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post #1 of 9 Old 11-11-2013, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Is this diagnostics laptop any use to me? Preloaded with software...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Chrysler-D...item35ce0a9eef

So, that;s what I was wondering - apart from cables etc, does this need any more magical wizardry bits to make it work? Or is it just the first step, and I'd need a load of modules to plug in - for instance can it replace a DRBIII?
Or maybe it's just an old laptop that might read fault codes...

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-11-2013, 04:25 PM
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If that's what I think it is, it's worth far more than the laptop. I believe this would be no more than a code reader for a regular odb II car/truck. But where it's real worth lies is the fact that it's a starscan tool that is useful for cars/trucks with a canbus and tipm systems.

I could be totally wrong on all this but I'm fairly confident.

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-11-2013, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Aye, the laptop is an old bucket of a thing - just wondering if I need anything else apart from a serial-OBD cable to make it do anything!
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This software includes a drb emulator if I'm not mistaken. Only thing I have wondered about these is if you have to have a subscription for them to operate. I believe witech will lock it out if you don't have the code but I could be wrong. I would get in touch with meangreen on here cause he can answer any question about chrysler evolved scanners. He wont take PM's so just start a thread asking for his help. It can do anything a drb can and way more, since as jm8881 said it encompasses another platform of vehicle communication.

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post #5 of 9 Old 11-12-2013, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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Meangreen!

Hmm, think I'll just bump it to the top then in the hope that he'll notice - no idea what time it is where meangreen lives, so he might not get a look!
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apart from cables etc, does this need any more magical wizardry bits to make it work?
I could be wrong, but I think you need the VCI pod as well as the actual interface cable between the pod and the vehicle - and the pod seems to go for about $900-1000 on its own. The laptop communicates with the pod and the pod talks to the vehicle, there isn't a cable that connects directly between the laptop and the vehicle.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-12-2013, 06:57 AM
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The $900-1000 PODs that you see on ebay are fakes from China. Used PODS run about $1500 and up.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-12-2013, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Ah, looks like I'll be leaving it then! Cheers, everyone!
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