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29/03/2018

Autel MaxiDas MD808 Review

A quick look of the Autel MaxiDAS MD808 capabilities

Testing on a 2016 Corolla

 

Note: not sponsored or affiliated with Autel anyway

 

Boot up quickly, for 4 seconds around

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Enter generic OBDII (check Engine symbol)

Connect in generic mode - fast

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Read codes: stored codes, pending codes, permanent codes

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Enter live data - PID loading quickly

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Using the custom list to graph some live data

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Short term fuel trim and RPM should work for this test

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Maximum graphs allowed is only 2 at a time

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There is also no amplitude adjustment for the graphs

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At least the graphs has a quick response time

A combined graph

Have to edit the contrast because it is difficult to see

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Personally would not recommend using the merged graphs because it’s not easy to see and keep track

I guess, in some occasion, having a merged graph is better than none

 

Enter on-board monitor test (mode 6)

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Toyota

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Looks like the monitor id’s are translated

Non-translated id’s will show up in HEX like ($01)

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Mis-fire monitor data

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Purge flow monitor

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Looks like not all test id’s are translated

Non-translated id’s can make some diagnosis difficult

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Also not all the test id’s applies to this vehicle

Here’s an example of translated id’s of the same car from my another scanner

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Exit the main menu

 

On to the enhanced portion of Autel MD808 (the one that reads Scan)

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Here is the major downside of this scanner

There’s no auto id

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The scanner is updated, but for some reason, the latest is the year 2014 (the vehicle is a 2016)

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Good luck on knowing the engine

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All vehicle information

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Auto scan

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Since the scanner is a regular MD808, it will show Engine, Trans, ABS and SRS only

If someone here is looking for MD808 for full-system diagnostic, you can go to http://www.obdexpress.co.uk/wholesale/autel-maxidiag-md80...

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Enter ECU and read live data

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The data list seems to be mixed around where some can be graphed and some cannot

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But there seems to be a bit of second lag when existing the control unit

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I give this Autel MD808 a 3.9 Star as a first impression because it could be better for its price. (Rating may change after further testing)

 

At least compared to the Launch crp129 I used in the past, the MD808 is the clear winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.mbstartool.com

21/03/2018

How to use Xentry/DAS passthru j2534?

What is the AVDI recognized by Xentry? 

Xentry Passthru is different from from regular Xentry openshell. Xentry passthru does not use SDconnect toolkit. When you launch the program it will give you a dropdown where you can choose which J2534 device (can be found at http://www.obdexpress.co.uk/) you want to use.

 

 

How to use Xentry Passthru?

If you got the Xentry Passthru installed, there is a tool which will do the dirty work for you.

Normally it is not linked or doesnt have desktop shortcut but resides (at least in my installation)
under

C:Program Files (x86)Mercedes-BenzxentrybinSelectPTDevice

IF you have installed your passthru (would that be AVDI or anything else) with correct drivers, registry entries etc it will just present you with list of options and you select your VCI from dropdown list.

Heard good things about AVDI J2534 compatibility (real thing, don’t know about clones) so it shouldn’t be a big deal. Recently i have tried to use BOSCH KTS560 as passthru and it works perfectly okay.

For curiosity, i did also test the 20-euro MiniVCI that gets normally bundled with Toyota techstream packages. to my surprise it also works albeit slow and sometimes freezes the application. This one can be actually made to work even with old DAS like 2009, 2012….it’s just matter of proper settings in cal.ini and slave.ini

 

For DAS/Xentry users:

Old thread – but do not run the SetPassThruDAS.exe, as it was written for DAS/Xentry for Windows XP, and not Openshell or Xentry Passthru. All you need to do is install a fresh OS (Windows 7 Enterprise x86 or x64 SP1) ideally on a physical laptop, connect the AVDI device to the USB port and run the SetupInterface_yourserialnumber_PASSTHRU_xxxxxxx.exe and Next through the setup process. If you have a current version of the Passthru software, you will see a grayed out option for installing drivers for DAS that you cannot select, but do not be concerned about that. It will detect the AVDI, and install the appropriate J2534 dll files in the WindowsSystem32 directory. Then continue installing your Passthru software provided on the Blu-ray from Daimler. It will take a while to install, and once it verifies your hardware ID and installs your StartKey, launch Xentry Passthru from the icon it creates, and it will prompt you first thing as to what interface you want to use. You will see Abritus72 AVDI PT (your serial number here) in the drop down box. Select that device, and that is all their is to it. Xentry should automatically communicate with the vehicle.

 

http://blog.obdexpress.co.uk/2018/03/21/how-to-use-xentry...

19/03/2018

How to install TIS2000 software for GM pre-2008

A lot of info I found over at SaabCentral but it is just a giant thread to read through although a lot of the info is on the first page. And a lot doesn’t apply since it’s geared towards Saab (even the 9-7x doesn’t apply, it’s under GM).

So you have a Tech2 scan tool but a lot of the things you would like to do is locked out because you don’t have access to the computer software to allow you to do it. Things like updating PCM’s and modules and anything security related are locked out. If you bought one of the Tech2 clone, it probably came with a CD with the Tis2000 software. If you install it and try to use it, it says that it can’t find the USB security dongle or something like that. That’s because only dealers have those or a clone of one wasn’t included.

First of all, this is old software. It was discontinued in 2008 by GM which means that it works only for vehicles up to model year 2007. It will have PCM and module updates included. For example, I was able to update all of the modules and PCM in my 2006 9-7x even though it had only been a year or two since production and issue of this software. It will also allow you to reprogram a module that you are replacing.

The Tech2 communicates with the computer using a serial port on the computer running Windows XP SP3. This can be a problem if you only have newer computers. Best and easiest scenario is to use an older laptop computer that has a serial port running windows XP. In my setup, I used an old IBM T40 laptop, which is fairly decent processor wise, installed a fresh copy of Windows XP SP3 and used a docking station with it that has a serial port. Laptops that have actual serial ports built in are probably so old that they are too slow or have age and reliability issues. Another solution would be to get a USB to serial port adapter and specify the proper COM port number during the install of Tis2000.

Another possible solution would be to use a virtual environment on a host computer. VMWare is free to use and it has been done from what I read but could be a fairly involved process because of the serial port issue, especially when using a USB to serial adapter. The challenge of communicating from the virtual environment through the real computer’s hardware ports can make it difficult but can be done. I’m not going to discuss this type of installation but the basic software installation and use will be the same. If anyone gets a virtual install working, please post it up.

In some detail, this is what I did. Keep in mind that you should have some computer knowledge and know how to install Windows.

1. Installed a fresh copy of Windows XP SP3. I didn’t bother with updating anything else as far as security updates to Windows or install a virus scan because this computer will never be connected to the Internet or used for anything else.

2. Installed ALL the required drivers until there were no more yellow check marks in Device Manager. I failed to do this at first and caused a lot of headaches later, including a BSOD during software installation.

3. If you’re using a USB to serial adapter, plug it in now and set it up. Go into Device Manager and make note of the COM port used by the adapter.

3. Install the Tis2000 software from the CD included with the Tech2. During the install, it will ask you to specify the COM port. If you have a serial port on the computer, it’s probably COM 1 or use the one from the USB adapter.

4. Before you can use Tis2000 with your Tech2, you have to make it “think” that there is a dongle connected that authorizes it. You can download the crack below. Follow the read me file for instructions on how to use it.

That’s it. More threads will come explaining how to do stuff with it but this will get you going.

And if you need them:

TIS2000 Software with Dongle (this is what i’m using)

When you click on the links, they will bring you to 4Shared, click on “Free Download”, a little window will pop up asking to log in using either a social media account or sign up for an account. Sign up with an email and password and then create a name. After that, you will be brought back to the download page and the 60 second timer will count down, after which the download will start.

Warning: In Tis2000, whatever you do, DO NOT USE THE “SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD” BUTTON! This will retrograde the card in your Tech2 to an old version from 2008.

If you want a tested version to use with relief:

 

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