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Tesla Dashcam issues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7OC74WyUE8&feature=youtu.be
I just bought a 64gb usb 3.0 drive from sandisk and this is what the footage looks like, what am i doing wrong i bought a 3.0 to make sure it would be fast enough and i know the tesla is only usb 2 but that doesnt really matter. Please Help, other drives have the same issue

Roel Lamb | 24. Mai 2019

I know my back is all wrong, you don't have to point that out

TeslaTap.com | 24. Mai 2019

@Roel - First I'd try a reboot - might fix it, but I suspect not.

While USB 3.0 is capable of being faster than a 2.0 drive, it doesn't' mean it is fast enough. The drive may not be fast enough to deal with 3 video streams. I addition, some drives are rated high speed only for bursts, but not continuous recording. Then there are counterfeit drives (with brand names) that are really bad. Here's a lot more on how to validate a drive and more on picking a suitable drive: https://teslatap.com/articles/usb-flash-drives-for-tesla-dashcam/

At the end is more troubleshooting suggestions.

Roel Lamb | 24. Mai 2019

The weird thing is is that it should be fast enough it's a real SanDisk ultra flair and it should reach write speeds of up to 60mbs

Roel Lamb | 24. Mai 2019

Or something like that

EVRider | 24. Mai 2019

Some people have tried USB drives that consist of a USB adapter and SD card, which they claim can handle higher write speeds and more extreme temperatures than regular USB drives. I didn't notice any mention of that option in TeslaTap's article, and I can't vouch for the quality.

I found one example on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/T9ywKebwnJ0. This configuration also has a lightning connector on the USB adapter so the video can be viewed on an iOS device, which is something I would like.

Ohmster | 24. Mai 2019

Right repeater on S had highly pixilated frames and sometimes files of size 0kb. They replaced it.

‘17 S75. (Uncorked [E]AP FSD AP2.5 MCU1 Bio 16.1)
‘17 X75D (Uncorked [E]AP FSD AP2.5 MCU2 Bio 12.1.2)
Grin on!

Roel Lamb | 25. Mai 2019

uhm... wym @ohmster

Hart | 25. Mai 2019

@TeslaTap - Have you hear of, and what do you think of the pre-formatted Vteq Card Reader?

TeslaTap.com | 25. Mai 2019

@Hart - I haven't tried it myself, but I don't see any red flags. Should work fine, although I'm not familiar the the Vteq brand.

Hart | 25. Mai 2019

@TeslaTap - Seems to work for me, but the fit for the S is awkward at best. They made it for the 3 I guess. Just was curious if you knew of any rad flags.

Michael Sinz | 25. Mai 2019

So, I have installed a real SSD via a good USB connector. This should provide the speed, space, and reliability needed for all of the video streams being written.

The SSD is a Samsung 840 SATA drive. I put that into a very low cost but high quality SATA-to-USB 3 (and USB 2) enclosure. (This is where I get them: https://www.gearbest.com/goods/pp_009418584436.html - it can sustain over 420MB/second writing with the Samsung SATA drive when using USB 3. On USB 2 it is limited by the USB 2 interface)

Anyway, this works relatively well but I still get occasional bad video files. I think that it depends on what else is going on.

My Model S is older - from 2017 - so it has the older MCU1 and an early AP2.5 hardware board. I think the 3 camera streams are pushing the limits of the system as it stands right now. Maybe the HW 3 update will help with the dedicated hardware for generating the encoded videos.

PS - I think it also helps to turn off live traffic in the maps in order to make things more stable.