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    OBD II - 2001 Mitsubishi Galant

    Hi all

    I'm quite new to the whole mp3car scene and i'm looking at building a car pc. Ive currently got a celica and had planned to build the system into that but just decided a few weeks ago to buy a newer car which gives me an opportunity to use OBDII as my celica didn't have it.

    The car im getting in Decemeber is a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant 2.5 V6 Sport (UK).

    My plan was to run a pc on Win7 OS. Il be building the pc myself in a mini atx form probably located in the boot or maybe behind the dash if i find the space. W

    What i need to know is what software and hardware/cables will i need to be able to view and clear engine/sensor fault codes and read ECU information such engine temperate, speed BHP etc etc. I see you can get software that will calculate a live fuel usage so that would a feature id like to use if possible! Ive got no idea where to start really so any advice would be great!!

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    Any tips and advice on where to start people? Ive read through quite a few of the FAQ's but could do with someone giving some ideas on what i can and cant do and what gear i should be looking at.

    Out if interest if there is anyone on here from the UK that lives in Surrey with a Car-PC setup i would be interested to see a few set-ups in person if possible

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    I don't think you are being specific enough for an answer. What did you have in mind to do?

    For example, nearly any of the OBDII software will read and clear trouble codes. Name brand connectors and cables like OBDLink work with little difficulty while Chinese knockoffs sometimes do an sometimes don't.

    You can build gauges and panels using DashCommand software and you can eliminate wires if you use a WiFi OBDII connector.

    RR has OBDII plugins and so does CF. OM, I don't know, but probably or if it doesn't, it will soon.

    Some of the software is free, some is not. Some of the pay for use software has the additional manufacturer codes in it that help diagnose car problems or will let you reprogram behavior of stuff like the door locks or windows. Most of it does not allow you to re-tune parameters in the engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    I don't think you are being specific enough for an answer. What did you have in mind to do?

    For example, nearly any of the OBDII software will read and clear trouble codes. Name brand connectors and cables like OBDLink work with little difficulty while Chinese knockoffs sometimes do an sometimes don't.

    You can build gauges and panels using DashCommand software and you can eliminate wires if you use a WiFi OBDII connector.

    RR has OBDII plugins and so does CF. OM, I don't know, but probably or if it doesn't, it will soon.

    Some of the software is free, some is not. Some of the pay for use software has the additional manufacturer codes in it that help diagnose car problems or will let you reprogram behavior of stuff like the door locks or windows. Most of it does not allow you to re-tune parameters in the engine.

    Well the problem is i don't know quite know what is achievable. My budget for absolutely everything (excluding the screen) is around 750 ($1200 US). Ideally I don't want to spend all of that but if needed I can. I really want it for fault finding and just monitoring the cars sensors etc. Im not going to be re-mapping my ECU or anything like that but id like to get as much data from the car as i can without getting OTT technical. I'm happy and able to do wiring and install but as far as being able to write codes and programs etc I've got no idea so really an out of the box all in one solution would probably work best for me.

    I was actually looking at some of the hardware/software on the mp3car store.
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    Would that OBDLink do everything I'm asking for? What confuses me slightly is the options you can select to the right of that link like Dash Command/Scanmaster and Palmer Performance. What do you get by adding those or would the OBDLink itself do everything I need using the PC link above? Also from what I understand it should work but could someone confirm that that OBDLink will work with a UK Market Mitsubishi Galant? I know i have OBDII but its the protocols that I don't understand so much.

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    Can anyone confirm if the OBDLink usb interface would work with a EOBD socket which I assume my car has being a UK Galant?

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