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Old 01-09-2017, 07:18 AM
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Mein Auto: 2011 BMW X5 35D
Starting With Rheingold/ISTA Diagnostics

*Prepare Hardware
1. Set Sleep settings to Never (will be a long download time, 10 hours, on that later).
2. Purchase K+DCom cable online

*Get Software
1. Ask user Reclaimer for download link
2. Sign up for trial version on
3. Login to
4. In Chrome, add Extension for (extension allows avoiding "HTML 5 disk space limit" error).
5. Start/Run extension
a. URL bar should now have something like: chrome-extension://..
6. Paste download link URL in place of "chrome-extension://.."
7. R-click Tools > Download > download As Zip. Let it finish before proceeding.
8. R-click "ISTA+ Installation Guide v4.03" > Download > download as Zip. Let it finish before proceeding. \
9. R-click "unblock.reg" > download > download as zip. Let it finish before proceeding.

10. This is a big one with Rheingold.7z
a. R-click Rheingold.7z > Download > Download as Zip.
b. Let download run (a couple hours).
c. After 5 gigs get downloaded, a message will pop up informing that limit for transfer was exhausted.
i. The options are to pay $5 or wait 7 hours.
ii. Let browser sit and wait on this message - don't click anything. It will dismiss itself and continue.
d. Observe download resumed after 7 hours and message is gone. Download should finish.
* Install Software
1. Open "ISTA+ Installation Guide v4.03.pdf"
2. Follow instructions (carefully)
a. Found this a little confusing:
"Step 2: Install everything in Tools folder" - seems to suggest Tools as target installation directory. Wrong.
It actually means "Run all installers located in Tools folder".
* Connect to Vehicle and Configure Port and Driver (info source)
1. Plug in the K+D-Can cable into OBD on vehicle and USB on computer side. Let it install drivers automatically.
2. Go to Device Manager -> USB serial port properties -> port settings -> advanced -> change port number to com9 and latency timer to 1
3. Open C:\EDIABAS\BIN\EDIABAS.INI with notepad and check that "Interface = STD:OBD" and in TCP settings ensure "Port=6801"
4. Open C:\EDIABAS\BIN\OBD.INI with notepad and check that "Port=Com9"

* Test Connection
1. Open ISTA program by clicking shortcut created earlier
2. Click Operations -> Read out Vehicle Data -> Complete Identification.
3. In a minute, ISTA will return a graphic of the system modules.

Happy Diagnosing!

Last edited by serge1; 01-10-2017 at 09:17 AM.
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