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    Friend of mine gave me a CD of the BMW Ediabas-Inpa and a set of OBD leads, exactly as this ebay kit http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Ediabas-INPA-O...-/280620734691

    Got this bits in the post today along with some instructions on how to install the software. Did this on my home PC and the software seems to work as it opens to this same page here http://shop.autodiagnostika.info/ima...oads/inpa5.PNG

    So great thinks me, all I then have to do I guess is get it on a laptop and plug in the OBD lead and away we go, maybe I can finally get rid of that airbag light, but here's the problem...
    I'm rubbish with computers and was amazed when it seems I got it working OK on the home computer. So I did out an old laptop I've been given as one to keep in the garage with some repair CD's for other cars and stuff burnt to a CD. This old laptop is running Windows 98 and has the correct serial port for the OBD leads where as my home PC is XP.
    So basically, I went to install the INPA CD and got stuck as it's not much like the instructions I have which worked for the home PC. So can anyone help with loading it onto Windows 98 ?
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    I seem to remember going through some set up changes to make 'Windows Path Variable' when I did mine.
    A Pistonheads thread has some good tips here;
    INPA software tips

    If you open up the INPA disc there is a help file on how to install it that gives you all the instructions

    edit = found the instruction download here Word doc download of istallation help
    Last edited by Fixedwheelnut; 17-02-2011 at 23:25. Reason: Found the instruction download
     
     

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    This thread takes me back, both in regards to that pistonheads thread and Windows 98.

    I'd have thought the only difference in the install procedure will be where the environment variables are set. In Windows 98 it's set using the set command in the autoexec.bat.

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    Install instructions seem quite different the above from what came with the CD.
    As I say, using these seems to work fine on the home PC with XP, Windows 98 is a little different to these....

    1st Run steup.exe and following instructions and run typical setup. This will place an BMWINPA icon on the desktop.

    2nd right click My Computer , then Property, then advanced, then Enviroment variables, find System Variable section and Path and then add ;C:\ediabas\bin and then save.

    Open C:ediabas\hardware\ads\ads32 and double click to run Adssetup.exe. A Dos window will appear briefly. Restart PC.


    Its the second part which differs for Windows 98 and gives this computer idiot a problem .

    Thanks for any help
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    think I got most of it done and then went to try it but now get a message saying ' a required .dll file, api32.dll, was not found.
    Never got that on my PC when installed.
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    You add the environment variable in the file C:\autoexec.bat, add it to the set path bit.

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    Run notepad, click the File menu, type in c:\autoexec.bat

    Then add

    path = %path%;C:\ediabas\bin

    OR add ;C:\ediabas\bin to the end of the existing PATH line.
     
     

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    OK, many thanks, seems to be moving on but still with problems.
    The INPA loader screen opens but with an error message saying 'INPALOAD . Error opening error log file ---> Abort ! ' Click ok and it closes both. That wouldn't be because its not connected to the car by any chance ?
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    Sounds to me like you have an incomplete file set of the INPA Edibias file structure m8.

    EDIT: Connect it and see
    Last edited by w4vy; 20-02-2011 at 04:41.

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    Not had the chance to try this yet on the car, but the install on my home PC running XP gives a box saying ' Open Connection. Createfile_error OK ' which i took to mean not being connected to the car, but click OK and it constantly comes back but you can select cars and areas to work in.
    Maybe I should have taken the time of work and just paid an independant to have a look !
     
     

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