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Old 12-05-2005, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guy's and Girl's

First off I'd just like to say that I've owned my car for about 4 months and I wil NEVER buy another car unless it's a BMW.

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I've been doing a lot of reading after the fact and come across a lot of interesting stuff about the on board computer and jacking into it via a pc and stuff ..

What I need is somebody to actually tell me what all this stuff means, I'm looking at software and cables and all sorts of shit, but i have no idea if it's what I need or will even work.

Help out the new guy, I may not know much about BMW's, but I know the feeling when I get behind the wheel, I just want to really understand the whole thing.

I'm looking forward to getting involved in the local BMW community.

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Old 12-05-2005, 12:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Interesting. What car do you have exactly? I assume you have a car with OBDII (96+).

Honestly I dont really know exactly how to do it, but ive seen exactly what you need to do in a book I saw at Borders or Barnes and Nobles. The book is called Geek my ride or somethign along those lines. It has exactly what info you want. I say you go there and tkae a look at it, or even buy it. Your local library might even have it.
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what do you mean jacking into the OBC? your not referering to the display that is located in the cabin are you? if so , its really not gonna do much, that only reads a few un-important sensors, (unimportant in terms of total disaster of the car)
what you could be referering to is actual DME, there is port located in the engine bay where you can plug in a diagnostic machine to run tests, prove faults and get overall performance of the car.

take a good look around the FAQ forum and see if any info in there will help you out.

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He seems to be referring to the PC to OBDII port connection. There are several tools avai;able. I cannot tell you much about it, because I have no such experience. I don't think there is much to it. You hook up your computer to the OBD port under the steering pillar, and the info is displayed on oyur monitor. Look into that book that ///mpower mentioned; it should clear out many doubts.
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