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    i tried to use my old vagcom lead with the inpa software and cannot get it to work so i ordered a ediabas obd2 lead with a serial connector only to find my laptop doesn't have a serial port , i took a quick look at it the other day and thought it had but it doesn't, so would a usb to serial adapter work , or would i be better of sending the lead back and getting a usb one
     
     

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    Send it back and get the correct lead.... I couldn't get one to work that way with my lead, they don't convert properly (Not a very technical response but I spent hours trying to make one work!)
     
     

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    ok i will do i don't really like the idea of adding extra connectors onto the lead anyway, anyone got a link to a usb lead that will work, i don't want to mess about soldering
     
     

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    the only fighting chance is a pcmcia to serial adaptor but many of these cheap ones use USB architecture in there components so dont work anyway..

    some Belkin pcmcia to serials cards do work tho..

    if you tried using your vagcom with the cutdown version of INPA it wont work as it functions in ADS mode only, and USB interfaces wont work with INPA in ADS mode...you need the full size ADS/OBD select version of INPA set in OBD mode with a USB interface, plus some port settings etc have to be altered etc to make the USB type work with INPA......

    (you only have to solder pins 7 and 8 together on a vagcom and its a BMW KKL interface anyway then)
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    Have to wonder why your original VAG-COM lead didn't work?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowtech View Post
    have to wonder why your original vag-com lead didn't work?
    you know and i know there is no reason for it not to at all, but there is a lot in between that the user can be doing wrong causing it not to work, thats the problem with the usb interfaces and INPA newbs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dailydoggy View Post
    you know and i know there is no reason for it not to at all, but there is a lot in between that the user can be doing wrong causing it not to work, thats the problem with the usb interfaces and INPA newbs...
    very true dd
     
     

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    it wasn't the cut down version i don't think it was about 350mb from a known good source, i was getting error: "INPA Error - IFH-0009: No Response from Control Unit" but that was with the vagcom lead without soldering the pins, so are you saying that the vagcom lead should work with the pins soldered i thought i had read that there was some other kind of modification needed to get it to work.
    i did also notice that when i was setting up the cable on port 1 there doesn't seem to be a setting to select fifio buffers in windows xp.
     
     

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    what install guide did you follow and on what operating system?
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    i'm using windows xp and used this guide to install, from bimmer forums, everything installed ok, the only problem i had was under port settings there is no option to select "use fifio "


    http://www.4shared.com/dir/LfFoCBq2/...s_Machine.html and download everything on these 2 folders using password "bimmerforums":
     
     

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