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R53 NCS Expert Guide Additional Info

DISCLAIMER: I IN NO WAY AM RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU DO TO YOUR OWN VEHICLE. BY EVEN TAKING THIS INFORMATION INTO YOUR BRAIN YOU RELINQUISH ALL RIGHTS INFERRED, IMPLIED, OR ASSUMED THAT I MAY IN ANY WAY BE AT FAULT FOR AN ISSUE YOU INCUR WITH YOUR VEHICLE. THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.


That being said..

I finally got my cable today from Romania and got to hacking away at my Mini.

A lot of NCS Expert is DIY. A lot. It took me a while to get it together and some of the information I had to was missing. Here's what I learned, hopefully it helps some of the more adventurous R53 guys. (and gals)

Background info: I have a 2006 R53 (built late 2005). I used a Macbook and VMWare Fusion to install Windows XP. Others have had success using later versions of Windows and enabling compatibility mode for Windows XP.

As per this thread...

When you download the package from the above mentioned thread, it discusses setting up the files in the PDF instruction file. You do put the daten files where it says to, but you have to run the LADEN.BAT batch file afterwards, and it doesn't exist where it's supposed to.

What you actually have to do, is retrieve it from the R56 daten folder, where it is actually named LADEN.BTA, which is incorrect.

First, rename it to LADEN.BAT, then move it to C:\NCSEXPER\DATEN\R50. After that, right click on it, and select Edit, which should open it in Notepad. The first line says:

Code:
@set _BR_COD=R56
Change it to:

Code:
@set _BR_COD=R50
Then hit File > Save, and run the file. A black box will pop up, words will go by, and things will happen.

Back to the post...

Originally Posted by mziol View Post
..The directions are basically the same as GTECKO's that can be found here: https://www.northamericanmotoring.co...beginners.html

Follow those for the installation process and make sure you put R50 and R56 folders in the DATEN folder.

The instructions are exactly the same until you get to the choose chassis section. Here you will choose R50 (I did this for a 2006 Mini Cooper S with JCW Kit) instead. Then, you choose EWS instead of CAS which you would choose if you had an R56.
When I did this, the only thing that came up was EWS and KMB. Either way, hit EWS.

Originally Posted by mziol View Post
Go ahead and then (in the case of auto-up windows) choose BC1 and read the ECU. Go in to the FSW_PSW.TRC file (AS ALWAYS, MAKE A BACKUP!) and edit the lines of code you want to change. Next, I had to go to Job and set it to SG_CODIEREN and then tell it to run the job. It worked for a bit (just like his guide will say) and then completed. Viola! Working auto-up windows.
Personally I tried this and it did not work for me. Working auto up seems to work pretty consistently on the drivers side, but it seems to be dependent on different versions of the BC1 module for working auto up on the passenger side.

These posts sheds some light on the issue:

Originally Posted by claancy View Post
I don't remember the BC1 revision levels, but I have been able to get both windows to auto-up on three different 2003 cars (11-2002 thru 07-2003 builds), but only the driver's window on a 2004 (12-2003 build) and my 2006.

Also, I have the windows up with my remote working on my 2006, but not on any of the others.
Originally Posted by joylove View Post
Passenger side will never auto-up, the motor doesn't have the trap sensor.

One thing that makes all this NCS-monkeying around tremendously easier is using NCS Dummy, available here: BimmerForums NCS Dummy

It requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, which is also available as a download from that thread.

NCS Dummy allows you to pull up the datens you have saved and filter it by the FSW_PSW.TRC file that NCS Expert has created, make changes to it, and export it back to the C:\NCSEXPER\WORK folder as the FSW_PSW.MAN file that NCS Expert actually applies changes from. Very handy.


I realize this is incomplete and there's probably holes and gaps here and there, and I welcome any posts discussing additions to be made or more clear explanations to be added. In the near future I plan to add screenshots and clean this up some.
 

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As far as the changes I have made, here they are... This is from NCS Dummy with a little formatting on my part.

The are from the BC1 module:

I disabled all the cold and hot monitoring of the lights. This fixed various issues with off the shelf HID kits (Like from DDM) and eliminated the "rave LED lights" you get when you start getting advanced with LED swaps.

Code:
    WARMUEBERWACHUNG_AL             HOT MONITORING OF LOW BEAMS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    WARMUEBERWACHUNG_FL             HOT MONITORING OF HIGH BEAMS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    WARMUEBERWACHUNG_SL_H           HOT MONITORING OF REAR STANDING LIGHTS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    WARMUEBERWACHUNG_SL_V_I         HOT MONITORING OF FRONT STANDING LIGHTS OR ANGEL EYES
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    WARMUEBERWACHUNG_KZL            HOT MONITORING OF LICENSE PLATE LIGHTS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    WARMUEBERWACHUNG_BLK_VO         HOT MONITORING OF FRONT TURN SIGNALS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    WARMUEBERWACHUNG_BLK_HI         HOT MONITORING OF REAR TURN SIGNALS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    WARMUEBERWACHUNG_BL             HOT MONITORING OF BRAKE LIGHTS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    WARMUEBERWACHUNG_BL_MI          HOT MONITORING OF THIRD BRAKE LIGHT
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled
    WARMUEBERWACHUNG_NSW            HOT MONITORING OF FRONT FOG LIGHTS
        aktiv                           enabled
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
    WARMUEBERWACHUNG_NSL            HOT MONITORING OF REAR FOG LIGHTS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    WARMUEBERWACHUNG_IB2            HOT MONITORING OF INTERIOR LIGHTS 2
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_AL             COLD MONITORING OF LOW BEAMS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_FL             COLD MONITORING OF HIGH BEAMS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_SL_H           COLD MONITORING OF REAR STANDING LIGHTS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_SL_V_I         COLD MONITORING OF FRONT STANDING LIGHTS OR ANGEL EYES
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_KZL            COLD MONITORING OF LICENSE PLATE LIGHTS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_BLK_VO         COLD MONITORING OF FRONT TURN SIGNALS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_BLK_HI         COLD MONITORING OF REAR TURN SIGNALS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_BL             COLD MONITORING OF BRAKE LIGHTS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_BL_MI          COLD MONITORING OF THIRD BRAKE LIGHT
        aktiv                           enabled
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_NSW            COLD MONITORING OF FRONT FOG LIGHTS
        aktiv                           enabled
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_NSL            COLD MONITORING OF REAR FOG LIGHTS
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_BL_MI_2        COLD MONITORING OF THIRD BRAKE LIGHT 2
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    KALTUEBERWACHUNG_IB2            COLD MONITORING OF INTERIOR LIGHTS 2
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled

Other lighting mods:

Code:
    AL_AUS_BEI_KL_50                LOW BEAMS OFF WHEN STARTING ENGINE (keeps my HIDs on while I turn the motor over)
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    HEIMLEUCHTEN                    FOLLOW-ME-HOME LIGHTS (ACTIVATED BY FLASHING HIGH BEAMS WITH IGNITION OFF)
(this is in seconds. I think 1 is 60s, 2 is 120s, 3 is 180s, and so on. very very very cool feature, just snap the high beams when you get out, it takes care of the rest)
        wert_01                         value 01
*       wert_02                         value 02
        wert_03                         value 03
        wert_04                         value 04
        wert_05                         value 05
    NO_SOFT_ON_OFF                  WITHOUT SOFT-ON/OFF FOR INTERIOR LIGHTS (makes the fade in/out of the lights instant - I have a full LED interior)
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled

Mods to the wipers:

Code:
    WISCHER_VOLLEND_KLR_AUS         WIPERS COMPLETE CYCLE AFTER TURNING OFF IGNITION (no more one stuck up wiper!)
        keine_vollendung                
*       vollendung                      complete
    WISCHER_GESCHW_ABHAENGIG        WINDSCREEN WIPERS SPEED-DEPENDENT
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled
    STANDRUECKSCHALTUNG             WINDSCREEN WIPERS RETURN TO INTERVAL AT STANDSTILL (WITHOUT RAIN SENSOR) (slows down your wipers for you at stoplights)
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled
    WISCHERINTERVALL                WINDSCREEN WIPERS INTERVAL AT STANDSTILL (WITHOUT RAIN SENSOR)
*       wert_01                         value 01 (very slow)
        wert_02                         value 02 (slow)

Windows up and down:

- on a side note, I tried adding things to the file, flashing it, turning on random things, I just really gave the BC1 hell trying to get auto up on the passenger side. I just couldn't do it. Works fine from the key fob though.

Code:
   WIN_PINCH_ENABLE_DRIVER (this seemed necessary)
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
   WINDOW_AUTO_UP_DRIVER (totally worked on mine)
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
   WINDOW_AUTO_UP_PASS (totally did not work on mine.)
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled


    HUB_VERZOEGERUNG_FH_VORN        DELAY TO RAISE POWER WINDOW WHEN CLOSING FRAMELESS COUPE DOOR (I put the delay in there just because I like it)
        0ms                             0 milliseconds
        500ms                           500 milliseconds
        300ms                           300 milliseconds
*       400ms                           400 milliseconds
    FH_NACH_TUERE_AUF               POWER WINDOWS CAN BE USED WITH OPEN DOOR
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled
   KOMFORTSCHLIESUNG_SCHLOSS       COMFORT CLOSING WITH KEY IN LOCK (POWER WINDOWS, SUNROOF OR CONVERTIBLE TOP) (This is when you hold the key right in the door)
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled
    KOMFORTOEFFNUNG_SCHLOSS         COMFORT OPENING WITH KEY IN LOCK (POWER WINDOWS, SUNROOF OR CONVERTIBLE TOP) (This is when you hold the key left in the door)
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled
    HALTEN_FB_OEFFNEN_TASTE         HOLDING REMOTE CONTROL UNLOCK BUTTON FUNCTIONALITY (opens up the windows and moonroof from your key fob!)
        ohne_funktion                   without function
*       komfort_oeffnung                comfort opening
    KOMFORTSCHLIESSUNG_FB           COMFORT CLOSING WITH REMOTE CONTROL (POWER WINDOWS, SUNROOF OR CONVERTIBLE TOP) (closes the windows and moonroof from the key fob!)
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled

Door locking and unlocking:

Code:
    VERRIEGELN_AUT_AB_X_KM/H        AUTOMATICALLY LOCK WHEN EXCEEDING A CERTAIN SPEED (LINKED TO [VERRIEGELUNGSSCHWELLE])
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled
     ENTRIEGELN_B_MOTOR_STOP         AUTOMATICALLY UNLOCK AFTER SWITCHING OFF ENGINE (Gets rid of that annoying double-pull!)
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled
    QUIT_OPT_SCHAERF                VISUAL LOCKING ACKNOWLEDGE (SINGLE TURN SIGNAL FLASH)
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    QUIT_OPT_SCHAERF_KLAPPE         VISUAL LOCKING ACKNOWLEDGE ONLY WHEN ALL DOORS AND LIDS CLOSED
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled
    QUIT_AKUST_SCHAERF              ACOUSTIC LOCKING ACKNOWLEDGE (SINGLE ALARM BEEP) (this doesn't work on mine, but I hear some relay click))
*       nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        aktiv                           enabled
    QUIT_AKUST_SCHAERF_KLAPPE       ACOUSTIC LOCKING ACKNOWLEDGE ONLY WHEN ALL DOORS AND LIDS CLOSED (this doesn't work on mine, but I hear some relay click)
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled
    QUIT_OPT_ENTSCH                 VISUAL UNLOCKING ACKNOWLEDGE (TWO TURN SIGNAL FLASHES)
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled
    QUIT_AKUST_ENTSCH               ACOUSTIC UNLOCKING ACKNOWLEDGE (TWO ALARM BEEPS) (this doesn't work on mine, but I hear some relay click)
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
*       aktiv                           enabled
    QUIT_OPT_ANZAHL_SICHERN         NUMBER OF VISUAL LOCKING ACKNOWLEDGES (light flashes)
        0                               0
        1                               1
        2                               2
*       3                               3
    QUIT_OPT_ANZAHL_ENTSICHRN       NUMBER OF VISUAL UNLOCKING ACKNOWLEDGES (light flashes)
        0                               0
*       1                               1
        2                               2
        3                               3
I didn't know which "key number" mine was, so I did all of these to unlock both doors right away when I hit the button. My girlfriend appreciates this.. 

    FERNBEDIENUNG_1                 CAR/KEY MEMORY 1 FOR REMOTE CONTROL
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        zv_selektiv                     pressing remote control unlock button once unlocks only driver door, twice unlocks all doors
*       einstiegshilfe                  pressing remote control unlock button once unlocks all doors, twice opens driver power window (easy entry for frameless coupÈ door in narrow spaces)
    FERNBEDIENUNG_2                 CAR/KEY MEMORY 2 FOR REMOTE CONTROL
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        zv_selektiv                     pressing remote control unlock button once unlocks only driver door, twice unlocks all doors
*       einstiegshilfe                  pressing remote control unlock button once unlocks all doors, twice opens driver power window (easy entry for frameless coupÈ door in narrow spaces)
    FERNBEDIENUNG_3                 CAR/KEY MEMORY 3 FOR REMOTE CONTROL
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        zv_selektiv                     pressing remote control unlock button once unlocks only driver door, twice unlocks all doors
*       einstiegshilfe                  pressing remote control unlock button once unlocks all doors, twice opens driver power window (easy entry for frameless coupÈ door in narrow spaces)
    FERNBEDIENUNG_4                 CAR/KEY MEMORY 4 FOR REMOTE CONTROL
        nicht_aktiv                     not enabled
        zv_selektiv                     pressing remote control unlock button once unlocks only driver door, twice unlocks all doors
*       einstiegshilfe                  pressing remote control unlock button once unlocks all doors, twice opens driver power window (easy entry for frameless coupÈ door in narrow spaces)
 
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This is cool stuff, where can I get NCS Expert?
 
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Passenger side will never auto-up, the motor doesn't have the trap sensor. If your passenger airbag warning light is on (the picture of the baby seat) you can disable this feature.
 
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What cable did you go with? Is it the one that works with newer and older cars?
 
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Originally Posted by OldGameFreaK View Post
What cable did you go with? Is it the one that works with newer and older cars?
No, I got the one that doesn't support the R56 and up.. Worked fine, and it was only $35 shipped.

Specifically, this one: link

Took FOREVER to get here though.. Must have swam it over from Romania..
 
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Originally Posted by ViperNL View Post
This is cool stuff, where can I get NCS Expert?
link in the post. read through.

plus.. google.
 
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I can/will tell you now, NCSExpert does NOT like Vista 64bit. Argh!
 
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I can/will tell you now, NCSExpert does NOT like Vista 64bit. Argh!
I really recommend the use of a virtual machine running XP 32-bit.
 
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Exactly the route I'm taking. New to the whole virtual pc thing. It was pretty cool installing it though. Now I'm trying to figure how to share files/etc with the VM. That post was more for those that are searching for info...if that makes any sense.
 
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Ok, note to those that follow me. Virtual PC 2007 does not play well with Vista 64bit. It doesn't recognize, or support, USB. Making it useless for NCSExpert.
Moving on to Virtual Box.
 
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Just a thought, maybe if you disabled the pinch sensor option, you could get auto up to work for both windows? If the issue really is the fact that the passenger windows does not have the sensor built in, if that option is off, the computer won't look for it, and hence allow both windows to rise!
 
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Just a thought, maybe if you disabled the pinch sensor option, you could get auto up to work for both windows? If the issue really is the fact that the passenger windows does not have the sensor built in, if that option is off, the computer won't look for it, and hence allow both windows to rise!
It has to do with different versions of the BC1 computer. Some R53s have the functionality, some do not. Mine is one of the unlucky ones. When I read the BC1 I noticed that the WINDOW_AUTO_UP_PASS and WINDOW_PINCH_ENABLE_PASS functions are not returned. I tried adding them in manually, that didn't work. I also tried adding them in and enabling auto up and disabling the WINDOW_PINCH_ENABLE_PASS function. That didn't work either.
 
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Ok, note to those that follow me. Virtual PC 2007 does not play well with Vista 64bit. It doesn't recognize, or support, USB. Making it useless for NCSExpert.
Moving on to Virtual Box.
Give VMWare a try.
 
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does the NCSExpert have any functions for the sunroof?
i had an idea that has come to a slight halt because of power issues. I have various circuits that I have purchased that will 1. sense temperature and activate a relay or similar, and 2. sense rain and close a relay for a given amount of time.

i wanted to have the sunroof open when the interior of the car got "hot" (say, 100 degrees) and stay open. The 2nd sensor would watch for rain / moisture. once sensed, it would then Close the sunroof to keep the car from being soaked.

problem is, the sunroof seems to be controlled by one of the computer systems in the mini, and i am afraid to go applying power *****-nilly to get the sunroof motor to function as needed for this concept. so far, my only other work-around is to use the door lock mechanism to close the sunroof, and possibly a spare key fob to open it.
 
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does the NCSExpert have any functions for the sunroof?
i had an idea that has come to a slight halt because of power issues. I have various circuits that I have purchased that will 1. sense temperature and activate a relay or similar, and 2. sense rain and close a relay for a given amount of time.

i wanted to have the sunroof open when the interior of the car got "hot" (say, 100 degrees) and stay open. The 2nd sensor would watch for rain / moisture. once sensed, it would then Close the sunroof to keep the car from being soaked.

problem is, the sunroof seems to be controlled by one of the computer systems in the mini, and i am afraid to go applying power *****-nilly to get the sunroof motor to function as needed for this concept. so far, my only other work-around is to use the door lock mechanism to close the sunroof, and possibly a spare key fob to open it.
Your best bet, IMO, would be to figure out the signal that the moonroof switch sends to the BC1, make sure it's coded for 1-touch open and 1-touch close, and build a device that replicates those signals on your command. There's something like that on here somewhere, a guy had a circuit board that could integrate with the MFSW and do things based on the button presses.
 
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Got all geared up, read and reread information. Tapped into the R53's OBD2, INPA passed, and then the faulty VIN error. Lovely. Need to jump pins 7&8, then I noticed something peculiar. The ground wire is snapped off of the solder joint. Nice. Time to get the Weller heated up.
 
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Fixed ground wire, and jumped pins 7&8. Everything works just great...except...Can't write the file back to the car. Can read it and manipulate it on the laptop. Then execute, get the click and everything reports back as normal.
Close the program, turn off the car, remove cable. Turn on car, and everything is still as it was, no changes. Then I download the file again, and sure enough all of the values are still as they were before my fiddling. Lovely.
 
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Ok, sorry for extending to two threads..but...

SUCCESS!!!!
 
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So what was the issue??
 
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Resoldered my pin jump wire. Fairly certain the 8 pin wasn't quite right.
 
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thank you for putting this together!
 
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I was able to code the convertible top up and down with the fob over the weekend on an R52

I will see if i can go back and find the lines
 

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