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    New to coding

    This may be a silly question, but I've been doing some searching for a few days and I'm pretty confused. I have an E46 and an E53. They both have errors that need computer diagnostics, either with clearing the errors figuring out exactly where the error is. I would also like to do some coding - adding factory options like TPMS, etc.

    I bought this cable:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It's the right one, I hope.

    Also, I have a windows 10 laptop. Do I need an XP laptop? Can i run a coding program in 10 or can I get an XP simulator (or whatever they are called)?

    Last of all, what program do I need for what I want to do? DIS? PA Soft? Minesweeper?

    ok thanks everyone. Hopefully I can get another warning light knocked out this weekend.
    John||2005 BMW 330i ZHP||1995 Chevrolet Camaro 3.4L||2008 Hummer H2 SUT|| @oltorf.the.destroyer

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    Welcome!

    Please read this to see to install software.

    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...-Coding-Thread

    DIS is old now, I would suggest looking into ISTA/D as an option. You may need at least 50GB to get it install.

    Rhiengold is ISTA+ old name:
    https://www.bimmergeeks.net/downloads

    Beginner Guide's to ISTA

    https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/at...9&d=1477430863

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    That cable will work for BMW Tools (INPA, NCS Expert, WinKFP, etc). You will need a different cable for BMW Scanner 1.4 but I recommend that tool as well. I have both and use them on my E46 and E53 all the time. Just about anything you want to do for either car can be accomplished with both of these tools.

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    Subscribing; need to learn this stuff too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oltorf View Post
    I bought this cable:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It's the right one, I hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Overboost View Post
    That cable will work for BMW Tools (INPA, NCS Expert, WinKFP, etc). You will need a different cable for BMW Scanner 1.4 but I recommend that tool as well.
    Is that cable sufficient, or is there a more-recommended one? Also, what cable for 1.4?
    keith

    currently looking for:
    • fantastic set of Style 68s, staggered
    • driver's side A-pillar airbag


    '03 ZHP
    '75 RS/RSR-look | '96 SR5 4Runner | '73 CB750 | '70 TD250B | other stuff

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    I went with this cable after it came highly recommended. It's the Pro one for $44. It looks a lot like the $16 on Amazon. I have no idea if it is better.
    https://www.bimmergeeks.net/cables

    But, check out their software download links. Handy place to get a lot of software.

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    The amounts they are charging for those cables is astronomical... wow.
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    awesome, thanks everyone. Hopefully I'll pick up a win XP computer tonight and start setting it up.
    John||2005 BMW 330i ZHP||1995 Chevrolet Camaro 3.4L||2008 Hummer H2 SUT|| @oltorf.the.destroyer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oltorf View Post
    awesome, thanks everyone. Hopefully I'll pick up a win XP computer tonight and start setting it up.
    You don't need XP. You can use any modern computer, 32- or 64-bit.

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    I'm running it fine on Windows 10 64bit Build 1709 (Fall creators update) virtual machine on my Mac.

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