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BMW F30 Flashing/Programming with ISTA + ICOM A2 Clone

This is how to do Flashing or Programming on BMW F30 using ISTA (ISTA-D v4.3.21 and ISTA-P v3.60.2) PsdZData Full, using an ICOM A2 emulator china clone


Here you go…



I have set up ISTAD and ISTAP within Oracle VirtualBox virtual machine.

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise with SP1

ISTAD v4.3.21

ISTAP v3.60.2

PsdZData v60.1 Full


Using my girlfriend’s loaner F25 X3 28i as a power supply in order to keep voltage between 14.0 and 14.9. This seemed sufficient for maintaining voltage and a temporary alternative to purchasing a Schumacher INC-700A power supply/charger.

ISTAD v4.3.21

My understanding was that ISTAD v4.x.x was supposed to be able to do flash programming and eventually replace ISTAP. I have not been able to get this working with my setup after weeks of trying. Not sure if anyone else has gotten this functionality to work. Otherwise, ISTAD has been great in terms of serving as diagnostic software and factory service manual.

VCI configs…

It would seem to calculate measures fine which is another way of saying determine which modules need to be flashed. However, pressing “Execute measures plan” would result in no action.

ISTA P v3.60.2

I finally decided to give ISTAP a try. I know flash programming can be done via ESYS after talking with number more experienced forum members, but I prefer a factory all-in-one solution for simpletons like myself. Fortunately, ISTAP worked when ISTAD did not.

ISTAP reading vehicle data after starting New Session…

ISTAP preparing vehicle for programming…

ISTAP programming vehicle in progress. You can see the status bars below the module names.

What the display says when in the first few minutes of programming…

I did see the “Emergency call malfunction” warning after I restarted the car after completing the flash. It went away after driving for a bit.

A few notes:

– Total duration for everything was about 57 mins

– ISTAP will flash firmware onto the modules and then code them. The coding process is automatic and it is fairly short. However, there will be a few dialog boxes that pop up to warn you or instruction you to do certain things such as calibrate the steering wheel angle, close all doors, etc. You’ll see your instrument cluster, climate system, windows/sunroof activate and deactivate. Don’t worry. Your car is not possessed, it’s just ISTAP doing everything to re-initialize your vehicle.

– You will lose your previous coding. For example, I had VO coded Bluetooth Audio/Media, tire pressure and temperature displays, and 6 blinks instead of the default 3 blinks for the turn signals. You will have to re-code all of that.

PsdZData Full

So one major issue that I foresaw was that ISTAD, ISTAP, and ESYS all have different places they want to access PsdZData Full. You don’t want to have 3 separate places to store all this data because it would consume a ridiculous amount of space. PsdZData Full is about ~70 GB. The solution is to decide where you want to keep the real physical PsdZData Full and create symbolic links for the other two applications to utilize.


mklink /J “C:RheingoldPSdZdatapsdzdata” “C:ISTA-PBMWServicesdataecudatapsdzdata”

Where ISTAD thinks psdzdata is.

Where psdzdata really is.

I obtained most of my factory BMW software from CarTechnology forums. BIG THANKS!


The last, attach a test report basically describes which control modules have been updated. It’s neat because it provides a “diff” between beginning and end.

Look here:

F30 Final Report: Done with ISTA-P

F30 Final Report  1


F30 Final Report


F30 Final Report 3


F30 Final Report  4


F30 Final Report 5


F30 Final Report 6


F30 Final Report 7


F30 Final Report 8


F30 Final Report  8



F30 Final Report  9


F30 Final Report  10


F30 Final Report  12


F30 Final Report  13


How to: ICOM Next DHCP Configuration + WiFi Connection

Guide:How to do BMW ICOM Next DHCP Configuration + WiFi Connection


Tool: ICOM Next

Car: BMW F10 series



  1. DHCPI have configured this to work before with a chinese clone but ISTA+ wont connect with ICOM Next. Configured ICOM to DHCP, did the same to TP-Link router. Submask for LAN the same for ICOM and router. I get identification error. If I remove router, connection is OK except for ICOM Direct interface option in ISTA. I followed the numerous DHCP configuration instructions found around the internet.
  2. WIFI OptionIt is quite frustrating finding info from the forums. All posters assume everyone is at the knowledge level they are at. I have Icom next genuine and TP-Link router. I tried setting up WLAN and my icom came up with "UNSUPPORT service" in itoolradar and green light in WLAN when ethernet disconnected. However my ethernet was then failing to connect so restored the ICOM. Got me really worried.Well, searched a lot on the web..

And almost solved!!!

Managed to set up the WIFI. You set up TP-Link as an access point, access key similar to that in ICOM,access point name common to both router and ICOM configuration. Then connect TP-Link to ICOM with ethernet cable, in wifi, connect to the WIFI network you just set up. I can now receive IP address in itoolradar as if it was in DHCP mode.

BUT IT CANT CONNECT TO CAR. IDENTIFICATION FAILURE. Tried all interface options. Needless to ask, interface set up with Easy connect. I can see icom interface in connection manager, KL15 has voltage, I have ethernet and Dcan shown as available protocols in connection Manager but still no luck. Direct connection with ethernet works a treat. Where is the quirk in DHCP or WIFI connection?


Well, I can now work wirelessly with any ICOM!!!

My connection issue was VMware adapter. Disabled it and now I can connect by plugging in the TP-Link router to ICOM and setting it up as an access point. ICOM in DHCP, laptop in DHCP. Perfecto!!

Only method that I cant get to work is pure WIFI i.e ICOM to car, Wifi router as accesspoint on power, laptop connected to access point wifi. I don't get any IP on itoolradar this way. ICOM may not be connecting to the router but honestly, I don't care since my set up works I,e router connected to icom via ethernet

Tried Mypublic wifi software but it does not run on my win 10, No idea why, It just does not set up.

How to update ETKA 8.0 to ETKA 8.1 Update 1245

Has someone yet found a solution to update ETKA 8.0 to 8.1? This concerns, both the German and the international version. The German Version comes with the VW update 1240.


When ETKA is updated to version 8.1, the error code might pop up, such as:

" no valid ETKA Installation found" "Installation will now Exit"

or “there is no Etka 8.0 installed on your system”


And no worries!

Here are good tips and guides confirmed to work for some one.

Have a try and you’ll find your way.


Tip 1:

people mix in discussion international and country versions.

the versions are different and you can't mix them.

at this time only the country version need update to 8.1 after 1241.
without having 8.1 you can't update 1242 and so on
international version don't need it till now


Tip 2:

update 1242 (and now 1243 and 1244) + etka 8.0 is possible.

Using etka torrent from rutracker + algeni loader.

Etka 8.0 isn't asking for 8.1 update. Let's see long will it work.

1244 could be last one with 8.0!SYkRVBIC!qFYjI7Grw_Mv2OaRgd4eYthKcIyz6A...







Tip 3:

  1. Vorraussetzung: Der Ordner "C: ETKA PROG IX " ist in Ihrem ETKA-Ordner verfügbar.2. Kopieren Sie den Inhalt des Ordners "C: ETKA PROG IX PROG " nach "C: ETKA PROG1 " und überschreiben Sie die vorhandenen Dateien.3. Kopieren Sie den Inhalt des Ordners "C: ETKA PROG IX DATA" nach "C: ETKA DATA" und überschreiben Sie die vorhandenen Dateien.4. Kopieren Sie den Inhalt des Ordners "C: ETKA PROG IX PROG " nach "C: ETKA PROG2 " und überschreiben Sie die vorhandenen Dateien.



Works fine.

Tested on Windows 7 32bit and Windows 10 64bit


IMPORTANT: for sake of security, youre advised to use the ETKA 7.5 tested version.

Contact via

  1. Online Customer Service
    3. Skype:
    4. WhatsApp: +86-18750906257


Good to know: ETKA 8 torrent download free & how to install


link 1:…

link 2:…/0B1QukJCtZTR1aGxFSVc1MHNrbEE/v...

link 3:!0YcnTQwI!JOV8tmOCw9u_-KeXAGzDfA


link 1: tested on Win7 32 bit. The simpliest install.

link 3: CAN be installed on Win7 x64, working fine.


ETKA 8 Installation Instructions: (for link 3)

  1. Download all .rar Files, extract it and start ETK75P_v2017.exe
    The Installation Wizard will guide you through the installation.
    Needed Files in the attached link: ETKA75_Germany_International_2017.part01-15.rar

Use WINRAR or 7-ZIP to decompress the Files or you'll get "Wrong Password" Error !

  1. The Install Password (not archives password) is: 2017@by-carfreak.kiss
    Note: Please type in the password manually, the setup doesn't like Copy & Paste.
  2. The install process continues with the necessary Hardlock Driver Installation.
  3. The System will be restarted automatically, if not please do it manually.
  4. Before you start ETKA
    Run the Patch ETK75P-PATCH-INT.EXE after installing ETKA 7.5 PLUS International
    Run the Patch ETK75P-PATCH-GER.EXE after installing ETKA 7.5 PLUS Germany
  5. YOUR ETKA 7.5 PLUS IS READY ! - but outdated
  6. Now we have to install the Updates
    We will need Update State 1185-711-717-1185 for upgrading to ETKA 8

If you have installed the Germany version, download the Germany Updates

file, unpack it and install the updates one by one in ascending order.

Wait until you start the next update until the previous update is finished.

Needed Files in the attached link: ETKA75_Germany_Updates_2017.rar

If you have installed the International version, download the International Updates

file, unpack it and install the updates one by one in ascending order.

Wait until you start the next update until the previous update is finished.

Needed Files in the attached link: ETKA75_International_Updates_2017.rar

Don't try to abbreviate or you can start from scratch !

  1. Make sure you have the Update State 1185-711-717-1185, you can
    see the actual state at the bottom line on the start page of ETKA 7.5,
    by clicking on the brands the state of the respective make is shown.
  2. We are ready for the ETKA8 Upgrade now.
    Run the Upgrade ETK8-UPGRADE-1186-712-718-1186.EXE from the
    ETKA8_Germany_Upgrade_2017.rar archive for the Germany Version.
    Run the Upgrade ETK8-UPGRADE-1186-712-718-1186.EXE from the
    ETKA8_International_Upgrade_2017.rar archive for the International Version.
  4. To keep you installation up-to-date you can use the ETKA Updater - start etka updates v1.8.exe
    The Updater will always download the latest updates. After Downloading you have to
    start ETKA and follow the update process. Needed File in the attached link: ETKA Updater.rar



Can it be installed on 32Bit and 64Bit Systems ?

It can be installed Native only on 32Bit Systems, if you have a 64Bit System please use

a Virtual Machine (e.g. VMWare) with an installed 32Bit System.


What are the Installation Requirements for this program ?

- Full Admin Rights

- 15GB free disk space

- NET Framework 2.0 or 4.0

- Deactivated Windows Defender / Anti-Virus & Deactivated Firewall

- Index for fast file search










How to set up Country Specific Settings ?

You will find the Instructions in the "Country-Specific Settings.pdf" in the install folder.

Vw diagnostic tool reliable source:


BIG THANKS to all contributors share their great experience and download links with all!

Links and solutions from your guys here are all used for educational purpose only!