Camera is not Switching to Parking Mode

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Hello everyone,

My camera A129 Pro Duo has parking mode enabled and I have the hardwire kit installed. The red wire is connected to a fuse slot that is always on at 12V. The yellow wire is connected to a fuse slot that is ON if the car is turned on but is OFF (zero volts) when the car is off. The camera always stays in driving mode and never changes to parking mode though. I have the latest firmware installed as well. Can anyone help?

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Did you measure the fuse for the yellow wire with a meter? Sounds like your fuse for the yellow wire is hot all the time.
 

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Did you measure the fuse for the yellow wire with a meter? Sounds like your fuse for the yellow wire is hot all the time.
I measured the yellow wire; it showed a voltage of zero with a multi-meter when the car is turned off.

Do you know if I unplugged the yellow wire, would the Dashcam be forced to go into parking mode? So far, the camera just stays in driving mode (as indicated with the car logo on the left upper corner) regardless if the yellow wire is plugged in or not.

Also, would it matter if the power is through the GPS unit vs the side of the camera?

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Should not matter which power port you use, but the camera port is the most likely to not be faulty, so I would test with that port.

If the car is running and you unplug the fuse tap for the yellow wire from the fuse box, then it should enter parking mode within a few seconds. This assumes you have Enter Parking Mode Timer set to off in the settings.
 

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Should not matter which power port you use, but the camera port is the most likely to not be faulty, so I would test with that port.

If the car is running and you unplug the fuse tap for the yellow wire from the fuse box, then it should enter parking mode within a few seconds. This assumes you have Enter Parking Mode Timer set to off in the settings.
Sounds good. I'll try that and report back.

If I use the camera power port, will the GPS not be functional?
 

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GPS will still work.
This is what I tried just now:
  1. I unplugged the fuse tap connected to the yellow wire to ensure that there is zero volts coming from this wire.
  2. I plugged the hardwire kit's USB connector into the camera itself.
  3. I reset the camera back to default settings and then turned parking mode ON; recording at low bitrate.
  4. I waited a few minutes but the icon on the upper left still shows a car meaning it's still in drive mode (the pedestrian icon does not show up)
Does this mean my hardwire kit is faulty?

Really appreciate the help!
 

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Did you do these things in that order? If so, the yellow wire needs to be plugged in first, then start the car, wait about 30 seconds, then pull the fuse tap for the yellow wire from the fuse box. It should enter parking mode in a few seconds, assuming the Enter Parking Mode Timer is set to off.
 

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I think mine goes out of parking mode only after it moves a certain distance. I'm not sure about my settings. I'll have to check later.

In any case, try going shopping or somewhere sufficiently distant from your home. Check just after you've parked.
 

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Did you do these things in that order? If so, the yellow wire needs to be plugged in first, then start the car, wait about 30 seconds, then pull the fuse tap for the yellow wire from the fuse box. It should enter parking mode in a few seconds, assuming the Enter Parking Mode Timer is set to off.
Thanks for helping me w/ this. I'll try again tomorrow.

I think mine goes out of parking mode only after it moves a certain distance. I'm not sure about my settings. I'll have to check later.

In any case, try going shopping or somewhere sufficiently distant from your home. Check just after you've parked.
I think parking mode files are named differently. All my vid files are named in the driving mode format even after the car is sitting in the parking lot of a shopping center for an hour.
 

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Did you do these things in that order? If so, the yellow wire needs to be plugged in first, then start the car, wait about 30 seconds, then pull the fuse tap for the yellow wire from the fuse box. It should enter parking mode in a few seconds, assuming the Enter Parking Mode Timer is set to off.
Today, I did the following steps:
  1. Reset the camera to default settings.
  2. Turned on parking mode @ low bitrate recording and ensured the Enter Parking Mode Timer is off.
  3. Hardwire Kit: with the red (always on) and yellow (only on when car is on) wires plugged in as before, I started the car.
  4. The camera displays the car icon indicating it is recording in driving mode.
  5. I left the car running for a few minutes and then turn it off. Watching the camera, the car icon continues to be displayed.
  6. After waiting a few minutes (with the car still off and without any changes w/ the car icon), I unplugged the yellow wire (to be absolutely ensure that the voltage is zero).
  7. The camera still displays the car icon; no indication that it ever changes to parking mode w/ the pedestrian icon.
 

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Today, I did the following steps:
  1. Reset the camera to default settings.
  2. Turned on parking mode @ low bitrate recording and ensured the Enter Parking Mode Timer is off.
  3. Hardwire Kit: with the red (always on) and yellow (only on when car is on) wires plugged in as before, I started the car.
  4. The camera displays the car icon indicating it is recording in driving mode.
  5. I left the car running for a few minutes and then turn it off. Watching the camera, the car icon continues to be displayed.
  6. After waiting a few minutes (with the car still off and without any changes w/ the car icon), I unplugged the yellow wire (to be absolutely ensure that the voltage is zero).
  7. The camera still displays the car icon; no indication that it ever changes to parking mode w/ the pedestrian icon.
Strange!

What firmware version are you on?

It would be worth testing your sequence again, but this time, pull the fuse tap for the red wire and see what happens (leave the yellow wire fuse tap plugged in). It should shut off the camera. Wondering if maybe wires are swapped, but not sure if that would cause your issue or not.
 

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Strange!

What firmware version are you on?

It would be worth testing your sequence again, but this time, pull the fuse tap for the red wire and see what happens (leave the yellow wire fuse tap plugged in). It should shut off the camera. Wondering if maybe wires are swapped, but not sure if that would cause your issue or not.
I'm on firmware 2.1 that I updated maybe about 3-4 weeks ago. As far as I know, I was on older firmware and this problem persisted as my video files never had the name change to denote it was captured via parking mode. (Therefore, my car battery was probably taking the hit this whole time.)

It's been a busy week. I just got to trying a few things:
  1. I swapped the yellow and the red wires (red to an ACC fuse slot and yellow to an ALWAYS ON fuse slot)
  2. I powered on the car, the camera turned on AFTER the car was on.
  3. I turned off the car, the camera shuts off.
This camera behavior is expected since the red wire is drawing power from a fuse slot that is only ON when the car is on. Hence, the camera turns off with the car.

Next I tried your suggestion:
  1. I reconnected the yellow wire to the ACC slot (ON only when the car is on).
  2. I left the red wire UNPLUGGED.
  3. I turned the car on. The camera does not power on at all.
Is this behavior expected? I'm wondering if the yellow wire, by itself, is capable of powering the camera when the car is on.

For the final attempt:
  1. I left the red wire UNPLUGGED
  2. I connected the yellow wire to the ALWAYS ON fuse slot.
  3. I turned the car on. The camera, again, does not power on at all.
Once again, appreciate the help! Let me know what you think :)
 

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The yellow wire is just a trigger wire to tell the camera when the engine is on or off, it will not power the camera in any way.

Does the camera enter parking mode if it does not sense motion for at least 5 minutes? Try bringing the camera inside and power with the Viofo long USB cable and a USB wall charger (not one of those small white Apple cube chargers). After at least 5 minutes of no motion, it should enter parking mode.
 

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The yellow wire is just a trigger wire to tell the camera when the engine is on or off, it will not power the camera in any way.

Does the camera enter parking mode if it does not sense motion for at least 5 minutes? Try bringing the camera inside and power with the Viofo long USB cable and a USB wall charger (not one of those small white Apple cube chargers). After at least 5 minutes of no motion, it should enter parking mode.
I can try that too. But previously, I've driven with the camera ON and hooked up normally as described in the first post above. I parked at the destination and then left the camera as is while doing errands etc. Coming back at least an hour after, I checked the camera before turning on the car to see what mode it is in. I still find that it is in drive mode.

Will report back soon.
 

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Parking in a busy parking lot can prevent the camera from entering parking mode (without a working 3-wire kit).
 

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Parking in a busy parking lot can prevent the camera from entering parking mode (without a working 3-wire kit).
I see. So just tried plugging the camera into the long USB cable included in the box. The camera does go into parking mode as denoted by a camera icon and the "P" sign after leaving it untouched for a few minutes.
 

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Having the same issue, when I hardwired from a Cellink Neo Battery pack.
I use the A129 Plus Duo with the latest firmware. Clearly, something is off in the firmware.

Also, the camera does not kick out of parking mode when I go over a speed limit (8Miles/Hour)
 
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