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    Ok guys, there are quite a few of us it seems that don't want to go to the dealer to have codes cleared/read from our cars. I felt the same and my airbag light was on after a seat swap so took a gamble at buying a 'INPA USB OBD2 Interface' from Ebay, I didn't hold out much hope but after having looked at it today it seems it might do the job fine.

    The CD included install instructions which I followed, I then went out to the car to try it out, no joy and all I could get was this error, I wasn't too surprised as my laptop has a real serial port on it and this was a USB device. All the documentation refered to using COM1 which Windows always wants to assign to the real serial port.


    After some digging around I checked device manager (open windows explorer, right click 'My computer' and choose 'Manage') in the left hand pane click 'Device Manager' and then in the right pane expand the 'Ports' entry, mine looked like this


    I then edited the following file C:\EDIABAS\Bin\obd.ini and changed the second line to match what was specified in device manager for my USB Serial Port (com6) like this, exit and choose to save


    The software could then talk to the car fine, the ignition key needs to be turned to the first position. My airbag light was on so I'll show you what I did to diagnose and 'try' and clear it

    Start the software and press the function key relating to your model (mine is E46 so press F3)


    We are interested in the Airbag system so choose 'Body' and then 'Airbag' you can use you arrow keys, TAB and Enter here or just use the mouse to click/doubleclick. The other modules, engine diagnostics, ABS etc etc follow a similar procedure to read/clear


    Now we are into the airbag section and can interogate the module, press F4


    Press F1 to read the stored code



    Press F2 to clear it and wait for a confirmation


    Now press F10 until you exit the module and the program itself, turn the ignition off, remove the cable and you are done.

    This procedure didn't clear my error as the more astute among you will have noticed that the seat occupancy sensor is at fault so a bit more work is required to sort it.

    Hopefully someone will find this useful when trying to decide on what software/device will suit them. Now if someone has guide for using NCS-Expert then I'd be very interested to see it. If anyone needs anymore info or wants to see anything else then please let me know.

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    Cheers for the review.
     
     

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    Cheers man, very interesting indeed - out of interest how much did it cost and did you get the software as well.

    This kind of thing can be used to reset oil change service for example (If i service it myself that is)...? Cheers! Red.
     
     

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    The OP posted the link to the kit in another thread. It came from eBay with s/w and instructions and cost £45.

    If you can figure out where to get the software from yourself (please nobody expand on where to download pirated software from) you might be interested to know that some people have had success using a vagcom interface which is a bit cheaper....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    you might be interested to know that some people have had success using a vagcom interface which is a bit cheaper....
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    Spot on, the vagcom interface and a CD with the required software is what actually turned up.

    I think this can be used to reset the service indicator but I can't see the option in the software for it. I've asked the seller if its possible and for directions so I'll post back here if I get a response.

    IanS - did I see in another post that you had a document about using the NCS-Expert software? If so, any chance I could have a copy of it please? I'd be most grateful
     
     

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    PM me your email address and I'll mail it to you.

    At least by buying the package you got comprehensive instructions, didn't have to hunt around for the s/w, got support etc.

    I'll have a nose later to see if I can spot the SI reset menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    PM me your email address and I'll mail it to you.

    I'll have a nose later to see if I can spot the SI reset menu.

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    Thanks Ian, PM on its way

    Nice quick response from the seller regarding service reset;

    Yes it is. It's found in the "instrument cluster" area under E46. It is straight-forward from there.

    I think you can reset it manually anyway using the instrument cluster buttons if yours is a later car. The procedure is on www.bmwland.co.uk.
     
     

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    Hi, can I ask, is this a techy program / hardware to use, or is it open to the average car owner ? I find this really interesting..
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    Hi Shox

    It helps if you know your way around Microsoft Windows and the program itself isn't the easiest to use but ok once you get the hang of it. If you get it I'll happily help you out where I can.

    P.S. If you have the 20 pin round connector it won't work with Windows 7, XP and Vista are ok.

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    Oh Nice one, Thanks

    I might look into it, it looks like an interesting piece of kit, but looked a little techy. What have you sucessfully used it for so far may I ask? Seems very handy to have
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