Category Archives: Car diagnostic tool

Chrysler 300M ABS Bleeding with DRB III

Here’s something good i found when i bled ABD for my 300M. Very useful…. Hope it works for you guys also.
Complaints i posted in https://300mclub.org/forums/:
I noticed something with my car that I wanted to comment on since “testing” my ABS for the first time this season. After arriving to school just in time for a final I put my foot down hard on the brake while pulling into the gravel lot, which was frozen over just like a skating rink. As I fully anticipated the ABS came on and was effective. However, once I came to a complete stop the pedal went soft and I had to pump it 6 or 7 times before it firmed back up (no jokes please). I have noticed my brake pedal is a little softer than most other LH cars I have driven but I have never noticed variance like this after ABS braking. I am very familiar with braking using ABS in my car and I think this is something abnormal.
Tips I got from user97:
Did the fluid level drop — if it did, then you probably got a leak somewhere and air in the system.
If the fluid level is OK but pedal is softer after ABS engagement, there is a possibility that a valve in the ABS system did not close fully.
In order to provide anti-lock capability, ABS unit has the ability to isolate any wheel from the M/C pressure as well as relieve the pressure into a temporary storage (accumulator). The ABS pump then pumps the excess fluid back into the M/C (hence pedal pulsing).
There is a possibility that the valve on one wheel has not completely closed and allows bleeding into the “accumulator”. As ABS system is not engaged, the pump will not start to empty the accumulator. So you are basically compressing the accumulator spring before any significant brake action on that circuit would commence. Accumulator has a rather small volume, so it would reach capacity pretty quickly. I noticed that there is a significant amount of rust that builds up in the brake fluid as the lines rust from inside due to moisture accumulation. May be a flake of rust got stuck in the valve and provides a miniscule leak into accumulator. ABS monitors state of the valves — anything significant would trigger an ABS fault.
It might be something else, like M/C leaking internally past pistons. But on the off chance, I would exercise ABS a few more times. Valve action would most likely cure the issue if it is the problem.
Search on Youtube and there is some video that illustrates ABS HCU operation
(AFAIK, on our cars ABS controls rear wheels independently rather than as a pair).
Playing with DRB III, you discover how potent ABS system is. When running ABS HCU test, it instructs you to apply pressure to the brake (with engine off/booster bled). Then ABS valves open up, filling up accumulators. It is very impressive — pedal falls to the floor without any resistance. As the next stage of the test, it closes the valves and turns on the pump, which literally pumps the pedal back to the original state. While I knew how ABS worked in general terms, I never realized the degree to which ABS could potentially interfere with normal brake system. No wonder, the unit is designed to be so fail safe, as to prevent such failures (turns itself off at the slightest sign of trouble).
Normally, there should be no need to bleed ABS, as long as MC was never run dry, you should be OK. I would be careful about sucking fluid out of MC — a little is OK, just make sure that neither half gets empty to prevent air injection.
On a side note, for DRB iii, you’d better use VCI Pod, NOT the clone Micropod 2 (even the high quality SP271-C1 cannot work good with DRB emulator. ) look here: http://blog.obdii365.com/2019/01/16/drb3-emulator-worked-with-micropod-2-or-vci-pod/ tested on 300M. VCI Pod says yes but Micropod2 clone cannot work….
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How to flash FRF SGO with clone VAG CAN Pro VCP?

There is an example of how to flash frf/sgo with VCP 5.5.1 and VAN CAN PRO china clone cable. It works for the BCM as well…
Hint:
Flashing car’s components can consume a lot of electric power, hence the charger.
Flashed RCD510 firmware a while back. Took more than 2 hours, despite the file being a few MB… Flashed steering rack to modify characteristic curve took only a minute. So better be safe than sorry!
Clone vag can pro or original:
Clone is Version 5.5.1. Genuine is actualy Version 8.x
You are limited with some tasks, but it can be used to flash some cars components for a good price. Has some guided functions, but again, limited…
Battery:
As for the battery charger, the risk is yours. The Car battery should not drop below 12V when flashing.
Usually, supply 13.6V fixed voltage 10Amps-20Amps to the battery (you have to disable DRLs, radio off, and HVAC off always)
The process: for BCM flash
Basically: Open VCP > Click “More” > “Confort” > “Central Electric” > “Flasher” > “Open File” > Choose “VAS Firmware” and select your file .frf / .sgo > Press “Flash .sgo” > Wait…
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Steps in detail to flash frf/sgo with VAG CAN Pro VCP software:
VCP Flash Dumper allows you to create a binary images of .odx, .frf or .sgo Flash files.
Caution!
The data format (unencrypted / encrypted or uncompressed / compressed) does not change, which means that an encrypted Flash file is also converted to an encrypted binary file.
You can launch this application via Guided Functions (OCF) – APPS – Flash Dumper.
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Select a Flash file (1).
Define file type (2) if necessary:
VCP Firmware, VAS Firmware, ASAM Firmware, ODIS Firmware
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The contents of the selected Flash file will be displayed in a list (3).
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Move (Export; 4) the file to an appropriate location.
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It will be stored as a .BIN file and can be edited as necessary.
Hoping you’ll succeed..!
Good luck
http://blog.obdii365.com/2019/01/21/vag-can-pro-vcp-flash-frf-sgo-and-bcm/

JLR Mangoose Cable SP116 SP205 SP205-B Difference

What’s the main difference of JLR Mangoose SDD cable SP116 SP205 SP205-B and is it good to have a cloned unit?
What is SP116 and SP205SP205-b?
The supplier numbers of the different Mangoose versions.
For the manufacturer codes
SP116 means Mongoose
SP205 means Mongoose Pro (-B I guess is just a revision)
I have been using the Mongoose clones for years.
Supplier was http://www.obdii365.com/. I am using JLR 130 and 134 on a designated 8,9″ Netbook and that’s absolutely sufficient.
I bought all around 10 adapters from them to also provide friends with that functionality. each of them worked fine so far.
I have used them so far on my X308 (2001), on a X308 (1997), X100 (1999), X350 (2005), X400 (2001). So far they never failed.
I have been screening DTCs but also programmed keys out of and into the safety module in a X308 and a X400. Even new keys could be programmed into a X400 so far. I will try this with my X308 this year too.
I also added a new instrument cluster (odometer) into a X400 when it had been immobilized by the change of the odometer.
All of this had been done in the JLR 130 in XP Pro SP3 on a Acer Netbook.
For me it makes more sense to have a “handy” device for fault detection and/or programming.
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But this, of course, is up to everyone himself and it could be from 8,9″ to 14″ as I tested here:
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I once opened both – the original Mongoose Pro and the clone.

From the components being used there was no difference – might just be the programming.
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But you have always to be aware what you are doing there.
Writing code into control modules is always a risk – power loss, loosened plugs. Always double check your arrangement.
Best regards
André
http://blog.obdii365.com/2019/01/19/mangoose-cable-sp116-sp205-sp205-b-review/

GM MDI USB and WiFi Not Connecting Solution

Here are all solutions aimed to help fix GM MDI multiple diagnostic interface connection/communication issues (connection by usb, wireless ethernet, wired ethernet)… big thanks to all contributors and obdii365.com
For mdi not connecting…
First, you should make sure that the MDI Manager software should be installed on the PC and the MDI must be powered up before you use it to communicate.
Also the MDI should be configured for wired ethernet or wireless communication. If the USB is available, the MDI will connect by using the USB and if not, the MDI will connect by using wired ethernet and if neither of them is available, the MDI will connect by using wireless.
If the MDI can not communicate with the MDI, you should check the cables if they are securely attached to the MDI, if the MDI has completed its power up sequence, if the connector pins are clean and if the MDI Manager software is running.
In detail…. mdi connection can be discussed in the following 4 parts:
Part 1: GM MDI USB connection
Part 2: GM MDI connection by wireless ethernet
Part 3: GM MDI connection by wired ethernet
Part 4: Tech support: GM MDI not connecting
Part 1: GM MDI USB connection
And if you connect them by USB, you need to check the MDI USB connection is detected by windows. About the solutions, you can connect the MDI to the PC USB port and power up the MDI. Open the Network and Dial-up Connections Window from the Windows Control Panel. Then check for the device name ETAS USB Remote NDIS Network Device. If it is not running, check all USB ports on the PC and verify that the MDI is powered on.
GM MDI Manual: What if MDI fails to connect on USB
interface?
Check USB cable connections.
Check Firewall Settings on your PC.
Verify a USB Hub is not being used (MDI has a fixed USB address).
Verify that only one MDI is connected to your PC using USB.
Verify the USB driver has been installed on the PC (look for device name ‘ETAS USB Remote
NDIS Network Device’ under Network Connections).
Try connecting to other USB ports on the PC.
Part 2: GM MDI connection by wireless ethernet
If you connect them by wireless ethernet, you should make sure that wireless communication is enabled and the IP configuration is properly set using the MDI Manager software. Then what you need to check is that the USB cable is not plugged in, the MDI is not being used via wired ethernet and the wireless card is properly seated in the MDI. You can contact your IT department and check that your PC is detecting the wireless access point and the correct security settings have been configured for the MDI.
GM MDI Manual: What if MDI fails to connect on Wireless
interface?
Check the wireless card is properly seated in the WiFi GM MDI.
Confirm LEDs on the wireless card are lighted when the MDI is powered.
Verify the MDI and PC are within range of the Access Point or Router.
Verify that the PC is connected to the Access Point or Router.
Verify signal strength of the wireless network from the PC.
Check Firewall Settings on your PC
USB connection takes precedence, unplug USB cable.
Wired Ethernet connection takes precedence, unplug Ethernet cable.
Connect to MDI using USB and run MDI Manager to verify the Wireless Settings are
configured correctly.
o Wireless interface is enabled.
o AP settings configured for proper security (authentication, encryption).
o Signal Quality (fair, good, excellent) indicates connected to AP.
o The MDI, PC and AP are on the same subnet
o If using static IP, verify the IP Address and Subnet mask are correct (supplied by network
administrator.
Part 3: GM MDI connection by wired ethernet
And if you connect then by wired ethernet, you need to ensure that the wired ethernet communication is enabled and configured using the MDI Manager software. Then you should check that the USB cable is not plugged in and the MDI device detects wired ethernet activity by viewing the lights blinking on the wired ethernet port of the MDI. And also you can contact your local IT department and check that the MDI and the PC are on the same subnet.
GM MDI Manual: What if MDI fails to connect on Wired
Ethernet?
Check Ethernet cable connections.
Check Firewall Settings on your PC.
Verify the MDI and the PC are cabled into separate LAN connections on the same network.
Verify that the PC is properly configured and can communicate on the network.
USB connection takes precedence, unplug USB cable.
Connect to MDI using USB and run MDI Manager to verify the Wired Ethernet Settings are
configured correctly.
o Wired Ethernet interface is enabled.
o If using static IP, verify the IP Address and Subnet mask are correct (supplied by your
network administrator).
Part 4: GM MDI not connecting
This is professional technical support for the error ” not connected to MDI”.
All what you need do is to refresh the GM MDI firmware
  1. Press this button and connect the power:
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  1. Keep press this button and connect it to power, the power light will be on, wait about 10 seconds:
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  1. When all light is on, then you can release the button, and it will enter firmware refresh status:
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  1. Connect GM MDI with your PC via USB cable, prepare to refresh the firmware:
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  1. Open “GM MDI Manager”, choose “Recover”:
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Tech support from http://www.obdii365.com/

BMW ISTA-D and ISIS Software Differences

This is good information for those who want to know if ISTA-D provides technical diagrams and instructions like ISIS/ICOM.
ISIS is a BMW server platform for dealers. All updates are downloaded to the ISIS.
From there the ISIS updates ISID (diagnostics) tablets and ISSS (programming) if applicable.
The ISID runs an embedded windows xp OS.
Installed on the ISID is a program called ISTA-D (recent versions are codenamed ‘Rheingold’)
ISTA-D you can do all diagnostic functions, battery registrations etc etc. it also has wiring diagrams and guides on changing parts.
Some clever russians keep leaking the ISTA-D installer and it can easily be installed on any windows operating system. I can give you download links. They are around 10gb.
In ISTA-D you have a connection manager or how you wish to connect the computer to the odb port.
The common ones are:
ICOM
EDIABAS
OMITEC USB
ICOM is BMW official cable, its predocessor was an OPPS unit. An ICOM is more than just a cable however, it has its own network adapter, mac address, cpu, cooling etc etc. Originals are expensive but you can get cheap but hq chinese clones for around $350 USD like this: http://www.obdii365.com/wholesale/bmw-icom-next-a-b-c-with-software.html
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EDIABAS is a communication protocal which requires you to have BMW Standard Tools installed aswell – which isnt a bad thing! This utilises comport access amongst other connection methods and is configured by an ini file. Most people use this method of connection as its cheap, you can get a K+DCAN cable for under $50 USD now. Just do your research first as there ar bad clones about!
OMITEC is also an original USB interface. These are very rare. K+DCAN cable are copies of the OMITEC cable.
Update: Thinking it can be used on a Mac also… I use a Mac sometimes no problem with a windows VMware XP virtual machine and ISTA-D installed.
As I said there is no better diagnostic software. Its dealer level software and It’s freely available now all over the Internet. Plus it’s very user friendly!
So price is Cable + Windows XP CD key for the virtual machine…
Hope that helps.

GDS2 v19.0.04100 Software Download FREE for GM MDI

Free download GDS2 v19.0.04100 version with GDS2Java v14.0.00000 copied from original GM MDI software installation:
https://mega.nz/#!tCZV3aSa!tKHq4JIDlL3kgLgmPeL2WIL8xO7W2qWhrPu0mCo1GxU

If you want download Deliverable GM Global & Opel-Vauxhall 2017.11 packages you can see this link:
How To install?
How To use deliverable packages?
  1. install GDS2Install then install GDS2JavaInstall
    4. Put the zip file called deliverable_OpelVauxhall v2017.5.0 into the below folder:
    C:\ProgramData\GDS 2\PersistentData\Downloads\DataBackups
    5. Open GDS2 and click ManageDiagnostics Packages
    6. click on browes
    7.then go to C:\ProgramData\GDS 2\PersistentData\Downloads\DataBackups
    8.then click on deliverable_OpelVauxhall v2017.11.0 click on open
    9 gds2 will restart
Test successfully?
Good job here see the photo …. the only problem I have with that is javom- problem with MDI interfae when I install the version of MDI -8.3.103.117 after the restart VmWare application that passthru MDI is not ready. When connecting Bosch Kts Pasthru then is ok, Abritus Audio Passthru and that’s ok. MDI-Passthru is not ok not see it.
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Note: this be installed with global tis v32 but gds2 packed 2011 year establishes
For tech2win you can try with an other emulator.exe found on this forum cartechnology.co.uk.
Because emulator tech2win on this vmware don’t propose To choose interface.
If you want to use GDS2 on GM MDI with relief, you’d better get a tested version:
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It’s confirmed to work with MDI interface without any issue!
http://blog.obdii365.com/2018/12/25/download-gds2-v19-0-04100-for-gm-mdi/

Techstream 13.30.018 Download FREE + Released Notes

(12-2018) TOYOTA Techstream V13.30.018 download free:

or
Techstream V13.30.018 activation:
(obdii365.com cannot help activate version 13.30.018)
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Region: All regions
Type: Diagnostic tool Software
Version: 13.30.018 [12.2018]
Languages: English, Multilanguge
System requirements: WinXP, Vista, Windows7
Year / Date of Release : 2018/12
Quantity of DVD: 1 CD
Description : Toyota diagnostic software Lexus, Scion.
Credits to autokent
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VERY VERY VERY IMPOTANT:
The techstream 13.30.018 comes with unknown security.
You are trying links above at your own risk! No one hold responsibilities of it!
For sake of security, you can use techstream 13.00.018
100% tested by real professionals
Confirmed to work with MINI VCI cableVXDIAG VCX NANO Toyota
Techstream program for the diagnosis of car TOYOTA, LEXUS, SCION. Required for the diagnosis of PassThru J2534 compatible adapters.
TIS techstream is the replacement for the Diagnostic Tester. It combines the functionality of TIS and the scantool into a single portable device. With TIS techstream, technicians can simultaneously view/analyze on-board vehicle data, browse relevant TIS service documents, and reprogram vehicles all from the driver’s seat via wireless connection to TIS.
Toyota Flash Reprogramming:
Toyota/Scion/Lexus ECMs can be reprogrammed using the TIS techstream scantool. The ECM reprogramming function is only available with the authentic TIS techstream software which runs on the above mentioned scantool. TIS techstream software version requirements are specified in applicable Technical Service Bulletin (TSB)/Service Communication (SC) documents, which can be accessed with a subscription to this website. Older documents may state to use the Diagnostic Tester as being the required tool. TIS techstream is the replacement for the Diagnostic Tester and can be used for all Toyota/Scion/Lexus vehicles marketed in the United States.
Techstream Scantool Diagnostics:
TIS techstream offers full support for 1989 – current vehicles marketed in the United States. Periodic software updates will be available to support new models. TIS techstream provides quick and easy access to all available systems on the vehicle as well as a one touch vehicle status report (Health Check).
Vehicle Coverage
Enhancements
New Features
Software Corrections

Vehicle Coverage for Major Release Version 13.3

Fully Supported Models

2019 and Earlier Model Years
  • All Models are currently supported
 2020 Vehicle Coverage 
’20MY Lexus ’20MY Toyota
NX300/300h 86
RC F Avanza
Corolla
Hiace
RAV4 HV

Enhancements

ID Registration/Tire Position Write

Description:
This function is used to registers transmitter ID, the number of tires with transmitters and the tire position.
Applicable Models/Systems:
2015~ Camry – Tire Pressure Monitor
System Path:
Tire Pressure Monitor / Utility / ID Registration/Tire Position Write

New Features

Sensors Calibration/Actuator Test

Description:
This function is used to perform the sensors calibration and actuator test of Auto Leveling.
Applicable Models/Systems:
2019~ Yaris iA / Yaris / Yaris R – HL AutoLeveling
System Path:
HL AutoLeveling / Utility / Sensors Calibration/Actuator Test

Automatic Air Conditioner Operation Check

Description:
This function is used to perform the EATC operation check. This function cannot be used for the manual air conditioner.
Applicable Models/Systems:
2019~ Yaris iA / Yaris / Yaris R – Air Conditioner
System Path:
Air Conditioner / Utility / EATC Operation Check

iMT Installation Information Reset

Description:
This function is used to reset the iMT installation information stored in ECU.
Applicable Models/Systems:
2020~ Hiace – Transmission
System Path:
Transmission / Utility / iMT Installation Information Reset

Software Corrections

This release addresses a number of software bugs. For more details, please refer to the v13.30.018 Known Bugs List. In the event you experience a software anomaly with v13.30.018, please submit an error report using the F12 key. Your feedback will help ensure software quality for future releases.

Reviews: Volvo VIDA 2014D on Windows 10/8/7/XP macOS

Here are all from users answering you guys: What is the best operating system to work with Volvo Vice VIDA 2014D? Windows 10, Win 8, Win 7, Win XP or macOS?
Here you go…
Volvo VIDA 2014D Windows XP
  1. I’ve happily be using VIDA on my old Win XP laptop for a few years
  1. I have an old laptop (currently with Vista) and an old ASUS notebook running XP SP3.
  1. VIDA 2012, 2013A or D version software should be installed on Win XP or Virtual machine. But 2014A and new 2014D requires Win 7 O/S ONLY. that’s a huge development for VIDA DiCE kit. Leave alone WIN xp or VirtualBox
  1. I also run my VIDA in a XP virtual machine. No issues with mouse or USB, if you are familiar with VMware.
Volvo 2014D VIDA Windows 7
  1. I just went back to a Win7 machine running IE9 and I’m very careful with the updates. 2014D is supposed to work with IE10 but it didn’t when I tried it.
  1. While it says it works with ALL versions of Windows…it doesn’t actually.
However, it does have a GREAT setup instruction PDF that truly made setting up a VM super easy using Win7 Pro. Which then made setting up VIDA a breeze. I have it up and running and I even managed to connect to my older DICE unit.
  1. I’’m on 2014d and W7 pro
  1. I’m lucky in that I had an old laptop lying around that I could use solely for VIDA / DICE. Once I finally got it working (Win Pro 7 32 Bit, .Net 3.5), I turned off windows update, so that its configuration wouldn’t change. I assume that as long as I don’t change my car for a newer one, there is no benefit to an upgraded VIDA version (I’m on 2014D), or any further windows updates.
  1. I used 32bit Win7 Ultimate. It all works now.
My only issue is my car battery running out being left on pos II for a length of time!
  1. it must be Win 7 Pro ( or ultimate).
  1. It won’t work on 7 Home
  1. Vida 2014d will work fine with a fully updated Windows 7 Pro
  1. On any 32-bit Windows machine, RAM in excess of 3 GB will be unrecognized by the OS
  1. I have VIDA 2010D on Windows 7 Home Premium.
  1. IE 8 and install on Win7.
  1. VADIS on Win7 x64 with IE8 works like a charm
  1. I run VIDA 2010D on Windows 7 professional 32-bit with Chrome Version 23.0.1271.97 – No problems
Good to know: Windows 7 32 bit is the only operation system that tested by real pros:
You can have VICE VIDA 2014D on Windows 7 with 100% success
2014D VIDA DiCE Windows 8
  1. I had it working with Windows 8.1 until an unknown update broke connectivity to DICE and no amount of system restore would bring it back. I guess 2014D works ok, but be aware an update may blow it up in the future.
  1. DiCE was working with Vida2014B and Windows 8.1, but stopped working when I upgraded to Windows 10 yesterday.
  1. Need to uninstall the IE existed on the system, (probably IE9) first, then it should be able to install Win 8.
  1. win8 & ie10 sure don’t play well with anything, can’t downgrade in win8 either, that’s what that compatibility mode is for.
Volvo VIDA 2014D Windows 10
  1. Win10 with Vida 2014D and DiCE is now working. And I have connected to a separate ME9 and read some data from it.
  1. Windows 10 is causing tons of compatibility issues across the board. You may have to VM until updates.
  1. I have been using 2014D VIDA on my win10 tablet for few months and it even works via integrated Bluetooth!!!
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Volvo VIDA 2014D Windows Mac
I run mine on a Mac using WinXP + VirtualBox VM without any problems. But UI is a little clunkier with a VM.
I have an old Win XP Dell that I use exclusively as a VIDA/DiCE box and I use VMWare Fusion/Win7 VM on a Mac for a VIDA reference source.
I have XP pro on my Macbook Pro in VirtualBox and that is working fine.
Have a walk through for the Virtual Box
Here i would describe details of the system, HD size, Ram amount, processor type, you’ll need to be running in XP virtual nachine, provided you have the size described above plus IE8, you may want to disable your firewall and antivirus during installation. at least 2GB of ram, more than 20GB hard disk, preferably 40GB + , I don’t remember the processor type but mine is pentium 4 quore duo works ok, IE8 when you have those, your installation will be okay.
VM Ware player is compatible with Win XP, Vista 32 & 64 bit as well as Win7 32 & 64 bit
I have it running on my main PC and it works!
http://blog.obdii365.com/2018/12/12/volvo-vida-2014d-windows-macos-reviews/

Which VAS 5054A hardware work with ODIS 4.4.10?

Here is my story of Odis 4.4.10.
Link: thanks to GUSS shared links at cartechnology.co.uk
Vas 5054a and odis 4.4.10:
One of my 2 vas5054a has original amb2300 but does not work with odis-s 4.4.10.
I get a ODS2522E that hardware is not supported. (same as the one without original amb2300)
I have tested amb2300 with softing edic configuration manager. Also tested with PDU api application. All tests ok. Configurator manager did not work with vas5054a without amb2300
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Then, tested working PDU api and tried to solves the issue however I am not happy with the result. In theory original amb2300 should work.
Tests:1. 1.20.41 does not work at all with either of my 2 interfaces. So back to 1.20.42
2. Enabled buzzer just to check that my amb2300 is original. Enabled.
3. Tried to connect with bluetooth (amb2300 interface). Laptop connected successfully. Tried to connect odis-s with car and started buzzing continuously and then an error appeared, buzz continued.
In English
there is no mcd project available
I am ditching odis-4.4.10.
Before 4.2.3 test will test 4.3.3 to check if that works, in order to check if the problem is hardware or software.
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Then i was advised to make another folder Softing.ori  put ther new Pdu:
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Did not work but good try. That made me think that PDU API is the problem.
However found out that VW has locked the D-PDU API directory location (or file names) and managed to install at the 1.20.042 location the 1.20.041 pdu api and renamed 3 files to …..1.20.042 (2 xml 1 dll same as DPDU api test application 3 files mentioned).
now it works, actually tested just vas5054a with fake bluetooth and works.
This is not a straight forward procedure, however after manipulation of D-pdu api (1.20.042 vecom, the 3 files) odis 4.4.10 works.
My amb2300 is original since I have downgraded it to 1.20.041 firmware (with the D-PDU API) test application) however it does not work out of the box with odis 4.4.10. Will test the second one tomorrow.
My conclusion:
First, that pdu api directory (file name) is locked.
Second, amb2300 original does  not work as tested. (problem with 1.20.042 pdu API driver specifically Softing/1.20.042/VeCom/VAS5054a files as seen in second solution below).
Other solutions:
1. Test the PDU API 1.20.042 found in odis 4.3.3 (check pdu_api_root.xml is correct 1.20.042)
2. Want to test original 1.20.042 but to replace in vecom vas5054 folder from 1.20.041 folder. (No other changes, check again pdu_api_root.xml is for 1.20.042 )
Test performed:1. Tested second vas5054a with original amb2300. All tests with usb and bluetooth pass with first solution above. Note in this test I used amb2300 firmware 1.20.041 since I used pdu api 1.20.041 renamed folder to 1.20.042 and 3 files to 1.20.042 as discussed above. Bluetooth works too.
2. Second solution tested with original amb2300. (not tested with clone but most probably will work)
b) reinstall pdu api 1.20.042 pdu api
b) Replace vas5054 folder (from 1.20.041) in softing/1.20.042/vecom/vas5054.
c) update amb2300 firmware to 1.20.042 (this is the difference from solution 1) since I used pdu api 1.20.042.
d) Both usb and bluetooth work. Amazing… I have original amb2300 (but with fake serial number).
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Recommendation:
For newbies, i suggest tested odis from a reliable source: http://www.obdii365.com/wholesale/new-odis-5054a-u-disk.html
The files are full
No need search for launcher, license…and NEVER expired
It’s tested 100% by real pros and confirmed to work no issues
Also, remote help can be got if you have any issue of installation
Enjoy!

Ford IDS and ELS27 Forscan which is better?

Ford diagnostics and programming: ELS27 adapter with Forscan and Ford VCM2 with IDS – which one is better?
Ideas from the experienced users…here you go
Users:
Forscan is designed for people who want to tinker with settings, clear codes and customize the electronics in their vehicles.
Ford IDS is designed for people to do things exactly the way the manual says – it’s pretty clear that it won’t let you color outside the lines. IDS is much more capable than Forscan, but for most people that doesn’t really matter.
Price and use:
For middle road stuff, Forscan it’s cheaper and easier.
License:
If you register for an extended license it can perform module programming, pats functions, cal steering angle, dpf regens any incodes required are generated
when you perform whatever task you are doing, it will ask if you want Forscan to generate code or if you want to use an external code generator
so far I have found it easier to do basic stuff on
but IDS still has the edge for adding extra’s on like cruise and snowflake as the engineering menu gives you plain text options to add whereas Forscan has to be played with to change parameters.
If someone could do a spreadsheet comparing file details before and after pcm/bcmi software changes it would make the need for IDS nearly redundant
If you have good luck with decent IDS crack, you’ll have no problem with any issues on Ford diagnosis and programming. The crack has no license requirement.
Hardware compatibility:Forscan works with J2534 adapters incl. VCM2, MVCI, GNA600, VXDIAG, but it’s easier if you use a OBD2 connection – you use an ELS27 adapter – and unless you have the VCM for some other reason. ELS27 is the way cheaper too. One thing to note – Ford uses multiple CAN protocols in their modern vehicles. If you’re buying an OBD2 connection tool, make sure it can read the MS CAN signals.
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IDS works perfectly with VCM2 also, genuine or good china clone. You can use WiFi for basic obd2 diagnosis, key making, ECU reprogramming and programming. Beside, IDS can work with a lot of auto diagnostic tools, such as VCM IDS3VXDIAG VCX NANO Ford, etc.
Module programming:
For module initializing and updating I personally think I’d trust IDS more.
Forscan is a backward engineered program and I brown trousered myself when I did something with it iirc.
Laptop and mobile compatibility:
Forscan can be used in a PC or a mobile (Android or iOS). The main program is for windows (with a version that runs via Wine on Linux, MacOS, and BSD)(Free) then there’s a “lite” version for android/and Iphone (paid)
To unlock the full potential of Forscan, you need the extended license(Free, valid for 3 months at a time)) requires an account on the Forscan Forums. you can generate a new extended key any time.
But it is better to use a laptop on windows operating system Forscan is available for android mobile devices and others but doesn’t have full functionality
Forscan on MacOS:
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Forscan on Windows 10:
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IDS is usually used on a laptop, but someone also install the old version on an iOS mobile.
IDS on Windows 7:
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IDS v86 on an iOS mobile:
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