Installing the MDI Manager Software

The following sections provide the information needed to begin using the GM MDI 2 Scan Tool including installing the MDI Manager software, updating the firmware on the device, configuring connection methods, and communicating with the vehicle.

The MDI Manager software is installed on the PC and provides accessto the MDI 2 s located on your network. The MDI Manager must be installed on the PC in order to configure, update and run diagnostic applications targeted for the PC.

Initially you use the MDI Manager software to set up the configuration of each MDI 2.

The MDI Manager is also used to update the firmware on the MDI 2.

Use the following procedure to install the MDI Manager software on your PC.

Visit the TIS2Web/GlobalTISwebsite to determine if a newer version of MDI Manager software is available for your device.

If the software on the website is newer than your PC, download the software to your computer.

If you downloaded the software from the website, double-click the downloaded file and follow the instructions on the screen.

The InstallShield Wizard starts and guides you through the software installation.The InstallShield wizard displays a panel indicating that the program is ready to be installed.

Click Install to proceed with the installation. A progress bar shows the status of the installation. [You can click Cancel if you want to halt the installation process. You are prompted to respond if you are sure you wish to cancel the installation.]Click Finish to complete the installation. The InstallShield Wizard places the MDI Manager icon on your desktop

Setting Up the Car Diagnostic Tool MDI 2 Hardware

Installing Your Wireless Adapter


The wireless adapter must be installed into the MDI 2 before you can use the wireless features.
Use the following procedure to install the wireless adapter into your MDI 2.?
Ensure power is removed from MDI 2.?
Remove the lower boot from the MDI 2.?
Install the wireless adapter into the USB port.?
Replace the lower boot on the MDI 2.


If you have a wireless MDI 2 kit and are planning to use Point-to-Point wireless communication, you must install the second wireless adapter from your kit into the PC.  Use the following procedure to install your wireless adapter into your PC.Identify a USB 2.0 port on your PC that is accessible.  Do not plug wireless adapter into a USB hub.Install the wireless adapter into the PC USB port.  You may have to wait for your PC to install and configure the wireless adapter driver onto your PC.

Reminder: You should use Windows to Safely Eject the wireless adapter before physically removing it from your PC.


Identifying Your MDI 2The MDI 2label is located on the back of the MDI 2. The MDI 2identification number has two parts: a manufacturing code for traceability and a unique serial number. The serial number is used to identify the MDI 2in the MDI Manager software. You will need to refer to this serial number when you are using MDI Manager to configure the MDI 2and perform software updates.

Updating the MDI 2 Software

The MDI 2isshipped from the factory without firmware.Before operating your MDI 2we recommend visiting the TIS2Web/GlobalTISwebsite to see if a newer version of the MDI 2firmware is available for your MDI 2.Your first connection is to the PC where you have installed MDI Manager software. You will need the USB cable to configure your MDI 2using MDI Manager.

Use the following procedure to update the firmware on your MDI 2Select the MDI Manager icon from the PC Desktop.  Before proceeding to the next step, make sure your MDI 2is powered on and the MDI 2is connected to the PC using the USB cable.The MDI 2 will boot in Recovery Mode.(only in factory setup)


When you click on the new MDI 2, the Connect button will change to the Recover button.  Your MDI 2 will be displayed without the serial number when initially connected to MDI Manager.


Select the Recover button to start the update processSelect the Start Update button to install firmware on the MDI 2.Do not unplug the MDI 2from the PC or remove power from the MDI 2during the update process. Select OK to continue.The update process will take about 5minutes to complete. Once the update process is complete the MDI 2will automatically reboot. Wait until you hear the beep from the MDI 2before proceeding to use your MDI 2.

Configuring the MDI 2 Using MDI ManagerIn order to configure a MDI 2to communicate on your network you must connect the MDI 2, via USB, to a PC running MDI Manager software. The MDI Manager icon displayed on the MDI 2 will inform you of the communication method to be used if the <Connect> button is selected

Use the following steps to configure your MDI 2Double-click the MDI Manager icon on your desktop to launch the MDI Manager software.In the MDI Manager software MDI 2Explorer tab, select the MDI 2 in thewindow. Click the Show Details button to see details about the selected MDI 2.

Click the Connect button to connect to the selected MDI 2over USB. The MDI 2is displayed with a green check mark on your display indicating that your MDI Manager software is in control of that MDI 2. Note: If your MDI 2is connected to another networked PC, it will still be detected by the MDI Manager but will not be available for selection.[If your MDI 2is connected via USB to your computer, the MDI Manager functions on all tabs are available; if your MDI 2is not connected viaUSB, the functions on the Network Setup and MDI 2Update tabs are not available.]

Check PC and MDI 2 Software VersionsTypically, the MDI Manager software installed on your PC and the software installed on the MDI 2must have matching versions in order for the MDI 2to operate properly. Use the following steps to check your software versions.

1.Connect the MDI 2 to your computer via USB cable.
2.Double-click the MDI Manager icon on your desktop to launch the MDI Manager software.
3.On the MDI 2 Explorer tab, select your MDI 2 in the window.
4.Click the Show Details button to see the detail view of the selected MDI 2.

The MDI 2 Detailed View window shows the PC S/W Version information for the MDI Manager softwareand the MDI 2firmware Version for the MDI 2as well as available interfaces and IP addresses. If both the MDI Manager software version and the MDI 2software version match, you can use your MDI 2with this PC

The Multiple Diagnostic Interface 2

The Multiple Diagnostic Interface 2 (GM MDI 2) User Guide provides a quick reference and overview of the Multiple Diagnostic Interface 2 system.

Everything contained in this manual is based on the latest production information available at the time of publication. The right is reserved to make changes at any time without notice. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means, including but not limited to electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of GM Customer Care and Aftersales. This includes all text tables, illustrations and charts.

1. WiFi Compliance
This equipment complies with the following worldwide wireless standards.


2. Safety / Environmental Compliance
This equipment complies with the following worldwide safety and environmental standards.


3.Product Description
The Multiple Diagnostic Interface 2 (MDI 2) is used by professional technicians as an aid in diagnosing and repairing automotive electrical and electronic systems. The MDI 2 is designed to connect the vehicle to a host PC computer application which then functions through the MDI 2 for data transfer and Electronic Control Unit (ECU) reprogramming.
Using the MDI Manager PC application software, you configure the MDI 2 to communicate with a host computer. The MDI 2 is capable of communicating over a USB cable, Ethernet cable, or wireless network (WLAN).
User group
The product may be used by skilled and instructed personnel only. Personnel scheduled to be trained, familiarized, instructed or to take part in a general training course may only work with the product under the supervision of an experienced person.
PC System Requirements
The MDI 2 Software runs on a PC/Laptop. The user interacts with the MDI 2 software for device setup, and configuration for SAE J2534 or ISO 22900 data transfer and ECU reprogramming. The following table lists the minimum PC/laptop requirements for installing and running the MDI
2 Software:


4. MDI 2 Kit Contents
The MDI 2 Kit includes hardware and cables needed to transfer data and reprogram ECUs on vehicles through the DLC connector.

The Wireless MDI 2 Kit (Bosch p/n EL-52100) US and Canada – Includes the MDI 2 assembly with two USB Wireless Adapters, DLC Cable, USB Cable, and Ethernet Cable. The Self Test Adapter is sold separately.

5. MDI 2 Connectors and Controls
A number of standard connectors and controls are available on the MDI 2 to facilitate operation and communication with vehicles and workshop networks. These connectors and controls are shown in the following illustrations.


6.Universal Serial Bus (USB – Item 6)
The MDI 2 has a fixed USB configuration which cannot be changed. This ensures that the MDI 2 can always be connected to a single PC running the MDI Manager software so you can configure LAN or WLAN settings required by your local network. In addition, it is important to note that a USB connection is recommended to configure and update the firmware on the MDI 2. USB connection must be made directly with the PC port. Do not connect through a USB hub.Ethernet

The Ethernet connection on the MDI 2 is set up and configured while the device is connected over USB to a PC running the MDI Manager software. It is possible to update the firmware on the MDI 2 using an Ethernet connection.

7. Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
The 802.11n WLAN connection on the MDI 2 is set up and configured while the device is connected over USB to a PC running the MDI Manager software.
MDI Manager Software
The MDI Manager software is a host computer application which runs on the Microsoft Windows operating system to configure and update MDI 2s. The MDI Manager software allows the configuration of MDI 2-to-host PC communications and facilitates MDI 2 firmware updates.
SAE J2534 Pass-Thru Support
The MDI 2 has been validated to work with General Motors PC based diagnostics and reprogramming applications.
The MDI 2 supports pass-thru programming of the flash calibration files that are stored in a vehicle onboard controller (e.g., PCM, ABS, VTD). Refer to specific operating instructions provided by General Motors. The MDI 2 design is based on the SAE J2534 Pass-Thru and ISO 22900 Modular Vehicle Interface standards, therefore the MDI 2 may also be compatible with vehicles built by other OEMS

8. MDI 2 Features
Data Link Connector Cable
The Data Link Connector Cable is the external test equipment (ETE) cable that connects the MDI 2 to the vehicle’s SAE J1962 Data Link Connector (DLC). The DLC Cable with the grey SAE 1962 connector is specifically designed for the MDI 2 and measures 1.8 meters in length.

9. Power Source
The MDI 2 is intended to be powered from the vehicle battery via the DLC Cable for normal use. If the MDI 2 does not have sufficient power (12V) to perform vehicle diagnostics, the MDI 2 will inform you of insufficient power for diagnostics by blinking the Vehicle LED in the color Red. This scenario can be seen when the MDI 2 is only

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