applied.

From Pioneer;
"This unit detects whether your car's parking brake is engaged or no, and prevents you from watching a DVD or TV on this display while driving. When you attempt to watch a DVD or TV, the warning VIDEO VIEWING IS NOT AVAILABLE WHILE DRIVING will appear on the screen.
To watch a DVD or TV on this display, park your car in a safe place and apply the parking brake."

From JVC;
"If the parking brake is not engaged, “DRIVER MUST NOT WATCH THE MONITOR WHILE DRIVING.” appears on the monitor, and no playback picture will be shown."

It's not difficult to disconnect the switch to the parking brake so it can be viewed while driving, but why???
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Unread 06-03-2005, 03:35 PM   #10
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I think you guys got it right...no DVD watching up front through the Nav system to my understanding. I've got the VES but no Nav. I think you'd have to go with an aftermarket system to watch DVDs up front on the nav screen.
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Unread 06-03-2005, 03:46 PM   #11
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As everyone else said.. Its a safety thing, Doesnt matter if you say its for the passenger, if you get in a wreck and someone happens to see that you had a screen with a movie on visable to the driver you are most likely going to be to blame either way.

Like cell phones, it just distract drivers.
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