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Wanted to start a thread of undocumented or unknown 2011+ Sorento things. If you know of anything, please post. Some of these could be documented but hard to find or unknown.

-On the Radio with Nav, if you are listening to a SAT or Radio station while using the NAV, there isn't really a specific button on the dash that changes back to the radio display. If you know you are on SAT or Radio, you can press those buttons on the dash. Another way that I found out recently is if you press the MODE button on the steering wheel. The first time you press it, it takes you back to the radio display without changing modes. You can also press the Green Phone button on the steering wheel to change to the Phone display, You can press Map/Voice on the dash to change back to Nav.

-On the Radio with Nav, some phones download contacts using Lastname, Firstname rather than "Firstname Lastname". If your phone does this (You can tell from the contact list), the "Call Name" Speech recognition dialing works better by saying the name as "Lastname, Firstname".

- On the radio without sat nav only the phone that is set to priority auto connects via blue-tooth. The others must be selected from the radio and manually connected. (My windows mobile phone auto connects and is set as the priority phone, my wife and son both have droid phones and they refuse to auto connect unless they are set as the priority phone.)

-If it seems to take a very long time to download your phone book, clear your call history. That will speed things back up.

-On the Radio with Nav, if you have multiple phones paired with the system, each phone uses it's own contact list, and each phone has it's own call history. They can't be shared or edited.


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great idea for a topic

- On the radio without sat nav only the phone that is set to priority auto connects via blue-tooth. The others must be selected from the radio and manually connected. (My windows mobile phone auto connects and is set as the priority phone, my wife and son both have droid phones and they refuse to auto connect unless they are set as the priority phone.)

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-If it seems to take a very long time to download your phone book, clear your call history. That will speed things back up.
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The mute button the steering wheel also cancels Voice Recognition, if you are trying to do Name Dial or other Voice Recognition stuff.
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The trip computer driving time resets to zero when the vehicle is off for approximately 4 hours. Likewise the average miles per hour resets when the vehicle is off for approximately 4 hours.
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great idea for a topic

- On the radio without sat nav only the phone that is set to priority auto connects via blue-tooth. The others must be selected from the radio and manually connected. (My windows mobile phone auto connects and is set as the priority phone, my wife and son both have droid phones and they refuse to auto connect unless they are set as the priority phone.)

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-If it seems to take a very long time to download your phone book, clear your call history. That will speed things back up.
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Do you find that the address book updates itself automatically each time your system connects to the audio system? Since it has been taking over 5 minutes to perform the upload, this has been a major problem for us. If I have to call someone to let them know my ETA, I often have to wait several minutes for the phone to become operational because the system is locked by the upload.

Also, there is no notification of when the upload has ended, so you have no choice but to keep trying until you get through. Very annoying!!!
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Yes.. Address book updates seem to happen every time. I haven't tried clearing my call history, but my address books on my phones are limited to less than 50 entries that sync. On one phone I don't have that many entries. On the other phone (Blackberry), I set the blackberry software to only sync one category of contacts. This category has less entries.
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Undocumented Sorento Tip/Hints/Features

Relating to the operation of the Bluetooth system (non-Nav, although I don't think it matters):

When you add a new address entry by voice or you place a call using the voice commands by number, be careful not to say anything else after you enter the numbers until you get a voice prompt. We tried to say "store" and the system though we were saying "4" and added a digit to the number (stored in the phone book.)

The undocumented result is the the system stored an 11 digit phone number ending in 4 , as in (xxx) xxx-xxxx4 and every time we used the voice command to call that number by name we got an equally undocumented two tone alarm (very loud) that sounded like a British police siren. There was no explanation of the error either in the voice prompts or on the audio system screen.

So if you do hear an alarm like this when you try to call by name, check that you have given the system a valid phone number.

As noted in my previous post, the other undocumented issue we have with the Bluetooth system is that it seems to download the address book from the phone every time it connects. That makes the bluetooth system completely unusable for the first 5-10 minutes of every trip. The system should notify you when it is done downloading, but it doesn't. At least on the non-Nav audio system.

Again, does anyone know how to stop it from doing that?!!!?!?!?

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Relating to the operation of the Bluetooth system (non-Nav, although I don't think it matters):

When you add a new address entry by voice or you place a call using the voice commands by number, be careful not to say anything else after you enter the numbers until you get a voice prompt. We tried to say "store" and the system though we were saying "4" and added a digit to the number (stored in the phone book.)

The undocumented result is the the system stored an 11 digit phone number ending in 4 , as in (xxx) xxx-xxxx4 and every time we used the voice command to call that number by name we got an equally undocumented two tone alarm (very loud) that sounded like a British police siren. There was no explanation of the error either in the voice prompts or on the audio system screen.

So if you do hear an alarm like this when you try to call by name, check that you have given the system a valid phone number.



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On the Nav system there is no way to manually add names/numbers. The system only uses the directory it downloads from the phone.
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On mine when the download is done , it says '' transfer completed ''.
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