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lkraven
06-04-2007
DIY Procede USB-Serial Cable Through Firewall

This is a DIY that builds on previous DIYs-- I take no credit for this except that I have taken some pictures for something others have already done. There's a DIY for routing a USB-Serial cable adapter around the A pillar. I don't like...
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By phattbam on 09-14-2008, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by loonyzou View Post
Hello,

I would like to be sure of the use of this DIY, after putting the USB cable, will I be able to plug an USB Key with MP3 and listen to them? Because I don't have USB plug stock, it would be great for me. Do I need to make it work by BMW (with an update of the CIP?)?
Will I be able able to explore the folders of the usb key?
I don't see where the USB must be plug in the ECU, can someone tell me?

Thanx
this is for uploading maps for the PROcede Vx system. This is not for usb drives to play media
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By StatenEye 535i on 07-15-2009, 11:54 PM
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this is for uploading maps for the PROcede Vx system. This is not for usb drives to play media
lol

Great write up. I took off work to install the PROcede today and now i have to open her back up to run the cable... Awesome write up..thx
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By Grendalf on 07-20-2009, 04:03 PM
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I have tried to pass my cable last week-end and I have found impossible to slip the cable through the lower hole. I cannot push the cable toward the cabin since it has a plastic cover, the only direction I may be able to pass the cable is downward.

Anyone can confirm me that is normal? I own a E90 LCI.

Thank you
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By cn555ic on 07-20-2009, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Grendalf View Post
I have tried to pass my cable last week-end and I have found impossible to slip the cable through the lower hole. I cannot push the cable toward the cabin since it has a plastic cover, the only direction I may be able to pass the cable is downward.

Anyone can confirm me that is normal? I own a E90 LCI.

Thank you
Downward is what you need to do...It only needs to go down that hole about 1 inch, after that go into the cabin and take off that cover and you will see the USB connector tip...
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By J.P. on 07-21-2009, 09:25 AM
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Downward is what you need to do...It only needs to go down that hole about 1 inch, after that go into the cabin and take off that cover and you will see the USB connector tip...
yup, use a metal wire clothes hanger (straighten it out first) and tape one end of the USB cable to it, and snake it through, makes it a lot easier!
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By Grendalf on 08-02-2009, 12:54 AM
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yup, use a metal wire clothes hanger (straighten it out first) and tape one end of the USB cable to it, and snake it through, makes it a lot easier!
Thanks guys, got it work today. Don't have to open the CPU box anymore, yeah!
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By SchwarzOpsAZ on 08-13-2009, 03:51 PM
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Here's the cable I used from Newegg. Works great, just have to load the driver after Windows finds it. Confirmed working on Windows Vista 32bit, and now Windows 7. Edit: Win7 32bit didn't work right away, had to run installer from Prolific website.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812156009
Last edited by SchwarzOpsAZ; 08-16-2009 at 04:32 PM.
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By SoCali E36 on 10-23-2009, 02:13 AM
how long should the ideal cable be? i think i have one that is like 2 feet in length is that long enough?

Please PM me the answer because i know i wont be in here again lol sorry.
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By twinturbopg on 11-12-2009, 05:37 PM
has anyone tried this on a e90 yet???
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By Pseudo Nim on 12-07-2009, 04:04 PM
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Curious... say you go to the dealer. Wouldn't they wonder why you have a USB cable running to your glovebox?
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By Schn3ll on 01-21-2010, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by protium View Post
This is why you lock the glove box.



edit:
Btw, is the install similar on a 135?
Install is similar but not quite the same, instead of looking for the cable behind the fuses, it emerges at the bottom of the glovebox where the glovebox meets the carpet (took me awhile to figure this out!). You will have to unscrew the 3 torx screws and move the lower piece of the glovebox down to fish the wire out and up into the glovebox. Hope that helps!
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By ehssan_alkhiyami on 01-24-2010, 05:00 PM
nice info ...
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By twinturbopg on 02-16-2010, 07:46 PM
hopefully I will have time tonight to try it out! wish me luck...on my e90. got quite a few things to install as you can see by my sig.
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By dzenno on 03-13-2010, 02:49 PM
Excellent! Finally did it
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By SSDD on 04-17-2010, 01:35 AM
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Thanks for the excellent guide OP. The only thing I would add is if you are like me and really struggling to get the usb cable through the hole it helps to see where it is going to come out. On my 09 E90 it was in the same place as in this guide
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...ht=usb+install
Thanks again and good luck to everyone else.
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By hoopvillian on 08-23-2010, 02:12 AM
Will this hole fit a serial cable connector too? Or is it just big enough for USB.
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By ehssan_alkhiyami on 08-24-2010, 02:54 AM
i don't think so ,,it's too small for the serial cable plug ,,
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By fisherbln on 08-24-2010, 10:01 AM
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i don't think so ,,it's too small for the serial cable plug ,,
+1, definitely too small to fit the serial connector through it.
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By pdubq on 09-27-2010, 02:10 AM
I know wrong forum... but this is the best DIY up so far.

Any details on the 535i install? I'm trying to route my serial->USB cable up for my procede...

I removed the ECU quickly just to have a peek, nothing. there's a "perfect" looking ovular hole in the passenger-side-most back panel of the ECU box, but I tried routing the USB cable back there, even a wire coat hanger... and I can't find it poking through anywhere behind the glovebox.

One issue though, I'm not sure if I need to remove the panel below the glove box, (I reached up behind it, with what I could feel... and couldn't feel the coat hanger poking through anyways.) On the 535i the rear of the glove box can be removed, to expose a bunch of fuses and little holes in the plastic covered by the firewall. Do you actually need to remove the panel below the glovebox on the 535i?

I tried to... I got at 4 screws, but there is a AC power outlet down there (who would have thought????) and that (at least, maybe more points as well) seem to be preventing me from removing the panel to have a better look.

Anyone with 535i experience routing the Serial->USB cable from the ECU box to the Glovebox?
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By bimmertt on 12-03-2010, 10:34 PM
can someone let me know the minimum cable length necessary to do this?

it seems like most are using a 6ft cable, but it seems like the space between the firewall and glove box is far less than that.
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By sappersix on 05-01-2011, 09:41 PM
Just a thank you out to the OP for this DIY. Worked like a charm. Pictures were helpful.

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Originally Posted by bimmertt View Post
can someone let me know the minimum cable length necessary to do this?

it seems like most are using a 6ft cable, but it seems like the space between the firewall and glove box is far less than that.
Yes, you could get away with a shorter cable (3ft, maybe even 2ft), but why would you want to, unless you can fit your laptop into the glovebox.

This is the cable I used. No issues with Windows 7 64-bit. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BF106C.
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By Stealth135i on 05-05-2011, 03:59 AM
i take it this wouldnt work on a RHD vehicle then as the glove box is on the other side???
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