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10/06/2018

What’s the difference between VAG-COM and an OBD-II Scan-Tool?

1.Will there be a Mac or Linux version?

There will be no “native” Mac or Linux versions. The time and effort required to “port” VAG-COM to these platforms would never be worthwhile. One person has gotten VAG-COM running under Linux using WINE — click here for details. Another person has managed to get VAG-COM working on a MAC with Virtual PC – click here. Neither of those examples are supported by Ross-Tech.

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2.Will there be a Windows-CE/PocketPC/WindowsMobile or Palm-OS version?

Possibly at some point in the future, but we don’t have a timetable yet. We conducted a poll of current and potential VAG-COM users about where we should concentrate development efforts. The results:

(1)75 % Improving and adding features to the Windows version
(2)11 % Porting VAG-COM to Windows CE / PocketPC
(3)9 % Porting VAG-COM to Palm
(4)3 % Porting VAG-COM to LINUX
(5)2 % Porting VAG-COM to Macintosh

Some of our customers use VAG 18.2 on a tablet PC such as a Fujitsu Stylistic or on an ultra-portable PC such as a Toshiba Libretto. These can be purchased inexpensively on auction sites. These REAL PC’s work wonderfully and have very small form factors (the Libretto is about the size of a VHS video cassette).

What’s the difference between VAG-COM and an OBD-II Scan-Tool?

OBD-II is a government mandated diagnostic protocol that is primarily aimed at diagnosing emissions-related problems. An OBD-II scan tool will work in many different brands of cars. VAG-COM uses VW’s proprietary diagnostic protocol and will only work in VW/Audi vehicles. Although you can use an OBD-II Scan Tool in an OBD-II compliant (1996 or newer) VW or Audi, an OBD-II Scan Tool can only talk to the engine, not the numerous other “intelligent” systems in the car. Want to reprogram your central locks or your Radio? Diagnose a problem with your ABS, Airbags, or Automatic Transmission? Re-align your Immobilizer after swapping ECU’s? Reset your Service Reminder Indicators? Communicate with a pre-1996 model (not OBD-II compliant) car? An OBD-II Scan-Tool can’t do any of these things. Please see our OBD-II Page for information on using third party generic OBD-II software through our Interface. Want some reasons to choose VAG-COM over a generic OBD-II scan tool? See this Real World Comparison.
Our latest version of VAG-COM adds Generic OBD-II functionality, see the Download Page for more info.

03/06/2018

How to slove the problem for GM MDI “no communication with the vehicle” and Solutions About GM MDI Scan tool for some problems

Tech2Win is a Windows application which can be loaded onto a service PC or laptop via TIS2Web. It provides much convenience to the operation of GM MDI diagnostic scanner. But improper operation may leads to system errors. Here provides the MDI Tech2Win no communication error and solution.

 

Problem:
After install Tech2Win software application, connect the GM MDI interface with Opel Zafira-B 2008 to reset ABS light. The software program was allowed to access to Chassis control module, but soon the Tech2Win system display error message: “no communication with the vehicle”.

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Possible reason:
The right bottom (0) icon indicates that MDI Tech2Win software has not need well installed and activated.

Solution:
Re-install and activate the GM MDI Scan Tool GlobalTIS MDI Tech2Win GDS2 software again.
If there is (1) icon displayed on the right bottom of the Tech2Win program, the software has been successfully installed and there is good communication between vehicle and GM MDI scan tool.

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Sometimes when you use the GM MDI, you will meet some problems and here we will share the reasons and the solutions of those problems. In many conditions, when there occurs some troubles when you are using the MDI, you should first reboot the MDI software and do the Self Test.

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  1. “MDI DOES NOT PASS SELF TEST”

If you meet this problem, it indicates that there is an internal problem in the MDI, you need to connect the MDI to a PC by using the USB and do the software recovery procedure.

  1. “MDI ERROR LED LIGHTS AFTER POWER ON”

This condition indicates that during power on, there has detected a problem. And the solution is to power down the MDI and verify that it has the same problem after you power up again, then connect the MDI to a PC by using the USB and do the software recovery process.

  1. “MDI FAILS TO POWER UP”

Normally speaking, Once the external power is applied,the MDI should power up. If the MDI does not turn on, the first thing you need to do is to check the wall plug or power cable connections. Then try to supply power to the MDI from the two different power sources, the vehicle DLC connector and the AC 12-volt Adapter.

To solve this problem, you need to check and make sure that the cables are all attached to the MDI securely and the connector pins are all clean. If you are going to connect to the vehicle DLC connector, try to power from the AC 12-volt Adapter. And if you are going to connect to the AC 12-volt Adapter, you should try to power from the vehicle DLC connector.

  1. “MDI TURNS OFF IMMEDIATELY WHEN DISCONNECTED FROM THE VEHICLE”

Actually, after it is disconnected form the vehicle, the MDI should stay on for a factory set time unless you press the power button. If the Auto diagnostic tool MDI turns off immediately once you disconnected it from the vehicle, you should power up the MDI and verify that it has the same problem when the power is removed, then replace the batteries and make sure they are properly installed. After these operation, if it still fails to be off correctly, your MDI may be damaged.

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http://www.obd2tool.com/blog/2018/05/23/how-to-slove-the-problem-for-gm-mdi-no-communication-with-the-vehicle-and-solutions-about-gm-mdi-scan-tool-for-some-problems/

12/05/2018

How to update AUTEL MaxiSys MS906

OBD2TOOL has released original Autel MaxiSYS MS906. Here’s the instruction on how to update AUTEL MaxiSys MS906 firmware

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MaxiSys MS906 Update steps:

1.Power up the MaxiSys MS906 Display Tablet, and ensure that it is connected to a power source and with steady internet connection.

2.Tap the Update application button from the MaxiSys Job Menu; or tap the update notification message when received one.

The Update application screen displays.

3.Check all available updates:

1) If you decide to update all the items, tap the Update All button.

2) If you only want to update some individual items, tap the Update button on the right column of the specific item.

4.Tap the Pause button to suspend the updating process.

When you tap Continue to renew the update, the updating process will resume from the break point.

5.When the updating process is completed, the firmware will be installed automatically. The new version will replace the original version if there is One.

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