Friday, January 20, 2017

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BMW ICOM A1, A2, A3, what's the difference? do you know that? here, i offer all information about this BMW diagnostic tool.
the three diagnostic tools all come with three modules ICOM A, ICOM B and ICOM C:
ICOM A – main adapter with OBD II connector for MOST, KCAN, DCAN
ICOM B – additional adapter for optic line, use USB connection with ICOM A
ICOM C – adapter for old vehicles with round 20-pin connector.

1- different firmware 
 ICOM A and ICOM A2 share the same firmware. Four firmware version optional:
but ICOM A3 comes with firmware 1.37 version

2- different software
ICOM A and ICOM A1 software: ISIS (ISTA-P) and ISID (ISTA-D), the latest version is: 2013.01.
ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 software: ISTA-D ISTA-P (or Rheingold version).
ps. ISIS/ISTA-D is for diagnostics; ISIS/ISTA-P is for programming 
3- different printed circuit board
ICOM A2 PCB of quality A
4- different operating system
ICOM A: support Win XP O/S only.
ICOM A1: Win XP and Win 7 64 bit O/S
ICOM A2: Win XP and Win 7 O/S
ICOM A3: Professional Win7 64 bit (NO Win XP)
5- different vehicle models:
ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 cover the same BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce models, but ICOM A is mainly for old BMW vehicles

BMW ICOM review:

review 1:
Icom A2 is the newer version of Icom A
each of them has 3 parts: A main unit, B Most connector, C old cars before 2000-2001

MOST = Media Oriented Systems Transport
It links between all media control units (ccc, cic, phone, etc.). it's installed on all BMW beginning from E90, E65, E60
you need most (Icom B) if you are planning to diagnose and program media units in BMW

 review 2:
Icom 3 - can programm 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 serios when you do F-series))) so, Buy A2 with most connector - and you will become a great BMW master  
(+ few years of learning needed)

 review 3:
My personal experience..

When you connect to ISID/Rheingold with icom it will diag etc, but if you use isss and it is a MOST car it will prompt you to connect to the MOST bus--find MOST connector, use short usb cable to connect between icom and MOST device, leaving your icom connected to the obd2 port. The MOST device will light up -2 green lights and toggle etc as it does it`s job.
If the Car does not have MOST bus, isss will not prompt you for it. Some programming is still done with icom, even when MOST is connected(I think) :-)
isss will not continue in a session if you do not connect MOST adapter.

Make sure your Network is sorted Properly if you are using the server..I just lost a few hours programming a 
Vehicle a week or so back and ended up with a Blank iDrive screen..sorted the ip conflict and everything turned 
out well.

 review 4:
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.

How do users think of BMW ICOM A, ICOM A2, ICOM A3:

What I know is that some of the ICOM A3 doesn’t support 20 Pin connector old cars, but the CPU should be faster.

BMW ICOM A2 is definitely a redesign of the old ICOM A1.You can see it very easy if you take a look on the CPU layer you will find LED´s on both layers. One side would never light outside the case, but in the A1 case the LED´s were used in the paste.
I bought my first A2 more than two years ago. it is still working, another WIFI ICOM A2 from the same supplier some month ago. It was shipped with a DLink WLAN Adapter and a HDD. HDD is working very well, but I made my own installation. With the WIFI function it takes a little bit more time to find a good solution, because I am working in two different network segments. Here I use Freeware NetSetMan and MyPublicWifi. Especially the first program is a knife in handling TCPIP addresses and nic´s.
Print quality of the layer is really good. Due to the old BMW ICOM A module have problem in the cooling and protection design, ICOM A2 adopts the whole aluminum shell body, using aerial explosion-proof connector; and it use the joint connection line which similar to the SDconnect C4
So not everything from China is cheap crap, but I think it is better to know somone there you can trust.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Which best: BMW ICOM, ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 ISTA-D ISTA-P?

With the born of newest BMW ICOM A3 pro + V1.40.05 diagnostic programming tool, BMW ICOM series including ICOM, ICOM A1 and ICOM A3 get most people confused, they have no idea which one to buy.

FYI, BMW ICOM A3 pro + V1.40.05 comes with a internal WIFI chip, just get one wireless adapter and plug into the computer, then the wireless adapter will communicate with the wifi chip and perform diagnostic and programming function on all BMW vehicles e.g BMW Cars, BMW Motorcycle, Rolls-Royce, Mini Cooper.
Wireless Adapter
Part 1: Similarities- BMW ICOM, ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 Comparison Table
                                          BMW ICOM, ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 Comparison Table
Products              BMW ICOM                BMW ICOM A2          BMW ICOM A3
Item No.SP101SP101-BSP110SP168-BSP168-CSP168-BASP168-BOSP168SP234SP234-BSP234-C
Featuresbest quality made by Yanhua Company, without softwareNot made by Yanhua Company, without softwareFull set with external HDDGeneral version, most users buy SP168-B. SP168-B (ICOM A2) has the same hardware SN as ICOM A1.With new hardware SN which is different from SP168-B/C; SP168-BA comes with no software, SP168-BO contains HDD.Wifi Version, which allows diagnosis and program via wireless connection.ICOM A3 V1.38 with software A3 V1.38 with no softwareICOM A3 V1.40.05 built-in with WIFI chip
OS requirementIt depends on which version of BMW Rheingold ICOM interface run with. ICOM software is tested ok on Win 7 and win8.
Computer requirementBMW ICOM Laptop Requirement: EVG7, DELL D630 or others with required configuration.
Reset the computer system date and time to the current time
Set to achi mode
Advise you use Lenovo or Dell with CPU 2.0 above and memory with 4GB.
Otherwise the ICOM will freeze when boot.
Packed SoftwareBMW ICOM, ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 share the same software version, for the detailed autorized software, I attach below.
LanguageAll ICOM,ICOM A2 and ICOM A3  are multilanguage available.
FunctionGenerally speaking, function including BMW Diagnosis, Programming, Coding and Car Modifying
Workable car modelsGenerally speaking, covers BMW Cars, BMW Motorcycle, Rolls-Royce, Mini Cooper
Update1)Software update and 2) firmware update, for details as below.
ICOM VS ICOM A21. ICOM A2 support WiFi connection.
2. ICOM A2 has better computer compatibility, 2014.9 BMW ICOM A2+B+C support almost 95% PCs on the world with Intel chip (I3/I5/I7 series).
3. ICOM A2 is especially modified for vehicles with OBD port and boasts a significantly more powerful processor and a 4GB memory, ensuring faster running speed and wider storage space.
4. Newest BMW ICOM A2+B+C support latest BMW cars made in 2013 and most MINI Cooper in full system diagnose and offline programming.
5. ICOM A2 features an Aluminum case, which is strong and solid to protect the machine from damage in harsh environments.
6. ICOM C for old series come with a diagnostics socket, and will be additionally equipped with a long cable around 20cm, which improves the connection of the ICOM A2.
7. To protect the MOST connector, the ICOM B for vehicles with optical MOST access will be equipped with a soft cover made of rubber instead of plastic cap.

  1. BMW ICOM Packed Software (In details)
BMW ICOM, ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 share the same software version, for the detailed autorized software
No.Software NameSoftware Function
ISPI-NEXTAdmin tool
ISPI Admin Client ISPI-NEXTAuthorization management and environment Configuration software
ISTA+Diagnostic and repair guide, including Diagrams and disassembly Figure
ISTA-P(ISSS-NEXT)Programming and coding software system
HDD-Update NavigationSoftware upgrade back-office services (function with ISTA-P, need to Import map files)
KSDWork software
ETKAccessories Catalog
E-SYSEngineer Software for F series (available for programming and coding)
WINKFPEngineer Software for E series, for programming
NCS-Expert toolEngineer Software for E series, for coding E
INPAEngineer Software for E series, for diagnosis
Tool32Engineer Software for E series, able to run directly
BMW Coding ToolAuxiliary Software of Engineer Software for E series (Available to import model data to WINKFP and NSC)
Ncs DummyAuxiliary Software of Engineer Software for E series (Available to modify NCS data)
ITool RadarUsed to recognize ICOM, activate or release ICOM Port
Easy ConnectUsed to Configure the Environment Parameter of Engineer Software for E series, can activate or release ICOM Port

  1. ICOM A2 update:
  • Firmware update
icom firmware is able to update, tak ICOM A2 V1.40.05 for example, here are on how to update BMW ICOM A2 firmware to V1.40.05

icom a2 firmware v1.4 bootimage bin free download how to update icom a2 firmware to v1.4

  • Software update:
BMW ICOM software is able to update when the newest version is tested ok and released, you are required to pay the newest software.

Part 2: Differences among ICOM A2, ICOM A3 and ICOM A3 Pro+

Their difference mainly at Outlook

ICOM A3 V1.40.05 with WIFI outlook and ports (Item No. SP234-C1 and SP234-C)
ICOM A3 V1.38 mux outlook and ports (Item No. SP234 and SP234-B)
SP234-B has no software in package. Users can buy it in addition.
BMW ICOM A2 V1.37 mux outlook and ports (Item NO.SP168 and SP168-BO)
bmw-icom-a2-b-c-diagnostic-tool-with-programmer sp168 and sp168-bo

Part 3: BMW ICOM Rheingold ISTA-D ISTA-P issues and solutions:
Question: When EasyConnect is processed done?
Answer: Only you get following picture can it means EasyConnect is processed done.
 easyconnect well done
Question: ICOM or ICOM A2 fails to work on old BMW (one system or new car)
If you find ICOM or ICOM A2 fail to work on old BMW or one system or new car, just disassemble ICOM and test this 39K resistance. Another reason is unstable voltage.
39k resistance

How to reset the language you want:
Reset the language is possible, some customer feedback they receive the ICOM hardware and find the language is not they want, but don’t know how to reset. Jjust open diagnostic software ISTA/P, and then click this “Tool” icon to reset shown as follows.
change language

Using 2015.8 Windows7 BMW ICOM HDD (Item No. SS151-8B), get error message “The screen resolution is insufficient to run this application”, how to fix?
ista-p warning
After open ISTA-P, click “Reset settings”, then close, open again ISTA-P, click “ Reset Settings” then reset “Resolution”.
Check your computer system resolution setting, make sure it is as the same as the ISTA-P resolution setting.
 reset settings
 reset settings (SS151-8B)
Using ICOM 2015.7 ISTA-D 3.50.10 ISTA-P (Item No. SS151-7) and these function displays gray, ISTA-D is working, ISTA-P is not working, how to do?
 icom gray not work
Possible reason: Your exit ISTA-P then directly turn off the computer, it results in the software is damaged.Normally, you are required to exit the software then follow the general procedure to turn off the computer.
Solution: Now, the solution is to send the software back to repair.

Q: Buy ICOM External or Internal Hard Drive
A: As we all know, ICOM  is available with both external and internal hard drive, which version to choose, it is specific to individual users. In the following parts, I would like to sort out their advantages and disadvantages.

External hard drive of ICOM is a much more versatile solution, and it was my initial choice. If laptop broke, you could just plug it into another machine.

Only downside is it’s a lot slower than running it from disk, because of VMWare overhead.

Now I have it loaded on a machine-specific hard drive (internal hard drive) which I have installed in the machine. Much faster.

If you use it 2 or 3 times a year, a VM solution is perfectly fine. I did that for a few years myself.

If you use it quite a bit (with 3 MB’s in the house hold, I use it all the time) then go machine-specific hard drive.

Also remember the external hard drive hangs off the machine and can be damaged as you move the laptop around. If you pick up the laptop, the USB drive unplugs, then it will fall to the ground and you’re cooked.

Internal is so much nicer because now I just have the multiplexer and laptop to carry to the car. Nothing to unplug or fall off.

Q: Buy SSD or HDD

ICOM, ICOM A1, ICOM A2 Software SSD VS Common HDD in Terms of Running Speed
D630 with 4GBTime to bootTime to shutdownTime to use Xentry test one single vehicle model
SSDAbout 1Min 30SecsAbout 20SecsAbout 2Mins 25Secs
Common HDDAbout 4MinsAbout 50SecsAbout 3Mins 27Secs
D630 with 1GB
SSDAbout 3Mins 15SecsAbout 22SecsAbout 4Mins 28Secs
Common HDDAbout 5MinsAbout 2MinsAbout 5Mins 07Secs