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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 09-09-2014, 07:27 PM
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Who here has set up INPA on their laptop?

For now, I just need to reset the airbag light on my 2001 E30 530i.

For $25 I can get the SRS airbag tool, but $35 gets the whole INPA thing via laptop.
Has anyone used this INPA cable for $35 ? Over 1000 sold.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-USB-OBD-.../231131036820?

I have Win7 on my laptop.
Will I need a special adapter for my car?
Is this a huge hassle to get working?
Any good installation docs?
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:37 PM
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I was looking at one yesterday and found the c110 tool with ABS and SRS built in.
I haven't decided which to get yet. I think a few members have INPA cables. I'm curious too
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:59 PM
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For now, I just need to reset the airbag light on my 2001 E30 530i.

For $25 I can get the SRS airbag tool, but $35 gets the whole INPA thing via laptop.
Has anyone used this INPA cable for $35 ? Over 1000 sold.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-USB-OBD-.../231131036820?

I have Win7 on my laptop.
Will I need a special adapter for my car?
Is this a huge hassle to get working?
Any good installation docs?
That package looks like a good deal at $35. 2001 E39 does not require an adapter. INPA is straight forward to get working but DIS/SSS can be challenging to properly configure to talk to the car. But it sounds like this vendor has provided installation instructions and the software is preinstalled in the VMware. In any case, if your immediate need is just to diagnose and clear the SRS light, INPA is all you need to get working.
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here are some instructions for INPA I found online... hope it helps

I am also downloading the full version as well. If you need a copy, I can send you a link when done. Send me a private message and I'll send you a link.
as for running on Win7, it only works on XP. when you get it, right click the setup.exe and select run in compatibility mode. It will make it think it is running on Win XP.
Also, after it's installed, right click the exe to launch it, select properties, click the compatibility tab and run program as Windows XP.

http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...tarted-t85220/


I wish I knew more about it, but I don't.
It's new to me too
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:38 PM
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If you want to delve into BMW diagnostics or need help with diagnostic software or have installation questions, I would suggest checking out the software diagnostic forum over at bimmerforums:
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:48 AM
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will inpa work with elm327 chip? i have it.

this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-ELM327-O...item27cf91dbc6
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:43 AM
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I was looking at one yesterday and found the c110 tool with ABS and SRS built in.
I haven't decided which to get yet. I think a few members have INPA cables. I'm curious too

I use the c110 tool works great, and communicate with most of the e39 computers gives live data. You will need to buy the adapter for the PAC-man obd connecter under the hood to communicate with the ABS and other systems


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