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    Pocket-Pc OBD II ?

    I want to buy an OBD II tool that supports ALL protocols and will work with a laptop and Pocket-PC.
    I saw that many products offer a serial or USB adaptor, does it mean that any USB type will work with a Pocket-Pc ?
    Can anyone recommend on such a tool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul1 View Post
    I want to buy an OBD II tool that supports ALL protocols and will work with a laptop and Pocket-PC.
    I saw that many products offer a serial or USB adaptor, does it mean that any USB type will work with a Pocket-Pc ?
    Can anyone recommend on such a tool?
    Typically the USB adaptors need a host USB on the other end, pocket pc's generally do not implement a host usb type port, and even if you buy a CF card that gives you host usb on the pocket pc end the custom drivers required by the adaptors means you will have very little chance of the USB versions working with the USB adaptors.

    Best approach is to get a serial adaptor and find a pocket pc that has a serial port.

    Another approach is to use a blue tooth dongle with the serial adaptor and just use bluetooth on your Pocket PC (Provided your pocket pc has bluetooth)

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    Quote Originally Posted by michbound View Post
    Typically the USB adaptors need a host USB on the other end, pocket pc's generally do not implement a host usb type port, and even if you buy a CF card that gives you host usb on the pocket pc end the custom drivers required by the adaptors means you will have very little chance of the USB versions working with the USB adaptors.

    Best approach is to get a serial adaptor and find a pocket pc that has a serial port.

    Another approach is to use a blue tooth dongle with the serial adaptor and just use bluetooth on your Pocket PC (Provided your pocket pc has bluetooth)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyFitz View Post

    What PPC model do you have?
    I have a Mio 168 model.
    I synchronize it with my computer through the USB port. do I need other drivers to make it work with a USB OBD tool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul1 View Post
    I have a Mio 168 model.
    I synchronize it with my computer through the USB port. do I need other drivers to make it work with a USB OBD tool?
    The Mio does not have a host USB so you cannot use a USB interface, you can though buy a serial cable such as the PV3SMP shown here

    http://pc-mobile.net/mio.htm

    and then connect a serial interface to it.

    But since I have never tried to do this I do not guarantee that it would work.

    I own a Dell Axim and I am able to use the ObdPro via a serial cable on the Dell Axim.

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    I'm interested in this also... I have a HP iPAQ. It plugs up to its own type of cable and goes to USB to Sync with my pc. But it has Bluetooth on it. What can I do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 97GST View Post
    I'm interested in this also... I have a HP iPAQ. It plugs up to its own type of cable and goes to USB to Sync with my pc. But it has Bluetooth on it. What can I do?
    I also have an HP ipaq...and a 1999 Eclipse
    doing a little google work led me to this
    http://www.engadget.com/2005/05/04/b...agnostic-data/
    ah....i love engadget...
    problem is...that the site it used to link do is dead or something...
    http://www.scantool.net/forum/index....c=2099.msg8244
    this site just helped me say...theres hope for ipaqs...
    http://www.autoenginuity.com/products-scantoolppc.html
    and is actuall stuff that exists...
    I dont have the scan tool stuff...
    and i havent even started working on my car pc...
    i just started working on my audio and interior lighting....(using computer cathode ray tubes)
    oya...
    this is...my first post...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97GST View Post
    I'm interested in this also... I have a HP iPAQ. It plugs up to its own type of cable and goes to USB to Sync with my pc. But it has Bluetooth on it. What can I do?
    I think you might be better off getting a serial cable from here

    http://www.gomadic.com/coipseadcaw2.html

    Check if your model is listed there

    Rather than going bluetooth (expensive)

    Paul
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    Paul, I saw a lot of customers run into issues with the Dell Axim because it did not supply power to the cable to keep the connection alive. Have you heard of this issue? Is this something Dell has resolved?

    edit: That is a good price, but if you want the best price on a hotsync cable for your Pocket PC, go to eBay. People sell cables for dirt cheap there.

    Something like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/Serial-Sync-Cabl...QQcmdZViewItem. Keep in mind you may also need a Null modem adapter to allow communication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digimotojoel View Post
    Paul, I saw a lot of customers run into issues with the Dell Axim because it did not supply power to the cable to keep the connection alive. Have you heard of this issue? Is this something Dell has resolved?

    edit: That is a good price, but if you want the best price on a hotsync cable for your Pocket PC, go to eBay. People sell cables for dirt cheap there.

    Something like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/Serial-Sync-Cabl...QQcmdZViewItem. Keep in mind you may also need a Null modem adapter to allow communication.

    Re Axim's - Yeah the keeping the connection alive is tricky, I think there is a setting that you can change to ensure that the PPC does not go into sleep mode but I can't recall where I found it before. I will check and let you know.

    Good point about serial cables on ebay - forgot about that as a source...

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