BMW INPA works on 2008 E60 M5 error vehicle not identified (Solved)

Following parts are tracked back to m5board forum. Thanks to NAK91’s question and solutions.


Let’s go…

I recently installed ISTA+, INPA / EDIABAS and NCS and follow instructions from available resources online for establishing a connection with my 2008 E60 M5, but was met with the message:

The vehicle could not be identified. Please check the access to the vehicle and check whether testing-analysis-diagnosis has been activated

I’m fairly certain I followed the installation instructions properly, so my inclination is to believe that my problem could possibly be the cable. I honestly don’t remember where I got the cable. I got it probably 4-5 years ago and never got around to installing ISTA or DIS.

Would anyone be able to tell by looking at the cable? I’ve attached a picture of the cable that I have.


So, this is the exact cable I bought awhile back on

INPA K+DCAN Full OBD2 Diagnostic Tool with FT232RL Chip for BMW



Finally solved!!!

I had successfully reinstalled everything again and that I had tried establishing a connection with the vehicle and that it had failed (which it did). However, I thought of something and decided to try it before posting that message. When I installed this time around, I noticed that there areTWO ediabas.ini files; one of them is in the EDIABAS directory under the system drive (C:\EDIABAS\Bin\ediabas.ini), along with the obd.ini, and the other is in the Rheingold directory (e.g C:\Rheingold\Ediabas\BIN\EDIABAS.ini, or wherever you unpacked Rheingold.7z).

I opened up the EDIABAS.INI in the Rheingold directory and changed the Interface = Remote toInterface = STD:OBD and then tried establishing a connection and it worked this time.


Unfortunately, the BEGINNERS GUIDE TO ISTA+ PDF only mentions the ediabas.ini file under the C:\EDIABAS directory:


So, for anyone who maybe hasn’t been able to establish a connection to their vehicle with ISTA and has exhausted all of their options, this may be a good place to start.

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Now, I need to perform a clutch adaptation -:D