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    Bought a BMW code reader and reset cable - cheap way to reset lights and read codes

    The airbag warning light has been on my '96 318is and I was looking for the cheapest way to reset it myself.

    I bought an "Ediabas INPA OBD2 Diagnostic Interface for BMW" off eBay, the cheapest I could find at about $25 delivered from overseas.

    It came with software but the CD was faulty, but the supplier provided a link to download.

    I couldn't get the software to work at first and read numerous online instructions. I downloaded numerous versions of the software. It seemed like it was going to be very difficult to get it to work.

    In the end I got it working and it was quite simple. I used the software that came with the cable, and:

    * Added "C:\EDIABAS\BIN" to the "path" environmental variable.
    * Copied the EDIABAS AND IEDIABAS INPA folders to the C: drive.
    * Ran the install for the OBD interface in the EDIABAS\HARDWARE\OBD folder.
    * Modified the file EDIABAS.INI in the EDIABAS\BIN folder and changed the line that sets the interface to STD:OBD.

    Then to run the application and read/clear codes I ran the INPA_LOAD.EXE program from the INPA\BIN folder. The software was the English version so was easy to navigate. There is some interesting menu options where you can looks at all the sensor data from the car. Looks like you could do a bit of damage with some of the menu options though.

    The one I bought was from eBay seller "elphabet". I used it on an old Pentium 4 computer running Windows 2000 Server, but it should work easily on anything up to XP, but I believe it is possible to use on Windows 7 too.

    On my '96 318is it reported quite a few errors: engine misfires, 5 transmission errors (hopefully these are from before the transmission was replaced just recently), various ABS errors and various airbag errors. All errors have been cleared and I no longer have the airbag light on which is great.

    I am going to try it on my '94 318is which probably uses the ADA interface instead of OBD. Will report back on whether this works in case anyone else is interested in a cheap way to do this sort of work.
    Last edited by johna; 22-06-2012 at 06:14 PM.
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    Nice work. A handy diagnosis tool for sure.
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    I tried this with my earlier non-OBD2 '94 318is and can report that it does not work. Apparently for this model an ADS interface is needed.
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    I have a BMW tool that has the OBD2 and the Round under bonnet connector - it worked well with my E38, letting me read codes etc, and also coding dealer options like auto locking etc - picked it up on eBay quite cheap, but it will only work with Win XP it seems (although I havent tested with anything lower ), also only works through the serial port which is a pain - i had no luck with a USB-Serial bridge

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    I bought the carsoft 6.5 cable (about $45) and followed this link to install software http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=952429
    I'll try it in next weekend and post back feedback.

    Johna, does the ediabas kit work for E30 as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecsk View Post
    Johna, does the ediabas kit work for E30 as well
    The cable I bought only seems to work only with later OBD2 cars, but the software lists the E30 so would work with the right cable (need ADS type).
    My European Car history: 1998 E36 318is Sport Coupe; 1997 E36 318is Sedan; 1991 E36 325i Sedan (SOLD); 1994 E36 318is Coupe (SOLD); 1990 E30 318is Coupe (SOLD); 1995 E36 M3 Coupe (SOLD); 1990 E30 318is Coupe (SOLD); 1983 Porsche 944 (SOLD)
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