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    Hi all,

    I had the EML light on the other day and then it suddenly disappeared.

    Anyway, I ordered a Peake code reader, but I was told it is out of stock (will be available in 2-3 weeks).

    This got me thinking/looking into other options, and I am completely lost!!!

    DIS, INPA, CARSOFT, etc etc etc

    Can someone please tell me in simple terms what it is I need in order to hook my laptop to the car? cable + decoder + software?

    Any suggestions which software has the most options but does not require a higher degree to operate it?

    many thanks,
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    A fair few members on here use Carsoft or Inpa,

    I'm sure they will pipe up soon.
     
     

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    Check out my thread here.
     
     

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    Thank you for your replies guys, and the useful thread!

    I dont seem to have the round connector in the engine, just the 16 pin connector under the steering wheel (my car is 05/2004).

    I have found these on ebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...=STRK:MEWAX:IT (this includes the cable)

    and this

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-diagnostic...item4aa770c4e4 (this does not have a cable)

    am I on the right track? which if the two would you suggest?

    Many thanks,
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    First one.

    The second one is a guy selling software you can download for free.
     
     

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    Neither. The first is an RS232 connector that hasn't been fitted to a laptop in 10 years. The second is software. Use the link supplied in the guide. Get the 16 to 20 pin adaptor in case you need to help your friends. It's £4 and a useful tool for the toolbox.
     
     

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    Thank you for the replies again!

    I checked my old laptop which I thought had a serial port, but it doesn't!

    So I have to go down the USB route, and I found this:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

    Should I go for it?

    Many thanks,
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    I had the modded VAG COM lead but upgraded to one like you've just listed, imo it all depends on what software you want to run
    and how far down the diagnostic/reprogramming route you want to go?

    If its simply INPA you're looking at then I'd opt for the cheaper lead, use a USB to RS232 converter to suit the lead connector.
    If you'd like to use GT1,DIS,SSS then the more expensive USB would be my choice.

     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by solpap View Post
    Thank you for the replies again!

    I checked my old laptop which I thought had a serial port, but it doesn't!

    So I have to go down the USB route, and I found this:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

    Should I go for it?

    Many thanks,
    Sol
    I've given you the right link twice now. I shan't do it a third time.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by joylove View Post
    I've given you the right link twice now. I shan't do it a third time.
    Hi joylove, I have had many looks at your list, please dont feel that I ignored your advise. On the contrary I found it very helpful.

    The items on your list are all VAG-COM for VW and AUDI and I believe will require modification (as others have mentioned) which I would like to avoid (only cause I dont think I can do it!). Also all items are from China or Hong-Kong so probably up for a long wait!

    This is why I took your advise for going USB and started looking for BMW related cables in the UK.

    By the way, the last cable I listed also comes with a full version of Inpa and DIS/GT1 v44.

    Hope you understand that I am new to all this, and please dont feel

    Many thanks,
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