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Secret hidden screenshots?!

Secret hidden screenshots?!

If you press and hold down the bottom right-hand button on the steering wheel (the "back" button") for a few seconds, the follow message appears on the touchscreen:

Screenshot for Instrument Cluster saved.
Screenshot for Center Display saved.

So...Where are they saved to?!?!?! And how can we see them? Or is this just some internal/service thingy?

BYT | 08. januar 2013

I wonder if it's saved to the internal HD that we do not have access to just yet? Would be great to take a screen shot if you get rear ended for example for insurance purposes!

EcLectric | 08. januar 2013

A picture is worth a thousand words. Remember when people were complaining about a strange pattern that was appearing on the display and required a reboot to fix? It's much easier for an engineer trying to debug such a problem to obtain a screen shot than it is to work off someone's recollection and description of the problem.

I think this 'feature' is used for debugging purposes. I don't think it's a secret, but I don't see any reason to point it out to anyone unless an owner is having a problem and taking a screen shot might help.

TheAustin | 08. januar 2013

When I said secret, it was more that I hadn't heard anyone mention it (from Tesla, or on the forums), so I was excited to have discovered it, and hopeful that it was something that we would be able to access, much like how you can take a screen shot on an iPhone, and then easily post/email it. Coming soon to the Model S...Photo albums? I wish :)

PaceyWhitter | 08. januar 2013

Have seen it mentioned before, but I haven't seen where anyone has been able to access the screenshots

TheAustin | 08. januar 2013

Guess I haven't been paying close enough attention... O_O

stevenmaifert | 08. januar 2013

Has any brave soul plugged a laptop into the Model S USB port, and then gone to My Computer to see if there's anything there from the car?

BYT | 08. januar 2013

"Has any brave soul plugged a laptop into the Model S USB port, and then gone to My Computer to see if there's anything there from the car?"

I wouldn't hesitate to try it! Anyone know how to put a Model S in Target Disk Mode? :D

nickjhowe | 08. januar 2013

Anyone plugged a laptop into the ethernet service port yet?

BYT | 08. januar 2013

Where is the Ethernet Service port???

nickjhowe | 08. januar 2013

open the driver door. There is a panel at the end of the dash parallel to the door level with the mirror. Behind there.

BYT | 08. januar 2013

Cool, I never noticed it!! Good catch!

Anthony H | 08. januar 2013

This is a debug tool. While on a factory tour last August, and an extended test drive, one of the Tesla crew did this. My recollection is the screen shot was automatically sent to their internal team (?) . It likely included vehicle ID and potentially some diagnostic stats. But yes, I was it done and they were not really supposed to talk about it.

I call it a good feature.

Do you have any idea how many times in my career I've writen back to a client, "Can you please send me a screen shot?" (to help us understand what-the-hell you're talking about!)

DouglasR | 08. januar 2013

I once pressed some combination of steering wheel buttons and got what looked like diagnostic information on the screen. However, I have tried a couple of times to reproduce this, without success.

I suspect there are tons of Easter eggs hidden in this car.

olanmills | 08. januar 2013

Yeah I have accidentally saved a screenshot three of four times. I figured that Tesla service can pull the images over the air or in a service center if needed. I wonder if the images are not stored in the car, but automatically sent as soon as you capture.

Brian H | 08. januar 2013

Now, about the touchscreen's webcam ...

TheAustin | 08. januar 2013

Dammit...I know you're probably messing with us, but you know I'm going to go look first thing tomorrow morning!

nickjhowe | JANUARY 8, 2013
open the driver door. There is a panel at the end of the dash parallel to the door level with the mirror. Behind there.