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    Highly recommend Bluetooth ODBII Scanner

    Hi Everyone,

    I know this ODB scanner has been talked about in these forums before, but I would still like to add my recomendation if you're in the market for an ODB scanner.

    Its the Car-Pal bluetooth scanner available here.

    With any other scanner I'd have had to pull wires under the carpet of my truck to install the ODB scanner. It would have taken me probably an hour by the time I removed all of the trim, strung the wire, and reinstalled the trim.

    This scanner took me about 10 minutes. I plugged it into the ODB port on my truck. I installed the software CD into my truckPC and 5 minutes later I was done. It was fast, painless and so far flawless.

    The car-pal gets its power from the ODB port on the truck.

    Moreover, if I want to scan another vehicle I can unplug the car-pal, plug it into the new vehicle and use my laptop to retrieve the scan codes. So the investment in the bluetooth scanner means the one scanner will work for every vehicle I own and can be left permanently in my truck when I'm not using it on another vehicle.
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    Any US vendors?
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert
    Any US vendors?

    I don't know. I didn't really look.

    I ordered it on a Thursday and it arrived the following Tuesday. I had one question before I bought it and they were quick in responding to my email. Seems like they have exceptional service and I really liked the product.
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    MB896F Mini-ITX MB
    2GHZ Dothan 533MHz FSB CPU
    1GB SDRAM DDR2 533
    Seagate 300GB SATA150 HD
    ENGENIUS WiFi MINI-PCI CARD 802.11A B 400MW OUT
    Pioneer Slot Load SLIM DVDRW
    Bluetooth V2 USB 2 Dongle
    3COM BKP Cam

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    I just got this product also. I like the hardware, but would like a better dashboard. Has anyone used some of the other software with this product. I saw that soeone has successfully used digmoto.

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    PCMSCAN should work just fine with that product, since I believe it is based on the ELM327. PCMSCAN has excellent virtual dashboards.
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    doctoss,

    I sent you a PM.

    I tried the free digimoto lite software. It was okay but underwhelming. I've never tried the full version. Also, I have a Diesel and digimoto seems to think diesels don't exist and they pretty much ignore them.
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    MB896F Mini-ITX MB
    2GHZ Dothan 533MHz FSB CPU
    1GB SDRAM DDR2 533
    Seagate 300GB SATA150 HD
    ENGENIUS WiFi MINI-PCI CARD 802.11A B 400MW OUT
    Pioneer Slot Load SLIM DVDRW
    Bluetooth V2 USB 2 Dongle
    3COM BKP Cam

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    PPE,

    I know you've posted several times about your product but I don't recall anyone here saying they have used it. If you would be interested in providing me with a full license (comp me a copy) to use, I'll give it a test and post some user feedback here. I know you have a demo but if I have to write a brief review then its worth comping me a copy. If not, then I might buy it but I'll be very quiet about my opinion of it.
    8" Lilli TS
    MB896F Mini-ITX MB
    2GHZ Dothan 533MHz FSB CPU
    1GB SDRAM DDR2 533
    Seagate 300GB SATA150 HD
    ENGENIUS WiFi MINI-PCI CARD 802.11A B 400MW OUT
    Pioneer Slot Load SLIM DVDRW
    Bluetooth V2 USB 2 Dongle
    3COM BKP Cam

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    DaveB, you have a PM.
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    DaveB, Let us know when you try it. I like the guages on tekmate, and am thinking of trying it.

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    doctoss,

    I tried the Tekmate software and it ONLY works with a scanner that hooks to your PC via USB. There are no menu options for setting a serial port or anything to do with setting the method of connection -- its strictly USB only.
    8" Lilli TS
    MB896F Mini-ITX MB
    2GHZ Dothan 533MHz FSB CPU
    1GB SDRAM DDR2 533
    Seagate 300GB SATA150 HD
    ENGENIUS WiFi MINI-PCI CARD 802.11A B 400MW OUT
    Pioneer Slot Load SLIM DVDRW
    Bluetooth V2 USB 2 Dongle
    3COM BKP Cam

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