Need radio code for Disco 1 radio but do not have VIN

Rene M

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May 16, 2011
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So, I have been battling this as well. Wanting to set my D1 back into a stock looking format and get weather band back.

I have purchased 3 of the factory radios in different conditions. Great ,good, and damaged.
I have wasted months going back and forth wit everyone from the manufacturer to Land Rover UK.
Using the vin is hit or miss a lot I have seen the code given did not work.
These I had no vin and no hope until a friend sent this to me.

Of three radios removal of the chip worked on two. The other even with out the 8 bit chip in play... it still wanted a code and would except nothing. And it was one that had failed to take the dealer code as well.

I can confirm 2 out of three work. And work normal.

If you are in this situation.
Removal of the chip is a viable option.

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Rene M

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I wanted to say thank you for this information. I have wasted weeks and dozens of emails,not to mention phone conversations trying to get a solution.
If I can repay this gift..
Please let me know.
 

terryjm1

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Jan 23, 2011
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So, I have been battling this as well. Wanting to set my D1 back into a stock looking format and get weather band back.

I have purchased 3 of the factory radios in different conditions. Great ,good, and damaged.
I have wasted months going back and forth wit everyone from the manufacturer to Land Rover UK.
Using the vin is hit or miss a lot I have seen the code given did not work.
These I had no vin and no hope until a friend sent this to me.

Of three radios removal of the chip worked on two. The other even with out the 8 bit chip in play... it still wanted a code and would except nothing. And it was one that had failed to take the dealer code as well.

I can confirm 2 out of three work. And work normal.

If you are in this situation.
Removal of the chip is a viable opt

What method do you use to remove the chip?
 

Rene M

Member
May 16, 2011
22
2
Houston Texas
What method do you use to remove the chip?
In my over abundance of caution I used a small non ferris cut off wheen on a Dremel tool. Cutting at bend on the chip prongs. There by remove the bulk of the chip. Then with jewelers cutters remove the remaining " prong" fragments.

My buddy today after learning from me... took a small pair of end cutters from harbor freight and just jetlrked it out then worked the left over prongs back and forth and snapped them off.
Evidently, that works as well..lol
 

robertf

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I think you could cut just the data pin, but i need to look at the pinout to see which one that is

edit: its pin 1. the one closest to the dimple on the chip casing
 

kris812

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This information is golden.. please post a picture of the pin/chip you cut off..

Not in this situation myself, but someday I might be and be re reading this a decade later.
 

Rene M

Member
May 16, 2011
22
2
Houston Texas
I should go in to this as well.
As the first unit done like this was a radio in great distress. And I had a beautiful one but did not work I decided to see how many parts could be exchanged. Truth is..all of them.

Here is how.
The front " face" can be removed by lifting out the turn knob and carefully unlocking each of the three tabs one per side and one under like so.

The screen also is a plug and play allowing you to replace almost every component if you have a spare radio.
See pics.
I hope this helps as I spent a great deal of time with this running deep down a rabbit hole.
 

Rene M

Member
May 16, 2011
22
2
Houston Texas
I should go in to this as well.
As the first unit done like this was a radio in great distress. And I had a beautiful one but did not work I decided to see how many parts could be exchanged. Truth is..all of them.

Here is how.
The front " face" can be removed by lifting out the turn knob and carefully unlocking each of the three tabs one per side and one under like so.

The screen also is a plug and play allowing you to replace almost every component if you have a spare radio.
See pics.
I hope this helps as I spent a great deal of time with this running deep down a rabbit hole.
 

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robertf

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probably not, but maybe if someone wants to guess

I did have 2 radios with the same code (35331) so maybe they didn't go full random