Over the years of working with Sync 3 in cars, there has always been a constant question asked... "Can Sync 3 play video?" For a long time, the answer has been a flat NO, but with recent developments from a team of dedicated programmers and tinkerers over at FMods.net, they have come up with a way to successfully hack Sync 3 to accept modifications.
Just a disclaimer, this is not only guaranteed to void any warranty you might have, but some of the mods may be inherently dangerous. If you decide to pursue this project you may face unexpected issues that are not covered in this video & guide. NaviUpgrade makes no guarantees you'll be successful in your endeavors to apply this modification to your vehicle. You are doing these mods at your own risk. NaviUpgrade is in no way responsible for improper installation or loss caused by pursuing this project. These mods allow enabling video in motion; you are responsible for using modifications in accordance with your local, state, and federal laws. NaviUpgrade may not be held accountable for any loss or damages caused by using Sync 3 modifications in any situation.
Now that's out of the way, lets get into what you'll need to successfully complete this project. Most importantly, you'll need a Sync 3 APIM. You can either buy an APIM to do this project on, or pull your current one from your car. If you're not sure if you have Sync 3, check out our post on How to Tell the Difference Between Sync 2 & Sync 3.
Next, you'll need an eMMC reader. This is a specialized tool that is designed to connect your Sync 3 Board to your PC. There are quite a few variations of this tool as there are different pin structures for different model year APIMs. Usually for 2018+ APIMs you're going to need a different tool than 2016/2017 APIMs.
Here's a small list of eMMC readers that FMods suggests (pulled directly from the FMods Forum).
So here's the visual difference between the older 2016/2017 versions of the APIM daughter boards are, and the 2018+ boards. Before purchasing any of the above boards, I would HIGHLY suggest that you take your APIM out and inspect it first. Check out how the two daughter boards differ in appearance and layout below.
Finally, you'll need a Philips Head screwdriver, along with a 32MB+ (pretty much any size is fine) flash drive formatted to FAT32, along with a Windows PC & Oracle VirtualBox Software.
In order to write directly to the daughter board using an eMMC reader, you'll first need to remove the daughter board from the Sync 3 APIM. This can be easily done using a Phillip's head screwdriver.
Step 2 -- Mount the Sync 3 Daughter Board to Your eMMC Reader
Step 3 -- Install Oracle VirtualBox to Your PC
Step 4 -- Extract the QNX Evaluation Runtime
Log into your QNX Neutrino Virtual Machine with the Login, "root" and Password, "password."
Attach your USB thumb drive by exiting your mouse out of the virtual machine by pressing your Right Ctrl key on your keyboard. Go up to Device > USB > then select your USB thumb drive in the device list there.