Buy xtool x100 pad2 or obdstar tool

XTOOL X100 PAD2 or obdstar tool (X300 PRO3 and obdstar dp plus). Which one has better coverage and support?

How come obdstar products are more popular and has frequent updates but xtool products are slow in updates and least popular?

Buy xtool x100 pad2 or obdstar tool?

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Here are the answers:

PS: Quoted from ray-ray.

ray-ray answers the 1st question: Story is obdstar and xtool was a joint company for many years. They play a game chicken or the egg who came first? Obdstar start the company in 2007 and xtool in 2010. Once again who came first chicken or the egg? I’ve been working for free for 6 month now for Xtooltech.

ray-ray answers the 2nd question: If you look at old post Xtooltech had no sale in china or on eBay. I ask member here on the forum if anyone used ps80 or PS90 PRO little to no feedback. I ask my Chinese broker to look and buy a unit for me to test. They refuse to sell to any Chinese broker. That was perfect solution I want to come out with something new with a company that was will to bring in engineers to the USA. The company was part of Obdstar that did most of their sales in commodities. After the break up they focus on heavy duty diagnostics. I went to sema last year in Las Vegas, next to sema there was diagnostics show call apex. There I meet the company and there engineers, I made a deal that day. Xtooltech learn that day that there was too much competition in diagnostics, and very little in immobilizer. I have work on making the tool better, I have not stop.

My goal is to keep developing and improving their tool (there is no money Xtooltech is paying me). Ken the owner has tried to pay me for my work and I have refuse. My mission is to make it a great tool.. what is my reward to be remember.

Xtool ps80 or ps90 or Pad2?
Xtool ps80: not sold in China.
Xtool PS90: recently starts to authorize the Chinese dealer to sell.
Xtool Pad2: The authorized Chinese dealer has stock, it is working and cheaper. The users from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina very use Xtool Pad2 and give good feedback (Read posts: Xtool Pad2 feedback and Xtool PS90 Vs PS80 Vs AutoProPad /Lite)

How to use Nissan Consult III do ECU programming

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I try to program a new blank engine ECM on a 2013 Nissan Armada. I purchased the software file from Nissan website and one Consult-3 Plus. I do not have Consult online synchronized with Assist. At first, I have no idea what folder to put this file in so Consult program will find.

I used ners and nissan file extracted to correct folders by itself. used unpack.exe. anyway here you go 6) For CONSULT III plus “Blank” ECU (ECM and non-IK TCM) Programming

Note 1: Before using this application, you will need to put the “programming” data file (*.dat) and the management csv file you received with the download, in the C:\ReproProgramming folder (see screen capture

above under item # 5). Without the programming data and the management csv file in this folder, the C-III plus application will not identify or display the applicable programming. The Auto diagnostic tool C-III plus software will check the part number of the ECU on the vehicle and display the reprogram to be installed.

NOTE 2: If this is the first time using C-III plus for reprogramming, you may need to make the C:\ReproProgramming folder. C-III plus does not automatically create the folder.

How to use the GM Tech2 scan tool to perform GM SPS

Topic: GM SPS Programming: Tech2 Tool Pass Thru Mode ECU TIS2Web TDS Calibration Update
How to use the Tech 2 Scan Tool to perform GM SPS Programming in what is known as Pass-Thru or Legacy Pass Thru mode for calibration updates. This can be for the ECU or any programmable module in the vehicle, such as the EBCM, TCM, or Radio that you may want to reflash.

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I’m going to show you a little bit newer technology. So we’re still with the tech two and at this point I’ve pre-connected some things up here I’ve got connected to the diagnostic interface this the unit accessory for the tech two called a candy module a controller area network diagnostic interface. So this connects to the vehicle and then it connects to the tech 2 and then in the tech 2.

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If we were to go into our SPS system what I’m gonna try to show you here. This particular vehicle work we’re working on right now is a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt.

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If we go to request. What we’re gonna find out really quick is after we say Chevrolet well. We don’t have anything newer than 2007 that we can select. Because this 2000 which is what the remote mode is set up for.

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So how can we update the firmware on the modules for this 2009 well we’re gonna have to go to this to web on the internet. So I’ve got this cable already connected to a laptop over here and we’re going to go ahead and show you how to stew web works which replaced this 2000. So I’m gonna set this guy right next to this laptop sitting on the passenger seat here.

Warning: Pay very close attention to the instructions around power cabling and battery readiness as a power fluctuation during an SPS programming procedure can permanently damage a controller module.

This applies to the genuine Vetronix, HP or Bosch built Tech2 as well as high quality Chinese clones equally and for all makes under General Motors such as Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Hummer, Saturn, Opel, Vauxhall, and Saab.. The programming is illustrated using a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt LS and the www.acdelcotds.com subscription service features using a Techline PC using Tech2 legacy passthru mode to update the Radio.

Applicable to model year 2008 thru 2013, which is when the Tech2 ended and was fully replaced by the GM Multiple Diagnostic Interface tool, or GM MDI and MDI 2 and TIS 2 Web subscriptions. This method is available with TIS2000 for GM vehicles older than 2008 as well.

 

I recommend that you buy gm tech2 on Obd2 tool website. They are cheap, logistics is fast, and after-sales service is also very good. I have been using it for a year and there is no problem with the quality of the product.

Guide to the Best OBD2 Auto Scanners for 2018 & Beyond

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Auto scanners are great for those who need to diagnose, interface with, and reprogram their car controls. If you are in need of one of these, it is wise to know what is hot on the market and what is not, so you get a quality product for the price you pay. Fortunately for you, we have done all of the research needed to help you decide what tool will work best for you.

Not only have we put together a list of what to look for in an auto scanner and what makes one great, but we have also highlighted the top five for sale today that reviewers are currently raving about. Let’s compare them all before going further into details.

What Exactly Is an Auto Scanner and What Does It Do?

The first thing you need to know is what this does exactly to determine if you are actually in need of one. This is a quality gadget that is able to connect to your car’s on-board computer. When it does this, it has the ability to read data that is generated by the computer in the vehicle. It also has the useful capability of resetting those codes. Codes on a car can be detected without having an car diagnostic tool but those methods are used just in emergency cases when you got no other options. Check out our dedicated article on this topic.

How to Choose the Right One for You

You must decide if you need a higher end unit or just a basic option. The basic one is typically more affordable and has the ability to both erase and detect engine codes. If you just simply need the codes in order to do repairs on the vehicle or to keep your mechanic in line, this is a solid choice.

The issue with the basic ones is that they tend to have trouble with compatibility. Many of these have been improved over the years though and are almost able to function like the higher end choices. Just be sure to do solid research before going with this option.

When it comes to the top-of-the-line units, the obvious downfall is that they are more expensive. The good part? They have more functions and capabilities. It should include live data options, a great deal of memory to save scans to watch later, the ability to print, on-screen definitions, ABS capability, options to update and retrieve the vehicle identification number, and so much more.

As you can see, there is definitely a difference between the two, so it really depends on your personal preference and what you need the device for.

If you want to learn everything there is to know about car error codes head out to this article.

Quick and Easy-To-Use Product

Many people forget about this part when looking at all of the functions and capabilities the gadget has, but it is very important to find one that is truly made with quality and care. If the gadget is slow, constantly freezes up, or if it is incredibly difficult to figure out, you should stay far away from it.

While these scanners can be high-end products with tons of great features, they should not give you a headache trying to use them or figure them out. Just keep this in mind when browsing through the many options out there.

Be Sure It Is Compatible with the Vehicles You Need to Scan

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It is important to guarantee the tool you select is fully compatible with the vehicles that you have. As stated earlier, if you buy a more expensive product or higher quality one, your chances of compatibility are very high. It is the cheaper ones that may bring forth issues, so do the research before you end up with a gadget that does not work for you.

Think About Computer Accessibility
As you will notice in some of our reviews on the website, not all of these devices are accessible to both PCs and Macs. Depending on the type of computer you have, this could pose a potential issue. It is nothing to really worry about; just be sure whatever option you buy works with the type of computer you have, or you will be stuck with something that you cannot use.

Look for the Following Features to Guarantee Top Quality

Know About the Updating Options

There are some key things to look for that will pretty much guarantee the product you buy is the top choice out there. Check out the updating capabilities it has. It can be very expensive to keep updating your item, and many companies require you to do the pricy updates every single year.

On the other hand, there are manufacturers out there who allow you to skip a year or two if you need to and simply catch up without any extra fees when you are able. This is very important because if you cannot afford the yearly updates and they are mandatory, you may be in big trouble.

Does It Have Bi-Directional Control?

This is an incredible feature that should not be overlooked. This means the product is able to actuate specific sensors that are on the car in order to determine what the other sensors will end up doing in order to compensate. This comes in very handy, so try and select one that includes this.

How Many Years Has the Unit Been Around?

As you probably already know, technology rapidly changes as each year goes by. That being said, if you buy one that is over four to five years old, you may end up being a little disappointed. It is worth your money to spend a little extra and get a newer one to guarantee it works properly and will last you longer.

These are all key things to look for and think about when shopping for your best OBD scanner uk. Now that you have a little knowledge about these devices, let’s jump into the top three we found on the market that you should consider.

Scan Away!
Now that you know everything you possibly need to about the best auto scanners, what to look for when shopping for one, and all about the top three, you can make an informed decision.

Although our reviews are in-depth and include all of the information you need to decide what will work for you, it is still suggested that you do a little more searching around on your own, read reviews online, see what users are saying, and maybe ask professionals in your area as well for advice and suggestions. When making a purchase like this, you want to be sure you do it right the first time around, so that it will work for you for many years to come.

Before you know it, you will have an excellent product such as launch scanner that is able to scan all of your vehicles for you in an efficient and quality way.

How to Test Your Car’s Accessory Socket or Cigarette Lighter

Your cell phone won’t charge. Your GPS won’t power up. You can’t light your cigarette. What’s going on? Whether your car has an old-fashioned cigarette lighter or a 12V accessory socket, it’s easy to troubleshoot the problem when either one goes on the fritz. Either you’ve blown a fuse or something is preventing the socket from making good contact with the lighter or your accessories.

Check for Debris or Objects

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If your car has a 12V accessory socket or cigarette lighter that stops working, the first thing to do is check to make sure there isn’t anything inside.

Everything from dirt to lint to bits of paper and even coins can easily get stuck inside, preventing contact or shorting the fuse. Just grab a flashlight and shine the beam inside. If you see anything, be careful how you remove it. If it’s dirt or small bits of paper or debris, grab some canned air and blow it out. To remove a coin, get a pair of tweezers and carefully extract it from the socket, taking care not to touch the Automotive Diagnostic Software.

Test the Power

If nothing is obstructing the socket, move on to testing the power. Obviously, you can’t test your 12V socket like you would your cigarette lighter socket (by actually plugging in the lighter), but it’s still easy to do. All you need is a simple circuit tester to see what the story is.

Place or attach the clip end of your test light to the outer frame of the socket. You can just hold it there if it won’t clip on. Then take the long pointed end of the tester and stick it all the way into the socket until it touches the back.

Try not to touch the sides of the socket with the probe since it will blow a fuse. If the tester lights up, you’ve got juice. Be sure to try it with the ignition in the “on” position, since most 12-volt accessory plugs are switched on and off with the car.

If you get no light, it’s probably the fuse.

Otherwise, the culprit is either the socket itself or your accessory’s plug or charger. If your accessories check out, then you’re dealing with a short somewhere in the circuit. At this point, you can trace the wire to the socket to see if it’s become disconnected or loosened. If you can’t find the wire, or if it seems to be secure, then your next step is to take your car to your Car Diagnostic Tool for further investigation.

Replacing the Fuse

Dead fuses aren’t uncommon. They usually happen with age or by plugging in an accessory that draws too much power. Thankfully, replacing the fuse is an easy fix. Your owner’s manual should tell you where the fuse panel for your car is located, which in turn will indicate where you can find the fuse for the power socket. Make sure you replace it with one that has the same amperage.

If by chance the replacement fuse blows, then you’re looking at the possibility of one of the two problems outlined above: Bad accessory plugs or a short somewhere in the circuit.

Micropod 2 Clone on Chrysler WK & DS 2015

Reasons for the purchase:

All of the dealers in my area don’t seem to know what they are doing. No problem with either of my vehicles is solved on the first visit and I normally have to guide the dealer mechanics to find issues.

They are very nice but I honestly don’t have the time to teach them how to fix my vehicles. That’s why I wanna purchase a Chrysler wiTech MicroPod 2 interface but it is hard to justify the cost of the oem version for just my 2 Chrysler vehicles.

Purpose:
Purchase a Micropod clone with things like flash programming, general diagnostics, obd mode 8 stuff like abs bleeding

Budget:
I wouldn’t mind spending the $500 if the clone tool works, I just don’t want to be the guinea pig

Order and delivery:
I just ordered one Micropod clone off obd2tool.com
The kit is shipped directly from China and arrived for a few days.

Firmware:
The firmware that mine came with was v2.4.1.

Car(s):
I have a 2015 WK 3.6L (wife) and a 2015 DS 5.7L (me).

Micropod clone vs OEM:
The Micropod clone itself appears to be reasonably high quality but there are obvious differences from the OEM version: no lanyard, no wi-fi, no metal clip on the OBD 2 connector, etc.

Micropod clone problem:
The problem with the clones is that you can only use them with the old versions of the software that weren’t online, and they only go up to around 12MY or so. You also can’t do any sales code configuration or the like without a DealerCONNECT account.

wiTECH software installation:
I followed the directions that came with the kit (albeit in somewhat fractured English) and upon starting the wiTECH software, I got a “device with serial number XXX-XXXXX is not registered” error message.

The company that sold it to me said the copy of wiTECH was destroyed somehow and that I needed to buy a “wiTECH hdd” from them for a small additional fee. Not entirely sure what that would be but I worked around the problem before I got their reply. Long story short, I am a computer guy so I spent a couple of hours messing around with the software and the computer it was installed on and was able to get around the issue.

Micropod II + wiTECH tests:
I connected it to my 2015 DS and my wife’s 2015 WK with no issues. I disabled the side view mirror tilt in reverse on her WK (only thing she didn’t like about it) and she was thrilled. There are functions to bleed ABS, program tire sizes, etc. There are literally hundreds of sensor readings, dozens of tests, actuators and misc functions that you can perform that seem to be very vehicle specific – which you would expect. Every switch/gadget in the vehicle seems to have a corresponding sensor reading of some kind in the software. The only odd behavior I saw was when I connected to the ABS computer of my DS… the EVIC freaked out and started screaming to service the ABS. Maybe that is a safety feature of some kind so folks don’t go driving while messing with the ABS computer? Powering the vehicle off and on again made the ABS warning go away. I could not find any “PROXI alignment” functions – maybe they don’t apply to my vehicles?

I did not try flashing anything as I don’t have a good enough reason to sign up for a time-limited TechAuthority subscription at the moment but next time I do, I’ll give it a shot. At the very least, it will be nice to be able to go to the dealer next time and tell THEM which modules need updating (wiTECH lets you print an ECU report) because whatever point-of-sale software the advisors use doesn’t always tell them when an update is available. For example, my PCM is on an AE revision but TechAuthority said that AF is available (and has been since before my last dealer visit)

Your mileage may vary but this was $200 well spent in my eyes.

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Suggestion & more research:

I’ve done a considerable amount of research on this software and it appears that as of the 17.04.27 P4 patch level, the wiTECH 1.0 system has been EOL’ed for all CAN bus vehicles – forcing you to use the 100% web-based wiTECH 2.0.

If you decide to move forward with the Micropod clone, you will need to block the P4 update (or find a way to block the “diagnostic.js” file that does the check) or the software will kick you out seconds after opening the vehicle topography.

Once the update is blocked, it works fine – confirmed up to the 2015 MY.

A Broken Motor Mount Checking in a Mercedes-Benz AMG

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Mercedes-Benz AMG versions are built with a high-end engine. If your motor mounts become damaged, it is critical to change them no matter what kind of  AMG Mercedes models you own. With a few tips, it is quick for one to examine the condition of his or her Mercedes-Benz’s motor mounts.
Things You’ll Need
Car Scanner Flat-head screwdriver
Owner’s manual
Instructions
1. Open your Mercedes-Benz hood and use the hood rod to secure it in an upright position. Some Mercedes hoods do not have a hood rod and the hood will stay up on its own.
2. Locate your engine’s motor mounts. Use your owner’s manual to help you locate the exact positioning of your motor mounts. The number of motor mounts may vary depending on your Mercedes model.
3. Visually examine the motor mounts. Observe if there are cracks, separations in the rubber from the metal, missing bolts, broken brackets, fluid leaking or warped or compressed rubber. Any of the visual signs of deterioration or damage will indicate that the motor mount needs to be changed.
4. Use a flat-head screwdriver to press down on the rubber part of the motor mount. If the rubber does not bounce right back into place and instead stays compressed, then you need to replace your motor mounts.
5. Start your Mercedes engine. Place your “Emergency Brake” into the “ON” position. Keeps your foot tightly on the brake pedal while switching your Mercedes into the “Drive” gear? With your foot pressed down on the brake pedal, slowly press down on the gas pedal to rev your engine. Monitor your rpm and do not allow the engine to enter the “Red Zone” on your rpm dial, as this can damage your vehicle. If the engine revs and you do not feel a vibration by your feet, your engine mounts should be in good condition. Revving the engine will cause the engine to shake when the motor mounts are not securely holding the engine into place. The shaking will cause a noticeable vibration and shaking inside of the vehicle, which will let you know it is time to replace your Mercedes Star Diagnostic.
6. Drive your Mercedes around in an empty parking lot or on a street with little traffic. Press your foot on the gas pedal to accelerate. While accelerating, notice if you feel any vibrations. Abruptly press your foot on the brake. If the vehicle shakes from side to side while slowing down, then you need to replace your motor mounts.

New “Network Check” feature in wiTECH Diagnostic Application

Description:

Starting from version 14.02.56, a new feature called “Network Check” has been implemented in wiTECH. This feature can be accessed by selecting Help → Network Check option as depicted in the screenshot below:

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Upon selecting the “Network Check” option, the “Network Check” utility window will appear as shown in the screenshot below:

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This new feature will enable the user to check whether the PC in which the wiTECH Diagnostic Application runs, has been able to connect to the required web-sites for

*   Automatic software updates.
*   Receive software updates in a silent mode.
*   Diagnostic Tools registration.
*   Data recordings and various reports upload.
*   Smooth functioning of wiTECH Diagnostic Application.

To run the “Network Check” utility, please click on the “Start Network Check” button as shown in the screenshot below:

Network Check will test the following sites to confirm they are available from your network.

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If any of the web-sites listed above in the screenshot is not available, you may experience issues with the wiTECH application functions/features listed above.

The “Network Check” feature is also available from witech2 “Standalone Mode” by accessing Help → Network Check option.

If you are not getting an automated wiTECH Diagnostic Application update prompt or receiving a device registration warning despite your device is registered, you can run the “Network Check” utility to confirm you have access to the required web-sites/domains.

NOTE: All wiTECH users should have network access to Obd2tool.com and all of its sub-domains as trusted sites.

How to Update the wiADVISOR microPod

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In order to ensure the Micropod II is working properly, it will be necessary to update it based on the latest software releases provided by Chrysler. If your microPod is at version 0.4.2, it will not communicate with wiADVISOR. You must perform an update to version 1.2.2 using the USB cable that came with the microPod (see below).

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To update your microPod using the USB cable:
1. Connect the large end of the USB cable to a computer that has the wiTECH Diagnostic
Application already installed – Typically this is a computer in the shop.

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2. Connect the small end of the USB cable to the microPod as shown below:

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3. Once the microPod is connected via USB, a green light will come on. Open your Internet browser and type the IP address 172.22.22.22 in the address bar at the top of your browser and hit Enter on your keyboard. The microPod interface will come up as shown
Below:

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a. If the System Release shows any version besides 1.2.2 (red box on image above), then your microPod should update to the most current version if the wireless connection on the microPod is properly configured.
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b. If the System Release version shows 0.4.2, the wireless connection on the microPod must be configured in order for the microPod to update. Please contact the wiADVISOR Team at 1-855-wiADVISOR for assistance with this process.
Once wireless is configured, simply wait until the light on the engine diagnostic tool microPod will begin to flash with slow bursts of red indicating that the microPod has started the update process. You will not be able to access the microPod during the update and will have to wait 4-6 minutes before it finishes. The flashing red light will return to green once the update is complete.

4. NEXT: Click on ‘Software Config’ (left side):

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a. If the wiADVISOR version is 1.1.6, this needs an update. See below:

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b. To update the App Version to 1.1.9, simply leave the microPod plugged into the PC. Pod will update itself. Refresh the screen until the version shows 1.1.9.

5. Now that your microPod System Release shows version 1.2.2, and the software shows an App version of 1.1.9, your microPod is now up-to-date.

Determining the Status of your microPod:
If you are not sure if your microPod requires an update, follow the below steps to confirm this. To view the current status of your microPod, you must be logged into the wiADVISOR application and have selected “Vehicle Queue” in the interface. When a microPod is powered up, the software status will be displayed along with connected vehicle information.

1. microPod Status Types – There are three types of update statuses av ailable for the microPod:

a. Up-to-date – This status indicates that your microPod is up-to-date and no further action is required at this time. If the software is up-to-date, no status information will
be displayed. Otherwise one of the following two scenarios will be shown.

b. Update Available – This status indicates that there is an update available for your microPod. It is highly recommended that you update your microPod at your earliest convenience. You may continue to use the microPod without updating it when this status appears.

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c. Update Required – This status indicates that an update is required on the microPod in order to continue using it.

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2. To update the software, disconnect the microPod from the vehicle and connect it to your computer using the USB cable (computer must have the OBD-II scan tool wiTECH Diagnostic Application installed).

3. Since your microPod is updated to the 1.2.2 System Release; once booted and no vehicle power is detected, the microPod will automatically begin the update process. Depending on what software is being updated, the process can take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. During this time the LED lights will blink red and off. Monitor the Vehicle Queue to determine if the update has completed.
Disconnecting the USB cable prior to update completion may leave the microPod in an irrecoverable failure state.
After powering up with the USB cable, the screen will warn you that the update is starting and you must not unplug the device until the update is complete (see below).

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4. When the update is completed, the text in the Vehicle Queue will change indicating that microPod is up-to-date. At this time, it is safe to disconnect the USB ca ble and re-connect to a vehicle.

Troubleshooting Tips:
If you find that you are having issues with updating your wiADVISOR microPod there are few resolutions you can try.
1. Make sure you have wiTECH installed on the computer. (The microPod needs the wiTECH drivers in order to connect to the PC)
2. Try a different USB to mini USB cable.
3. Unplug the cable from the PC and try a different USB port.
4. Try a different PC; make sure you are in range of the wiADVISOR Access Point.

Should I buy GM MDI instead of Tech 2 clone

The Tech2 clone is definitely fine, but I think people looking for a good tool now should really look at an MDI clone instead.

The Future of the Tech 2

The Tech 2 remains an essential tool through at least the 2010 model year. The GM MDI will not support past models when its diagnostic capabilities are introduced. And, the Tech2 will continue to be needed to diagnose all vehicles fromprevious model years. Remote programming with the Tech 2 will continue to be supported for use on all 2007 and previous vehicles.Additional information will be supplied in future.

HOW WILL THE G-M MDI BE USED?

The new G-M MDI can be used only in the Pass-Thru method. This means you can use it as your programming tool, while your Tech 2/CANdi remains available for diagnostics and other duties.

I have issues with it, however:

The GM MDI will not support past models when its diagnostic capabilities are introduced.
I’m not sure what this means. The GM MDI WILL clearly support past model years with the Tech2win applications. So I’m not sure what this statement actually means. The only thing I can think of is that GM will remove pass thru support at a later date, but since its all been cracked already, this shouldn’t matter.

The new G-M MDI can be used only in the Pass-Thru method. This means you can use it as your programming tool, while your Tech 2/CANdi remains available for diagnostics and other duties.
This statement implies that the pass thru method is a bad thing. Considering the Tech2win application works perfectly with EVERY function on all GM vehicles as far back as 1996, I don’t understand what this is really saying. It implies that you can’t do diagnostic troubleshooting using pass-thru, when in fact you can.

As far as I can tell from my testing, this is a basic sales pitch in order to encourage people to keep the Tech2 as well as purchase a MDI2 unit – both of which are incredibly expensive if purchased legitimately through GM.

In reality, you don’t need a  Obd2 scan tool Tech2 and a MDI2. An MDI interface is more than enough especially on our older cars like the C5 corvette which GM will unlikely ever release further PCM upgrades for given the fact they were discontinued over 10 years ago.