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I have been looking to purchase either the GMC Acadia or the Saturn Outlook soon and have noticed in the Acadia literature the radio head unit with a DVD-Audio/Video logo on it. Does this mean it will play DVD-Audio discs? I have a collection of these discs and would be thrilled to play them in the Outlook. I have also noticed this logo when upgrading to the Nav system. I personally do not want to get the Nav system but am interested in the DVD system which I believe will upgrade the head unit with these capabilities. Am I correct with this assumption? Can anyone help with this before I visit my dealer?
 

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I don't have any DVD Audio discs to test this out, but I'd like to know if you find out. I would imagine if it's labeled as such that it would be able to play them.
 

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Here you go. Yes it will play DVD's on the head unit but only in park. Read below. Gk.

I have an Outlook with the optional Navigation system with the DVD player. When you play a movie in the DVD, it plays on the DVD ceiling mounted screen and also on the Navigation screen while in "Park". But when you shift from "Park" the navigation screen shuts down for safety reasons and doesn't play the DVD movie any longer until you place the vehicle back in "Park". My question is, does anyone know how to defeat this function so the navigation screen will continue to play the DVD movie while the vehicle is in "Drive" so the front seat driver & passenger can watch the movie while driving? Is there a wire that can be cut between the Nav system and transmission? Something that can be unplugged? Has anyone tried to do this yet? Thanks, Gk
 

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Are you sure it won't continue playing the DVD audio? My STS will continue to play DVD audio while driving, it just won't show the movie on the dash while driving about 5 miles an hour - only the screen turns off. If you have the rear seat entertainment package it will play movie audio through the stereo while driving, so I would think the DVD audio would continue to play while driving if you have the rear seat entertainment package.

As far as defeating it, it is not as simple as cutting a wire. Some of the older nav systems had control units you could buy from a 3rd party (for around $200-$300) that would override this function, but I don't think anyone has come up with anything for the newer units yet.
 

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The movie/audio will continue to play on the system. The video from the movie is the only thing that is "stopped" when shifting into drive.

There is an override available in the form of GM Lockpick:

http://www.coastaletech.com/GMLOCKPICK.htm

The device works by tricking the unit into "thinking" it is still in park. I believe however that it affects some of the NAV functions because it doesn't update the position of the car.


On a side note, Pacific Accessory Corporation (PAC) has an interface which allows for the addition of a back-up camera to NAV-equipped Outlooks, Acadias or Enclaves.

http://www.pac-audio.com/default.asp

The interface is the VCI-GM3A which has ribbon cables that plug into the NAV unit.
 

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I think the question here was about DVD Audio, not just the audio from a DVD movie. These are two totally different things. DVD Audio is a specific audio media type.
 
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