Monday, September 18, 2017

INPA OBD2 Cable vs ISTA+,which is better?

INPA vs ISTA+ (Rheingold) is a hot topic on BMW forums all the time. It’s a write-up of opinions collection of “how to people think of INPA and ISTA+”.

ISTA+ vs. INPA… Here you go.

Bmw software ISTA+ INPA
What is… current Dealer level diagnostic and repair guide * Newest: ISTA-D 4.04.12 ISTA-P older factory floor diagnostic software * Popular: BMW INPA 5.0.2
Where to download… freely available online
How about space… uses a ton of space It is a 10GB download size and requires 25GB installation space. much smaller install than ISTA+
How to setup… requires some basic Windows installation knowledge much easier to get going despite the shitty menus, incomplete translation
How to install… in the same machine ISTA+ and INPA can co-exist on the same machine with no problems.
What can do… Basic diagnostics, coding, programming (ISTA-P) Basic diagnostics, coding
Can work with K+DCAN cable? Both require a K-DCAN cable to interface the OBD port and can be installed directly on Windows.
Can work with BMW ICOM? Both work with bmw icom, old or new (ICOM A, ICOM A2, ICOM A3, ICOM Next)
What cars can be tested with… All BMW cars, motorcycles BMW E series only

View 1: INPA is older while ISTA+ is current (小标题颜色突出标注)

INPA (interpreter for test procedures) is older factory floor diagnostic software. It was designed to run test procedures. While INPA can be set for English user interface, most of the Test Procedures, which can be difficult to find, are in German. BMW AG discontinued .ipo script files a very long time ago.
ISTA+ is the current Dealer level diagnostic and repair guide (including diagrams). It has a modern GUI in English and multiple other languages. The Test Procedures are comprehensive and are in English. It is intuitive to use without guidance.
Both require a K-DCAN cable to interface the OBD port and can be installed directly on Windows. The cost is the cable and the software is freely available.

View 2: ISTA is better but need more work to get going

We all know ISTA is way better but needs a lot more work to get going. I know there are VMs out there ready to go so may not be much of an issue. The ICOM emulator seems a little dodge but I guess if it works, it works. I would be interested to try one of these VMs.
For basic diagnostic functionality that’s simple to install, you can’t go past Bavarian Technic.

View 3: ISTA is easy to setup but a lager to download

IMO ISTA Rheingold is just as easy to setup as INPA. The diagnostic software ISTA-D will self install via executable on the latest versions of Windows and doesn’t need virtual machines. Just need to set up the cable communications correctly.
It is however a larger download, and ISTA-P for programming with Daten/spz is massive 60+Gb.

View 4: ISTA is user friendly while INPA is much easier

I have ISTA and while it’s a lot user friendly it’s a bit of a bastard to get going and uses a ton of space. I couldn’t get it to work with the dcan emulator, I have an ICOM cable and i find connecting to the car takes forever to go thru the process of detecting all the modules and getting to the point where you can do stuff. Also unless all your modules are on the same level of firmware as your current version of ISTA you will have to update all your modules to do programming (can be risky)
Inpa is much easier to get going despite the shitty menus, incomplete translation and you can actually do stuff quickly.
Ista however is indespensible for the up to date service manual documentation and I use it all the time

View 5: ISTA+ requires basic Windows installation knowledge

ISTA+ (Integrated Service Technical Application) aka ISTA/D & Rheingold can be used to diagnose all cars.
However programming is not supported for E series.
ISTA+ requires some basic Windows installation knowledge. If you have installed one click software on a PC then you have the prerequisites. There is no need for VM’s, this was used in older versions requiring emulators. It is a 10GB download size and requires 25GB installation space. In this respect it is a much larger install than INPA.
ISTA/P, is for programming. But as you are concerned with diagnostics this is not required.
BMW ICOM emulator is an interface between the laptop/PC to the OBD port. It primarily is concerned with programming and is not required for diagnostic functions. Most issues relate to Chinese copies. If you develop an interest in programming then ICOM used with ISTA/P is the best solution. The ICOM has a price of $350 USD for a Chinese copy or $600 USD for the original.

View 6: ISTA+ & INPA can work in the same machine

ISTA+ and INPA can co-exist on the same machine with no problems.

ISTA+ has all the relevant repair information included with associated pictures, fluid amounts, wiring schematics and torque requirements etc. just as if you were a BMW Technician repairing a clients vehicle.
Most of this information is viewable without having to connect to the vehicle.
With ISTA+, any fault codes can be selected and a description is provided. A Test Plan is automatically created if you want to interrogate the system.
The Bavarian Technic kits are very well received. The only limitation is that depending on the kit level purchased they are VIN locked. ie. the Basic kit supports only one VIN.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Diatronik OBD2 cable update-Toyota Renault VW IMMO works

Update Notice! Diatronik multi-functional cable update-Toyota Renault VW IMMO works!

Here four pictures to prove:
Diatronik works-01 Diatronik works-02 Diatronik works-03 Diatronik works-04

Diatronik cable what works in total:
Works: So far, Diatronik cable can perform all renesas and Infineon airbag restore by OBD2 up to 2016, Dash mileage correction via OBD2,airbag Calculator via USB, Toyota Renault VW IMMO.

Under development: Please be expected to have the coming functions incl. OBDII Diag, G-Prog.

If you brose this link:
You could check:
Diatronik cable function list
Diatronik Software Installation
How to update Diatronik OBD Tool
Diatronik cable PCB display

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mangoose SDD Cable fix Passenger seat recline issue on Jaguar XK / XKR ( X150 )

Let’s start with my car models and issues: I have Jaguar XK / XKR ( X150 ), my passenger seat will back will not sit up correctly. It appears to only travel about 1/3 of the driver, leaving the seat and passenger leaning back very far.
I loath having to go there and have not found any indy in my area that has the diagnostic tools.

Then is solution:
If you have a spare laptop, you can get set up yourself for as little as $50.
I have had my Mangoose SDD (Chinese clone of a Mongoose) for 5 or 6 years and have been able to do most things dealers do, including updating firmware in various modules.
As you can see from the attached screen shot the seat calibration routines are in one of the menus done through SDD.

If you have a few hours to spare you could start with this thread:
Cloned dealer scan tool – Jaguar Forums – Jaguar Enthusiasts Forum
There are quite a few suppliers and some people have had mixed success with them but I think I bought mine from here:
JLR Mangoose SDD V145 for Jaguar and Land Rover
They also do a copy of the Mongoose Pro now as well:
V145 JLR Mangoose SDD Pro for Jaguar and Land Rover
As you can see from the above I mentioned, the cable should come with a copy of SDD (Jaguar supplied diagnostic software). You may or may not be able to read the CD the software comes on and it may or may not work fully! SDD V131 seems to be the sweet spot for functionality and least issues and there may be a link to a copy in that thread somewhere.
You can buy the cable plus a complete image of a virtual PC from a few suppliers which means you don’t have the hassle of installing the diagnostic software yourself. I have not had many problems myself but some people have wasted days trying to get theirs working (Here is: how to install JLR SDD V145 on XP WIN7). Once you have it working though it is an invaluable tool and will pay for itself over and over again.
If you use it to update firmware you must make sure you have a decent (at least) 25 amp power supply connected to the battery otherwise you run the risk of bricking modules.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

BMW Coding Guide: How to VO Code F45 F46 F48 Cruise Control?

Are you searching for a step-by-step BMW Cruise Control Coding guide? Here you go! Below you will know how use E-Sys and ENET cable to VO Code BMW F45 F46 F48 Cruise Control to enable this feature.

Once you have your Cruise Control switch physically installed, you will need to enable your Cruise Control feature in your car through "VO coding".

BMW Cruise Control Coding Steps with BMW ENET Coding Cable and BMW E-Sys 3.27.1
1) Start your E-Sys, Click "Read" button and then "Active FA":

2) Go to "SALAPA-Element" and right click and select "Edit":

3) Add the value "544," into the SALAPA-Element and click the save button on the right as highlighted.

4) Click the "save" button to save the file into a XML file with your desired file name.

5) Go to "VCM" section and load the same XML file that you had saved.

6) Right click "calculate FP" and you will see the Vehicle Profile generated.

7) Click the "Write FA FP" button once you are satisfied with your settings which will writes into your ECU memory.

8) To enable Cruise Control for F45/F46/F48, you will need to VO code these 4 modules for F45/F46/ F48:
9) Go to "Coding" section, click "Read ECU" button on the right and then right click on the above-mentioned modules and select "Code". This will enable the settings required for your Cruise Control. Note that the engine need not be switched off for this operation to work successfully.
10) Test your Cruise Control switch to ensure that it has been enabled successfully! Congratulations!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

BMW VO Coding steps with E-Sys 3.28.1 and ENET Cable

Do you know how to edit BMW VO/FA Vehicle Order by using latest E-Sys 3.28.1 and BMW ENET Coding Cable? Check below a step-by-step guide for you!

BMW VO Coding Preparation
1. Free download newest BMW E-Sys software E-Sys 3.28.1 from here:
2. Get a cheap $16.99 BMW ENET Cable to connect E-Sys with your car.

BMW VO Coding Steps
Step 1
Connect your Bimmer with E-Sys 3.28.1 software via BMW ENET Cable.
Open E-Sys 3.28.1 and first select the target chassis.

Step 2
Go to the Expert Mode, choose Coding, click Read button to bring up the FAList.
Click the “Save” button to save the file to any folder on your computer for next editing.

Step 3
Choose FA-Editor then open the FAList file as below:

Open the “FAList” folder on the left and expand it until you see the “SALAPA-element” folder.
You can see many codes they respectively mean the values of the function into the vehicle options.

For the codes meaning you can check this picture:

Now you can delete or add FA from the bottom left window.
Then click the apply changes icon as 2 and click button as 3 to save.

Step 4
In this step you need to upload a list of vehicle options stored in My Computer to your car.
Choose VCM below Expert Mode menu and open the FAList file as below:

New FA must be verified before it can be written to car.
So right click on FA folder and choose “calculate FP”. FP is a vehicle profile.

Expand the SALAPA-Element folder and check the option codes you entered are correct or not.

Step 5
After checking you can upload a list of vehicle options to your vehicle.
Select VCM “Master” tab at the bottom and click “Write FA FP” button on FA FP section.

Now you successfully change the FA, that is to say BMW VO Coding procedure is basically complete.
Step 6
To fully complete it, you also need to activate the option value you changed.
For example, if VO coding edited function related to FRM module, you should initialize the FRM module and activate its value with coding.
You need to activate FA, read SVT, select FRM module then click “Code” button.