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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?

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!

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.

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 :)

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

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

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?

"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

Anyone plugged a laptop into the ethernet service port yet?

Where is the Ethernet Service port???

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

Cool, I never noticed it!! Good catch!

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!)

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.

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.

Now, about the touchscreen's webcam ...

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.


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