This is of little consequence to anyone who regularly reads this blog, but for the archives as I had so much trouble searching for the answer yesterday and this morning, here is the answer to the compatibility or otherwise of the PC card in the new car (Honda CRV 07 on)
It is staggering that the Honda dealers know little about this as I asked the question and got nothing. I called in to the dealer this morning to either try the card I have in their cars or to see if they do it as an accessory, as they should. Even though we know the cost would be lumped up. It at least showed me that the 6-in-1 card I bought, with it’s 2Gb Sandisk Ultra II SD card was NOT compatible as they got the same CARD – MEDIA ERROR on their unit.
I had tried formatting this card as FAT, FAT32 and just about every other format, using the default allocation sizes each time but each time I got the same error.
The fix actually came about by trying a totally different card format and one that is generally not in the ‘multiple card’ type readers. So, if you are in the UK do this…
Go to your local Jessops or www.jessops.co.uk and order the Jessops Compact Flash PCMCIA Adapter and any size of Jessops Compact Flash memory card. I have a 2Gb on at £29.99. The reader is a massive £1.99! I believe that the maximum size of card that works reliably in the Honda’s reader is 2Gb. (Larger have been noted but they seem to skip tracks or not show all the folders).
From this position it is ‘plug and play’, no formatting, no special treatment, just copy over the music and you’re away. The car will play the tracks by folder (album), singly or randomly and it works really well with good sound (I have the upgraded HiFi in the EX model). It plays WMA (Windows Media Audio) and MP3 (a la iPod) and shows what file type it is while playing it. The only miss is the name of the track playing which is only available with the iPod upgrade which actually takes over the whole iPod and has some pretty poor reviews (Cost today £135).
Interestingly, apart from the tracks again not showing or being able to control it from the steering wheel controls, inside the compartment in the centre console is a 3.5mm jack plug and 12V accessory plug, which will mean that any MP3 player with 3.5mm headphone socket will plug in here, you will just need a £5.99 lead from Maplin and you’re done. If you then have a car charger you can put it in the compartment, close the lid and forget about it. Obviously to play the music, you need to press the Aux button on the sat nav screen.
So, as a service to those struggling like me, there’s your answer. Be aware there are cheaper CF cards on Amazon or similar, but I know the Jessop’s one works. If you find others just post a comment with the one that does and we can build a library for others.