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Greetings folks, few basic questions that I can not find a solid answer for. This may just be my google-fu failing me, but I am hoping you folks can point me in the right direction.

This is pertaining to a Gen 1 - 2012 Volt that appears to not have the Navigation/Backup Camera options, but it has the Bose audio system, so it may have the 30GB HDD? Not sure how to verify this. The previous owner attempted to delete some of their mp3/recorded music but it now resides in a "recycled" folder that I seem to not be able to empty. The music is still playable and is pulled into the Shuffled option with my USB stick. Long-press of the Recycled folder doesn't give me any additional options to permanently delete. Any additional means to purge the data from the system?

Bluetooth connections. Once I pair to my phone (Nexus 6P unmodified) the connection stays for mere seconds. I can see the signal bars and the BT icon lights up, then poof, gone. Same issue for a Note 2 (rooted) and an Iphone 4gs. Dealership mentioned that all usual software updates were done. Searching seems to only pull TSBs relating to battery drains from Bluetooth calls. I've tried the troubleshooting steps from other threads, deleting the paired connection on the car/phone and restarting the car/phone and the like. No good results so far. Bringing this up to the dealership since they also can't seem to get the "free" 3 month OnStar to work either.

High Beam shutter 'volume'. I only noticed this while sitting in the car in front of an office building (mirrored) and looking at the car's light output/DRLs etc, that flicking on the High Beams causes a bit of a loud noise when the projector beam shutter changes position. Normal?

Otherwise this car has been great. Just the concept of trying to 'hypermile' my 50mi commute to stay above 100mpg on a full charge is mind boggling. Appreciate any advice on the issues above, or any direction to pertinent threads relating to those issues.

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On a 2012, the HDD is part of the Nav option - the other portion of it is used to house the Nav data. No Nav means no HDD.

I had perenial issues with BT in the car, but never what you're describing, and I haven't read of anything quite like that, either. Forget the car (in the phone) and phone (in the car) and start over? Delete any other phones the car was paired to?

Hearing the headlight shutters flick through when the HVAC and radio are off or low is normal.
 

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I don't have a 2012, but there should be a Infotainment or Navigation manual that should explain how to delete files from the hard drive. See my signature for a link to online manuals.
 

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On a 2012, the HDD is part of the Nav option - the other portion of it is used to house the Nav data. No Nav means no HDD.

I had perenial issues with BT in the car, but never what you're describing, and I haven't read of anything quite like that, either. Forget the car (in the phone) and phone (in the car) and start over? Delete any other phones the car was paired to?

Hearing the headlight shutters flick through when the HVAC and radio are off or low is normal.
Gotcha, the only "NAV" I see on this car at all is the Dash header showing the OnStar directions. Good to know. Now to figure out where the heck this "Recycled" folder is held.

Definitely purged everything off of this car regarding BT, any phones and the like. It is very odd. Additionally not seeing any hits on this site about it makes me a bit concerned. The dealer will be made aware, perhaps there is something they need to do, upgrading the radio firmware or anything of that sort.
 

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I don't have a 2012, but there should be a Infotainment or Navigation manual that should explain how to delete files from the hard drive. See my signature for a link to online manuals.
Appreciate that. I will check it out once I hit the post count restriction on links. Car only came with the normal manual sadly.
 

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The manuals can also be downloaded directly from the chevy website. I keep pdf copies on my computer for quick reference for my '13. Keep in mind too, like any battery powered device, sometimes a "battery pull" does wonders. I find just pulling the leads off the 12V battery for a minute or so can clear up a lot of issues which might help with your BT issue.
 

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This is pertaining to a Gen 1 - 2012 Volt
Congrats, you'll love it.

Bluetooth connections.
Just a general note on bluetooth. It can be excessively sensitive to other EMF sometimes. Is there anything aftermarket running near the phone or dash like a cheap phone charger or a dashcam?

High Beam shutter 'volume'.
It's a pretty solid "thump" when the shutters move isn't it <grin>. Perfectly normal though.
 

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When turning on the hi-beam headlights, they have a shutter that allows the full lamp output. The headlights are only a single lamp, with a shutter that blocks half for low beam, retracts for hi-beam (brights). The clicking noise is normal.
I installed a small 64GB usb2 flash stick in the center console usb port, all my music plays from there. 64GB is twice the 30GB HDD.
 

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Thanks, always useful to have an electronic copy around, even though I'm usually more fond of having some dead trees to fondle.

Congrats, you'll love it.


Just a general note on bluetooth. It can be excessively sensitive to other EMF sometimes. Is there anything aftermarket running near the phone or dash like a cheap phone charger or a dashcam?


It's a pretty solid "thump" when the shutters move isn't it <grin>. Perfectly normal though.
So far I'm really enjoying the car. Adding another hatchback to the garage is a huge win. Single pedal driving in L is seriously addicting. As for EMF, nothing installed in the car except for the 2A charger in the center console, but to be sure I'll pull that out next time I try pairing this one. Only other test I haven't done is uncheck the "Contact List" when the phone pairs.

I figured the shutter was the source of the noise but hearing it over the ridiculously silent car is just surprising. As with any pre-owned vehicle, have to listen sharp for any possible noises. Heck I can even hear the few tools I switched over from the previous car bumping in the trunk. Really changes the perspective of ownership. Planning to roll things in microfiber rags and velcro, this level of quiet is incredible.
 

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Gotta say, this "Recycled" folder is driving me batty.

100% confirmed there is no Navigation / Record on this car. It is a Bose system, and the music in the "Recycled" folder seems to be...sitting there, and is still coming up in "Shuffled". Very odd.

Wonder if I could get terminal access to the OS and rm -rf the directory. :)
 

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Gotta say, this "Recycled" folder is driving me batty.

100% confirmed there is no Navigation / Record on this car. It is a Bose system, and the music in the "Recycled" folder seems to be...sitting there, and is still coming up in "Shuffled". Very odd.

Wonder if I could get terminal access to the OS and rm -rf the directory. :)
Just a thought, have you checked the USB port inside the center console? Maybe it has one of those low profile USB sticks in it with the folder on it.
 

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Gotta say, this "Recycled" folder is driving me batty.

100% confirmed there is no Navigation / Record on this car. It is a Bose system, and the music in the "Recycled" folder seems to be...sitting there, and is still coming up in "Shuffled". Very odd.

Wonder if I could get terminal access to the OS and rm -rf the directory. :)
What SOURCE is playing when you encounter those tracks? USB?
 

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Ayup... USB and it was the work laptop with the "hidden" system files. There was a very old Recycled folder on it with some old songs my wife downloaded.

le sigh

So that's two of the three items resolved. Now to tackle Bluetooth. I setup the free 3 month OnStar yesterday, if I get time today I will try to re-pair my phone and see if there is any change.
 

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I've had a 6P and had it paired with no issues. I'm not sure if it was an update or the move to a Pixel XL that caused issues for awhile but I had problems for a short period. Some are reporting that the February update caused bluetooth issues.
 

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Yeah it looks like most are pointing to it being an Android problem with 7.1.1....however my phone connects just fine to my 2015 Golf's BT. Odd how most of the folks on the Google Help sites are mentioning GM products as the car they can't connect to.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/nexus/Mv5Hc6Lw7rA

Seems like it may be a problem from both sides, and knowing the way companies work, this is probably not high on their radar to fix. I'll probably just roll back to 7.0 on my 6P and see if that fixes it.

Oddly, even on a very old iPhone, I can get it connected but the car really doesn't re-connect, or is that typical for the Volt/GM? Whenever you get in or get a call, you need to send it to the car?
 
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