How to solved the problem with ISTA and BMW m3 e36 of 96

Car model and year:
BMW m3 e36 of 96

BMW diagnostic software to consider to use:
ISTA + 3.53
Inpa cable

Problem:
From now on it is necessary to put the cursor of the interface on the D or the K knowing that it is of 96.
I say DKan
Then I plug everything I run ista it takes me the characteristics of my vehicle
After when I go to expert mode to diagnose the DME and well it makes me no fault find it seemed weird so I unplug the debimettre to see if it captures the defect and well no fault so I tell myself that there is a concern for dialogue.

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Tips to follow:
To make an E36 you have to enter the chassis manually, ISTA will not detect the box tree and then have to switch to the old DIS style visual.

Q: to see and control the versions, simply click on the adjustable wrench, top tool bar, then select “version” and you have your answer for a diag on E36, are you sure he found your DME ??
A: When I plug it in, I open it ista then I do the necessary it happens to find the characteristics of my vehicle m3 e36 and when I try to go further diag box it finds nothing
I will repeat the test in the week and see exactly all the steps.

Q: everything depends on whether it is a phase 1 or 2, phase1 = ADS protocol / phase2 = ODB protocol in this case ISTA works phase 1 / DIS or INPA see Carsoft 6.5
A: It is a m3 e36 of 96 phase 1

Q: for ista it is missed, it must go through DIS and head gt1, or Carsoft 6.5 with its interface.
A: I have a friend who has a m3 e36 also in phase 1 and he also has the ista but not on the computer like me and it works but as he lives far from home we can not try on mine or his

Q: not on a pc ?? what is it like support you are sure that it uses ISTA on the other hand it is possible that it has a limp bosch, the variation is of the Siemens, one of the 2 is not recognized
A: That’s what he has but I’m not using it
Mine is on pc with a cable dcan / blue kcan plus the intermediate round plug

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Tip 1:
No M3 E36 3.2 Phase1 = E36 Phase 2

1996 = ODB and no ads

M3 E36 3.0 L = ADS

So it must work very well with BMW Diagnostic Tool ISTA

I had a M3 E36 3.2 Phase1 of 1995, so the very first E36 Phase 2 and it worked very well.

Tip 2:
the m3 e36 3litre it is a s50 driven by a Bosch in ADS unlike the e36 m3 3.2 which is on a s50 driven by siemens so obd, he cannot diag the engine with the cable dcan mode kcan on the take oBD

the ADS protocol (DS1) uses two communication channels (TX / K and RX / L), it requires a specific interface, the round with 20 plug.

e36 before about 95: ADS / DS1 protocol on most modules except some “OBD” modules: ABS, AIRBAG
e36 after about 95: OBD / DS2 protocol on most modules, all engine computers except diesel td and tds remaining in ADS for DMEs, Bosch calculators are in ADS and Siemens in OBD

Different between INPA and ICOM?

INPA just need a OBD II cable with any PC and it can run. Software can be download. The cable cost only $20 USD + cost of a laptop.For a ICOM Scanner, it need a software called ISTA. I know all the bmw model can be used with. The whole system cost around $400 USD + cost of laptop. Anyone know the different between them??? If I am just a user and do some simple work for my E60 M5 (SMG clutch teach-in) , look for error codes. Which one I should buy?

ICOM and GT1 are hardware. GT1 was the previous generation, then came ICOM, and now something called E-NET (I believe).

DIS, ISTA, and INPA are software. DIS was the first generation. ISTA is the replacement for DIS. INPA is software, but was designed for BMW engineer use, not dealerships and most dealerships don’t have it or any clue how to use it. Some of the other guys here can recommend a software set, it seems the place I got mine is no longer selling them either.

ICOM is probably best for me. It does work with 20-pin port “ADS” fully.

Regarding ADS another question/problem came in my mind. Afaik ADS is only supported by Ediabas 6.4.3 and 6.4.7. Is there any advise how to handle this? Or is the only way having 6.4.3 or 6.4.7 installed on one machine and 7.3.0 on another? Is it at all necessary to use a newer version than 6.4.3 of ediabas for newer cars? Currenty I run 7.3.0 because I do not have a ADS interface.

The old EDIABAS is for when using an actual physical ADS interface. Keep using 7.3.0, it will need to be configured as “remote” and you will have to input the IP address of the BMW ICOM A2.You will need 2 tools. iTool Radar to get IP of ICOM and Reserve ICOM (only for when you use INPA, WinKFP, NCSExpert, etc), and EasyConnect for easy configuration of your ediabas.ini file.