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    I have carsoft diagnostic sftware for my e36 I have ordered the 20 pin cable to serial rs232 connector to plug in laptop will this work or do I need an adductional piece of hardware? Thanks
     
     

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    I would like to know to as I am of the thinking we need the 20pin obc to rs232 which then plugs into a black box that has another rs232 socket on the other side which you then plug in a rs232 to usb cable that connects to a laptop. I'm not sure if the box is just so you can make it into a usb or if it has electronic gizmos inside which is needed for it to work in the first place. As for where to get them from I have been searching but come across very little, there's ebay (ofcourse ) and then I came across this site http://www.one-stop-factory.com/index.jsp but more to the point this item http://www.one-stop-factory.com/pdet...urrentpid=8604 looks interseting and priced rather good I reckon but if you already have the 20pin obc to rs232 cable then maybe you could just buy this instead http://www.one-stop-factory.com/pdet...urrentpid=7960 but I don't really know mavis (lol had to put that) Maybe someone else on the forum can shed some light on the subject

    p.s. After writing the above and thinking about that black box I beleive it is required equipment because if you didn't and you went straight from car to laptop via rs232 or via the blue rs232 to usb box (link 3) then I'm thinking laptop will go boom boom in a cloud of smoke when you either turn it on maybe that black box that comes with the full kit controlls voltage flow to and from laptop to car ?


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    Mavis I like it'll thanks I'll look into it
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by w4vy View Post
    I would like to know to as I am of the thinking we need the 20pin obc to rs232 which then plugs into a black box that has another rs232 socket on the other side which you then plug in a rs232 to usb cable that connects to a laptop. I'm not sure if the box is just so you can make it into a usb or if it has electronic gizmos inside which is needed for it to work in the first place. As for where to get them from I have been searching but come across very little, there's ebay (ofcourse ) and then I came across this site http://www.one-stop-factory.com/index.jsp but more to the point this item http://www.one-stop-factory.com/pdet...urrentpid=8604 looks interseting and priced rather good I reckon but if you already have the 20pin obc to rs232 cable then maybe you could just buy this instead http://www.one-stop-factory.com/pdet...urrentpid=7960 but I don't really know mavis (lol had to put that) Maybe someone else on the forum can shed some light on the subject

    p.s. After writing the above and thinking about that black box I beleive it is required equipment because if you didn't and you went straight from car to laptop via rs232 or via the blue rs232 to usb box (link 3) then I'm thinking laptop will go boom boom in a cloud of smoke when you either turn it on maybe that black box that comes with the full kit controlls voltage flow to and from laptop to car ?


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    The blackbox is the interface box and is needed. I buy my gear from that website

    You may also need a USB to Serial convertor depending on your laptop.

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    Ok cheers guys
     
     

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    ok so do we have to buy both ? the full kit and the blue rs232 to usb ? I came across another kit that gave you the rs232 to usb cable with the pack but now I can't find it.

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    Depends if your laptop has a serial port or not, I haven't seen your laptop so don't know.

    If it's just USB (likely), than yes you need the converter as well as the Carsoft interface box and leads. I have not used that converter (but it should work as it's based on the FTDI chipset) you will need to assign it to com port 1 in device manager when you first plug it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    Depends if your laptop has a serial port or not, I haven't seen your laptop so don't know.

    If it's just USB (likely), than yes you need the converter as well as the Carsoft interface box and leads. I have not used that converter (but it should work as it's based on the FTDI chipset) you will need to assign it to com port 1 in device manager when you first plug it in.

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    yea laptop is just usb but my mums has the rs232 port so i'm good either way then. Thanks for your help

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