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Hey guys,

I recently picked up an 08 C300, and am pretty disappointed with the Ipod interface, as the song information does not show up on the screen (although i have the MultiMedia package). So basically, my next route is going to be putting in a PCMCIA with a 32GB card. From the research i have been doing, it seems that people have had the best luck with the Sandisk 6-in-1 PCMCIA adapter, with a 32GB CF card.

I have also heard that some people are seeing some issues with the amount of folders or files they have in the root directly.

Does anybody have any personal experience with this? I have about 40GB of music on my computer, so i would be filling this card up to the max.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Ben
 

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William, That looks like a great solution to what im looking for! However, it appears that my year is incompatible (2008 C300 With the command center / Navi).

I find this somewhat odd though, when i was looking at a certified 2008 C300 RWD from my local Mercedes dealer (ended up going somewhere else for the 4matic model), the sales man i was speaking with spoke of this device informing me that it was compatible with the 2008...
 

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Mercedes is a truly "evolutionary" manufacturer (few are), and are constantly changing and hopefully improving their products. Perhaps the final compatibility determination is VIN based that the local dealer would naturally look up. Like the recent steering pump recall, based on the VIN, some vehicles are affected, others not.
This music lover is also checking out if the Media Interface Plus can update the iPod Interface so that all the information and functions of an iPod appear on the center screen.
 

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Hey guys,

I recently picked up an 08 C300, and am pretty disappointed with the Ipod interface, as the song information does not show up on the screen (although i have the MultiMedia package). So basically, my next route is going to be putting in a PCMCIA with a 32GB card. From the research i have been doing, it seems that people have had the best luck with the Sandisk 6-in-1 PCMCIA adapter, with a 32GB CF card.

I have also heard that some people are seeing some issues with the amount of folders or files they have in the root directly.

Does anybody have any personal experience with this? I have about 40GB of music on my computer, so i would be filling this card up to the max.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Ben
The Sandisk PCMCIA adapter options are:
- one for a CF memory card,
- one for 6 different types of cards where CF is not included (typically used with SD HC cards but be careful with older versions that do not support SD HC, just SD cards).

You would not be able to make full use of the 32 GB memory (there is a limit in the total number of titles), better to have 16 GB cards. Unfortunately you would have to swap between cards sometimes.
 

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why not just burn your songs to a dvd and use you 6 cd changer. This way you will see all the details of the folders and songs on your display.
 

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The Sandisk PCMCIA adapter options are:
- one for a CF memory card,
- one for 6 different types of cards where CF is not included (typically used with SD HC cards but be careful with older versions that do not support SD HC, just SD cards).

You would not be able to make full use of the 32 GB memory (there is a limit in the total number of titles), better to have 16 GB cards. Unfortunately you would have to swap between cards sometimes.
Is there a limit to the total number of folders on the entire memory card, or just in the root directory?

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why not just burn your songs to a dvd and use you 6 cd changer. This way you will see all the details of the folders and songs on your display.
This sounds like the route i might have to go, unfortunately when i get new tracks, ill have to burn new DVD's.
 

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I think I would rather 2x 16 gb memory cards than 10x DVD's. Memory cards also show details of folders and tracks, etc. I did try a 32gb, but it would not work properly.
 

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I think I would rather 2x 16 gb memory cards than 10x DVD's. Memory cards also show details of folders and tracks, etc. I did try a 32gb, but it would not work properly.
What was the issue with your memory card setup? With a decent adapter and memory card it should work fine except that one cannot make full use of the space available.
 

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What was the issue with your memory card setup? With a decent adapter and memory card it should work fine except that one cannot make full use of the space available.
I think it was the card (cheap from eBay). The card showed up as 32gb on my Mac, but after loading and inserting in the car not all the tunes could be read. When I reinserted the card into the Mac many of the tunes were corrupted. I decided to use a quality 16gb instead, which is big enough. How many trips last 4 days non-stop?
 

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Does the Audio/MM manual that came with the C300 state the maximum size of PCMCIA card the unit will accept? The card may be just fine, but if the slot input only accepts up to 32 or 64 bits of addressing (vs the 64 or 128 bits needed to address 32 GB), perhaps only a 16 GB card will work. The Manual should so state.
 

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Does the Audio/MM manual that came with the C300 state the maximum size of PCMCIA card the unit will accept? ....The Manual should so state.
I checked the manual -
"COMAND supports 16-bit full-size type I and
II PCMCIA memory cards".

The manual does not address the type, or any limitation, of an inserted memory card.
 

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The limits are;

256 folders
4000 files (songs)

Unless all your songs are mp3 320kbps you will get nowhere near filling the 32Gb card before COMAND starts "losing" songs and folders and even if they are I doubt you will fill it anyway... I know because I have one. I also have a 16Gb SDHC card and that isn't full either. I suspect that an 8Gb card would be suitable for standard 120-196Kbps mp3s. I am currently awaiting my dealership to give me a price to install the UCI so that I can use the USB connector.

I hope that helps.
 

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If you have the Media Interface, you can plug in a USB flash drive and play the music directly from that. I find this better since you can just unplug the USB drive and update it from the computer without any type of card reader. Currently I have tried a 2GB Sandisk and works flawlessly. Hope this helps.
 

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The limits are;

256 folders
4000 files (songs)

Unless all your songs are mp3 320kbps you will get nowhere near filling the 32Gb card before COMAND starts "losing" songs and folders and even if they are I doubt you will fill it anyway... I know because I have one. I also have a 16Gb SDHC card and that isn't full either. I suspect that an 8Gb card would be suitable for standard 120-196Kbps mp3s. I am currently awaiting my dealership to give me a price to install the UCI so that I can use the USB connector.

I hope that helps.
Are these limitations based off the entire memory card, or just the root directory?

I have 141 folders in my root directory, with a total of 389 folders in sub directories (i.e. Artist>Album>files.mp3).

But it seems that my C300 starts loosing folders after folder number 132 within the root directory...
 

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Are these limitations based off the entire memory card, or just the root directory?

I have 141 folders in my root directory, with a total of 389 folders in sub directories (i.e. Artist>Album>files.mp3).

But it seems that my C300 starts loosing folders after folder number 132 within the root directory...
You can check it from your manual but above it said 256 folders, not "256 root directory folders".

Difficult to say if you are hitting the 4000 songs limit or the 256 folder limit.
 

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Are these limitations based off the entire memory card, or just the root directory?

I have 141 folders in my root directory, with a total of 389 folders in sub directories (i.e. Artist>Album>files.mp3).

But it seems that my C300 starts loosing folders after folder number 132 within the root directory...
The 256 limit is the total amount of folders on the card i.e. including subfolders and not just those within the root of the card. Lately I tried going beyond 16Gb on my 32Gb CF and COMAND started losing folders well before I got to 4000 files and 256 folders which seems to confirm my theory that it also has a 16Gb limit in addition to the other two :( Curiously if you try to copy (rip) the mp3s to the internal HDD, COMAND will display the 'missing' folders but will not read them hmmm... :confused:
 
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