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Old 08-31-2015, 08:36 AM
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Remote coding.........

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Check out this site http://www.codemycar.com/
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Old 08-31-2015, 09:21 AM
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You will also need a WiFi-equipped laptop computer and a WiFi signal that can be picked up on the computer when it is in your car so you can connect to the Internet.
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I've got an old MacBook Pro. Will that work?
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It would probably be best to check with whatever coding service you're thinking of using, since there are both hardware and software issues involved. I went with Bimmer-Tech: http://www.bimmer-tech.net/ and they did a great job. I used a Windows laptop.
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I've got an old MacBook Pro. Will that work?
E-Sys only runs in Windows so either you use Bootcamp to boot into Windows or you install something like VMware and create a Windows VM (Virtual Machine) that runs in OS X.
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The remote coding package that we offer for your vehicle includes:

1) Sending you a coding cable that connects from your MAC or PC laptop to your F30
2) Sending you ALL of the files that we need to code your specific vehicle
3) Remotely installing the files
4) Remotely coding your vehicle with as many options as you would like. We also offer a LIFETIME guarantee so we'll recode it for FREE of charge as long as you own it.
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CodeMyCar states:

The remote coding package that we offer for your vehicle includes:

1) Sending you a coding cable that connects from your MAC or PC laptop to your F30
2) Sending you ALL of the files that we need to code your specific vehicle
3) Remotely installing the files
4) Remotely coding your vehicle with as many options as you would like. We also offer a LIFETIME guarantee so we'll recode it for FREE of charge as long as you own it.
#3 requires Windows, or a Windows VM running in Mac OS X.
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I had my GC coded and all the changes work great. My favorite is the auto-fold/unfold of mirrors with lock/unlock.
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Honestly, remote coding is not worth it at all. Getting all the software downloaded and configured is about 90% of the work and performing the coding is the remaining 10. Spend an extra hour in the coding forum reading over the guides and finish the job yourself.
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Honestly, remote coding is not worth it at all. Getting all the software downloaded and configured is about 90% of the work and performing the coding is the remaining 10. Spend an extra hour in the coding forum reading over the guides and finish the job yourself.
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How much they charge?
From CodeMyCar $130 for the service and an additional $40 for the coding cable
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I bought a cable off eBay for $20, they provided all the links to software, installation instructions and cheat sheets.

I coded my car without issue. Very simple.

If you have computer knowledge, and know how to install Microsoft windows or and get your computer on the Internet, you have the skills to code you car. It is not as scary as it sounds.

I think it is best if you do it yourself because after your car is coded, you will likely not be happy with some of the changes and want to change some things again. If your car goes in for service and they reinstall the iDrive software you will lose all of your coding unless you use VO coding which I won't get into right now.

If you choose remote coding, you will still have to do 90% of the work to get your computer ready to code your car.
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This stuff is stupid easy, just DIY...all you should need to pay for is the cable.

Also as said, it may get reset during some service visits, best to know how to do it.
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I'll look into it. I'll have to get a new windows laptop I guess.....
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I'll have to get a new windows laptop I guess.....
For reference, I'm running this on an Acer netbook (2GB RAM, Windows 7, 128GB SSD) which is a few years old. It is obviously struggling with some of the (cryptograhic) operations, just need a bit of patience there. I'm thinking a 5-7 year old laptop from ebay will work fine.
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I've got a couple of old notebooks but since I switched to Mac's I never use them.
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I bought a cable off eBay for $20, they provided all the links to software, installation instructions and cheat sheets.

I coded my car without issue. Very simple.

If you have computer knowledge, and know how to install Microsoft windows or and get your computer on the Internet, you have the skills to code you car. It is not as scary as it sounds.

I think it is best if you do it yourself because after your car is coded, you will likely not be happy with some of the changes and want to change some things again. If your car goes in for service and they reinstall the iDrive software you will lose all of your coding unless you use VO coding which I won't get into right now.

If you choose remote coding, you will still have to do 90% of the work to get your computer ready to code your car.

Chuck, is this it?

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Will any OBD cable with an Ethernet jack work? I have an OBD cable I got from Autozone which has an Ethernet connector on the other end. How can I download the E-sys software (for free if possible). Besides the E-sys software, Windows laptop and cable what else do I need? Please let me know.
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Will any OBD cable with an Ethernet jack work? I have an OBD cable I got from Autozone which has an Ethernet connector on the other end. How can I download the E-sys software (for free if possible). Besides the E-sys software, Windows laptop and cable what else do I need? Please let me know.
I would hop over to the coding forum. They can help you with your questions.
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I can't seem to find the coding forum. I'm certainly interested in giving this a shot.
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I can't seem to find the coding forum. I'm certainly interested in giving this a shot.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=175
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