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Old 01-12-2017, 12:20 PM   #1
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Anyone Interested in a full XP ISO with INPA?

Wondering if there would be any interest in me making a full installable image on my Windows XP setup with full working INPA and NCS. Could be useful for those who want to buy a cheap laptop just for coding like I did. You would have to buy a flash drive and send it to me, then pay for me shipping it back to you
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:53 PM   #2
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I would be interested. I've been trying to get INPA to work on my laptop for months with no success.

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Could this be used to run a VM? I kinda want to set it up on my win7 laptop so that I don't have like 4 different laptops for diag/coding lol
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Yeah it could, Im just trying to figure out a way to create a bootable iso that would work on different machines. There would be conflicts with device specific drivers
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Old 01-12-2017, 07:12 PM   #5
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I would be interested. I've been trying to get INPA to work on my laptop for months with no success.

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It took me 1 day off trying over and over. But I got it, My wife was pissed.. There is lots of videos on you tube.

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Did you have to solder your cable? I'm wondering if that's what I need to do.

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Did you have to solder your cable? I'm wondering if that's what I need to do.

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Your 2002 will need OBDII pins 7 and 8 jumped on your cable. Takes 30 seconds of soldering after you take the cover off. Later BMW 2007+ do not need the jumper.
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Ok I will try this out. I would really like to get it working so I can reset some airbag lights on two of my cars.

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I bought the cable and software. Spent about an hour getting it all downloaded to find out there was no connection with my car and also was nothing listed in the F3 location where I've seen the e46 listed on videos. I've reinstalled three times and same result every time. Using XP pro bought for this single use. Does the jumper for the pins need to be done for my 01 330i to get it to connect? And where do I find the e46 selection?? Will it appear after connection is made?? So hell yes I would be interested in a known working copy I could plug and play.
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I dont think your cable would cause the missing menu options. There are a few different installs and they dont actually work for me. I manually have to copy in the individual chassis files
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I dont think your cable would cause the missing menu options. There are a few different installs and they dont actually work for me. I manually have to copy in the individual chassis files


Oh ok. That's a bit over my head I think. Lol. But would the non jumpered pins cause the connection problem??
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My pins are jumped but Im not even sure I needed to. Did you change the COM port in the windows device settings?
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The biggest problems I actually had were getting those folders of chassis files to appear, some kind of INPA error when launching, and no connection due to not knowing to set the COM port
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I did reset it but it wouldn't let me use com one like the video showed. The written instructions said to change to comm 4 so I did that instead. I remember seeing the chassis files listed in the folders. How or where do you copy them too?
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Mine just werent there in the first place. And com 1 is what worked for me
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I had talked to the guy I bought the laptop from since that's his business and knows everything. He said that it shouldn't matter what comm you assign it to. It's so confusing to me. Lol. I would rather just send my laptop to someone and have it come back ready to go. Lol
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I had talked to the guy I bought the laptop from since that's his business and knows everything. He said that it shouldn't matter what comm you assign it to. It's so confusing to me. Lol. I would rather just send my laptop to someone and have it come back ready to go. Lol
Com 1 is what the INPA/NCS Expert software is looking for and there is not an option to change the port it looks on. This is the software requirement, not your computer. When I started my efforts, I tried in vain to make an old WIN 8 machine I had laying around but could never get it to work so I bought a couple Panasonic Toughbooks off fleabay with XP Pro installed. Both of mine work fine now and I chose to keep the CF-29 although it has a slower processor than the CF-52 I bought at the same time. I do have that Toughbook 52 available if anyone needs a pre-configured machine setup for INPA/NCS Expert, NCS Dummy, PA Soft 1.4.
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Ok I will try this out. I would really like to get it working so I can reset some airbag lights on two of my cars.

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You know that can be done with PA Soft 1.4? Much easier user interface and installation. Ultimately you want both but if my SRS light was on this morning, I would go straight to PA Soft 1.4 first.
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You know that can be done with PA Soft 1.4? Much easier user interface and installation. Ultimately you want both but if my SRS light was on this morning, I would go straight to PA Soft 1.4 first.
Ok that's good to know. I honestly don't know too much about the individual programs yet. Most of my research has been trying to get the package to install correctly. No luck yet but I've found some useful threads since the last time I tried to do it.

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Ok that's good to know. I honestly don't know too much about the individual programs yet. Most of my research has been trying to get the package to install correctly. No luck yet but I've found some useful threads since the last time I tried to do it.

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My PA Soft 1.4 installation was 10 minutes and it can be run on multiple Windows operating systems with a small amount of driver tweaking. My INPA/NCS Expert install was a PITA and took days to finally work properly and ultimately required me buying a laptop running Win XP.
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