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    If you have a PCMIA slot, a serial card might be better, but it is one of those things that the slight differences in the way they work aren't documented, so you never know until you try one.
     
     

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    Hi, I've been reading through these posts with interest as I've been wanting a code reader for sometime now. As I now have an airbag warning light showing for no apparent reason, can anyone advise:

    1. Whether a modified KKL Vagcom cable (pins 7 +8 bridged) and appropriate software will alllow me to investigate the fault and clear it

    2. What software package is the best option

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    What car and year are you talking about? If you have a round socket under the bonnet then you will need to use it.
     
     

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    seems your all making it more difficult for yaselves than it needs to be usb to serial and pcmcia to serial adaptors rarely work especially the cheap chinese stuff which almost never works..

    ive tried both neither worked and if it did it was twitchy and full of errors..
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by dailydoggy View Post
    seems your all making it more difficult for yaselves than it needs to be usb to serial and pcmcia to serial adaptors rarely work especially the cheap chinese stuff which almost never works..

    ive tried both neither worked and if it did it was twitchy and full of errors..
    I wouldn't disagree with this - I have the USB lead one and have installed on two separate PCs. INPA comes up and I can read basic errors, but can't get into any of the subsections - Engine, Body etc. Keep getting an error.

    As a cautionary tale, what I did manage to do was to lose the synchronization between the car and the keys, tripping the immobilizer and disabling the car. Result was a tow-truck to a dealer and €200 labour charges.
    A little miffed given that I couldn't actually get into anything useful except to read and delete errors.

    MY QUESTION IS:
    What are my alternatives. Neither of my laptops has a Serial Port. Do I need to get an old laptop with a serial port / a trolley for my desktop??
    I have a 2006 E60 520D, so I think I don't have to have the later DCAN connector.

    Would really like to get this sorted as I'm trying to debug a problem with turbo lag and need some diagnostic info. Any help appreciated.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by columhorgan View Post
    MY QUESTION IS:
    What are my alternatives. Neither of my laptops has a Serial Port. Do I need to get an old laptop with a serial port / a trolley for my desktop??
    I have a 2006 E60 520D, so I think I don't have to have the later DCAN connector.

    Would really like to get this sorted as I'm trying to debug a problem with turbo lag and need some diagnostic info. Any help appreciated.
    You can install this and run it on any laptop with a free USB port. The two key points for an easy install, are that you a) buy an interface that uses the FTDI chipset and b) have a version of Ediabas that supports USB (v6.4.7-onwards). You're right about Diagnostic CAN, the change-over point was March 2007.
     
     

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    Thanks for that FAL.

    I'm actually running 6.4.3. I got a full kit - cable, software etc together. I assumed that he would have given a version of ediabas that supported the cable he sold me.
    Do you think 6.4.3 could be a problem?#

    Ill check the chipset as well .

    Thanks in advance.

    Quote Originally Posted by FAL View Post
    You can install this and run it on any laptop with a free USB port. The two key points for an easy install, are that you a) buy an interface that uses the FTDI chipset and b) have a version of Ediabas that supports USB (v6.4.7-onwards). You're right about Diagnostic CAN, the change-over point was March 2007.
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    £7 is the cheapest way to get hooked up for BMW diagnostics...

    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...winxp-t102843/
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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