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      06-16-2021, 03:14 PM   #1
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New to coding: looking for recommendations to create standalone laptop with SW

I am very new to coding.

Overview of the project:

- Plan to get a basic Windows 10 laptop with 1 GB SSD / 16 GB of RAM, newer processor
- I will be coding two vehicles: 2017 F36 and 2015 X15
- What ENET cables do you recommend? Happy to pay extra for high quality cables
- What software is required? From what source?

Appreciate all feedback. I will learn quickly.

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Unless you're going to flash or do VO coding make life easier and use Bimmercode.
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Unless you're going to flash or do VO coding make life easier and use Bimmercode.
Thanks for responding, Billfitz. I do need flash capability.
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I bought a old-ish Dell E4310 from Craigslist for about $200, then spent some more $$ to dump a 500GB SSD to store the full PSDZ data and ISTA files. Something like this and this.

If you're going to flash your ECUs, you're going to need a ICOM unit as I dont think you can do it over ENET. You're also going to need a external power source to power all the ECUs while programming. This is done using a specialized programming charger or having a second running car connected via jumper cables.
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You can flash over ENET if you are using E-Sys.
E-sys has the advantage to flash single ecus.
With some special and newer versions of ISTA you can also flash over ENET.
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I bought a old-ish Dell E4310 from Craigslist for about $200, then spent some more $$ to dump a 500GB SSD to store the full PSDZ data and ISTA files. Something like this and this.

If you're going to flash your ECUs, you're going to need a ICOM unit as I dont think you can do it over ENET. You're also going to need a external power source to power all the ECUs while programming. This is done using a specialized programming charger or having a second running car connected via jumper cables.
Thanks for the recommendation and links to suitable laptops.

Can you recommend a specialized programming charger? Where can I get one?

Is there a source where I can purchase ISTA+ with an easier installation process?
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I am very new to coding.

Overview of the project:

- Plan to get a basic Windows 10 laptop with 1 GB SSD / 16 GB of RAM, newer processor
- I will be coding two vehicles: 2017 F36 and 2015 X15
- What ENET cables do you recommend? Happy to pay extra for high quality cables
- What software is required? From what source?

Appreciate all feedback. I will learn quickly.
I've been using a Dell 32GB Inspiron with 4GB RAM for my car programming. I have Fiat, Audi and now eSys on there and it's very adequate, although it's eMMC drive is near full.

You really only need a low end laptop. The most important thing really is battery life. The Inspiron I have lasts a good 8 hours, due to the low end specs. It also has no LAN port. I use a USB to Lan dongle and a cheapo ENET lead from china with no issues.

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Thanks for the recommendation and links to suitable laptops.

Can you recommend a specialized programming charger? Where can I get one?

Is there a source where I can purchase ISTA+ with an easier installation process?

The Schumacher
is the one I'm aware of, but really any DC power supply capable of delivering 13V at 70A+ will do the trick.

You can find ISTA download links around the Internet or even in the coding forum. The install process is a bit intimidating, but its not that bad.
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