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#1 (permalink) Old 01-14-2012, 08:53 AM
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OBC different models -- set to English

Hello all!
I have searched and searched to no avail for information on setting the "check control/ambient temperature/clock" version of the MIB, commonly referred to in the Bentley as the OBC.
The Bentley manual lists four different models of computer for the e36 cars and the one I have is referred to as the "check control/ambient temperature/clock".
The manual is of no further help with these computers.

I need specific instructions for setting to English language operation and using the "check control/ambient temperature/clock" version which is currently displaying German language messages.

I have tried the sequence for the OBC version but it does not work. (not as many buttons)

Please help!
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here's the one that I have. (11 buttons)

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Did you try this?

To determine if your OBC is eligible .. press 1000 and 10 together.
you should see TEST NO . -- or something like that.
Now, some of the functions are locked out -- I do NOT recommend messing with them and you do so at your own risk -- that said ...
To unlock all functions .. press 1000 and 10 and at the TEST prompt enter 19 using the keys .. press SET/RES .. you should see LOCK:ON or something similar ... press the DATE key .. and add the two numbers (day and month) together...

Now enter the number you just calculated and press SET/RES. TADA .. you have unlocked the secret functions ...

To lock them back up .. press 1000 and 10 then enter 19, SET/RES now press SET/RES again .. it should show .. LOCK:ON again

In general when I show a test enter it by pressing 1000 and 10 together then enter the number of the test with the numeric keys and press SET/RES to actually execute the test ...

Test numbers for E36 OBC
Test no. Description
1 Display Test .. all LCDs and LEDs activate
2 Current Consumption in l/100km
3 Current Consumption in l/hour
4 Average Consumption (used to calc. Range)
5 Current Range
6 Not used ..
7 Average Fuel in Tank (l)
8 Current Speed (km/h)
9 System Voltage at terminal R
10 Country/Language
11 Units/ AM.PM
12 Average Speed (km/h) for calc. ETA
13 ETA
14 Date of software/mask of OBC
15 Production Diagnosis (??)
16 Production Diagnosis (??)
17 Display Vehicle Specific Data
18 Alarm Changeover (continuous v. intermittent)
19 LOCK/UNLOCK all functions
20 Correction Factor for OBC Fuel Consumption (SEE BELOW!)
21 Reset all defect codes, date and time ... activate by pressing SET/RES


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Not getting those responses but I'll try it again but part of the problem is it's in GERMAN, which I don't sprechen, but I'll take the laptop with google translate out to the car and try again.

Are there no directions from BMW for my specific type of 11 button OBC?
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Okay, so I press 1000 and 10 simultaneously and it reads "Funktion: -- --" . I then enter 10 for land and press set/res and the readout goes black and accepts no further numbers.

Same thing with the unlock sequence. After pressing 1000 and 10 I get "Funktion: -- - -" and enter 19 and press set/res. After that the readout goes black. When I start the car I get "kühlwasser prüfen -- betriebsan leitung" which translates "Check cooling water -- OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS"

Again, this is the 11 button version, NOT the OBC as described in Bentley's, instead it is called "check control/ambient temperature/clock". There seems to be no other mention of it in that overpriced &^&%^$ book.

Are you aware of manuals for the four different versions of this computer found in the e36?

Thank you very much for your help!
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same problem

i have the same problem on my 97 328i after pressing the 19 the display goes blank. does anyone have an answer, thanks. if not i'll have to learn german
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Thumbs up Should be a "Sticky" -- solution by Nikmare !

I got it working here's what u have to do------
1. Hold the 1000 and 10 keys simultaneously
2. Press the 1 button until the display shows funktion 01
3. Press the set/res button
4. The display will now show sprache: 1 engl

The display will show other languages but if u want English scroll through (by pressing the 1 button until u see engl1
Good luck let me know how u make out

-------------------------------------- Nickmare rules!

Voila! (pronounced "voe-ILLA" down here. It works like a champ -- should be made a "sticky" under "e36 eleven-button obc" or something like that. Thanks again, this is great!
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