Here’s a quick video showing the Picture in Picture function of the MAI-KIA741 7″ Chinese navigation unit for the 2011 Kia Sorento. One of my customers had a large blue screen covering most of the map on his unit so I created this video to show how to remove it (in case it shows up during the initial installation or if you accidentally hit one of the buttons).

I also show you how the PIP feature works by playing a DVD while the navigation screen is being displayed as well as show you how to swap pictures.



I’ve had quite a few GPS systems in the recent years and all of them seem to have their own unique way of entering a destination address. An old Magellan unit I owned made me enter each step one at a time in a particular order. This was a bit frustrating if I didn’t know the exact address. Another one didn’t use a zip code as an entry option. This was especially frustrating if I didn’t know the township name I was trying to go to.

I must say, however, that the Chinese Navigation DVD head unit with the IGO 8 software I have installed in my 2011 Kia Sorento has to be one of the easiest to operate and enter a destination address. The video below shows just how easy it is as well as showing a few features of the map screen such as zooming and rotating it. I’ll be posting more videos about the IGO 8 software and features in the future.

In my previous video, I incorrectly said that the Chinese GPS head unit does not dim the screen when the headlights are turned on. Well, Kris (Gunner86) informed me in his comment that you CAN have the headlight switch dim the head unit screen. This video shows you what setting to change to get it to dim.




Thanks Kris!!!

If anyone else has any tips or notices that I say something that’s incorrect, please leave a comment or post it over in our forums. I’d like this site to be the number one source of info for anyone purchasing these Chinese units.

Quick Chinese 7″ Navigation Home Screen Tip

Well, I didn’t find the charging unit for my video camera so I broke down and purchased a separate battery charger. I’m now back in business ready to start creating more videos for everyone.

So here’s a very quick one showing you how you can change the home screen’s brightness level along with changing the colors of the buttons surrounding the head unit.


I’ll be posting more video tips about my Chinese GPS DVD head unit in the future so please come back and, as always, leave me some comments and feedback.

Well I feel like a fool.

I’ve had my own personal Chinese aftermarket navigation unit installed in my 2011 Kia Sorento for a couple of months now and I didn’t realize that the stock USB port under the climate control near the 12 volt plugs actually works.

So what suddenly brought me to this big news?

A post over at the Kia Forums in the Sportage area by a user named KiaStorm. He purchased a unit for his 2011 Kia Sportage and when talking about it, he mentioned that the Aux USB input on his dash (similar to the Kia Sorento) works fine with his head unit.

Hmmmm. I remember trying mine when I first received it and it didn’t work so I just chalked it up to…oh well. But after reading his post, I decided to give it another try. But this time with a different USB thumb drive. Read the rest of this entry

Has Anyone Seen My Charging Unit?

That’s what I’ve been saying the last couple of days around our house. I regretably let my kids borrow my video camera last week and when it was returned, it was sans battery charger. Sans meaning “not there”.

So for those of you anxiously waiting for my next video showing more features of my Chinese GPS DVD head unit, it will have to be postponed until I tear the house apart and find the charger or bust open my kids piggy banks to get them to buy me one. Actually, they probably have more money than me…lol.

So stay tuned…..

Muting of Music Using NAV System Solved.

2011 Kia Sorento Chinese Navigation DVD double din head unitOne of the things that bothered me a bit about the Chinese 2011 Kia Sorento Navigation unit was that anytime I was on the navigation screen and touched a button (say to enter an address or zoom in or out) the music playing in the background would mute.

Sure, that’s fine if you touch it just once and then you’re done, but if you’re entering an address, you’d be touching it many times and eventually it will drive you nuts….or you could just turn the music down all the way like I eventually did.

Well, thanks to one of my customers, Kris, he found a solution to this.

When you start up the navigation, you’ll see a white screen before it starts the IGO software. On that screen tap the “Settings” button. In the settings screen there is another one that has various buttons. One of them says “Volume” . From there you’ll see two sliders. One says “System Volume” and the other says “Key-Stroke Volume”. On the Key-Stroke volume, select Non.  This will eliminate the muting of the music when touching the screen. It will still mute, however, when a voice command comes through.

Thanks a bunch Kris for that tip. That definitely helped me out and I’m sure many others.

Upgraded My Pandora Account

If you’ve been reading any of my posts both here or on the various Kia Sorento discussion groups, or if you’ve watched my videos, you then know that I’m a big fan of Pandora. For those of you who don’t know what Pandora is, it’s an automated music recommendation and Internet radio service created by the Music Genome Project. You can enter a song or artist that you enjoy, and the service responds by playing selections that are musically similar.

It’s a free service and works great on both your desktop and cell phones (currently for Blackberry, Android, and iPhone). The free service gives you up to 40 hours of music per month and lets you skip up to 6 songs per hour. What that means is if you don’t like a song that’s playing, you can skip it to hear the next one. But only 6 times per hour. Also with the free service, you’ll hear an occasional commercial.

Pandora also has an upgrade called Pandora One which (for $36 year) gives you higher quality audio, unlimited music, and unlimited skips. There is also no advertisements and a playback app that you can download for your desktop. Well I’ve used the free version of Pandora for about a year now and since I like it so much, I decided to go ahead and pay for the upgrade. It’s only $3.00 per month and if my contribution helps keep it in business, then that’s money well spent.

So is the quality any better with the upgrade? Read the rest of this entry

Disassembly of 2011 Kia Sorento Center Console

Here’s the rest of the video which shows the installer removing the rest of the center console trim and components to make room for the new 7″ double din Chinese DVD GPS navigation head unit.

The hardest item to remove is the bottom section which contains the iPod plug and the two 12V power sources. There are tabs underneith as well as 4 really tight clips on the corners that hold it in. Once that’s removed, the rest of the peices are either clipped in or screwed in (I wish Kia just screwed in all of the components instead of using those clips).

Here’s a quick video showing the installer removing the center console trim around the gear shifter. This must be removed to get to the lower part of the center console which leads up to the head unit. It’s pretty straight forward and it simply has a few clips holding it down. My particular Sorento has a lighting package and there’s a small button on the trim that allows me to change colors of the interior lighting. This (and I think another) plug must be disconnected.

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