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    I'm making sure I get a laptop with a true comport.

    Heard mixed reviews from various people about using pcmcia card to RS232 serial port.

    Its taking a while for me to get all the right equipment for the project, so I want it to be right.

    I'm looking into an IBM or Toshiba Tecra or one of the following laptops.

    http://www.miglenium.de/workshop_obd-notebook.html

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    IBM everytime - I've managed significant IT deployments of T42's and R51 back in the day, very high mean time before failure

    Let us know if you have any questions - about getting software to work, its not that bad at all but helps if you have some unix knowledge
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsam19 View Post
    As for programming the ECU I didn't know you could do that?
    Where are the Flash programs for the ECU coding & reprogramming?
    Might be of interest...
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    It's been a while and I've forgotten loads since I last looked into this! From what I can remember you can do more with NCS Expert than you can with GT1. Programming was also possible from earlier versions of GT1, the last version that suported this was V44. After that it's via progman/SSS.

    Depending on what version of the chipset you can also modify the vagcom lead by using mprog.

    I have both a vagcom lead and the ADS interface. If I had a E46 i'd use vagcom, however for the E36 you need the ADS interface. My E36 is more OBD2 compatable than yours as well. It was things like the instument cluster I couldn't talk to so no service light resets.

    The other thing I'd say is that whilst I enjoyed the challenge of this little project, GT1 was a bit of a let down. I find it more interesting than useful! If I ever need to do anything to my car 90% of the time I'll use Inpa as it's much quicker to do a quick code read. To use GT1 you have to power up the VM, Edibas server etc and then run through various screens, select test plans etc....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    If I ever need to do anything to my car 90% of the time I'll use Inpa as it's much quicker to do a quick code read
    Inpa access to Ediabas is great, DIS and SSS is the 'Microsoft Windows' version for a wide audience, where INPA is Linux :

    I like GT1 for test plans and TIS/wiring integration but its slow. The GT1 units in BMW are huge slow things with air conditioned base units, funniest thing you have ever seen
     
     

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    I managed to pick up an IBM T43 with the expansion dock.

    Software wise I have installed:

    EDIABAS 6.47
    INPA
    NCS CODING

    I also have 3 versions of DIS which will run via Vmware workstation.

    DIS v39
    DIS EASY v44 and GT1 Base files and GT 1 v1 boot disk
    DIS v57 with SSS

    Also can anyone tell me what is the latest version of TIS available?

    Although I have 3 versions, I only want to use one of them.

    Is it possible to mix and match - say use V39 with V44 GT1 base files?

    What the best combo to cover all functions of the programs?



    Basically I possible need some help setting everything up.

    I followed the instructions that came with DIS v57

    Managed to get the DIS v57 VMX file to boot up, but there's an error saying:

    1) ethernet connection disabled?

    Possible remedy - I enabled the SERIAL PORT from the IBM bios??

    Managed to get the SSS VMX file to boot, but again an error saying:

    2) TIS ISO cannot be found


    What is the difference between DIS and SSS, why the need for two separate VMX files, to run separately?

    I believe SSS replaced NCS coding?

    Again where can I get the SSS coding profile files from?




    Any help or tips on the best version for me to use of DIS to use for my car - BMW 325 1995 2.5TD

    I'm not sure how to load,install or create a VMX file so V39 or V44 boot up from vmware?

    Also I know the cars ECU can be recoded through NCS, but where do you get the profile files from to upgrade or flash the ECU, as the don't come with the NCS program?


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    Hi, I'm running a Dell D630 Dual core 1.8 (x2) with120 Gb HDD. I have DIS v57 installed with SSS & TIS. All is ok except for an I.P clash when i go to connect. I've spent hours looking into info on leads, software etc. I'm so close to connecting but can't see what's causing the problem here. When i go to connect to the Diaghead DIS is telling me I have 2 I.P addresses the same.
    So, if it helps your choice of laptop, the DEll 630 is good.
    Si
     
     

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    Thanks for the reply, however this is an old thread and I did find the answers I was looking for a long time ago.

    After advice and research I tried both:

    1) Dell laptop
    2) Compaq Laptop

    I found both the above to be 'useless and troublsome', even though they had true comports.


    The IBM Thinkpad laptop range with or without the docking station (as long as you have comports present on the laptop or dock) is the way forward and that is what I used and still have and I wouldn't attempt to use anything else, regardless of anyones advice on here.

    Installed DIS v44 , SSS Progman, Ediabas and Inpa - using the ADS / OBD interface and leads I connected flawleesly to my BMW in both Easy Dis, Inpa and SSS Progman.

    For me this thread is now closed, all the best to everyone who replied.
     
     

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