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    i am thinking of getting this piece of kit form ebay

    BMW Scanner Ediabas/INPA 4 compatible OBD2 Interface UK
    COMPLETE Package Inc FULL WORKING SOFTWARE .

    item number- 220665271704.

    has anyone got one and how easy is it to install on a laptop and is it easy to use?
     
     

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    Here's a review a member wrote for Inpa. INPA OBD2 USB Interface review

    It's easy to install. It's not too difficult to use but you need to know the name of the modules you are trying to connect to.

    Does your laptop have a serial port?

    That's a good price for those particular leads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    Here's a review a member wrote for Inpa. INPA OBD2 USB Interface review

    It's easy to install. It's not too difficult to use but you need to know the name of the modules you are trying to connect to.

    Does your laptop have a serial port?

    That's a good price for those particular leads.

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    how many pins should there be within RS232 COM PORT of the laptop - if it is male?.

    or how many holes, if female?
     
     

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    it should have 9 pins, aka a DB9 plug
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheEnd View Post
    it should have 9 pins, aka a DB9 plug
    THANKS,

    So a mini db9 is required,my laptop has db25 and also another 15 pin connector-(so a bit like the db 9 but 3 rows of five.)

    so will i need a special adaptor?
     
     

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    the db25 will probably be your parallel port, and the 15 pin one is your VGA monitor out.

    to get a working com port... that's the tricky bit, some serial port cards work, some don't, so it can be a bit tricky to know if it will work correctly.
     
     

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    my old laptop has a pcmcia slot but i know for a fact that it is faulty and i used to use it for wireless networking.

    so i guess it is a not going to work for me.
     
     

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