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Pontiac Grand Prix
Apr 10, 2003 (10:09 pm)
Many thanks to both of you!
Apr 11, 2003 (12:26 am)
1) my oldie is a 486sx/50. enough power and to spare.
2) unfortunately, the DC input requires another Compaq dongle that produces 18.5 volts. they don't even tell you in the service manual what polarity. typical go-it-alone compaq. if you can find 'em, they are $200.
so I will play this weekend with, uhhh, ahem, another laptop availiable to me that has good batteries and NT on it. if it's really cool, I will probably get a $30 120V converter. just paid my taxes, and have a line on a non-working signal/one CX7A transciever I ought to be able to fix, so that thins out the mad money quite a bit. CX7s are mighty touchy when sick, it is said, so it might be a real project.
another alternative would be a PDA that has a serial port and runs on WinCE, assuming you can get the software into it, and it runs. an earlier version of the BR software was once said to run on a compaq PDA, mostly. don't know if the Linux stuff will run on the Sharp Zaurus PDA, which is Linux at its core. batauto has reviewed units that run on Palm OS. I have read many confusing things about whether Palm's change to using Jot handwriting software means the Palm OS goes away... Palm implies the basic system won't change.
your newer breed of doctors uses Palms all day, so I would personally not expect anything that connects to one to be busted by Graffiti II... any more than any other change breaks things in this computerized world.
Apr 11, 2003 (5:14 pm)
Most of the handheld based scan programs we deal with use either Palm's handhelds or Handspring's handhelds.
The bad thing about dealing with Palm is they have a minimum price that we aren't allowed to sell for less.
#10 of 16 and that's why I tend to not agree with the alarmists
Apr 11, 2003 (6:46 pm)
Palm OS has a big embedded base, mostly of big spenders and big account approvers. while they had a run of lousy hardware and had to do a lot of warranty replacements a year or so back, and while Palm like everybody else has financial issues, they have separated off the OS into PalmSource and have done a tubload of contracts into high-end cellphones, medical centers, and so forth.
Palm is the best thing to come out of 3Com since its founders invented the Ethernet
#11 of 16 I have played with my toy now...
Apr 13, 2003 (6:38 pm)
no codes, no reason to clear 'em, and the BR-2 interface for laptops logs the ISO codes for things like speed, engine load in percent, 0-2 sensors, rpms, airflow volume, etc. just fine and plays 'em back nicely in real-time on the windows software on a 486sx-50 laptop with 16 Mb. or as step-by-step. I built mine as a partial kit, and no issues... saving only $20 off a prebuilt and packaged unit, which in the end would have been a tad cheaper... but then, I just bid and won a very sick signal/one CX7 ham rig that was a RPA to keep working in the early 1970s when those ultra-cool rigs came out at Ferrari prices, because fixing electronic stuff is easy as breathing for me.
a 386 might have enough juice to run the windows software (needs w95 or higher), or alternatively run the DOS software. I didn't get the windows logfile read by the DOS stuff in a very quick and distracted trial (80 degrees and soooooooo beautiful today...), but the file is small, you could transfer it by floppy to another machine. you don't have to have a powered interface to replay logfiles, so you can do it on anything handy running windows. I did a 15-minute runaround drive over some 8 miles, and the file was under 27 Kb in size. logging and display are a function of the laptop; the interface separately is powered per OBD-II spec in "start" or "run" off the car.
you can put "markers" on the logfile where you want when recording it. if you as the driver are the only one in the car and want to pull down the logfile menu bar, mouse to it, and click to set another one when the car is running, you surely deserve to run through the barbed wire fence and into a tree... because you surely will. so markers (aha! here the gas pedal seemed to become useless for a few seconds, I will tag the conditions!) are only useful IMHO if you have a buddy riding shotgun to key 'em in.
fully assembled, the new BR-3 unit is $80 postpaid US... that's the one that covers the 2000+ fast ISO code communication speed.
the BR interface, like most affordable ones, does not have manufacturer-specific codes for things like A/C and so on, just the ISO-published ones. but that's enough to find an engine issue or some of the major transmission/engine combo issues where there is an ISO code.
you have to download the 2+ Mb windows zip file or the 400 Kb dos zip file yourself, but us DSL users don't complain about downloads any more
it'll do fine for me. if you envision working with a lot of cars, and you have creepy machines that do wacko things at inopportune times and need logging all the time so you can trace back and see when something falls off the scale, the CarChip plug-and-forget logger unit might be more apropos at $140, $180 with extra memory. I have not worked with one, 0patience has...
Apr 13, 2003 (10:03 pm)
My Tandy classic collector's item 386sx20 runs Microslop Windoze 3.1x and thus is out to lunch on this job assignment. I know it will run my Craftsman multimeter readings, and have already installed the software. I may look harder at the CSK Autozone readers. (:o[
#13 of 16 hey, it will run the DOS software for this code reader
Apr 13, 2003 (11:38 pm)
CSK does have a handheld two or three line display OBD-II reader on sale for $129.95. don't know if those log readings over time, I would bet it doesn't.
but check out everything availiable to you and make the right choice for your situation. I don't gain anything by recommending big hammers if what you need is a jeweler's screwdriver. even if you need a big hammer, I still can't win a thing.
Apr 14, 2003 (8:03 am)
my underlying DOS was, like, 6.2x when I quit upgrading it. These old machines are rather large and cumbersome. I need to start buying laptops with an eye toward the old ones retiring to the garage! My desktop PCs are all pretty large and spread out with peripherals. And don't forget, swschrad , we all win big as a result of these Edmunds interchanges. I surely have, and I recognize it. And I do understand your underlying message that you are not selling products or services. I'm not either.
#15 of 16 dos 6.21 was the bee's knees
Apr 14, 2003 (10:05 am)
best of all the standalone dos versions (no squirrelly disk compression software at all.) I think the dead end was dos 8.x underneath windows me.
as for the desktops... I have two 17-inch monitors hanging off "friskyclone" right now, with "fsckingclone," the linux machine only having one, and "frankenclone" anchored to the stereo for digitizing my old LPs. that leaves the former frankenclone, an 800 MHz athlon, alone and waiting for a new OS and purpose.
all my non-portables since the 286 have been "frankenclone" computers... built stealthily with parts of dubious origin; fired up at midnight in a show of sparks and arcs, they lurch across the room..... >
Apr 15, 2003 (7:57 am)
I plotted at length to get a computer in congress with my stereo system for magic wanding vinyl LPs and reel-to-reel tapes and cassettes (etc.) into CDs. One day at a superb AAFES Exchange, I was smitten by an XL-R5000 JVC. It slid so easily onto a shelf, and required no spouse enraging wire harness or floor cluster to accommodate batches of entangled paraphernalia. I bought. It continues to work beautifully. Get one, you'll like it!