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Old 11-10-2004, 09:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if its possible to change the language on E39 OBC using either TEST-010 or some key combinations?

I have tried to unlock TEST meny, but I cant seem to change the language, only option is 00 D (German)

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Old 11-12-2004, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry to say, but the language cant be changed...I've been trying to get that myself.
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On my older car I used to poke around with the OBC and this is the way I used to do it. It may apply to your car or may not; give it a shot.

Once it did display in German and I was able to get it to "speak" english by using test 10. Once I am their I will press the 1 key a couple of times to cycle through different countries. For sure 0 is assigned for Germany or D: Deutchland. Go through the list you will be able to reach an option like USA, England etc. If you succeed in reaching USA then press the SET/RES button.Then press the CHECK key, and the display will show the a language we all understand.

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Old 11-15-2004, 02:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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This is totally 100% possible.

BUT you have to unlock your system first.

Doing this also depends on what setup you've got, I only have the basic obc so I don't have 2 knobs to play with - just the mileometer reset one. Basically you have to navigate to the unlock test and unlock it then you can do whatever you like although there are some settings you really want to leave alone. The only problem is "how to unlock?" - I have read several different opinions on this but have tried none, a quick search of the net should help though.


try this link

I know it's for the 7 series but the functions are the same - just how you access them may be difficult. Tst 19 is where you unlock the system.

This may help too again it's e46 but seems the same as my e39.

Instructions to access the hidden OBC functions:
1. Hold Trip Reset while turning ignition key to on position
2. OBC should show "Test"
3. Use Trip Reset to select function 19.0 that unlocks all the features
3. Wait for display to show "Off"
4. Depress Trip Reset for 1/4 second and release it
5. With no delay press Trip Reset several times to select one of the following function s

BMW E46 On-Board Computer (OBC) Hidden Codes
nr example description
1 Car Engine and cluster data
1.0 46nnn Chassis nr/VIN serial number (last 5 digits)
1.1 4nnn K-number
1.2 690236 Cluster Part #
1.3 045210 Coding (04)/diagnosis (52)/bus index (10)
1.4 1200 Week (12)/year of manufacture (2000)
1.5 09_160 Hardware (09) and software # (16.0) of cluster
1.6 Not used
1.7 04__44 CAN-version (04) KI-revision index (44)
2 (test) Cluster System Test - Activates the gauge drivers,
indicators and LEDs to confirm function
3 SI Data
3.0 1098 Used fuel in liters since last SI (Service Inspection)
3.1 0231 Periodic inspection days; elapsed days (since last SI)
4 Momentary Consumption
4.0 0145+ Instant fuel consumption - 0145=14.5 liters/100km
4.1 0018 Instant fuel consumption - 0018=1.8 l/Hour
5 Distance Gone Consumption
5.0 082 Average mileage; 082=8.2 liters/100km
5.1 0536 Calc. km to refuel (momentary distance to go)
6 Fuel Level sensor inputs in liters
6.0 109330+ Fuel level averaged; Left half sensor input=10.9 liters; Right sensor input=33.0 liters
6.1 0439+ Total tank level averaged; vlgs 6.0: 10.9+33.0=43.9 liters
6.2 0442+ Indicated value (44.2) and tank phase
7 Temperature and Speed
7.0 021+ Coolant/Engine temperature (2.1C)
7.1 130 Ambient/Outside temperature - chg met 5 pts. 125/130/135
7.2 + Engine speed / Current RPMs 1/min
7.3 + Vehicle speed / Current Speed in km/hour
8 Input value in HEX form
8.0 1d0+ System voltage ADC-Value Hex code
8.1 26C33C+ ADC Values HG left/HG right
8.2 0000 ADC Value brake degradation sensor (000=o.k.)
8.3 18C ADC Value outside temperature
9 Battery
9.0 140 Battery Voltage - 140 = UB 14.0v
9.1 242013+?
9.2 074_78+?
9.3 0011+?
10 Not used
11 Not used
12 Not used
13 GonG Gong Test
14 Not used
15 Status cluster I/O-ports (bit codes) 0=low; 1=high
1st-belt contact, seat belt fastened=0; 2) ignition lock contact, key inserted=0; 3) door contact, door open=0; 4) clock button pressed=0; 5) SI reset=0, for reset=0; 6) EGS transmission failure=0
Status Digital Outputs (bits) 0=inactive, 1=active
1) Gong output; 2) Brake warning lamp; 3) Low fuel warning lamp; 4) EGA lamp; 5) seat belt lamp; 6) manipulation dot
16 Not used
17 Not used
18 Not used
19 Lock Status; unlocks functions in range 3-18
19.0 L-On/L-Off Unlock: press button when "L-Off"
20 Not used
21 Software Reset; reset OBC settings
00 End of test
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