pss-autosoft.net is a small enterprise owned by Mario Perez specializing in creating useful applications for many purposes. I am an automotive enthusiast and have many years of programming and systems integration experience. I was away from BMW maintenance for a number of years and after I went to Europe I got back into the BMW scene. Of course I wanted to be able to work on the car myself I found that there were no good, easy or inexpensive ways to run diagnostics. I had (have!) a bunch of shiny diagnostic hardware and software would talk to the majority of OBD1/2 cars, but not the modern BMW in any useful manner.
After doing some research I found that there were ways to talk to the car, diagnose the car and even change the car parameters without going to the dealer using Factory BMW and Mini Software. I found the raw software, found instructions from those who had done it before, followed them (after experimenting to figure out why there were often contradictory directions from install to install) and then used the software packages. As I have had friends with similar issues, and since I now knew how, I helped out installing copies of my own DIS and SSS, configuring the EDIABAS and making it work on their systems. What I discovered was that no one set of instructions covered all the systems out there and there are a lot of 'facts' that are not entirely true. And I learned that there were things that could determine how each computer would need to be configured for the specific version of Windows installed.
We created a universal installation system that looks at the computer, the hardware and the operating system. Then it runs the install using all the parameters that are correct and work for that combination. The only requirements are a computer with adequate disk space for the install, Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista 32 or 64 bit, Windows 7 32 or 64 bit, or Windows 8.1 32 or 64 bit (however NOT Windows 8.0). It does work with Windows 10, but there are lots of potential issues with the operating system itself, so we prefer not to recommend it currently. The software is specifically designed to work with a "Real" RS232 Serial port or connected using USB as well as the factory BMW diagnostic multiplexers (DK - German initials for "Diagnostic Head" or as they say "Dianosekopf" and popularly called a "Yellow Head", as well as the OPS and OPPS).
The only other issue is the computer - a older Windows based desktop computer is generally fine, if it meets the technical requirements and you have a place to use it near the car. Most people use a notebook (or laptop) which allows you to use it in the car. The screen on the laptop must have a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 as the DIS and SSS are designed to work on that resolution. If you have a greater screen resolution (1280x800, 1280x1024, 1440x900 etc.), no problem.
The best OS to use is Windows XP with SP3 and .NET 3.5 as it has the least amount of adaptations needed to let the EDIABAS software work. However our installation will install on Windows XP, Vista 32 or 64 bit, Windows 7 32 and 64 bit and Windows 8.1 32 and 64 bit as well as Windows 10 32 or 64 bit (but Windows 10 includes complications so we still do not recommend it). The host computer should ideally be a clean install with no anti-virus or extra firewalls installed (though the Windows Firewall is fine). We have used Windows Security Essentials anti-virus with this software successfully, but most other AV programs can cause issues with coding. However, as your host computer will be used for maintaining your car not surfing the net, a working network should not be necessary. Well, it is not needed AFTER the install is complete. The installed downloads some packages from the Internet upon install, so until that is complete the host computer does need Internet access.
The above is approximate, different factories may have changed on different dates. The above is generally accepted for the USA/Canada.
This table provides hard-to-find OBD-II connector locations starting in 1995 with the 750iL (E38); all others start from 1996.
|E36, E39, E46, E52, E53||Driver foot-well area.|
|E38*||Center of the console next to the cup holder. The trim panel snaps off the center console.|
|Z3||Right side of center console.|
|*E38 and other early OBD-II models may have a cosmetic cover and a fastened DLC cover.|
Compatibility:The PSS EasyInstall BMW and Mini EDIABAS diagnostic software is specifically set up for the serial port version. However, once installed we include a utility to easily switch to any other supported cable type.
OEM Diagnostic Multiplexers:Not everyone can afford or needs one, but if you are going to be using one of the BMW DK "Yellow Head" multiplexers, understand that it is designed to work with pre-DCAN cars (but not all); for later K-Line cars with MOST or DCAN cars you will need an OPS or OPPS (depending upon your specific car model). This is a limitation built in by BMW.
|DK "Yellow Head". For use with DIS using OBD:||DK "Yellow Head". For use with SSS Progman using OBD:|
|OPS/OPPS. For use with DIS using OBD:||OPS/OPPS model series list for SSS Progman. For use with OBD Socket:||OPS/OPPS model series list for Progman. For use with M.O.S.T interface:|
Note:Using an OEM OPS OPPS head sometimes will not allow you full use of the software depending upon the limitations of the head. For example, using an OPS with an E46 makes it so that you can only use the DIS or the EDIABAS applications. The SSS Progman requires an EDIC interface (i.e. a DK "Yellow Head") and will not link if an OPS is used. This is one advantage to using an after-market cable as it gets around this limitation as we have modified the SSS Progman (hard coded) to connect and display either an EDIC interface, OPS interface or to automatically recognize the OEM interface type. And since we support ALL BMW interfaces, we have added a tool inside the SSS Progman to easily change which interface the system recognizes at will. Note that we’ve also ensured that the dreaded “12.4Volt” issue in Progman is addressed to any non-OEM type interface.
The advantage to the OEM type heads is that if your car supports the DK, OPS/OPPS and/or has M.O.S.T. support then the system performs much faster as the communication speed between car and computer is multiplied.
This listing is believed correct, however if you find an error please let us know.
There are three interface types our system supports. ADS (Aktiven Diagnose Stecker or Active diagnostic connector), K-Line (also called “double K-Line or sometimes simply KK-Line), and finally DCAN. There is a fourth interface that was introduced in 2008 or 2009 that we have zero support for, that is the E-Net interface, which requires completely different diagnostic software and was used with “F-Series” cars.
ADS equipped cars started in about 1987 and continued until about 1997 (some models, such as SOME Z3’s continued to use ADS until 1999 in some markets). ADS cars require an ADS serial cable, not the EDIABAS/OBD serial cable that are (with some exceptions) commonly found on ebay or Amazon. Currently there are only three vendors we are aware of that offer the ADS cable.
K-Line cables come in several formats. There are serial combination K-Line cables that support ADS and K-Line, serial K-Line cables that only support K-Line cars, USB cables that support both K-Line and DCAN and USB cables that support only K-Line. The good vendors include the correct adapters for the type of cable you purchase. Early K-Line cars share the same 20 pin DLC as the ADS cars, however it is wired differently. So K-Line cars with the 20 pin DLC require a 20 pin adapter for the standard 16 pin cable or the BMW software will not work correctly. The combination K-Line/DCAN cables (often called “K+DCAN) require an additional adapter for all K-Line cars that do NOT have the 20 pin DLC. This is because the later DCAN cars have only a single date line and the connection point for the second K-Line is blank and the adapter fixes this issue. These cables are often marked “INPA Compatible”.
The last non-OEM interface type we support is the DCAN interface. The DCAN interface was introduced in 2007 officially (03/2007 build dates for the majority of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce models). There are exceptions however as some cars with 2006 build dates have been found to have DCAN.
The DCAN interface always uses the in-car 16 pin OBD connector and therefore looks just like all the other cables. However currently this cable is ONLY offered as a dual-mode cable that supports the K-Line and DCAN. There is a special software tool we provide (as do most cable sellers) that allows the K+DCAN cables to work with both types of cars, which is in addition to the physical hardware connection differences.
All DVD's are 100% data-checked prior to shipping, but if somehow your DVD is damaged we will make it good.
*Note that all information is gleaned from a variety of sources, and we cannot verify all of data presented here. Information was pulled from sources including BMW documentation, and after-market diagnostic system providers.
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