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Mark Owner/Technician Gray, Maine Posted   Latest   Edited  
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2005 Porsche Cayenne Turbo 4.5L (C) 6-spd (Tiptronic S)
Headlamps Inop After Replacement With Aftermarket Parts. Original Modules Reinstalled

First time posting so here goes. I am new to programming but have to get started sometime. I am on this site every day learning new things and am very appreciative of all the information that I gather. I have been watching numerous videos on programming and was wondering if I am able to perform this with my current laptop that has Windows 10 or do I need to purchase another with Windows 7? I have the snap On EETA113D Pass thru IV. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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Jim Technician
Dover, New Jersey
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You will need to check the system requirements of the manufacturer you want to program. And the translator you are going to program with. You may be able to do the flash with an unapproved device but you wont get support on that device. i believe the NASTF site still lists each manufacturers J2534 based site and there you can check compatibility. Be warned. I bricked one computer of hundreds. It…

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Mark Owner/Technician
Gray, Maine
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I have seen a few responses stating to only use Windows 7. I am able to use windows 7 compatability mode on my laptop if that is a safe option.

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Anthony Technical Support Specialist
Kirkwood, Pennsylvania
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Hi Mark: Let me ask you a question. Who sets the rules. OK, 2 questions. Who should you listen to? Though not as blunt, Mr. Testa pretty much said the same thing. Guido

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Mark Owner/Technician
Gray, Maine
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Thank you. These are the components of the learning curve I am looking for.

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Mark Owner/Technician
Gray, Maine
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Thank you, I'm spending hours on NASTF and many other sites to gain the necessary knowledge. I knew the responses here would be extremely helpful by informed personel.

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Justin Technician
Belleville , Ontario
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Could the module just require coding rather than programming to get the lights to function? Did modules in the individual left and right head light get swapped into the replacement units? Had it a couple times, body shop brings car to the shop for inop headlights. They didn't swap over headlight modules, ballasts. sometime they don’t have any bulbs in them. Lol. May be able to do the coding with…

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Mark Owner/Technician
Gray, Maine
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The right headlight was replaced with a used part and the original module was installed. The left side was just replaced with an aftermarket part and the original module.

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Richard Owner
Columbus, Georgia
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We program with Windows 10 computers using Drew Tech, not the latest and greatest or the oldest from Drew Tech. I Just don't remember which one. I guess we are just lucky, but I don't get involved in programming unless there is a problem and it is rare that a problem is brought to my attention. We don't do used modules, just new. I don't have time for cheap customers that don't want it fixed…

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Mark Owner/Technician
Gray, Maine
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This older vehicle belongs to a close friend that doesn't want to spend thousands on 2 headlights and I have been preparing to start in house programming due to the expense and wasted time towing or traveling to a dealer for this. I use RAP whenever possible at this point but it not very compatible with the Europeans that I service here. Thank you for your response.

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Steven Owner/Technician
Syracuse, New York
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Log into NASTF and check the system requirements. Every oem has their own listed. I have 5 laptops I use for programming. Windows xp, windows 7 and windows 10. You can buy a laptop with a partitioned harddrive that will allow for multiple operating systems on the same machine. I second drewtec products, support is great. They come with a toolbox program that has alot of info on each individual…

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Matthew Owner/Technician
Carlton, Oregon
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This is a vague, but common question I think that gets asked and needs to get asked. What do you need? The answer is, it depends. What are you trying to do with what manufacturer. That will narrow down quite a bit what you are going to need. Is it just going to be emission modules? TCM, ECM, PCM, etc? Are you wanting to to do non emission modules on vehicles? If so the requirements become more…

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Michael Technician
Amherst, Massachusetts
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What is the java manager you use and what is the cost and where did you purchase it? Thank you, Mike

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Paul Technical Support Specialist
Lafayette, Colorado
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Headlight replacement module will need coding. PIWIS II can pull coding and send over to new headlamp if the old one still communicates. I am not 100% sure on Porsche, but a used module is probably able to be coded to another car. An offline configured PIWIS II install also has manual coding options on some/most modules. The Porsche J-2534 options are real expensive. Probably not going to be…

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John Owner
Medford, New York
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Mark, I will add my two cents. Unfortunately, programming information on many sites is outdated and sometimes incomplete. It is a good general overview but far from specific. The only way to learn programming is to do it. There are so many scenarios that you can encounter. Often, you need to be "in the moment". I have factory tooling and information for all the manufacturers I diagnose and…

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Mark Owner/Technician
Gray, Maine
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After long deliberation I sent the car to a repair facility with the Porsche tooling. Not the brand to learn on. If the headlights are $3500.00 each I can imagine what an ecm (dme for Porsche) would cost. Thank you for your advise. I'm 67 and looking for another avenue of employment that isn't so physically demanding.

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Paul Mobile Technician
Salem, Massachusetts
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Hi Mark. You've passed the first test, you realized that this was not the vehicle to start your programming journey with. That being said, it appears you want to transition from wrenching to programming. Do you know who is programming in what would be your service area? Do you know what the demand is in your area? What OEM dealerships are in your area that will probably be able to do it cheaper?…

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Mark Owner/Technician
Gray, Maine
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Paul, Thank you for the advice. I am researching many of the areas that you discussed when time allows. I run a European repair shop with American muscle car following for fun and profit. Not a lot of domestic repairs flow through my doors. Small community with numerous repair facilities. Most local independents ship vehicles to the dealers for programming services including myself. I hear you…

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Carl Technician
Baytown, Texas
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I work on Big 3 and Import Asian mostly Big 3. Now I get 4 time more GM than others. To get started you just have to jump in. I use two different pass thru devices for gm, a tech 2 and an J2534 box. On ford I use a IDS with one year subscription. . I enjoy the challenges and it is an uphill continuous battle with ever changing rules that are not easily obtained, meaning they are always adding…

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