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OBD-II/CAN Scanner Hardware & Software

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:51 pm    Post subject:  OBD-II/CAN Scanner Hardware & Software Reply with quote

OBD-II/CAN Scanner Hardware & Software

I recently discovered my 12-year old Actron code reader cannot read the newer CAN protocol. Works fine on my '97 Taurus GL wagon (3.0L) and '02 Impala (3.4L), but it had previously failed reading a friend's '07 (?) Toyota Tocoma and more recently my Aunt's '96 (?) Hyundai Sonata. Both times it just came back with a flashing LED. Didn't know why at the time.

So - the wife wants a laptop (to replace the one the school took back) and I thought this would be a good opportunity to buy my next code reader (along with the laptop). I was looking at the Elm-family hardware as a possibility, but almost all of the software written for it looks like it hasn't been updated since the early days of Windows. I see mention of ancient operating systems like Windows98, Windows2000, maybe some XP.

Except a product from OCTech called Touchscan Software. It's $34.95 with a $24.95 professional add-on. The screens look modern and Operating Systems up to Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) are supported. It appears to be the only software out there for these Elm units that is actively supported, but I could be wrong.

Is anybody using this Touchscan software who might be able to provide some insight? Also, regarding the hardware, who makes the best Elm-based unit? OCTech seems to be plugging's hardware, but I ran across another software maker (GLM, out of Australia) who cannot recommend's products because they discovered had switched to a Chinese clone chip of the Elm 327 (essentially stealing Elm's technology at a much lower price). The clone chip also caused some compatibility issues for GLM. Probably want to stay away from that mess!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

All homeowner grade scantools are junk. Spend the least amount of money on those USB dongles as possible and you'll be able to clear codes and ruin freeze frame just like the "pros" at Autozone.

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