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    Hello, I have searched a LOT about this but as my laptop died this morning I can't find the answers I need from my phone.

    I have a switchable obd ads cable and a laptop with a serial port. I have INPA 3 installed with ediabas. Variables are set right, ads module has been executed, I've changed buffer rates but when I try to connect to ANY module I get the 0009 error saying the module can't be found. Battery and ignition lights light up. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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    OK. Unfortunately I have the same cable as him. I'm not sure what he did in the end though... is there any way of modifying this cable to make it work?

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    Looks like he was using a straight through Serial cable when he needed a crossover or vice versa. He seems to have connected directly to the PC without aftermarket cables and it started working./
     
     

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    If you are seeing battery and ignitions lights on INPA (and they do actually go off when you disconnect the cable from the laptop) then the physical connection side must be ok.
    INPA sees the 12V signal through one of the pins on the serial connector, and would only do so if the cable and unit were intact and the serial port was being seen correctly by INPA.

    What ADS module are you using? What car are you attempting this on? Windows version, etc?

    It could be a duff ADS module but I very much doubt that, as the wiring is relatively simple inside.

    I also found that the best module to try and talk to is the instrument cluster (KOMBI) as it is present and identical on every single E36, so no worrying about the wrong ECU info file.

    What COM1 and serial settings are you using?
     
     

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    I'm using the same ads cable as you, windows xp cut down version on a BMW e36 328i frm 1996.
    It's a fixed serial port and it's com1. I've tried with the com port buffer at full, and set to 8. I'm pretty sure my settings are correct but there is a lot of contradicting information out there.
    It won't connect to the instrument cluster either. Ignition and battery lights come on as they should, but after failing to connect to whatever module, the ignition light goes off until I unplug an plug it in again.

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    Try turning off other COM port items (e.g. modems, parallel ports).
    Did you run ADSSETUP.exe?

    When it fails to connect to a module and the ignition light goes off, do you have to disconnect the module, the laptop or turn the ignition off then on again to get it to reappear?
     
     

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    Yes I ran the ads setup exe. To get the best ignition dot back on I disconnect the laptop from the adaptor ad reconnect. The ignition light on the adaptor stays on though

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    Hmm, well without actually being able to diagnose, I'm not sure.

    If you can, try using/borrowing another serial-port laptop (or even desktop) to see if you can get it to work with that.
     
     

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    Unfortunatly there is no way of getting hold of another laptop with a serial port... it took me long enough to get this one! The only thing I can think of now is on the adaptor itself... the metal surround on the serial port bit has come off mine ... that wouldn't make a difference would it? I see you have the same adaptor.. maybe you could try it. On a pin out diagram it doesn't seem to be of importance but hey..!
    Can you show me your ediabas.ini to make sure I've got it right? There is a fair amount of contradicting information as to whether you have to add std: ads or just ads for example.
    Thanks for your help so far... I really REALLY want too get this working!
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