The BMW E36 on-board computer can conduct a range of tasks, including speed limitation and temperature control. The manual, however, does not list all the tasks that can be conducted by the computer. For example, you can set the computer language to English, French, or German. If you live in an English-speaking nation, this will be the default language setting. You might wish to change it back to English after it has been set to another language or you might have purchased your car in a non-English-speaking nation.
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Turn the key in the ignition to start the electrical system within the car. On the computer dashboard, press and "10" and "1000" keys simultaneously for about five seconds. The message, "TEST-NR," will appear on the display of the computer.
Scroll through the test functions by pressing "10" and then "1" nine times, until you get to function "19" on the display screen. Press the "SET/RES" button on the dashboard when you reach "19." The message, "LOCK: ON," will appear, signifying that you need to unlock the computer to proceed.
Calculate the unlocking code by adding the date of the month and the number of the month. For example, the code for Christmas Day is 37, adding 25 plus 12. February 28's code is 30, adding 28 plus 2. Add the two-digit code for the date by scrolling through the numbers using the "10" and the "1" keys. When you have reached the desired number, press "SET/RES" and the computer will be unlocked.
Scroll through the locked memory options using the "10" key on the dashboard. Press this once and then press "SET/RES." This will allow you to cycle through the "Land" options. Press the "1" key to scroll through the options. Setting "0" is marked "D" for Deutschland (Germany). Setting "2" is the United States. The display for this is "LAND: 2 USA." Press "SET/RES" and the computer language will be set to English, with the units used in the country now the default setting. Press "CHECK" on the dashboard to exit the computer menu.
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