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Massive cry for help
09-12-2014, 07:07 PM (This post was last modified: 10-26-2014 02:44 PM by Garage.)
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Massive cry for help
Gents,

I am new, and I will sound like I just landed from the moon… I am helping out a very dear friend who is a mechanic but is armed with limited English and computer knowledge.

He asked me to set up a PC for him with the following

Priority

1) Software so he can disable service lamps
2) Diagnostic tools

He is looking for something that covers ALL german cars ( can of course also be several pieces of software installed on a laptop (or several))

He so asked me to get the connection (s) required to connect the laptop to the cars (from eBay??)

Now, does any of this make any sense to the Pro’s on this forum? I am fairly computer literate, but would really need a helping hand how to approach this request.

Right now I am downloading ElsaWin 5.0 Pus as it looks like a good bet, but I may be just wasting my time.

All comments are welcome, helping ones more welcome than the ones telling me what a n00b I am.

Cheers,
t

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02-05-2015, 02:55 PM (This post was last modified: 02-05-2015 02:56 PM by scampo77.)
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RE: Massive cry for help
Hello,
I have the same questions, how do I connect a OBD2 plug or a deutsch plug to a USB port on a laptop? then is the software proprietary to the cable? the car? the engine ECM? or the body ECMs?
I have a 2008 freightliner Columbia (deutsch plug), 2000 GMC/Isuzu (Cat 3126 on OBD2), 2006 ford F-150 (OBD2)

seems like I have 2 options, buy something cheap from Ebay and see if it works, or, buy something crazy expensive and see if it works. neither of these options seem appealing until I have tried the software/hardware. the only scan tools I have used are at work and they are crazy expensive

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02-08-2015, 03:45 PM (This post was last modified: 02-08-2015 03:48 PM by min3z.)
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RE: Massive cry for help
Hi Guys,

it sounds much harder as it is.
A very good way to start is Autocom Delphi. Get your hands on a Delphi Pro+ probe. They are available with and without bluetooth. You can get these for little money on the internet. For example here: http://www.delphids150e.com/product/2014...ck-cables/ or even at Amazon. I prefer the BT version because you don't have to park the car at a terminal (especially in a garage) and no messing around with cables/drivers.
The Delphi software works on Windows 7 so no special requirements for your PC. It covers a huge load of vehicles and I can't think of a car (at least German or European ones) which is not included

If you want to let it look professional, also get a Windows 7 tablet. I'm using a "Motion". You can get them very cheap on ebay and they do a very good job. Of course you can use a standart laptop (no matter what brand) also!

I used this setup last week to recalibrate a Peugeots steering angle sensor, resetted a service lamp in a Volkswagen Touran and a headlamp in a Volkswagen Tiguan. They are perfect for diagnosis (errorcodes etc) also.

I hope this helps you to start somewhere ;)

cheers
min3z

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07-20-2015, 05:34 AM
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RE: Massive cry for help
If I got you right, your friend is just looking for an OBD II plugin. As far as you tell, the only two things he wants to do is: Reading trouble codes and maybe erase them and the second is that he wants to switch of the service lights, which happens as soon as he erases the trouble codes. If that is really all he is looking for, he can buy a cheap OBD II plugin and use it over an app on his mobile phone.

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01-26-2016, 10:53 AM
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How do I connect a OBD2 plug or a deutsch plug to a USB port on a laptop? then is the software proprietary to the cable?

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02-07-2016, 02:14 PM
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Try use autodata sir . it has many vechiles and information to repair . pm me

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03-29-2016, 02:33 AM
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Instead of set up a computer, just go to another person.

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03-29-2016, 08:33 PM (This post was last modified: 03-29-2016 08:38 PM by Diagnostix.)
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(01-26-2016 10:53 AM)CarolKenneth Wrote:  How do I connect a OBD2 plug or a deutsch plug to a USB port on a laptop? then is the software proprietary to the cable?
You need a vehicle communications interface between the computer and the vehicle. The VCI will have different cables or adapters to connect to proprietary connectors. The software is dependant on the vci, although there are pass-thru interfaces that can work with a number of different manufacturers softwares.

Autocom/Delphi is an inexpensive start for cars/trucks.

It all depends on what you want to do.

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03-30-2016, 11:53 AM
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Although my expertise is the garage, I have no computer tech knowledge. Hopefully, I'll learn a few things here lol

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09-06-2018, 05:57 AM
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Hi
Good advice from min3z !!
These do seam a good place to start
Hope to do some more testing shortly
I have found windows 7 Pro a good o/s to run with

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