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Old 12-13-2007, 11:54 AM   #36
chromius
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The interface to the car is just a standard J1962 ODB2 connector that plugs into the plug under the driver's side dash. The interface itself is just a ELM32 based device, that I use some open source software with.

The Carsoft stuff is probably better software but it won't use and ELM32 device, it has to use it's own proprietary interface, which is pretty expensive compared to the ELM stuff.

At some point I'd like to pick up the autoenginuity interface, which connects directly to the Can-bus, and can read all the BMW specific stuff like ABS/DSC codes, Airbag stuff, Body control modules, etc etc. But it's like $300+ so I'm gonna wait on that until I actually need it.
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