How to setup Techstream on a Macbook with VMware

I decided to try and get Toyota TIS Techstream loaded on my Mac, from the 15-year-old PCs (my ’98 LC and the wife’s ’11 LX); and everything appears to be working as it should, so I figured I’d share how I have Techstream set up if anyone else wants to do the same.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • Mac with at least 10.9 Mavericks, I’m updated to Sierra
  • Windows – I’m using 32-bit XP, but I’ve also loaded Techstream on a 32-bit Vista machine without any issues. I haven’t done it, but I’ve read it can be tricky (but possible) with newer 64-bit operating systems. Stay with the 32-bit to keep it simple
  • Techstream- I used 9.10. I don’t think whether you have the latest or an older version here matters.
  • Mini-VCI cable- mine was ~$15 off and included a mini CD with Techstream and drivers

Xcode 8.1 – download and install:

Xcode on the Mac App Store
Open Terminal and run the following to agree to license and install Xcode command line utility:

sudo xcodebuild -license
xcode-select –install​

MacPorts – download and install:
Add environment variables to your .profile (might be .bash_profile depending on how you’re set up.)
Open Terminal and run the following:

nano ~/.profile​

Copy/paste the following lines into the editor:

export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:$PATH
export MANPATH=/opt/local/share/man:$MANPATH​

Contol-o, [return], control-x to save changes and exit
Install other packages MacPorts and VirtualBox need:

sudo port install libidl +universal doxygen texlive texlive-latex-extra texlive-fonts-extra cdrtools openssl​

VirtualBox – download and install:
Create your VM (Virtual Machine)

Start VirtualBox from the Applications folder.
Select New (top right round blue icon, or Machine>New from the menu)
Name and operating system:

Name = whatever you want e.g. XP
Type = Microsoft Windows
Version = the OS you intend to install e.g.Windows XP (32-bit)​

Memory size:

I initially went with 192MB and later increased it to 8192 MB​

Hard disk

Check Create virtual hard disk now

Hard disk file type

Check VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)

Storage on physical hard disk

Check Dynamically allocated

File location and size

Name your hard disk file (I just re-used XP from above)
virtual hard disk size = 10.00 GB​
Windows – install it on your VM

Start your VM (double-click it on the left or select start from above)
It will prompt you for your Windows install method.

If you have an XP disc, you’ll need to allow your VM to access your Macs disk drive: select VBoxGuestAdditions.iso.
If you’re installing Windows from a file, use the folder icon on the right to select the .iso file on your Mac.​

Follow the prompts, it will be straightforward and will vary depending on your version of Windows​
VM settings

You should still have two windows open: your Windows environment and VM VirtualBox Manager. The following settings can be accessed through either window.

Windows environment > Menu > Devices > Insert Guest Additions CD Image…

Follow the prompts, no changes to the default settings

Windows environment > Menu > Devices > Drag and Drop > Bidirectional
Windows environment > Menu > Devices > Network > Network Settings

Bridged adapter
Advanced > Promiscuous Mode = Allow VMs​

Plug in your Mini-VCI cable
Windows environment > Menu > Devices > USB > USB Settings

Plus icon on the right
Select your Mini-VCI cable​

Windows environment > Menu > Devices > Shared Folders > Shared Folders Settings

Plus icon on the right
Navigate to a folder e.g. I used my Mac’s desktop
Name it whatever you want e.g.macDesktop
Check both Auto-mount and Make Permanent


Install Techstream software

The settings above should allow you to access your shared folder, get to the internet, and drag and drop files from OS X to your VM. My Mac does not have an optical drive, but I would guess it also needs enabled for Windows to be able to read your Techstream install disk. I found another copy on the internet and just used that instead of creating a .iso file on another machine and moving it to my Mac.

Before opening Techstream, open C:\Program Files\Toyota Diagnostics\Techstream\Env\IT3System.ini in notepad and change TISFunction=1 to TISFunction=0. It will save you from some annoying registration alerts. It may already be edited depending on where you got you Techstream.​
Install Mini-VCI driver

Last step is the driver for the Mini-VCI cable. If you bought an eBay or Amazon cable that included Techstream, it should be on the disc they sent with it. Your looking for “MVCI Driver for TOYOTA.msi” or something similar. Again, I just googled around and found this one that worked:!126