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    Can someone please highlight my options? Im looking for a good quality software but one that wont cost the earth. thank you
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    For an E46 you have plenty of options. Inpa's probably the easiest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IFFY View Post
    Can someone please highlight my options? Im looking for a good quality software but one that wont cost the earth. thank you
    I have been thinking the very same and one of the lads gave me this link to look at
    INPA OBD2 USB Interface review

    I am now awaiting a reply from the seller of this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    regarding the running of this programme on vista he seems to have good feedback but you never know you pay your cash and take your chance hope it helps you Jon
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    so looks like it's

    INPA
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    what does inpa not offer that others do?
     
     

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    I recommended inpa as you can get a compatible lead for £10 (depending on BMW model). It's quicker than Carsoft for diagnostics and also works via USB.

    Carsoft requires a laptop with a serial port or you have the added complication of a USB to serial convertor. It's easier to use.

    Peake saves you from having to muck about with a laptop, don't have to wait to start it up, can carry it around with you. However, you need a separate tool if you need to do anything with the airbag.
     
     

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    I was under the impression that inpa required a laptop? Does inpa also allow the user to see the health of the sensor? In graph format?
     
     

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    Yes, Inpa requires a laptop.

    You can monitor live sensor data, you usually get a small bar with the scale written at either end.

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    Looks like inpa has won the business then. Take it I just buy it from ebay? What do I need to buy with it, or what do I need to watch out for?
     
     

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    My broadband has been playing up all week. I'll see if I can search eBay tomorrow for you and will pm you a link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by l19gns View Post
    I have been thinking the very same and one of the lads gave me this link to look at
    INPA OBD2 USB Interface review

    I am now awaiting a reply from the seller of this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    regarding the running of this programme on vista he seems to have good feedback but you never know you pay your cash and take your chance hope it helps you Jon
    I run it on Vista. Presumably your laptop is modern enough to not have a serial port? If that's the case your better off using a USB Vagcom KKL lead.

    It needs a blob of solder between pin 7+8 which is really simple to do. Here's a bit more information. http://new-sweden.com/forum/showthread.php?p=10546 Don't worry about the mod for ignition detection, that's for NCS Expert / GT1 when you want to program.
     
     

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