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Old 06-25-2013, 02:01 PM   #1581
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I'm not sure if Windows XP suffers this same issue, but for me, when I disconnect then reconnect the tool under Win7, I have to exit then relaunch BWM Scanner otherwise it would always complain the "Hardware not ready."

It's rather slow to scan your system.

You have to double-click on the line of the system you wish to examine in more detail (e.g. "DME" or "EGS"), which opens up another window. In that window, you usually then click on the ERRORS button to get to see the error codes and their descriptions (if you can make sense of them).

I wish there was an EXPORT option so you could save the list of error codes in at least a simple text file, if not a CSV (Comma Separated Values) text file, that could then be manipulated or imported into Excel; even a PRINT option would suffice.

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Old 06-25-2013, 02:08 PM   #1582
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Yeah...there is so much in the thread, it's hard to find exactly what I'm looking for. It would probably take an hour or more to read it all.

Just looking for some streamlined answers.
start reading then. . .
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:10 PM   #1583
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It's rather slow to scan your system.

Likely the speed of the cars hardware and buss??

You have to double-click on the line of the system you wish to examine in more detail (e.g. "DME" or "EGS"), which opens up another window. In that window, you usually then click on the ERRORS button to get to see the error codes and their descriptions (if you can make sense of them).

I wish there was an EXPORT option so you could save the list of error codes in at least a simple text file, if not a CSV (Comma Separated Values) text file, that could then be manipulated or imported into Excel; even a PRINT option would suffice.

As I recall PA Soft/BMW Scanner actually stores logs each time iti s used. I cannot recall where the default is, however, you should be able to navigate from the C drive to the PA Soft/BMW Scanner folder and find the logs which are saved in a .txt file format.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:11 PM   #1584
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start reading then. . .
Haaaaa....

I guess you do not have one of these scanners.
But thanks for you input.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:22 PM   #1585
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Answers in bold.
I will look for those logs... tanks!
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:28 PM   #1586
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start reading then. . .
+1

And I do have one of these. I got it up and working under Win7 64 bit with nothing but Google and that thread.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:38 PM   #1587
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And I do have one of these. I got it up and working under Win7 64 bit with nothing but Google and that thread.
and you don't want to share any suggestions?
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:39 PM   #1588
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I just received the BMW Scanner 1.4.0. I will be installing it on my laptop running Windows XP.

I would appreciate input from others who have this scanner and what they have done and/or problems they have run in to.

I understand that this software can really cause problems if you don't know what you're doing. To prevent myself from doing this, I would like opinions and suggestions on exactly how to read and reset codes. My CEL light is on due to my CAI filter coming off while driving on a rough stretch of road. I want to reset the codes so the light goes off.

I also understand that there is a problem with running the car battery down.
I've read a lot of info about this scanner, but there is Soooooo much to read, I would just like opinions and suggestions on how to use this to reset codes and maybe reset some default settings like the lights and windows.
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Yeah...there is so much in the thread, it's hard to find exactly what I'm looking for. It would probably take an hour or more to read it all.
You don't get to be cautious and lazy - pick one. I also have one of these scanners. They're not hard to use - but it's worth spending the hour reading a thread to know their capabilities/limitations.

Luke

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Old 06-25-2013, 02:41 PM   #1589
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and you don't want to share any suggestions?
All you need is to clear the codes?

Here:
Plug in the scanner
Turn the car to Position II
Start the scanner program
Click DME
Click Scan
Click Clear
Exit the program.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:45 PM   #1590
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You don't get to be cautious and lazy - pick one. I also have one of these scanners. They're not hard to use - but it's worth spending the hour reading a thread to know their capabilities/limitations.

Luke
I am cautious but not lazy.
I am planning on reading everything I can find on this scanner. Didn't think it would hurt to ask others, things they had learned or mistakes made.

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All you need is to clear the codes?

Here:
Plug in the scanner
Turn the car to Position II
Start the scanner program
Click DME
Click Scan
Click Clear
Exit the program.
Thanks
Kinda what I was asking too.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:22 PM   #1591
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I am cautious but not lazy.
I am planning on reading everything I can find on this scanner. Didn't think it would hurt to ask others, things they had learned or mistakes made.
Of course it doesn't hurt to ask... and I'm not trying to be an ass. I'm only suggesting that the long threads, although long, contain lots of useful info toward what you're hoping for. Another thread that I found quite useful toward this is http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=935613.

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Old 06-25-2013, 05:43 PM   #1592
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OP... You WILL want to read through that thread. There is a ton of good info. Yes, it will take a while but it will be worth it!
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:21 PM   #1593
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I just received the BMW Scanner 1.4.0. I will be installing it on my laptop running Windows XP.

I would appreciate input from others who have this scanner and what they have done and/or problems they have run in to.
Just posting a "me too!" to subscribe to this thread (is that how I do it?).

I bought the scanner siftware and hardware a few weeks back. The guy I bought it from told me of some of the cool things I could do with it (have the clown nose flash, flash the headlights when locking/unlocking, have the locks lock at 5 mph, etc.) but I've gone through the codes in the Bentley book and can't figure out which flags to un/set.

Off to spend an hour or two reading the suggested threads...
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:47 AM   #1594
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I have this and was able to program to close my convertible top with the key fob. But the windows don't roll up.

Does anybody have a fix for this?
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:10 PM   #1595
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Of course it doesn't hurt to ask... and I'm not trying to be an ass. I'm only suggesting that the long threads, although long, contain lots of useful info toward what you're hoping for. Another thread that I found quite useful toward this is http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=935613.

Luke
Thanks...

Just thought I'd ask some members that use this, what they have done and/or problems that they ran into. I guess there is no "Cliff Notes" here.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:38 PM   #1596
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Hi guys I have read through probably 65 of the pages on here I now have a busting headache lol and are resorting to asking for help.
I have this tool and the software that comes with it

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-USB-OBD-...item3a7f4d88ea

I have a park light error after installing aftermarket angel eye rings and wiring them up to replace the parks. Obviously it now throws the error as the resistance of the original parks were more than the angels. I need to code out the park bulb check. Where do I find that? I have looked but am at a point where I'm scared to do anything as I can't find what I need to do. I am honestly sorry if this is somewhere in this forum but i feel like if i get pointed in the right direction I could figure it out.

Anyone else done this before with NCS Expert?
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:25 AM   #1597
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Any issues known using the scanner with an 06 325. It works great on my 2001 but I hooked it up to the 2006 and a window came up stating to turn on the ignition then it wouldn't hook up to the car.


Is there actually a step by step on the order of starting the scanner.

We had it plugged in then the laptop was started and the ignition was turned on but couldn't get it to hook up with the car.

I assume that the 2006 is still an E46. Am I correct?

Any step by step instructions on starting the scanner?
it depends. is it a 325ci? if it's the sedan, then no, since its an e90. if it's a coupe, then it should work fine.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:28 AM   #1598
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All you need is to clear the codes?

Here:
Plug in the scanner
Turn the car to Position II
Start the scanner program
Click DME
Click Scan
Click Clear
Exit the program.
OK, I tried that. The DME shows as not found.
I did the scan and found only SRS with a read error.
Nothing to clear. I didn
t get that option.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:57 AM   #1599
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You might want to check if the pins are soldered. I don't know the PIN numbers. Check that thread. There are people who had the same issue.


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Old 06-29-2013, 11:21 AM   #1600
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Post a picture of the OBD port end of the cable.

Where did you purchase this and how much did you pay for it?

Post a link to the product, this would be helpful.
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