This is Trollhattan’s contribution for those thinking about playing using a Tech 2 Scan Tool, here’s somewhat info concerning the computer software specifications after you have got your hands on a Tech 2 handset.
Firstly, I’m by no implies an specialist on this getting only not too long ago got this up and operating myself, but I believe that is the tricky element. I’d welcome comments on where this post can be improved/altered and so forth. Most of the data is already around on a variety of boards/forums however it would be good to attempt to bring it together for us with a purely Saab interest.
For all those who do not know, the Tech 2 unit (handset) may be employed to interrogate the different management modules on the car or truck (ECU) to report status, fault codes and carry out manual activation and monitoring in the event of fault occurrences/engine management light occurrences. This in itself is extremely useful, nevertheless it can also be achievable to reprogram modules inside the vehicle to adjust a variety of functions and add or replace faulty modules and programme keys. While the diagnosis side can be performed standalone, to become capable to basically change settings on the car, Tech 2 ‘Security Access’ is expected, which suggests activating the Tech two handset through Pc computer software.
The original Tech 2 handsets had been developed by Vetronix/Bosch and had been applied across the GM variety. As a result, the Tech two unit might be made use of on a wide array of automobiles but you must have the appropriate model software loaded on the removable PCMCIA card. This can be what turns the Tech two into a Saab Tech 2. (For those who have mates with GM/Suzuki and so on cars, you are able to do diagnosis on them also by just grabbing the suitable software card.)
The Pc application also adds other functionality for instance being able to update the Tech two software, the auto ECU application, print-outs of ECU information and additional diagnostic solutions – I think the TIS2Web basically involves schematic diagrams along with other WIS (workshop) info, but I have yet to investigate this.
So, for the software itself, there are actually two options.
For those who get a clone, this commonly comes with a couple of TIS2000 CDs/DVDs. Having said that, these are frequently NAO (North American Operations) and do not involve any UK/European Saab models. In fact the only Saab this can work with is often a 9-7x which was a GM US-built SUV – everyone got certainly one of these??? Anyway, the important point is that this software program only supports models as much as 2007/8 (that is most likely superior enough for most of us) so if you have a later model you will should use TIS2Web (see under). But as I said, this computer software as supplied does not consist of Saab models, so to run it successfully:
a) Download Saab TIS2008-2. That is the update disc you’ll want to turn the GM application into a thing useful. You are able to uncover it if you are patient… Finest to burn the image to a CD.
b) Set up the GM TIS2000 application (must be Windows, 32-bit operating technique). If supplied with a clone, you can find usually two discs. One particular is the app, the other would be the GM update disc, which is not necessary. If this is the case, set up the initial disc only but do not run up the application on completion. When you didn’t get it having a clone, you’ll be able to get a copy with the USB dongle for about ￡15 (see e) beneath). If prompted to select a registration technique, select USB Essential and OK the prompts.
c) Insert the SaabTIS2008-2 update disc (or mount the drive) into the very same drive you installed the original GM TIS2000 application. That is vital because the application will only appear for updates in the similar drive letter (i.e D:) that was made use of for installation.
d) Start out TIS2000 from the desktop icon/start menu and OK it when it asks to perform the update. When the update is finished, you will have a Saab 2008-2 installation.
e) All that is definitely now essential will be to activate the software program to obtain safety access (enable Tech two programming). To perform this you’ll require a USB crucial and patch readily available in the identical sources because the clone Tech two units. They are around ￡15 and include the TIS2000 GM application, or might even be supplied with the unit.
TIS2Web or GlobalTIS
TIS2Web is basically an updated version of TIS2000 with some more functionality (I’ve however to play appropriately with it). Some may say that is the preferred alternative as it is backwards compatible with earlier models and covers up to MY2012. The fundamental features are borrowed from TIS2000 though. Only disadvantage is it is a bit trickier to have it functioning.
a) Acquire a copy from the Saab TIS2Web computer software. Once again, this must be the Saab version. You’ll be able to pay less than a tenner for this on the auction internet site, or you can obtain it on the web if you look.
b) Install the computer software. This takes somewhat time and, unlike TIS2000 which makes it possible for a great deal functionality without activation, you cannot do anything with TIS2Web till you have activated it.
c) Open the TIS2Web application. The application runs inside a web browser so will open your default browser. This could take some time to open.
d) When you have got for the registration web page, you have to enter dealer details. This can be gobbledegook but I think you must fill all the fields. Save this after which visit step e).
e) Click around the Email/Fax registration. This may generate a PDF which you need to save. The critical stuff is definitely the Request ID plus the Software Key.
f) To get your activation code, you’ll want to be nice to members on certainly one of a few auto diagnostic forums (unless you realize somebody having a keygen for this). Searching the net for this kind of stuff should really bring them up as major search matches. You’ll have to join the forum, introduce oneself and politely request a code. Do not upset them, they’re helping us out and there’s a bunch of knowledgeable people today on there so no harm in getting a member.
g) Once you have the code, enter it and activate TIS2Web. You’re performed.
Faultfinding the TIS2Web set up.
You might nicely have a couple of issues obtaining the software program running initially. In case your internet browser refuses to connect towards the TIS2Web service, it is most likely that among the two GlobalTIS services aren’t operating. To fix this, open the ‘services’ console either by
Start>Run and form “services.msc”
Right-click ‘My Computer” choose ‘Manage’ and drill down towards the solutions icon around the left pane.
You will discover two solutions that ought to be operating and they’ve got clear names, something like GlobalTIS and TC6 (not close to my TIS Computer in the moment) and sit next to each other inside the services list. In the details pane they ought to say ‘started’. If not, right-click and select ‘start’. If this fails with an error, try modifying the registry essential under.
To open registry editor Start>Run regedit BE Cautious MODIFYING THE REGISTRY – It is possible to Really SCREW YOUR Computer UP!!!!!
Inside the left pane, expand the keys until you discover the following
HKLM\Software\Apache Software program Foundation\Procrun2.0\Global TISTC6\Parameters\Java\JvmMx
Transform the value of this crucial from 0X0000044 to 0X00000200 and exit the registry. Attempt to restart the service – you need to uncover it now operates. Do not ask me why, I got this repair from a different forum – fair play for the guy who found it.
Tech two Hardware Concerns
It is broadly reported that the manufacturing high quality of many of the clone units may be a lot lower than the originals and you will discover reports of difficulties. I discovered that the flat grey ethernet cable supplied with my unit was faulty and brought on me substantially confusion until I threw it out and replaced it with a common network cable. You’ll be able to verify you might have RS232 comms applying the GM TIS2000 set up and going into the car diagnostic tool Tech 2 View alternative. Do not mess about with serial port settings and so forth as if there’s a physical connection there it’ll operate without having interference. Only pins four and 5 on the RJ45 RS232 socket are actually used. The units are also supplied using a loopback adaptor so they can be tested internally.
Sometimes you could possibly obtain the Professional Diagnostic Tool Tech 2 doesn’t connect to the car or truck. Check your connections are secure and reset the VCI module (the factor within the base in the handset held in by the plastic release button).
Wow, pretty a lengthy post. I’ll add more if necessary. Let me know how you guys get on. Please remember that you can Truly BREAK YOUR Vehicles REPROGRAMMING THE ECUS so be really careful, guarantee fantastic battery voltage and excellent connections although uploading data for the ECU. Save what’s on there initially just before you make any major modifications.
Once more, I’m incredibly new to this myself but believed I’d place this right here for like-minded Saab nuts who need to get involved with this stuff. I’m sure you can find others on the forum who have much more know-how and practical experience with the actual programming and diagnostics.
For now, I’m satisfied to have disabled the nagging seatbeat chime (am I the only individual who likes to let their car or truck warm up ahead of driving off?) and altered the boot lock logic so it does not lock itself at every single out there chance. Oh, and I’ve activated the zap sound so I know it’s been locked.
Be careful, have exciting.
P.S I’ve no affiliations with any on the sites/software etc just spent a long time finding this working and wanted to share it to save others the hassle.