First of all there are no dumb questions. Second, yes, plug it in. Third... look for software.
This is probably a dumb question but i cannot find the answer on the forums. I have an OBD-II to serial cable. Do i need a scanner to be between the OBDII cable and serial port of the computer? or can i just plug it straight in to the pc?
Is there an ODBII to usb cable around?
laptop. At a minimum there will be some electronics to convert the voltage, but usually quite a bit more. They might be in an adapter-box, they might even be hidden in the shell of the connector, but the electronics definitely need to be somewhere.
Companies use 9-pin connectors because they're cheap -- it doesn't necessarily mean that you should plug the cable directly into a serial port. The best idea is to telephone the company that sold you the cable.
Oooops, sorry, thought he said he had a scanner with a serial cable.
okay thanks! so, would you guys recommend a certain brand of scanner? one thats cheap, preferably.
I think it'd be best to show us what you have first, what brand, from who?
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