Infotainment System Tweaks

By Bill "BillaVista" Ansell
Photography: Bill Ansell
Copyright 2018 - Bill Ansell
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To be frank, the 7" Infotainment System in the 2017+ FIAT 124 Spiders is not exactly what you'd call "cutting edge technology" - not when compared with other offerings in the market. Now, this is not really a huge deal in a small 2-seat roadster, as this is most definitely a driver's car, not some luxo-barge SUV or soccer-mom minivan.

Nevertheless, there are a few (to some, anyway) irritants that, if corrected, can lead to a suprisingly more satisfying user-experience.

Fortunately, fellow enthusiasts have stepped up and developed a method to make a number of just such adjustements to the system, or "Tweaks", as they have come to be known.

In particular, and not surprisingly, Spider owner and masterful blog author "Ameridan" teamed up with a Mazda MX-5 user who goes by the handle Siutsch to package many of these tweaks written by various authors, into a user-friendly "All-in-One" software package that can be downloaded, used on your laptop or desktop computer to compile executable files that can then be installed on a USB stick which can then be inserted into the car to "modify" the infotainment system without making very many irreversible changes and without actually "hacking" into the system.

Of course, it goes without saying that any such downloading, use of the software, or making any such changes to the car or its systems, is entirely at your own risk.

The "All-in-One Tweaks" package is described in great detail on Ameridan's blog. If this project interests you, you should definitiely begin by carefully reading through his entire blog. His description, research, and instructions are excellent and are you need to enjoy these tweaks.

With that said, I'm well aware that some of us can be pretty impatient and just want to get right at fiddling and tinkering with things, some of us are more "visual learners", while some of us are perhaps not quite as comfortable as others with utilizing non-commercial software and undertaking projects of this nature.

So with that in mind I created the following series of video tutorials to guide you through the project and to answer the following questions:

  1. Can I use this software on my car / system?
  2. Why would I want to install "Tweaks" - what do they do?
  3. How do I download and "install" the "All-in-One Tweaks" software package?
  4. How do I use the "All-in-One Tweaks" software package to create my won USB stick to modify my system?
  5. How do I install the Tweaks in my car's system?
  6. What do the results look like?

A few notes on the videos:

  • They are best viewed full-screen in at least 1080p resolution, so you can see what's going on on the screen.
  • Be aware of where your volume is set so viewing isn't uncomfortably loud.

Episode 1 - Preaping to Us the Tweaks



Episode 2 - Downloading, installing, and using the "All-in-One Tweaks" software package



Episode 3 - Installin Tweaks in the car and checking out the results






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