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Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:34 am 
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AS luekyson has said, it provides an audible series of beeps telling you you'd better shift real soon now or end up kissing the windscreen. Factory in manual FPVs, but can be enabled on auto FPVs (or disabled on the manuals if wanted).

Very handy because the rev limiter is brutal when the BOSS is at full song.

 

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Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:45 am 
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ok so is this the tool i should be looking for lukeyson?

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Elm327-USB-OBD-2 ... dZViewItem

my understanding is it connects to the pc via usb cable? i dont have a lap top only a desktop pc so might have to get a long usb cord to hang out the window. lol. is it possible to use an ethernet cable to connect to the pc? for some reason i have a 15m ethernet cable here.....

also thanks for all the help guys
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Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:32 am 
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There are 2 x things you want to check with an ELM327 USB tool.

(1) That it uses the v1.2a chip. Earlier versions can't go faster than 38.4kbps. The 1.2a on USB can go up to 500kbps. The DIL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_in-line_package) removeable chip is best since you can upgrade in the future, but this is likely to be an SMD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surface-mount_technology) version of the chip which is soldered on.

(2) It uses the FTDI USB chipset.

If you check the earlier eBay listing link of mine, you'll see that it says both of these. For that listing of yours I don't see that, so I would ask first if I were you.

I have another USB Scantool device (A j2534, not an ELM) that is sensitive to cable length at only 5m. I had trouble with a dumb extension cable and had to get a repeater. The USB repeaters regenerate the signal rather than just letting it attenuate over the length of the cable - but they are a bit more expensive. It depends on the sensitivity of the USB device, so all I can suggest is the 'suck it and see' approach.

5M USB M/F Dumb Cable: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/USB-2-0-Male-to- ... dZViewItem

5M USB M/F Active Repeater Cable: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/USB-2-0-1-0-Exte ... dZViewItem

This last one may be what you're after. It says it's a repeater, but it looks to me more like it's just an extender.

5M USB M/F Cable ends with Cat5 Intermediate: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/USB-HUB-Extender ... dZViewItem


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Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:05 am 
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ok, well now im not huge in the elctronics market, so thought i better check these first to make sure they all good.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Elm327-USB-CAN-O ... dZViewItem

and this one

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Elm327-USB-OBD-2 ... dZViewItem

to me appear to be the same thing and exactly what i need?

and if ive understood all this right, then

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/USB-HUB-Extender ... dZViewItem

plugs into the usb port on the elm, and i can run my 15m long ethernet cable from that to the computer?

sorry to sound like such a dumb a** guys, but electronics isnt exactly my best field, and i want to make sure im getting the right stuff to do the job.

cheers jeff aka phatba
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Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:24 am 
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Of the ELM links, yeah, they both look the same to me too. Except the 2nd one doesn't say if it's an ELM327 1.2a Chip or not - so ask. Believe me, getting the 1.2a is a much wiser investment because of the speed.

As for the USB extender, it can't hurt to have a go. But the Ethernet Cable plugs into a USB dongle thingo at each end (a female at one end for the ELM, and a male at the other for the PC) - it doesn't just plug into USB at one end and an Ethernet port at the other. I'm thinking about getting one of those myself with a long Ethernet cable just to try it out. I could do with more than just the 5M length my current USB repeater gives me. If it works it would be fantastic.


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Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:30 am 
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You don't use a lappy for car work?

I've found between the OBD cable, the serial cable from the ELM unit, and the 6" USB-Serial convertor cable, I've got a pile of cable strewn across the floor and passenger seat.

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:49 am 
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Well, I use Vista 64 on the work notebook - worst frekking decision I've ever made. I'm right on the verge of rolling back to XP - Vista is that terrible. I have lost a huge amount of productivity because of Vista.

Biggest issue with V64 is that it REQUIRES signed drivers, and many vendors just won't pay for developing signed drivers. The Drewtech guys won't write a V64 driver for the Mongoose despite my repeated requests - that's the tool I use for USB. My current ELM327 is a serial unit and I'm contemplating changing to USb myself.

So I've got a PC in the shed setup permanently for stuff like this - and i can get to it via VPN from work so I can do tests even when I'm not at home. Since I have a lab setup with most of the modules in a BA connected via a Dash Harness and a Lab Power Supply, its worked out better in the long run.


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Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:40 pm 
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You can turn off driver signing on Vista x64 easy.

F8 and disable driver signing at each boot. OR

Open an admin command prompt, enter..

bcdedit /set testsigning on

reboot.

I have to use that myself.

 

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Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:05 am 
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ok lukeyson ive won the usb whoozit on ebay and more than likely to win the elm. ill elt you know when they arrive, and we can try them out
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Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:03 am 
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Whats Police Mode?

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:30 pm 
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Digital Speedo on the Right LCD on the cluster.

Search would have been your friend though.


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Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:27 pm 
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Ive got a 1.0a elm327, does the job but the faster speed would be beneficial. One thing you forgot Luke is that I can now turn on and off Autolights warning alarm. Once again this requires eeprom programming.

While talking about eeprom reprogramming, I can do a complete re program of odo etc now in no longer than 20mins.

I dont require the odo to be set through the cluster anymore, I use a 'SPECIAL' EEPROM Program that I have designed to handle all those functions. Still some issues once I get past the 600000km range on how the odo is calced, but will get it sorted one day.

 

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Posted: Fri May 09, 2008 11:59 pm 
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We fixed phatba's TCM light problem today and enabled Police Mode while we were there. Lucky bugger already had Shift Alert enabled and didn't know it!

Only thing left is problems with dte. He says itcame out of a GT, but if it was from a ute then there will be issues with the expected fuel tank size. This may be a job for (drumroll) auMatts new cluster utility.....assuming he's sorted out multi-line messages....

Now we just need to see if we can get jlgw70's cluster fixed too.


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Posted: Sat May 10, 2008 12:12 am 
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yea must say big ups and word to lukey son for the tech help. hopefully the fuel issue is just as easy to sort...
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Posted: Sat May 10, 2008 12:39 am 
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im going to try and sort it out when I get my new 1.2a ELM as my old one decided to die.

After reading the elm docs it should be very very easy. i'll let you know soon.

 

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