Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

A dive into the thriving black market of John Deere tractor hacking.

To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere Service Advisor puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America’s heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that’s cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums.

Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular because John Deere and other manufacturers have made it impossible to perform “unauthorized” repair on farm equipment, which farmers see as an attack on their sovereignty and quite possibly an existential threat to their livelihood if their tractor breaks at an inopportune time.

“When crunch time comes and we break down, chances are we don’t have time to wait for a dealership employee to show up and fix it,” Danny Kluthe, a hog farmer in Nebraska, told his state legislature earlier this month. “Most all the new equipment [requires] a download [to fix].”

The nightmare scenario, and a fear I heard expressed over and over again in talking with farmers, is that John Deere could remotely shut down a tractor and there wouldn’t be anything a farmer could do about it.

“What you’ve got is technicians running around here with cracked Ukrainian John Deere software that they bought off the black market”

A license agreement John Deere required farmers to sign in October forbids nearly all repair and modification to farming equipment, and prevents farmers from suing for “crop loss, lost profits, loss of goodwill, loss of use of equipment … arising from the performance or non-performance of any aspect of the software.” The agreement applies to anyone who turns the key or otherwise uses a John Deere tractor with embedded software. It means that only John Deere dealerships and “authorized” repair shops can work on newer tractors.

“If a farmer bought the tractor, he should be able to do whatever he wants with it,” Kevin Kenney, a farmer and right-to-repair advocate in Nebraska, told me. “You want to replace a transmission and you take it to an independent mechanic—he can put in the new transmission but the tractor can’t drive out of the shop. Deere charges $230, plus $130 an hour for a technician to drive out and plug a connector into their USB port to authorize the part.”

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“What you’ve got is technicians running around here with cracked Ukrainian John Deere software that they bought off the black market,” he added.

Kenney and Kluthe have been pushing for right-to-repair legislation in Nebraska that would invalidate John Deere’s license agreement (seven other states are considering similar bills). In the meantime, farmers have started hacking their machines because even simple repairs are made impossible by the embedded software within the tractor. John Deere is one of the staunchest opponents of this legislation.

“There’s software out there a guy can get his hands on if he looks for it,” one farmer and repair mechanic in Nebraska who uses cracked John Deere software told me. “I’m not a big business or anything, but let’s say you’ve got a guy here who has a tractor and something goes wrong with it—the nearest dealership is 40 miles away, but you’ve got me or a diesel shop a mile away. The only way we can fix things is illegally, which is what’s holding back free enterprise more than anything and hampers a farmer’s ability to get stuff done, too.”

Once I was on it, I found dozens of threads from farmers desperate to fix and modify their own tractors. According to people on the forums and the farmers who use it, much of the software is cracked in Eastern European countries such as Poland and Ukraine and then sold back to farmers in the United States.

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Among the programs I saw being traded:

John Deere Service Advisor: A diagnostic program used by John Deere technicians that recalibrate tractors and can diagnose broken parts. “It can program payloads into different controllers. It can calibrate injectors, turbo, engine hours and all kinds of fun stuff,” someone familiar with the software told me.
John Deere Payload files: These are files that specifically program certain parts of the vehicle. There are files that can customize and fine-tune the performance of the chassis, engine, and cab, for instance.
John Deere Electronic Data Link drivers: This is software that allows a computer to talk to the tractor. “The EDL is the required interface which allows the Service Advisor laptop to actually communicate with the tractor controllers,” the source told me.

A reverse engineer who goes by Decryptor Tuning, who I met on a forum, told me they distribute programs that are “usually OEM software that is freely available but must be licensed.”

“If things could get better, [companies like John Deere] should be forced to freely distribute the same software dealers have,” they said. “And stop locking down [Engine Control Module] reading functionality. They do this to force you to use their services, which they have a 100 percent monopoly on.”

Also for sale (or free download) on the forums are license key generators, speed-limit modifiers, and reverse-engineered cables that allow you to connect a tractor to a computer. These programs are also for sale on several sketchy-looking websites that are hosted in Europe, and on YouTube there are demos of the software in operation.

On its face, pirating such software would seem to be illegal. But in 2015, the Librarian of Congress approved an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for land vehicles, which includes tractors. The exemption allows modification of “computer programs that are contained in and control the functioning of a motorized land vehicle such as a personal automobile, commercial motor vehicle or mechanized agricultural vehicle … when circumvention is a necessary step undertaken by the authorized owner of the vehicle to allow the diagnosis, repair, or lawful modification of a vehicle function.”

This means modification of embedded software is legal long as it can still meet emission requirements. Whether the exemption allows for the downloading of cracked software is an unanswered question.

“Are we supposed to throw the tractor in the garbage, or what?”

It’s no surprise, then, that Heavy Duty Scan Tool John Deere started requiring farmers to sign licensing agreements around the time the exemption went into effect. Violation of the agreement would be considered a breach of contract rather than a federal copyright violation, meaning John Deere would have to sue its own customers if it wants the contract to be enforced. I asked John Deere specifically about the fact that a software black market has cropped up for its tractors, but the company instead said that there are no repair problems for John Deere customers.

“When a customer buys John Deere equipment, he or she owns the equipment,” the company said. “As the owner, he or she has the ability to maintain and repair the equipment. The customer also has the ability through operator and service manuals and other resources to enable operational, maintenance, service and diagnostics activities to repair and maintain equipment.”

“Software modifications increase the risk that equipment will not function as designed,” the company continued. “As a result, allowing unqualified individuals to modify equipment software can endanger machine performance, in addition to Deere customers, dealers and others, resulting in equipment that no longer complies with industry and safety/environmental regulations.”

Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of Repair.org, a trade organization fighting for right-to-repair legislation, told me that John Deere’s statement is “total crap,” and noted that “some of our members have repeatedly attempted to buy the diagnostics that are referenced [from John Deere] and been rebuffed.”

“They require buyers to accept an End User License Agreement that disallows all of the activities they say are allowed in their statement,” she said. “Deere is a monopolist and has systematically taken over the role of equipment owner, despite having been paid fairly and fully for equipment. Their claims to control equipment post-purchase are inconsistent with all aspects of ownership including accounting, taxation, and transfer of products into the secondary market.”

It’s quite simple, really. John Deere sold farmers their tractors, but has used software to maintain control of every aspect of its use after the sale. Kluthe, for example, uses pig manure to power his tractor, which requires engine modifications that would likely violate John Deere’s terms of service on newer machines.

“I take the hog waste and run it through an anaerobic digester and I’ve learned to compress the methane,” he said. “I run an 80 percent methane in my Chevy Diesel Pickup and I run 90 percent methane in my tractor. And they both purr. I take a lot of pride in working on my equipment.”

Farmers worry what will happen if John Deere is bought by another company, or what will happen if the company decides to stop servicing its tractors. And so they have taken matters into their own hands by taking control of the software themselves.

“What happens in 20 years when there’s a new tractor out and John Deere doesn’t want to fix these anymore?” the farmer using Ukrainian software told me. “Are we supposed to throw the tractor in the garbage, or what?”

How to Setup WIFI for Scania VCI-3 VCI3

Introduction:

The Scania VCI3 truck diagnostic scanner can be connected to the computer with a USB cable or connect without wire. The VCI 3 is preset to run on a direct wireless connection.

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NOTE:

Remember that the region of VCI3 is in default in Europe. If VCI3 will be used outside Europe, setting the region should be amended. For more information, see VCI3 configuration and user instructions, Configuring

VCI3, region and configuration:

For more information on the connection options and settings and how to use the functions in VCI3 and SDP3, see VCI3 Configuration and instructions user under the Help menu in Scania SDP3.

System Requirements:
Windows 7 O/S
NO CONNECTION WIRE
Connecting to wireless VCI3
Connect and disconnect the wireless connection VCI3 using the menu option
Connect the VCI wireless or Disconnect VCI wireless in Truck diagnostic Scanner SDP3.
When VCI3 module is connected to the vehicle or engine via the OBD connector, the VCI3 creates a network called VCI3_SN ecc_network.

How to enable Scania SDP3 VCI 3 WIFI wireless connection?

You can connect VCI3 interface with ytour computer using a USB cable or wireless connection.
Follow the instructions below. It can take 30-60 seconds to complete each step.

1. Connect your computer to VCI3 network through the Network icon in the field of status in Windows.
2. Start SDP3 software.
3. Select Connect to VCI wireless connection in the SDP3 menu.
4. Click the relevant VCI3 in VCI3s list wireless network and select Connect.
The first time SDP3 connects to a VCI 3, the drivers are VCI3 installed on your computer.
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Why did I buy Cummins Insite 7.62 instead of Insite 8.xx

Here are some things learned while I was also deciding what Insite software to buy. Hopefully it can help someone. And please correct me if there is some things wrong.

If you search eBay for Inline 6 Insite 7.62, some of these will include the Insite software, but read carefully!. Some do not. I bought mine from the site OBD2TOOL works no issues and with good tech support. Satisfied so far.

Does the software comes in the CD ? Apparently yes. And you install and update from the CD, no internet connection required.

Is this software original and legal ? That’s where it gets fuzzy. Some consider it original and have been using it for years perfectly fine in their trucks. Others consider it pirated software and will rather buy directly from Cummins.

Is buying directly from Cummins more expensive ? Yes, a lot. And is a subscription for just one year.

Why version Cummins 7.62 and not the newest versions 8.xx (Insite 8.2.0)? Because newest versions have to communicate online with their mother ship(Cummins) and if they can’t, will stop working. If you want Insite 8.xx, forget cummins insite download for free! Spend some dollars and go to cummins insite crack version – my friend has one and never upsets him.

Will Cummins INLINE 7 work on the newer engines ? Apparently Yes. CM2350, CM2250, CM871, CM870 . And some others.

Should I use a laptop or Virtual Machine? If you don’t know a lot about installing software, the easiest way is to get a used laptop with Windows 7, and use it just for that. Do not install adicional software or go online, to make sure no malware gets to your truck ECM.

On other hand, if you have a fast laptop, enough Ram, and know a few difficult tricks, could install a program like Virtual Box , to run Cummins Insite on a virtual machine. That basically means that Insite will run completely isolated from other software in the same laptop.

(Solved) John Deere Service Advisor Search Engine Error

This is for anyone when he/she runs the John Deere Service Advisor Heavy Duty Truck Scanner Software, the system appears error message that the search engine module can not be loaded and then the program ends.

NOTE THAT YOU ARE TRYING ANY TRICK ON YOUR OWN RISK.

Optional solutions:

Solution 1:
Run as system administrator, roll back pc date reactivate using john deere edl v2 Then roll date back to normal date if error still renew once again. Been working for me so far.
Note that, don’t know how long it stay working but works im sure someone will have solution for it soon.
Also advice if doing fresh install roll back the date on pc do the install after then install and activations have been done.
Go to task manager look for the service adviser on have it start its tasks in 2030 :save and then reset your pc date should be good for while

Solution 2:
if you set a date before the lightweightidol license expired, start the lightweightidol service, set the real date and start Advisor, it works.

Solution 3:
start advisor. when error comes with “search engine” Close John Deere SA. afterwards set your PC date to feburary 2015. start SA again (run as administrator). it now comes with error on licence. close SA Again. set pc date back to normal. run SA Again. now it Works.

Solution 4:
The search engine error can be solved.
Set back the date, before the expiry date found in Service ADVISOR\SUIR\license.log (august 14 in my case). Start LightweightIDOL service. Set the real date, and Advisor working again.
I made a batch file to simplify it. To make it work Control Panel/Regional/short date format have to be yyyy-mm-dd or you have to modify batch. Maybe you have to modify ServiceADVISOR.exe path too in the batch. Have to run as administrator.
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Solution 5:
I have had the same error with ssearch engine connection in JD SA.
reinstalled it twice, changed system date back and forward, run activator. No result for me.

But actually I found the solution for this issue.
And the error disappeared.
newer data discs (2016/02)

Solution 6:
back date to 08.10.16
install JD SA, restart, activate, mount latest disk you have (05.2016) and install update, for finish get license error, ignore and close, set actualy date, run JD SA -> works fine, install july update
testing today on 3 laptops (Windows 7 and 10)
On a side note: procedure about turning off the updates
don’t know how long it stay working but works im sure someone will have solution for it soon.
Also advice if doing fresh install roll back the date on pc do the install after then install and activations have been done.
goto task manager look for the service adviser on have it start its tasks in 2030 :save and then reset your pc date should be good for while Smile (SO TURN IT OFF IN TASKMANAGER SO IT STARTS 20 30 YEARS FROM NOW!!)

Fresh new installations also work but can be much more complicated sure a patch would be much easier. But it can be done with out a patch so far

In taskmanager I don’t stop any service just put service advisor updater to 2030 to start
also makes sure eculp.ini configurator reads like this
A valid ECULP License has been found
Licenses for the following modes have been found:
TestCell Programming
FinalEOL Programming
Service Programming
ECUCPP Programming Tool

All JD Components were found and properly licensed

JDEcu : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
JDConfig : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
JDData : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
JDIntelHex : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
JDPayloadReader : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
JDPayloadProcessor : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
ECULoaderProgram : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
ECULP_TestCell : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
ECULP_FinalEOL : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
ECULP_Service : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
ECULP_TestCell_OEM : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
ECULP_FinalEOL_OEM : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
ECULP_Service_OEM : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
ECULP_ECUCPP : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
ECULP_Direct_EOL_Output : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
ECULP_OEM_DISTRIBUTOR : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
Service_ADVISOR_Ag : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021
Service_ADVISOR_CF : Version 1.0 : 01-apr-2021

The last – if all tips/solutions above don’t work for you,

John Deere Service Advisor 4.0 Crack – No Search Engine Error

John Deere Service Advisor EDL 7215R 9 pin cable pinouts

How to connect kess v2 on John Deere Service Advisor for reading? John Deere 9 pin cable connection.. Here you go.

This is a bad John Deere 7215R, not working. No wires to some pins

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This is the manual connection from original Kess V2 master:

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It’s the 2014 year

Here you see how to connect.

the 7r series is non Premium tractors so you must use the pinout on the left Picture.

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Where can you buy one adapter for John Deere 9 pin to do your cable?

https://www.obd2tool.com/goods-5219-JOHN-DEERE-DIAGNOSTIC-KIT-software-in-hard-disk.html

it’s a high-quality one, definitely working fine, tested by professionals.

CATERPILLAR CAT ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN ET2018A

CAT Caterpillar ET 2018A is an updated version of the delaer level program for the diagnosis of all equipment Caterpillar Fully Installed on a Panasonic Toughbook.
This program works with the dealer diagnostic scanner Caterpillar Communication Adapter, as well as other adapters for diagnostics including scanner Nexiq,
the program provides the full information when troubleshooting.
When you purchase a program Cat ET (Caterpillar ET) 2017A once you get detailed and clear instructions on how to activate it.
This diagnostic app allows you to:

View active and logged diagnostics.
View events where irregularities occurred and were logged by the ECM.
View the status of a group of parameters (temperatures, pressures, etc.) simultaneously.
Record and log performance data.
Graph a group of status parameters.
View the current configuration of an ECM.
Change ECM configurations.
Perform diagnostic tests.
Perform calibrations.
Print reports and diagnostic results.

CAT Caterpillar ET Diagnostic Adapter from www.obd2tool.com retrieve engine totals for fuel used, miles traveled, and hours Operated. It can display status of all parameters, such as engine speed, Throttle position, timing advance, fuel flow, etc.
CAT ET functions:
1.Display “Logged Event Codes” to show engine over speeds,High temperatures, fuel consumption, etc.
2.View ECM’s current configuration and change user settings
3.Perform diagnostic tests and calibrations, and calibrate
4.Electro-mechanical and electro-hydraulic components
5.Context sensitive help leads operator through every task Cat ET can perform
6.Data Logger and Data Log Viewer allows recording of ECM signals for delayed troubleshooting capability.

Functionalities Shows all operating conditions that cause high repair costs such as:
Over speeds, high temperatures, fuel consumption, transmission shift counts. This can provide awareness to change operator

Cat “ET Trainer” is now included in ET Program. It allows Users to train and practice using Cat ET without a Communications adapter or Electronic Control Module (ECM).This is a free feature of Heavy Duty Truck Scan Tool Cat ET.

Specification:
1.ECM Summary screen lists every control module on equipment
2.Being tested and gives information on these modules.
3.Fast hookup and real time display of systems status. Displays ,readings such as rpm, boost, pressures, temperatures, etc. for Easy troubleshooting.
4.Identifies faulty sensors, harness connectors, and system parameters which are out of specification. Allows customers
5.To help dealer identify problems without visiting machine.
6.Identifies intermittent sensors and wiring problems during Machine operation and keeps a record of each one. Showswhen problem occurred and how often it happened.
7.Added information to allow customer to assist dealer in diagnosing and repairing problems. (Troubeshooting Help is not built in with in the program, you will still need go back to books in order to follow a repair description and steps in each Fault Code display within the program).English and metric units of measure integrated help file to easy learn the “How To” around the software.

Original Caterpillar ET3 Compare With OEM Adpater III

Original Factory Caterpillar ET3 Adapter III Compare With OEM Caterpillar ET Diagnostic Adpater III
1. Original Factory CAT ET can use once pluged, no need install the USB drive, the software can automatic realize it for ET3 Adapter, and the machine can automatic weld the high quality Circuit board, quality will be more reliable.

2. The Heavy Duty Truck diagnostic Scanner OEM Caterpillar ET Diagnostic Adapter III need use USB Drive to install, and need choose the COM Port, and  in the software ET also need choose ET2 then can be used.

 

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Why CAR FANS C800 is worth to buy?

CAR FANS C800 is the latest portable intelligent diesel fault diagnosis instrument developed by domestic top-level automotive diagnostic technology experts. It integrates many advanced technologies at home and abroad. It has fast and stable system, simple interface operation, intelligent and leading. The professional diesel diagnostic model covers many other features.

1. Top R&D team
Product development team works for many years in the diagnostic industry, especially in the field of diesel diagnostics

2. The product is stable and fast
Adopt professional mainstream minimalist design, stable operation, simple operation and fast speed

3. High vehicle coverage
Covers domestic and international mainstream diesel models and provides professional diesel diagnostic services

Product Details:

Diagnostic Host Connector Wire Diagnostic Software Product Service
Professional design Professional connector Professional diagnostic software Professional product service
High-profile value Adapted to mainstream diesel models at home and abroad Extremely high coverage Full product warranty
Stable and reliable Professional jumper Powerful software Free lifetime upgrade for customers’
Fast running speed, high quality wire, easy to operate

Product host:

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The OBD-II scan tool CF C800 Smart Diesel Diagnostics is a calm atmosphere, combined with an advanced ergonomic design, and a high-definition, easy-to-operate, touch-screen large screen that allows you to easily use the fast and flexible operation of the Fengzhi for diagnostics.

1. Professional design
Ergonomic design: in line with the various use scenarios of service technicians, easy to hold
Easy to operate: Reasonable size design, easy to operate with one hand or both hands

2. Very high value
Calm atmosphere: high-force appearance, the industry’s thinnest
True color big screen: 7 inch true color touch big screen.

Diagnostic connector:

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The CF C800 Smart Diesel Diagnostics comes standard with up to 14 professional diesel diagnostic connectors, covering both domestic and international mainstream diesel models, with 12 diesel connectors and matching to mainstream diesel models.

Special diesel diagnostic connector: 14 standard, 12 optional
Dedicated multi-function __ to solve extreme profile joints
Real-time diagnosis of new diagnostic connectors based on user feedback and market model changes

Features:

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The Heavy Duty Truck diagnostic Scanner CF C800 intelligent diesel diagnostic instrument is equipped with intelligent operation software based on professional and high-quality hardware. It is equipped with professional and high-coverage diagnostic functions. Based on the functions of the original diagnostic tools, it is fully optimized and reluctant to diesel. The vehicle’s comprehensive diagnostic capabilities, some of which are based on advanced technology accumulated by the R&D team for many years, are superior to other similar diagnostic products in the industry, and even better than the original factory. The main diagnostic functions include reading version information, reading/clearing fault codes, data streams, and actions. Testing, advanced features (special features, matching iS settings, functional tests, diesel calibration). You can provide customers with more comprehensive and professional and efficient diagnostic services without relying on the original diagnostic equipment.

1. The operation interface is simple and easy to understand.
2. Model classification, easy to locate and diagnose vehicles
3. Professional electronic control system, directly according to the electronic control system, professional and fast

Diagnostic software features:

Professional diesel diagnosis
>Read version information
>Read fault code
>clear trouble code
>Read data stream
>Action test
>Advanced features
>function test
>Match/Set
>special function
>Advanced function calibration

1. High quality hardware
The C800 equipment mainframe, wire and special diagnostic joints are all made of high quality and excellent performance materials, and the quality standards are obviously higher than the industry competitors.

2. Extremely high vehicle coverage
Extremely high diesel vehicle coverage, the C800 also has a large number of current industry exclusive vehicle system coverage.

3. More than just a diagnostic instrument
The C800 is not only a smart diesel diagnostic instrument, but a new set of ‘complete diesel diagnostics industry solutions that not only help customers find vehicle problems, but also provide comprehensive product and vehicle maintenance training to help customers solve difficult problems.

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2017A Version CAT3 Caterpillar ET Diagnostic Tool Installation and Activation

2017A Version CAT3 Caterpillar ET Diagnostic tool installation

1. Open the CD,run Cat ET 2017A V1.0.exe,as picture:

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2. Install software

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3. Choose next

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4. Choose I accept the terms in the license agreement.Then click next

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5. Install

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6.Finish

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7.There will be an icon on your computer desktop.

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2017A Version CAT3 Caterpillar ET software activation

1. You have to activate it after installing the software.

You must have an Keygen to activate it as picture shows:

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2. Activation step as below:

2.1Copy  Comet、CometDLL files in crack to cat installation catalog C:program Files(x86)/common Files/Offboard Information Products/2017A/Comet to replace original files.As picture shows:

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2.2Copy CometDLL、FlashServer files in crack to cat installation catalog C:program Files(x86)/common Files/Offboard Information Products/2017A/Flash to replace original files,as below:

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2.3 Enter my computer,right click on properties-Advanced system settings – Advanced – Environment Variables –  System Variables- Creat Variable value-new

Put in:

Variable name:CATLMD_LICENSE_FILE

Variable value:C:\flexlm\license.dat

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2.4 Creat a new folder in Disk C:FlexLM

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2.5 Open NetworkSISID,get Serial ID

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2.6 Open Keygen,put in Serial ID into host ID,run cat 2017A software in desktop,it will pop-up dialogue box and show License,put ID and license code into keygen,then set the ending time to 2035 year(No change in months).Click generate and show the activation code and it will creat a new license.dat file.

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2.7 Put license.dat to catalog C:FlexLM.Then enter the activation code in the dialog box to confirm and complete the activation.

If you can’t still operate it,please click here to watch our video or contact us:www.obd2tool.com

Caterpillar ET 2018A Electronic Technician Diagnostic Software

Cat electronic technician 2018A is an updated version of the caterpillar dealer diagnostic software.

Cat works with the Caterpillar Communication Adapters family.
The recommended adapter is a Caterpillar Communication Adapter III Kit PN 538-5051 (Replaces 466-6258).
This diagnostic app allows you to: Change vehicle’s parameters Lock / Unlock parameters Diagnose and reconfigure Reading of error codes ECM Flash

What’s New – 2018A

Trainer Update – 988K XE Wheel Loader

The 988K XE Wheel Loader has been added to the Trainer application.

What’s New – 2017C

Preferences Option to Save a Product Status Report to PDF

The Preferences dialog for the Product Status Report has changed. The Cat ET contains a new checkbox to automatically save a Product Status Report as a PDF file when the report is created. The service tool will continue to automatically save Product Status Reports as an XML file.

What’s New – 2017B

Product Status Report Updates
The Product Status Report has been updated to include certain history features supported by the ECM, such as the after-treatment Regeneration History and the Service Test History.

Winflash Screen Update
The screen for the Winflash feature has been updated. A new Expand All button opens all sections of the screen to show all details for ECMs detected by WinFlash. A new Collapse All button hides all sections of the screen, except for header rows showing detected ECM names. PC, Communication Hardware, and Cable Requirements

To run the service tool, the next PC, communication hardware, and cable requirements must be met. NOTE: The minimum PC Configurations should not be used as a standard when buying new personal computers for service tool purposes. If the existing equipment meets these minimum requirements, it will run the service tool.
PC Requirements
Recommended Configurations

PC containing a 2.0 GHz dual-core processor
3GB RAM
3GB of available hard disk drive
DVD-ROM drive (optionally)
15.4-inch XGA Screen (1280×1024 compatible)
Microsoft Windows? 7 Professional or Windows 8 Professional, Windows 10 Professional (Not tested with Home Edition) (Note: Windows 8 RT is not supported)
RS232 port with 16550AF UART or compatible (for use with Comm Adapter II)
USB 1.1 or 2.0 port (for use with Comm Adapter 3)
Ethernet RJ45 connector
Built-in pointing device or mouse
For security purposes, Microsoft Internet Explorer version 11 or newer or Microsoft Edge is recommended.
Note: The most recent version of Microsoft? Internet Explorer may not be validated to work with the service tool.
Wi-Fi (for the Wireless Comm Adapter 3)
Minimum Configurations

PC containing a Pentium 2 GHz processor or greater
1GB RAM
500MB of available hard disk drive
CD-ROM drive
Super VGA monitor or display (1024×768)
Microsoft Windows? 7 Professional or Windows 8 Professional, Windows 10 Professional (Not tested with Home Edition) (Note: Windows 8 RT is not supported)
RS232 port with 16550AF UART or compatible (for use with Comm Adapter II)
USB 1.1 or 2.0 port (for use with Comm Adapter 3)
Ethernet RJ45 connector
Built-in pointing device or mouse
For security purposes, Microsoft Internet Explorer version 9 or newer is recommended. Note: The most recent version of Microsoft? Internet Explorer may not be validated to work with the service tool.
Communication Hardware

Cat Communication Adapter III Kit PN 538-5051 (Replaces 466-6258)

Configuring Cat Electronic Technician to use the Communication Adapter 3
For Cat Electronic Technician to work with the Communication Adapter 3, the settings must be changed to select the Communication Adapter 3 as the Communication Interface Device:
Step 1 Start Cat Electronic Technician.
Step 2 Click the Stop Connect button when it appears.
Step 3 Select the Utilities menu.
Step 4 Choose “Preferences > Modify…”.
Step 5 Select the Communications tab.
Step 6 Select Cat Comm Adapter 3 (RP1210) and click OK.
NOTE: Because a growing number of products require multiple data link service, the “Enable Dual Datalink Service” checkbox has been pre-selected.
Servicing ECMs on more than one data link requires this checkbox to be enabled.
Failure to do this will result in undetected ECMs and reduced functionality.

Screenshots for Caterpillar ET 2018A Electronic Technician Diagnostic Software:

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