Im making this post to really thank a couple of guys on this forum, without whom, i'd have either lost my head or done something completely daft.
I bought a 2008 model RNSe on ebay for Ł550 plus postage last week. It arrived today and I ripped it out of the box without delay and swapped it with my BNS 5.0 CD nav.
Straight away there was problems, a constant clicking noise and to boot the screen was stuck. Another problem was the DVD being stuck in the unit which wouldnt eject or read!
My heart sank rapidly as i was thinking "Have i just lost Ł600??"
Anyway a PM to MarcQuinlivan expressing my worries later, I got a rapid response, he was straight on the case and gave me a lot of tips and pointers.
Also Mitch78 tried to put my mind at rest and assured me we could possibly sort it with his VAGcom software.
Later today driving around with the constant clicking (i was ready to boil over at this point) the screen decided to close and the nav screen fired up, I was over the moon!!
Touch wood its been perfect since and is operating 100%.
I cant beleive the seller shipped it with the DVD in but i've advised him to stop that in future because as Marc pointed out, it can easily become dislodged in transit.
Tonight ive been round at Lee's (Mitch78) and he's had it hooked up to the VAGCom, after a bit of fettling and trawling of the net he cleared all the faults (Even one fault Audi had coded wrong!!) and its running perfectly.
My initial reactions to the unit are that its WELL worth the money. The NAV info is absolutley idiot proof and is displayed on a lovely big screen. Its also nice to see the track names displayed for easy selection when using the SD slots. Also whilst im on that subject; with the SD cards you can switch really rapidly between tracks wheras the ipod goes into meltdown if you skip quickly 4 more more tracks forward/backward.
So I just wanted to say a big thanks to Marc; for all your advice, even from way back when I was window shopping, you made sure i didnt buy the wrong model lol , and Lee for all the help with clearing the faults and lending me the removal keys. You've both kept me sane when panic was beginning to set in