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    I'm a bit rusty on all this but wasn't GT1 originally supplied on an IBM laptop?

    I use an old Acer laptop that I salvaged. I didn't really look for any particular make.

    I use DIS V44.

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    What's the model number on the Acer?

    Basically I am looking for a laptop with the serial port on it. I don't want to buy one that
    doesn't have the serial port, other wise I won't be able to connect the rs232 cable to the
    laptop.

    I don't want to buy a PCMCIA card either.

    I want to plug the cable straight to the laptop.

    I've seen a few IBM thinkpads on ebay with the serial ports.
     
     

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    Not sure on the model number, like you I was just after a laptop with a serial port. I have lent it to someone at the moment so don't know the exact specs. I think it's a P4 with about 712MB of RAM.

    The GT1 guest needs to be provisioned with about 256MB of RAM and the disk space needs to be prealloacated at 18/19GB so factor that into your specs. The model used by BMW was the IBM T30.

    Not sure on your budget either, I know HP Business laptops have serial ports.

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    Can anyone tell me the right type of RS232 cable I need to buy?

    Is it the 'straight through NON null modem' type?

    Or the 'serial Null modem' type?

    http://digital.ni.com/public.nsf/all...256F720071DECF

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    Sorry, I don't know. Mine came with it. Maybe ask your vendor? Failing that the cables are cheap so buy both?

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    My best guess is it's a null modem cable.

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    Found out Its the 'EXTENSION' type only.

    Not the Null Modem type.
     
     

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    If you want to read some ECU's then you can use USB custom FL or BM chipset VAGCOM with 20pin adaptor. Problem is most 20 pin adaptors have line 16 removed which is ignition detection so if you want correct ignition detection then you must run a 16 line cable from 20 pin adaptor to OBD or fake the FL/BM chipset. Problem is with all of this you will not be able to code.

    Dell serial has pin 9 removed which will not allow ignition detection. I run DIS and SSS on IBM R51 with ODB and ADS. Works flawless.

    I'm modding several peoples VAGCOM cables to read true ignition source so they can program key and car memories.

    I would advise getting ADS if you intend to code along with car trickle charger - do not code without, some of the older ECU programming can take circa 45mins, go under voltage when writing and you brick your ECU
     
     

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    I originally tried a Vag cable connected to the 20 pin & again the advice was use an ADS interface.

    I bought one of these:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-I...motiveQ5fTools

    It says from China, but the seller lives in Sheffield, UK - so got one in 2 days from ordering.

    I have the DIS/INPA software, but am looking for a reliable serial port legacy laptop.

    I've had a DELL C400 - useless, problems formatting because of bios locking usb boot & no internal cd/dvd drive.

    I have a Compaq Evo N620, which needs a new battery & dvd drive!

    So still looking.

    IBM Thinkpads models T23.T30 are the only ones I know of with a serial port.

    The rest of the models (T40,T42,T43 etc) you need a docking replicator, which has the serial port built into the dock.

    As for programming the ECU I didn't know you could do that?

    Where are the Flash programs for the ECU coding & reprogramming?

    Thanks for replying.
     
     

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    Don't feel restricted to native serial, any serial PCMCIA adaptor will create a native COM port - its different to USB to serial as it uses a software interpreter which adds confusion.

    IBM T and R series work great with all this. Programming can be done via SSS or the INPA NCS Expert module. Be very careful with these tools, if you do something wrong you will run a significant risk of causing a module to fail and we dont have much access to virgin code blocks. Only way from there is to strip module and solder a debugger.

    That ADS module will work fine
     
     

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