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    Exclamation Electrical Gremlins............

    First of all Many thanks to Payno for directing me to this site

    I bought my 2000 E46 in June 2011 and it's without doubt the worst car i've ever owned!

    I've replaced the boot wiring as i had no lights at the back of the car whatsoever.
    Changed the FSU for a supposedly upgraded aftermarket one which didn't last long and also melted my wiring so had to replace both the wiring and the FSU again.
    The cps intake has been replaced twice and both times only lasted a week or so before it was playing up again!
    I've currently got codes for my cps exhaust and water outlet permanently and sometimes cps intake too but that's intermittent.
    Most of the time I have a light on my dash saying I have an o/s/f light fault and every now and then a door or boot open. When they're not!
    And finally the airbag light's been on permanently for the last 3 months or so.

    Can anyone shed any light on why i'm having so many electrical problems?????

    A month ago I bought the waste of space cable and software from BMW Cables. Which I've loaded onto 2 laptops. One vista and one windows 7. Vista got as far as bridging in vmware and wouldn't get any further due to not being able to save settings(apply missing from options). So as soon as you press ok it goes back to original settings.
    Windows 7 got 2 the very last stage of both dis and sss but couldn't identify the car. Even though Inpa can. I was under the Impression that Inpa was working perfectly as it Identifies the car and also shows the engine codes. I've about given up with the DIS/SSS so thought I would see what I could do with Inpa as my main priority is getting the airbag light off! Selected airbag yesterday and I got the message ..........
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    IFH-0009: no response from control unit. Program will be stopped!
    So Inpa will read engine codes and nothing else and Dis will also read the engine codes and nothing else. Both return error messages saying can't communicate with control units.

    Any help would be most appreciated as this should be the best car i've ever owned ...... Not the worst

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    hi gav im sure some one @dailydoggy will help with INPA
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    I certainly hope so mate ......... I've had a constant headache for the last month. Everyday i've been trying to sort it despite the weather and just when I think i've cracked it. NUTHIN!

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    Can't BMW cables offer remote assistance Gav??? It could so easily be one of your settings or the cable thats at fault!

    This may help but I suspect you've tried setting the fifo buffers to max INPA IFH-0009 ERROR BMW GT1 Software



    EDIT - Is your operating system 32bit or 64bit? 64bit installs seem fraught with issues

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    Thanks Simon ........ Tried just about everything I can think of several times over. As for the seller it's the same as the ebay one but it wasn't bought through ebay. As it was a couple of quid cheaper to buy it direct. They make it clear they offer no support whatsoever. .......
    I may be onto something tho after another exhausting day researching similar problems.
    It appears that models produced before June 2000 had the 20 pin connector under the bonnet as well as the obd socket under the dash. Why on earth would a car manufacturer fit both if they both do the same thing?
    So i'm now thinking maybe the one under the dash is nothing much more than an ornament and I need to use the 20 pin connector instead. Which is pretty damn annoying bearing in mind the seller stated that it would work on E46's so I didn't order one
    I would've thought someone somewhere would've come across this before.
    After taking the obd socket out of the dash I only have 4 wires in total on pins 4,5,7 and 16 whereas the 20 pin connector has 8 pins in use 1,2,7,14,16,17,19 and 20

    Can anybody confirm that I definately need to use the 20 pin connector instead. It's the one thing that's made any sence since I 1st started loading the software. In reality there's nothing wrong with the software it's simply plugged into the wrong place. So it can do the most basic of checks and nothing else

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    Can't seem to edit my post so i'll just have to stick another one on Both laptops Vista and 7 are 32 bit so shouldn't be an issue

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    I know the diagnostic port changed from the round 20 pin one under the bonnet to OBD2 port in foot well and during the crossover some cars appear to use both ports for diagnostics.
    I think you need to try your diagnostic set up on say a post 2001 E46 which be entirely OBD2, that way you can confirm whether your set up is at fault or your car?
    You can pick up an OBD2 to 20pin round connector on ebay for a few quid, or get yourself to a meet as members often take their diag equipment with them.


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    Cheers mate

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    Afaik on the crossover point were the cara had both connectors you could only do so much through the obd port so you will probably need the round connector, you can get one that attaches to the obd connect and gives you the 20 pin connector

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    This is what you need if you already have an obd cable


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