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    OK. First I read the sticky (thanks Zip-lok) about OBD II, and I thought "Cool! I am all over that." Then I started reading posts in this section about it. And I started to get confused. So I went out to the web ( ) to get some answers. Then I became REALLY confused. I even went to the forum for my specific car, and didn't find answers I understood.

    I've got a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT, which I've found has an ISO protocol OBD II interface. Great, right? Well, maybe. So I go to find a cable and software.

    It seems the world at large (the net) can't agree on whether you need a cable with built in logic or just a "dumb" cable to connect it to a PC serial port. I've found sites with wiring diagrams for dumb cables and sites selling them. I've also found ones with logic, who's sites declare that you CAN'T use the dumb cables. Which is it? Does it depend on your car? on your software? What?

    So I figure I will look at it from the PC to the car side. What software will I run? I'm using WinXP, so it needs to be WinXP compatible. I start looking and I can't find anything that is what I want. All the free ones have crappy interfaces. Autotap is cool, but proprietary (cable) and expensive. Are there alternatives for the "dashboard" style software?

    Also there is mention of extended OBD II information that is manufacturer specific. How do I know what it is? Do I want/need it? I do want to get as much info out of the system as I can.

    I also want to use the system for engine management down the road. (after modding out my engine) The net resources don't agree on that either. Some say that OBD II is read only - no writing or changing info on the ECU. Some say you can do whole engine maps, some say you can only turn of the check engine light. Which is it?

    Damn! I'm one confused PC guy. Sometimes I don't think "car people" speak English. But I guess they say the same thing about us "computer people".

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can clear up some of this stuff for me,
    Tom
    So far:
    M10000 Nehemiah, 1Gb RAM, Opus 90w PS, Buffalo Tech WLI2-USB2-G54, 160 Gb HDD, GlobalSat BU-353 GPS, iGuidance, Zippy EL-610, Panasonic CW8123B Slim Slot CDRW/DVD, 10" Lilliput, Sony XA-300, Sony CDX-MP30 Head, OBD-II

  • #2
    Here is what i have figured out :

    The cheap solution like the scantool one, which has a small microprocessor in it handles all the ISO/OBD-II communication, comms with the pc is regular 9600 baud serial. This means that this solution is easier to make your own gui for. The Cables without any logic/"cpu" is dependant on your skills at programming a serial port for all sorts of weird stuff like 5 baud and 10400 baud.....not really standard rs232 speeds. However you can make it work with almost any ISO standard of OBD-II, since there is like 4 or 5 different ISO protocols used today.

    Extended OBD-II codes are usually hard to come by, since they are manufacturer proprietary. So searching the net or maybe some local dealers will have some info.

    You CAN control fuelmaps and other quite interesting stuff through OBD-II, but not in all vehicles. My car is a Citroen Xsara VTS with a Magneti Marelli 1AP ECU, and all vendors of tuning equipment say that it has programmable maps via diagnose plug (meaning OBD-II) One thing though, keep in mind that OBD-II as per the standard has no means of changing any values except clearing DTC's so it must be a proprietary thing again....as with many things in the automotive industry, but you will soon find that out.

    Hope this can clear up some things :-)

    Jan
    Not doing carpc anymore

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    • #3
      Thanks a million, Jan. That clears up a lot. So if I understand correctly, I can use whatever cable (logic or not), but I need to get software to match the cable. Also, if I'm going to try to do manufacturer specific stuff, the ones with the generic logic probably won't work. But if I use the non-logic cable, I will probably have to do the programming myself.

      That's cool. I did read some stuff about the 5 baud / 10400 baud thing. That doesn't sound like stuff that I want to program. I will probably just go with the scantool cable & software, and see what I can do with it from there. If I need more, I will pick up AutoTap.

      Thanks again,
      Tom
      So far:
      M10000 Nehemiah, 1Gb RAM, Opus 90w PS, Buffalo Tech WLI2-USB2-G54, 160 Gb HDD, GlobalSat BU-353 GPS, iGuidance, Zippy EL-610, Panasonic CW8123B Slim Slot CDRW/DVD, 10" Lilliput, Sony XA-300, Sony CDX-MP30 Head, OBD-II

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      • #4
        I wonder if there's an software out there for a dumb cable... would be nice
        Car: 2000 Toyota Celica GT-S
        Mods: Yep
        Carputer: VIA M9000 | Opus 150 | 512MB PC2100 | 60GB Notebook HD | Slim/Slot DVD/CDRW | Audigy2NX | Xenarc 700TSV | (2) DSCustoms DS700HRS (in trunk) | SMC USB 802.11b | CoPilot | DLink FM tuner | Cliffnet

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        • #5
          I know I'm bringing this back from the dead, but while looking for mitsu specific OBDII stuff, this was one of the first results on google. So for posterity, I figured I'd answer this very old question in case someone hits here from google.

          My car is a Chrysler Sebring Coupe, built on the same platform as the eclipse. (Basically an eclipse with a longer wheelbase and chrysler designed sheetmetal) All the electronics and mechanical parts are interchangable between the Sebring/Stratus Coupes and the Eclipse.

          AFAIK, the P codes are 100% compatible.

          I have a list of the trouble codes for the 6G72 and 4G64 here.
          GE Cache Builder | [email protected] |Coolstuff :autospeed.com | bit-tech.net | Nitemax Ultra Pinouts

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          • #6
            I have a 2004 eclipse I just bought and I can't find the connector for OBD2! On my old civic it was obvious but the eclipse is taking a little of time to get acustomed to.
            2004 Eclipse GTS v6 Turbo, NOS

            Plantronic in-dash LCD
            Via Epia M2 1200 with WiFi and CF Microdrives
            OBD2
            Rino 120 GPS

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            • #7
              The connector must be located within three feet of the driver and must not require any tools to be revealed. Look under the dash and behind ashtrays.
              CarPC #3: 99% Complete
              Pentium M 1.7Ghz, 1GB DDR2 RAM
              DVD/CD-RW installed in dash below monitor
              OEM LCD relocated for 7" Touchscreen
              Wi-Fi, GPS, PS2 controllers...
              500+ full albums
              4,000+ video games
              music videos, movies, & more!
              old carPC

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              • #8
                Thanks. I do remmember that thats what the government specified. I checked all the ususal places but still haven't found it. I had the car less then 5 days and need to install the ccarpurt I pulled from my civic and need to connect the OBD2. I checked all the nooks and cranies and still don't see it. I'm sure I missed it. I'll try looking again during lunch. I guess I was hoping someone knew offhand and could say something along the lines of "to the left and jsut below X but to the right of Y".
                2004 Eclipse GTS v6 Turbo, NOS

                Plantronic in-dash LCD
                Via Epia M2 1200 with WiFi and CF Microdrives
                OBD2
                Rino 120 GPS

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                • #9
                  call a mitsu dealer, my friend.
                  CarPC #3: 99% Complete
                  Pentium M 1.7Ghz, 1GB DDR2 RAM
                  DVD/CD-RW installed in dash below monitor
                  OEM LCD relocated for 7" Touchscreen
                  Wi-Fi, GPS, PS2 controllers...
                  500+ full albums
                  4,000+ video games
                  music videos, movies, & more!
                  old carPC

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, I'll be at the dealers next week to have them give me the locking gas cap I'll ask them then if I don't find it myself.
                    2004 Eclipse GTS v6 Turbo, NOS

                    Plantronic in-dash LCD
                    Via Epia M2 1200 with WiFi and CF Microdrives
                    OBD2
                    Rino 120 GPS

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by recompiler
                      Yeah, I'll be at the dealers next week to have them give me the locking gas cap I'll ask them then if I don't find it myself.
                      Basically the same car as mine.

                      Should be under the knee bumper, just about where the temp guage is.



                      Basically a few inches to the left of where the mini keyboard is mounted in the pic.
                      GE Cache Builder | [email protected] |Coolstuff :autospeed.com | bit-tech.net | Nitemax Ultra Pinouts

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                      • #12
                        Thanks, jsut came back from lunch and did find it. It was to the left and up of where the mini keyboard is. :-) thanks for the help. Wish I waited 20 min to go to lunch, I'd have saved myself the grease from grabbing a steering line.

                        You have the same car and keyboard as me. I see you mounted something int he eye glass case. I'm wondering if I can mount my retractable LCD in there.

                        Did you ripout the stock 6CD changer?
                        2004 Eclipse GTS v6 Turbo, NOS

                        Plantronic in-dash LCD
                        Via Epia M2 1200 with WiFi and CF Microdrives
                        OBD2
                        Rino 120 GPS

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by recompiler
                          Thanks, jsut came back from lunch and did find it. It was to the left and up of where the mini keyboard is. :-) thanks for the help. Wish I waited 20 min to go to lunch, I'd have saved myself the grease from grabbing a steering line.

                          You have the same car and keyboard as me. I see you mounted something int he eye glass case. I'm wondering if I can mount my retractable LCD in there.

                          Did you ripout the stock 6CD changer?
                          Almost the same car, actually a Chrysler sebring coupe, basically a bigger eclipse with different sheet metal but everything else is 100% the same.

                          That pic is old. The radio on the chrylser's is a bit different than the eclipse (though it's still an infinity), for instance we have a 1.5 din and you have a 2 din stereo. What I ended up doing is moving the Sirius in the cubby into the compass pod and got a double din eclipse center console and mounted a touch screen in there. Still need to clean things up and redo the temp controls and move them somewhere else (right now, they are pushed behind the lcd).

                          Details for most of this are on my blog

                          For the mouse, I hacked up a thumb mouse and the autostick shifter.


                          Here's the monitor (still need to paint it to match the dash and some other finish work)



                          Here's the sirius in the pod



                          The Chrylser/Dodge versions don't have a radio display up there, just temperature and direction. Kind of useless.
                          GE Cache Builder | [email protected] |Coolstuff :autospeed.com | bit-tech.net | Nitemax Ultra Pinouts

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                          • #14
                            Nice job on autoshifter hack. I want to rip out the 2DIN stereo and throw in an alpine unit (1 DIN) and retractable LCD (1DIN). I hope I don't damage my compass in the process. I wonder if I can send stuff to it using simple serial commands...
                            2004 Eclipse GTS v6 Turbo, NOS

                            Plantronic in-dash LCD
                            Via Epia M2 1200 with WiFi and CF Microdrives
                            OBD2
                            Rino 120 GPS

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                            • #15
                              Do you have pictures of the power conenctors/insides of when you removed your front panel? I may be doing it next weekend and want to be ready for what I see.
                              2004 Eclipse GTS v6 Turbo, NOS

                              Plantronic in-dash LCD
                              Via Epia M2 1200 with WiFi and CF Microdrives
                              OBD2
                              Rino 120 GPS

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