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>From my experience the parts dealerships in the U.S. were converted from a
microfiche based parts catalog to Unix base electronic parts catalog (EPC) some
years ago.  However, Toyota is currently in the process of converting the US
dealerships over to a PC based system, because it's cheaper to maintain.  Many
of the other countries and some of the US dealerships have already been
converted .  So, depending upon where you live, the dealership will have
microfiche, a Unix based EPC or, a PC based EPC.

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CD BURNER NOTES:
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    1) Make sure you unzip the files before burning. I know it
        sounds stupid but somebody will do it.
    2) The files have been zip straight off the CD so make sure
        your directory structure is right for the burn.

    (IF YOU DON'T USE THE RIGHT VOLUME LABELS THE CDS WON'T WORK)

    3) The EPC1.zip files should be burned to a CD with the label
        "19950622E1"
    4) The EPC2.zip files should be burned to a CD with the label
        "19950322E2"
    5) Setup and installation notes are in EPC1.zip in the
        EPC\readme.txt file

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HOW DO I MAKE THIS $#%^ THING RUN ?
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    As I stated in the previous message posted to the list.  You have to put
the images onto CDs in order to run the program.  Make sure the volume labels
on the CDs are 19950622E1 for EPC1.zip and 19950322E2 for EPC2.zip.  If you
don't have the right volume labels on the CDs the program will install but,
won't run properly.
    Once you have the CDs, run the "setup.exe" program in the "EPC" directory
on 19950622E1.  Leave all of the options as default.  If you have more than one
CD-ROM drive go ahead and set it up during installation.
    Once the installation is finished, run "EPC for windows" from the start
menu.  Select CD setup from the main menu.  Select CD setup from the second
menu.  Next check the European area version check box.  Next click the add
button in the European area version box. You will be presented with a change
status dialog box.  select CD-ROM from the radio buttons and highlight the "A1
CD-ROM" and "A2 CD-ROM" choices in the list box (use the shift key).  Then
click the OK button.  Next press F10.  The program will prompt you for both CDs
during the setup phase.  Once the setup is completed, press F3 to return to the
main menu.

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WHAT ABOUT PART NUMBERS?
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    Now, there are different data CDs that go with the EPC depending upon which
country you live in Europe, Japan, etc. The version that I have is for Europe.
However, thanks to Toyota's part numbering system you can use PNC (not sure
what it stands for) which is the first 6 or 7 digits of the part number to
identify which part you need.  The rest of the number is refered to as a
"locator number" and determines which country, color, trim package, year, etc.
that you have.  All of the PNC numbers that I have checked so far, match up
with the microfiche that I have for my car (91T). If you are concerned about
whether a given part number matches, send me the number and I'll double check
it with my microfiche or local dealership.

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WHAT ABOUT PICTURES?
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    The pictures on the CDs look like they came straight from the microfiche.
In order to access them do the following:

1) Start EPC for windows
2) Select Part number translation from the menu
3) Enter the VIN number from your car to only see your car's parts
    or
    a) Enter "supra" under model name/catalog code.
    b) Hit Enter or click search
    c) pick your model from the list
    or
    click the search button next to model name/catalog code
    for a list of all models

4) press F10
5) Pick the figure groups you want to see or enter info into
    one of the search boxes
6) Press F10.

    Presto magic you have pictures

    Once you have a picture displayed,  you will notice that the PNCs are
printed directly on the pictures and they are listed in a column on the right
hand side of the screen. You can select a part and get additional information
by clicking the PNC on the picture and pressing F10.  You may also select a PNC
from the list on the right hand side of the screen and press F10.  This will
display the full part number for the item.  You will notice that some parts
display more than one entry.  That's because some locator numbers change
depending upon what color your car is and what options it has.

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KNOWN ISSUES & PROBLEMS
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    Why can't I see everything?
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        You must use a screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher with small
fonts.

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    I've got 6Gig of free space, why do I get
    an insufficent disk space error?
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        The EPC program is very old which means it does not understand todays
massive hard drives.  There are two solutions to this problem.  First, you
can copy random data to your hard disk into a temporary folder until the error
goes away.  You can delete the data after you install the program.  Second, you
can install to a much smaller hard drive and then copy the program to your
larger drive.

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    Why am I not an authorized Lexus
    Dealer?
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    The message is normal for the program.  It just simply means that you have
not keyed in a Lexus dealer authorization key.  I don't have one and don't know
anyone who does.  The only thing it should affect is the Lexus parts.  Sorry,
you can't lookup the Lexus AFM.

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    Why can't I get prices for parts?
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    From what I've been able to figure out, in order to get pricing you have to
be on the private Toyota dealer network.

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    Will the EPC run from a hard disk?
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     During "CD setup" change the check box on the "Add CD-ROM" screen from
CD-ROM to Hard Disk.  Then press F10 to copy the CDs to the hard drive.

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