Maxisys Elite Data Manager Operations

The Maxisys Elite Data Manager application is used to store, print, and review the saved files. Most operations are controlled through the toolbar. Selecting the Data Manager application opens the file system menu. Different file types are sorted separately under different options, there are six types of information files to be viewed or played back.

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Operations
The OBD-II scan tool Data Manager Operations are based on toolbar controls, details are explained in the following sections.

Image Files
The Image section is a JPG database containing all captured screenshot images.

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1.  Toolbar Buttons – used to edit, print and delete the image files. See Table 5-1 Toolbar Buttons in JPG Database on page 64 for detailed information.
2.  Main Section – displays the stored images.

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To edit image information
1.  Select Data Manager application from the MaxiSys Job Menu.
2.  Select Image to access the JPG database.
3.  Select an image to display it in full screen.
4.  Tapping the screen once displays the editing toolbar.
5.  Tap the Info button to open a window displaying the image information.
6.  Tap the Edit button on the top right corner of the window. The editing screen displays.
7.  Edit the image information by entering the new file name, and file information.
8.  Tap Done to save the information and exit, or tap Cancel to exit without saving.

To delete selected images
1.  Select Data Manager application from the Autel Scanner MaxiSys Job Menu.
2.  Select Image to access the JPG database.
3.  Tap the Enter Edit button to display the editing toolbar.
4.  Select the images that need to be deleted by tapping the thumbnail images, the selected thumbnail displays a tick icon at the bottom right corner.
5.  Tap the Delete button, and then Delete Selected, now the selected images are deleted.

Autel Maxisys Elite ECU Information

This function retrieves and displays the specific information for the tested control unit, including unit type, version numbers and other specifications. The sample Autel Maxisys Elite ECU Information screen displays as below:

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1.  Diagnostics Toolbar Buttons – see Table 4-2 Diagnostics Toolbar Buttons on page 33 for detailed descriptions of the operations for each button.
2.  Main Section – the left column displays the item names; the right column shows the specifications or descriptions.
3.  Functional Button – In this case, only a Back (or sometimes an ESC) button is available; tap it to exit after viewing.

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Read Codes

This function retrieves and displays the DTCs from the vehicle’s control system. The Read Codes screen varies for each vehicle being tested, on some vehicles, freeze frame data can also be retrieved for viewing. The sample Read Codes screen displays as below:

1.  Diagnostics Toolbar Buttons – see Table 4-2 Diagnostics Toolbar Buttons on page 33 for detailed descriptions of the operations for each button.
2.  Main Section
*   Code Column – displays the retrieved codes from the vehicle.
*   Status Column – indicates the status of the retrieved codes.
*   Description Column – detailed descriptions for the retrieved codes.
*   Snowflake Icon – only displays when freeze frame data is available for viewing; Selecting displays a data screen, which looks very similar to the Read Codes interface, therefore same operation method may be applied.

Erase Codes
After reading the retrieved codes from the vehicle and certain repairs have been carried out, you can decide to erase the codes from the vehicle using this function. Before performing this function, make sure the vehicle’s ignition key is in the ON (RUN) position with the engine off.

To erase codes
1.  Tap Erase Codes from the Function Menu.
2.  A warning message displays to inform you of data loss when this function is applied.
a)  Tap Yes to continue. A confirming screen displays when the operation is successfully done.
b)  Tap No to exit.
3.  Tap ESC on the confirming screen to exit Erase Codes.
4.  Check the Read Codes function again to ensure the operation is successful.
3.  Functional Button – in this case, only a Back (or sometimes an ESC) button is available; tap it to return to the previous screen or exit the function.

Live Data
When this function is selected, the screen displays the data list for the selected module. The Autel Scanner available for any control module vary from one vehicle to another. The parameters display in the order that they are transmitted by the ECM, so expect variation between vehicles. Gesture scrolling allows you to quickly move through the data list. Simply touch the screen and drag your finger up or down to reposition the parameters being displayed if the data covers more than one screen. The figure below shows a typical Live Data screen:
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1.  Diagnostics Toolbar Buttons – tap the drop-down button at the top
center of the screen displays the toolbar buttons. See Table 4-2
Diagnostics Toolbar Buttons on page 33 for detailed descriptions of the
operations for each button.

2.  Main Section
*   Name Column – this column displays the parameter names.
a)  Check Box – tap the check box at the left side of the parameter name to make selection of an item. Tap the check box again to deselect the item.
b)  Drop-down Button – tapping the drop-down button at the right side of the parameter name opens a submenu, which provides various choices for data display mode.
*   Value Column – displays the values of the parameter items.
*   Range Column – displays the minimum and the maximum limit value.
*   Unit Column – displays the unit for the parameter values.
*   To change the Unit mode, tap the Setting button on the top toolbar and select a required mode. See 7.1.1 Unit on page 77 for more information.

3.  Display Mode
There are 4 types of display modes available for data viewing, allowing you to view various types of parameters in the most suitable way for better data check-ups.
Tapping the drop-down button on the right side of the parameter name opens a submenu. There are 4 buttons to configure the data display mode, plus one Help button on the right, tappable when additional information is available for your reference. Each parameter item displays the selected mode independently.
Analog Gauge Mode – displays the parameters in form of an analog meter graph Text Mode – this is the default mode which displays the parameters in texts and shows in list format
NOTE: Reading of status parameters, such as a switch reading, which are mostly in word form, like ON, OFF, ACTIVE, and ABORT, etc., can only be displayed in Text Mode. Whereas reading of value parameters,
such as a sensor reading, can be displayed in text mode and other graph modes.

Waveform Graph Mode – displays the parameters in waveform graphs When displaying this mode, three control buttons will appear on the right side of the parameter item, allowing you to manipulate the display status.
*   Text Button – resumes Text Display Mode
*   Scale Button – changes the scale values, which are displayed below the waveform graph. There are 4 scales available: x1, x2, x4 and x8.
*   Zoom-in Button – tap once to display the selected data graph in full screen
Digital Gauge Mode– displays the parameters in form of a digital gauge graph
Full Screen Display – this option is only available in the waveform graph mode, and mostly used in Graph Merge status for data comparison.
There are three control buttons available on the top right side of the
screen under this mode.
*   Edit Button – tapping this button opens an edit window, on which you can set the waveform color and the line thickness displayed for the selected parameter item.
*   Scale Button – changes the scale values, which are displayed below the waveform graph. There are 4 scales available: x1, x2,x4 and x8.
*   Zoom-out Button – exits full screen display.
*   To edit the waveform color and line thickness in a data graph
1.  Select 1 to 3 parameter items to display in Waveform Graph mode.
2.  Tap the Zoom-in Button on the right to display the data graph in full screen.
3.  Tap the Edit Button, an edit window appears.
4.  Select a parameter item on the left column.
5.  Select a desired sample color from the second column.
6.  Select a desired sample line thickness from the right column.
7.  Repeat step 4-7 to edit the waveform for each parameter item.
8.  Tap Done to save the setting and exit, or tap Cancel to exit without saving.

4.  Functional Buttons
The operations of all the available functional buttons on Live Data screen are described below:
Back – returns you to the previous screen or exit the function.
Record – starts recording the retrieved live data; the recorded data is then stored as a video clip in the Data Manager application for future reviews. This function could be triggered automatically at preset threshold value or manually as you choose, and the triggering mode and record duration can be configured in the Setting mode of Live Data.
Freeze – displays the retrieved data in freeze mode.
*   Previous Frame – Moves to the previous frame in the freeze data.
*   Next Frame – Moves to the next frame in the freeze data.
*   Resume – this button appears when the Record or Freeze function is applied. Tapping this button stops data recording, or exit freeze data mode, and resumes normal data display mode.
*   Flag – this button appears when the Record function is applied. Tapping this button sets flags for the recorded data at points wherever you choose, when playing back the recorded video clip later in Data Manager, the
preset flag will enable a popup to allow input of text to take notes.

*  Clear Data –tapping which clears all previously retrieved parameter values at a cutting point whenever you choose.
*  To Top – moves a selected data item to the top of the list.
*  Graph Merge – tap this button to merge selected data graphs (for Waveform Graph Mode only). This function is very useful when making comparison for different parameters.
NOTE: This mode supports Graph Merge for 2 to 3 parameter items only, so select no less than 2 or more than 3 items each time when making graph merge.
*   To cancel Graph Merge mode, tap the drop-down button on the right side of the parameter name, and select a data display mode. Show Selected/Show All – tap this option to exchange between the two options; one displays the selected parameter items, the other displays all the available items.

Setting – tapping this button opens a setting screen, which allows you to set the trigger mode, recording duration, and various threshold values for data recording, and make other controls.

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There are 4 navigation buttons on top of the Setting mode screen.
*   Range Button – displays the configuration screen on which you can set the threshold values, an upper limit and a lower limit, for triggering the buzzer alarm. This function is only applied to the Waveform Graph display mode.
a)  MIN – tapping which opens a virtual keyboard, allows you to enter the required lower limit value
b)  MAX – tapping which opens a virtual keyboard, allows you to enter the required upper limit value
c)  Buzzer Alarm – switches the alarm on and off. The alarm function makes a beep sound as a reminder whenever the data reading reaches the preset minimum or maximum point

 To set threshold limits for the parameter values
1.  Tap the Setting functional button at the bottom of the Live Data screen.
2.  Tap the Range navigation button.
3.  Select a parameter item on the left column, or enter the item name in the Search bar.
4.  Tap on the right side of the MIN button, and enter the required minimum value.
5.  Tap on the right side of the MAX button, and enter the required maximum value.
6.  Tap the ON/OFF button on the right side of the Buzzer Alarm button to turn it on or off.
7.  Tap Done to save the setting and return to the Live Data screen; or tap Cancel to exit without saving.
If the threshold limits are successfully set, two horizontal lines now appear on each of the data graphs (when Waveform Graph Mode is applied) to indicate the alarming point. The threshold lines are shown in different colors than the waveform of the parameters for distinction.
*   Record Button – displays the configuration screen for Record Setting, on which you can set the trigger type, duration and trigger point for the data recording function.
a)  Trigger Type – sets the trigger mode for data recording, mainly of two kinds: Manual and Auto. There are four options available:
1)  Manual – allows you to manually start and stop data recording
2)  DTC – auto triggers data recording when any DTC is detected
3)  DTC Check Mode – auto triggers data recording when certain pre-selected DTC types are detected
4)  Parameter – auto triggers data recording when any parameter value reaches the preset threshold
b)  Duration – sets the recording time (for Auto trigger mode only)
c)  Trigger Point – reserves a relative percentage of a record length before the data recording start point for reference (for Auto trigger mode only)
*   To perform setting for live data record
1.  Tap the Setting functional button at the bottom of the Live Data screen.
2.  Tap the Record navigation button.
3.  Tap the  ○> button on the right of Trigger Type bar and select the required trigger mode.
4.  Tap the  ○> button on the right of Duration bar and select a
length of time.
5.  Tap the  ○> button on the right of Trigger Point bar and select a relative percentage of a record length to be reserved before the data recording start point.
6.  Tap Done to save the setting and return to the Live Data screen; or tap Cancel to cancel without saving and exit Setting.
*   Done Button – confirms and saves the setting, and returns you to the Live Data screen.
*   Cancel Button – cancel the setting operation, and returns you to the Live Data screen

Active Test
The Active Test function is used to access vehicle-specific subsystem and component tests. Available test vary by manufacturer, year, and model, and only the available tests display in the menu. During an active test, the tester outputs commands to the ECU in order to drive the actuators. This test determines the integrity of the system or parts by reading the engine ECU data, or by monitoring the operation of the actuators, such as switching a solenoid, relay, or switch, between two operating states.
Selecting Active Test opens a menu of test options that varies by make and model. Selecting a menu option activates the test. Follow all screen instructions while performing tests. How and what information is presented on the screen varies according to the type of test being performed. Some toggle and variable control tests display Active Test Controls at the top of the screen with data stream information below, or vice versa.

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The functional buttons at the lower right corner of the Active Test screen manipulate the test signals. The operational instructions are displayed on the main section of the test screen. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and make appropriate selections to complete the tests. Each time when an operation is successfully executed, message such as ―Command Finished‖,―Activation Successful‖, or something similar displays.

Tap the ESC functional button to exit the test when finished.

 

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MaxiSys Elite Powering Up

Press the Lock/Power button on the top right side of the display tablet to switch the unit on. The system boots up, and shows the lock screen. Pressing the inner ring with a Lock icon at the center displays 3 entry options:

1.Unlock – Drag the inner ring to the right edge of the circle to enter the Android System’s Home Screen.

2.MaxiSys — Drag the inner ring to the bottom edge of the circle to enter the MaxiSys Job Menu.

3.Camera – Drag the inner ring to the left edge of the circle to launch the camera.

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1.Application Buttons

2.Locator and Navigation Buttons

3.System Status Icons

4.App Switcher

NOTE: The screen is locked by default when you first turn on the display tablet. It is recommended to lock the screen to protect information in the system and reduce battery usage.

Almost all operations on the display tablet are controlled through the touch screen. The Autel Scan Tool touch screen navigation is menu driven, which allows you to quickly locate the test procedure, or data that you need; through a series of choices and questions. Detailed descriptions of the menu structures are found in the chapters for the various applications.

Application Buttons

The Application buttons configure the Autel MaxiSYS Elite Scan Tool for the type of operation or activity to be performed. The table below gives brief descriptions of the available applications.

Use the stylus pen or your finger tip to select an application from the Job Menu.

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Locator and Navigation Buttons
Operations of the Navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen are described in the table below:

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System Status Icons

These are the standard status icons of the Android operating system. Your MaxiSys display tablet is a fully functional Android Pad. Refer to Android documentation for additional information.
By tapping on this area (bottom right corner), a Shortcuts Panel will be displayed, on which you are allowed to set various system settings of the tablet. Operations of each button on the panel are described in the table below:

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App Switcher

1.The App Switcher can be enabled or disabled on Android System Settings. Short pressing this button opens a control panel.
2.Tapping a specific app shortcut button enables you to switch directly to the selected application screen.
3.Long pressing a specific app shortcut button displays the app menu, on which you can select and change the app shortcut.
Pressing and dragging the App Switcher around allows you to change the button position alongside the edge of the screen

4.Powering Down
All vehicle communications must be terminated before shutting down the MaxiSys display tablet. A warning message displays if you attempt to shut down while the VCI unit is communicating with the Car Scanner Tool. Forcing a shut down while communicating may lead to ECM problems on some vehicles. Exit the Diagnostics application before powering down.

5.To power down the MaxiSys tablet:
a)Press and hold the Lock/Power Button.
b) Tap OK; the tablet will turn off in a few seconds.