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21/09/2016

What is BMW ICOM?

What is BMW ICOM?
ICOM refers to Integrated Communication Optical Module.
The ICOMs are the interfaces for the repair of BMW and MINI vehicles recommended by BMW. The ICOM is specifically designed for BMW and MINI vehicles. The ICOM incorporates powerful
processors and a high storage capacity. This allows for faster communication than with a PTT.
Nowadays, there are three versions of ICOM hardware: ICOM AICOM A2ICOM A3ICOM A3 pro
 
What is a ICOM kit?
There are three different ICOM components available. These can handle all vehicles of the BMW
Group:
  • ICOM A for OBD communication
  • ICOM B, in combination with the ICOM A, for MOST communication
  • ICOM C, in combination with the ICOM A, for 20 PIN diagnostic connector.
 
How to connect ICOM to OBD interface?
Connect ICOM A directly to the computer's unused network port. No other equipment or multiple port hubs should be connected between the ICOM and the computer. Connect the ICOM A OBD connector to the OBD socket in the vehicle. The ICOM A OBD connector can be folded to an angle to adapt it for use in the wide variety of OBD socket locations encountered in various vehicles.
 
How to use the ICOM multiplexer with the MOST port?
The supplementary ICOM B module will also be required to connect the vehicle's MOST port. Proceed by attaching the USB ports from ICOM A and ICOM B to the USB cable. Then connect ICOM A directly to the computer's unused network port. Complete the process by connecting ICOM B to the vehicle's MOST port through the MOST connector while also plugging the ICOM A OBD connector into the vehicle's OBD socket. If the system subsequently fails to recognize the MOST port or the ICOM, please repeat the process.How to connect ICOM mux to 20 Pin adapter on the vehicle?
Connect the ICOM to the network port on the PC first. Then connect the ICOM C to the ICOM A. Finally, connect the ICOM C to the vehicle 20 Pin diagnostic connector.
 
How long should you take to communicate with ICOM emulator?
Waiting period for recognition of an ICOM It can take up to 15 minutes before an ICOM is detected after the connection to the PC. It is advisable to connect the ICOM immediately after boot up of the PC, and then start the OSS software..
 
What are the compatible software?
Software List Software Function
1 ISPI-NEXT Admin Tools ISPI-NEXT authorization software
2 ISPI Admin Client ISPI-NEXT authorization management and environment Configuration software
3 ISTA-D(Rheingold) Diagnostic and repair guide, including Diagrams and disassembly Figure
4 ISTA-P(ISSS-NEXT) Programming and coding software system
5 HDD-Update Navigation software upgrade back-office services (function with ISTA-P, need to Import map files)
6 KSD Work software
7 ETK Accessories Catalog
8 E-SYS Engineer Software for F series (available for programming and coding)
9 WINKFP Engineer Software for E series, for programming
10 NCS-Expert tool Engineer Software for E series, for coding
11 INPA Engineer Software for E series, for diagnosis
12 Tool32 Engineer Software for E series, able to run directly
13 BMW Coding Tool Auxiliary Software of Engineer Software for E series (Available to import model data to WINKFP and NSC)
14 NcsDummy Auxiliary Software of Engineer Software for E series (Available to modify NCS data)
15 IToolRadar Used to recognize ICOM, activate or release ICOM Port
16 EasyConnect Used to Configure the Environment Parameter of Engineer Software for E series, can activate or release ICOM Port
How do people think of the newest ICOM firmwares?
BMW ICOM A3 for vehicles with OBD access receives a significantly more powerful processor and more storage capacity.
Robust aluminium case will help to avoid damage when using in harsh environments.
 
i checked the firmware; it’s the new version 1.4.0. So, two points i wanna say:
First, it is ICOM A2 with build in usb-ethernet adapter.
Second, it is K+DCAN interface built in A2 casing.
 
Icom a3 - can programme all units - but not media. I am planing to buy A2. As i know - the only difference with A1 - there is no "swimming" connector - that can be broken, and soon begin to look like sh*t with isolation tape. This is not series when you do F-series))) so, Buy ICOM A2 with most connector - and you will become a great BMW master (+ few years of learning needed)

19/09/2016

VMWare Workstation 12 on a Mac to successfully flash the PPK on a 2012 335xi e90

I used this VMWare Workstation 12 on a Mac to successfully flash the PPK on a 2012 335xi e90 today. it shouldn't be too hard to make it work with fusion I don't think. ISTA/P 3.56.1.002 is working awesome! In a uncompressed VM size with ISTA/P is 280GB.
Note: have to run it in bootcamp until we can find a workaround for mac users

 

Very important reference!!

http://obd2-diag.blogspot.com/2016/09/bmw-inpa-vmware-sol...

 

 

Here are some tips and ideas after i used this... Wish this helps.

 

Diagnostic tools can be used:
K+DCAN and ENET cables are supported for everything but MOST ring modules. For those, you will still need an ICOM emulator.

ista-p-3-56-vmware-1 ista-p-3-56-vmware-2

 

memory setting:

I would recommend anyone with less than 16gb of total host memory drop the VM memory down to 4gb or less.

 

connecting in either NAT or Bridge mode:

for use of an ICOM or ENET cable, you will need to use bridge mode. For general E9x and other K+DCAN vehicles, your network settings will not affect your ability to connect to the vehicle.

 

VMWare:

I chose VMWare because I feel like it's the most stable and offers the most features. I may look into building a version with Virtualbox but at least for now, I'm going to stick with VMWare. I do however, want to get a mac to test with so that I can make sure I can get it working in Fusion as well as on PC. I think building an underlying linux host is a good idea, however, the idea behind this VM was simplicity and I feel like building it in this manner would be counter intuitive to that end goal.

 

Ublock instead of ABP:

I could install ublock origin instead of Ad Block Plus in Chrome to save some resources as well as speed it up a bit.

 

PDF Printer/CuteWriter:

Might be nice to have a PDF printer, like CutePDF pre-installed for "printing" from the various diagnostic tools.

 

Datens on the desktop:
I included these raw daten files in rar format for a reason. While they all are already loaded in NCSExpert, INPA, and the like. WinKFP deals best with one model series daten at a time. If you need to use WinKFP to program a module, extract that rar file and use the BMW coding tool to load it into WinKFP. There is a PDF in the help files folder on the desktop that illustrates how to use the coding tool to load the files into WinKFP. If you don't plan on ever using WinKFP or programming some of these chassis codes you can go ahead and delete those or all of the datens.

 

Note:

All above is the customer solution. Try on your own risk.

Safe solution & easiest way is to avoid all installation problems, you can spend some dollars to buy BMW Rheingold software that has been installed on hard disk:

V2016.7 ISTA-D 3.55.31ISTA-P 3.59.0.600 Windows 7 HDD

V2016.3 ISTA-D 3.54.12 ISTA-P 3.58.0.500 Windows 8 HDD

(tested without any issues by obd2express chief engineers)

 

 

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