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DIY: Change Kenwood Start Screen Image

Change Kenwood Start Screen Image

DIY: Change Kenwood Start Screen Image

We show you how to change Kenwood start screen image for all the new Kenwood DDX9, DMX7 & DNX series multimedia units.

This is useful to make your unit look factory fitted by displaying your vehicles logo at start up or simply want to put a cool image such as a photo of your car or girlfriend. 😀

 

What You’ll Need:

Step 1:

Watch our DIY video in full.

Step 2:

Download this file: –> OpeningCustomize  (right click save as or download linked file)

Step 3:

Ensure your image file is labelled “image1” and is in this format

  • .BMP 16bit Full Colour  RGB 5,6,5 Ratio
  • Size 800 x 480 pixels
  • Named image1  example: image1.bmp

Step 4:

Ensure using formatted USB with nothing else on it in FAT 32 format

 

We have attached below the Subaru image as an example format for download.

>>> Download Subaru Image File Here <<<

17 Comments

  1. Bradley Ferguson May 1, 2017

    The provided image link is broken. Can you please re-publish the link?

  2. Author
    Daniel Gardener May 5, 2017

    What do you need republished sorry?

  3. James Leech May 28, 2017

    also note that the image must be 96 dpi.

  4. sheahinkle September 19, 2017

    Hello I was unable to get the link the OpeningCustomize link to download. Is there another location to download from?

  5. fiteoman September 20, 2017

    The download this file (Opening Customize) doesn’t download anything, I’m not on a Mac would that make a difference for it to download the file? I click on it and it just takes me to the internet target file showing the four lines of text… Please help. Thanks

  6. ccox_27 October 28, 2017

    I did everything but when my unit starts up the picture is a total mess for most of the boot up period. it becomes clear for about 2-3 seconds then goes to the warning message. What did I do wrong?

  7. anderson.michaeljohn82 October 30, 2017

    Im having the same issue i think i didnt rename file correctly to image1.bmp now i get a red screen and can not access anything. My model is the dnx694s. The picture changed but is just a bunch of lines. Please help!! Thank you

  8. glenn.grahame November 8, 2017

    I had the same issue, this is what worked for me.

    Download GIMP the free photo editor and launch it
    Open the image you want to use, make sure it’s the correct size
    Click File then Export As and select a save location click export
    Choose Advanced Options then under 16 bits choose R5 G6 B5 and click export
    Copy that to your usb drive and continue from there on the head unit, should work perfectly, it did for me anyway.

  9. glenn.grahame November 8, 2017

    I had the same issue, this is what worked for me.

    Download GIMP the free photo editor and launch it
    Open the image you want to use, make sure it’s the correct size
    Click File then Export As and select a save location click export
    Choose Advanced Options then under 16 bits choose R5 G6 B5 and click export
    Copy that to your usb drive and continue from there on the head unit, should work perfectly, it did for me anyway.

  10. ryno75 January 30, 2018

    Has anyone had an issue with the splash screen displaying upside-down (i.e. flipped) upon startup of their head unit? I have a DMX7704s and followed the above instructions and when my deck first boots the splash image displays upside down for a couple of seconds, then it flips and looks totally normal for about another 5 seconds or so while it finishes booting up. Its weird. I’ve tried a couple of different images and it always does the same thing. I’m using an image editing tool for windows called Pixelformer which gives excellent options for exporting your bitmap with the right color map and so forth but I’m wondering if that is my issue or it is something else. Any suggestions?

  11. captain_buff_the_third January 31, 2018

    I’m guessing should be able to do the same sort of thing through Windows Paint (but don’t quote me!). Don’t really care about the start-up image as much as the warning image…PITA. Regardless thanks for the heads up @glenn.grahame

  12. ryno75 February 11, 2018

    I tried saving it with Gimp and voila! problem solved. FWIW… I was using Pixelformer because the last time I tried to do this with Gimp (on a DDX774BH) the image was all kinds of screwed up looking on the head unit.

  13. develtec July 7, 2018

    Does this procedure work with the DDX9905s? I tried the magic game cheat code while in standby mode and the USB in and nothing happened. The special screen did not appear.

  14. raineym521 August 6, 2018

    I have the DDX9905s and I can confirm if you put the image in the righr format exactly as the instructions say this does work….along with the two taps up top two taps down low and one tap up and down (cheat code). This however leads me to my problem, the image is there but Before it loads I get a distorted image showing first.

  15. raineym521 August 6, 2018

    Daniel can you please help me out with DDX9905s, I can get the image to show but before it shows I get a funny looking distorted version of it.

  16. raineym521 August 7, 2018

    Instructions for DDX9905s

    Since the 9905s is so new, the instructions floating around the net don’t work for it, after 2 days of trial and error I was able to figure this out. The 9905s has a High Def screen, the pixel ratio is better. So in order to get the boot image changed to what you want do as follows:

    Using Pixelformer load up your image, change the image properties (set the width at 1280 and height at 720, set the target color to RGB color (24 bpp), click ok, click export, rename image to image1 (make sure it is .bmp format), when the bmp options box pops up set this to R5:G6: B5 (16bpp), click ok.

    Now you have the picture formatted correctly and able to be loaded onto usb along with the OpeningCustomize .txt file. Make sure image name matches the image name in the .txt file. Put radio in Standby mode, tap the top left twice, tap the bottom left twice, tap the top left once, tap the bottom left once. This will open the menu needed. Then insert USB stick with files on it. (make sure files are placed in the root of the usb, don’t put them inside folders). Tap startup image and it will add the photo on the usb. Restart radio and there you have it.

  17. john_fitzpatrick September 10, 2018

    Hi. I’ve got a DMX7018DABS. I can’t get the above screen press combination to work. The Source Selection button is so close the button left of the screen that when I try the ‘tap bottom left twice’, it opens the Source Selection, rather than the menu needed to change the start up screen.

    Any ideas?

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