Buying guide on GM up to 2018 2019 diagnostic tool and programmer

GM MDI and VXDIAG VCX NANO for GM is the top choice for GM Opel Saab up to 2018 2019 diagnostic and programming. GM Tech2 clone for GM up to 2009 year.

One comparison table among VXDIAG VCX NANO GM, GM Tech 2 & GM MDI:

VXDIAG-VCX-NANO-GM-VS-GM-Tech2-VS-GM-MDI

As you can see, GM MDI is the best GM 2009 – 2019 diagnostic and programming tool.

It is cheap (238eur with software and free delivery).

It is programming online, support offline programming for Opel Chevrolet.

GM MDI Compatibility:

Device is compatible with GDS2 (Opel)
Device is compatible with Tech2Win (Opel, Hammer)
Device is not compatible with SAAB via Tech2Win

GM MDI Cars test reports yes and no:

1: SAAB 9-5, 2003, 3.0 TID– Yes
mine is clone from China.
MDI Software 8.1.135.13
GT32
SAAB NAO V9.250
Simply pressed OK when Candy detected and all worked.
Tested on SAAB 9-5, 2003, 3.0 TID

2: 2014 model – Yes
SAAB NAO V9.250 is from 2014. Already tested.
2003 year too old – not interesting for me.

3: Saab 9-5, 2003, 3.0 – Yes
Tested by my own, works with Saab 9-5, 2003, 3.0

1: online – good, offline – bad
GM MDI good, interface works online.
update mdi 100%.
offline too bad for new cars.

2: wifi card compatible
So far, Chinese clone GM MDI with squ wifi card

3: wifi is not working but works fine with USB

I bought a cheap one and it only worked with usb. The wired network and wifi did not work. In fact, the card flash socket was missing from the board. Build quality was not to bad. I just use it to flash newer pcm/ecm’s.

Part 2: Why GM MDI instead of Tech II scanner?

Flash faster: MDI & GDS2

As for why GM is going to the GM MDI and GDS2, instead of using a Tech II with TIS2000 software, because the MDI with GDS2 flashes a hell of lot faster when you have flash a new module with either it orginal firmware or upgraded firmware. Its also faster to use than having to press buttons on the Tech II for basic commands during diagnostics as well.

Older cars: Tech II & TIS2000

So in regards to the vets, Tech II clone will cover all the C6 cars and older since the last of the updated firmware on the unit covers from here back. If you do need to reflash something, it’s done via Tis2000 with the Tech II as the pass through device.

New & old cars: MDI interface

Since GM did not make upgraded firmware to flash into the Tech II’s to cover these cars like C7, then it’s a MDI that is needed instead. As for the MDI’s firmware, they will cover not only the new cars, but the cars that the old Tech II’s used to cover as well.

Now the glitch on the MDI regarding cloning it, since it has to use the GDS2 software for the pass through only device, GDS2 software has not been cracked like Tis2000 software has been instead.

GM account for subscription: MDI need it

So the only way that even a clone MDI is going to work, is to have a subscription to GM (Few $K a year) to allow you to use the GDS2 software that has to log into GM each time it used instead.

Hence the Clone Tech II unit you get will already be loaded with the most current firmware, and for most of the stuff you going to use the Tech II clone, will just be using the unit by itself without being connected to a laptop.

Also the cracked copy of Tis2000 that you get with the clone model, does not have to be connected/logged into GM to use it for 99% of the stuff (do not need an account with GM).

Note, if push comes to shove and you can not find a copy of the needed firmware to flash into a unit to upgrade a module, then you can get a one day subscription to GM to pull down the needed file from them.

Part 3: GM MDI alternative: VXDIAG VCX NANO GM device

Confirmed: VXDIAG VCX NANO GM device works as a clone to the GM MDI.
since it also comes with GDS2 as well to work on newer cars.

I ordered and received a VXDiag VCX Nano on Saturday. I currently have a Tech 2 clone unit.

I primarily bought it for the later cars which use GDS2/MDI, specifically a Chevy Cruze and a ’15 C7. I also bought a refurbished HP Elitebook running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on a dual core I5 processor.

The software CD that comes with the VCX Nano I received has two install routines with installation instructions that were brief and somewhat minimal. One install routine for Tech2Win and one for GDS2. The Tech2Win software installs and runs under native Win 7, and with not too much trouble that was up and running, and I could use it on an ’01 Vette.

Install the VM player as admin (right click on it and select run as admin).

Once have vm player installed on your machine, forget all about the VM player app start icon, since you not going to use it, since the xp version it has set up under it, will not work with nothing else but GDS2.

Now copy the GDS2 folder from the disc, to somewhere on your drive (folder and the files in it).

Now in that GDS2 folder you just copied to your hard drive, your going to right click on the VM.vmx file inside that folder and select to open it with Vm player app (selected from programs from the list).

If you want a icon to click on to open the GDS2 program via VM player without having to go into the folder each time, do a copy on the VM.vmx file via the right click method, go over to your desk top, do a right click paste of it there to make a short cut, do another click on the shortcut icon you just pasted into desk top, go down to rename, and just change the shortcut name to GSD2. Now when you click on the new icon named GSD2 you just made, it will open up GDS2 in the vm player.

If you want the icon in the start drop down menu, then right click on it again, and select pin to start menu (classic in my case, since I run classic shell since windows 8).

Hence you don’t start the GDS2 program by clicking on VM player, but by clicking on the vm.vmx file in the program, with it desinated to be opened up via VM player instead. Note if you do the GDS2 shortcut icon, make sure that is selected to open up with VM player as well.

Cons:

Someone think it sounds like the Nano is not an option for us novice users, Seems like a very difficult process.

That’s all.

Toyota Techstream V14 reviews failure or success

Do you have any good success with TOYOTA Techstream V14 latest version? Here are Techstream V14 reviews.

Install-Toyota-Techstream

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TOYOTA Techstream V14.00.018 (02/2019) free download on win7

Review 1: failed

Have weird issue with Techstream (v14.00.018). I can’t see any interface  when I go into ‘VIM Select’.
I use MongoosePro cable and it works with other software. So this in not an issue with a cable or drivers.
I have also Xhorse 3in1 and the same problem.

Review 2: failed

I had the same problem – can’t see any interface although I can’t remember exactly what I did to resolve it. I believe I did a uninstall, clean with ccleaner and reinstall. You can edit a config file in the tech stream directory to manually select your interface as a way around it.  I’ll have to look at which file it was exactly when I get back to work Monday

Review 3: failed but works now

Had this problem also some time ago.
Something about software conflict. If you have HDs, IDS or JLR installed on the same computer, I’d start by getting an OS where none of them is installed. It’s not happening for everyone so I can’t tell which exact circonstances Makes this happens

Review 4: failed

It does not matter if it works with other software,techstream need to recognise the cable with the drivers for techstream…
Try installing in a laptop that does not have other software for mongoose,to see if its fixed…If it is,then drivers confict between the programs

Review 5: failed but reworked

I had the issue but got it to work again.
As suspected issue was triggered by me when playing with Honda HDS/i-HDS.
To make it fun, in my system problem occures when I uninstall SPX MVCI drivers(I don’t have such interface at all) which are part of HDS.  That’s the moment I lose all interfaces in Techstream.
That in theory should have nothing to do with Techstream, but it does. I can easily reproduce it. I tried that.
I can’t explain why it happens exactlly.Probably there is still some conflict in Windows,since such correlation shouldn’t exist. At least I have now Techstream and HDS working again on my machine.
I still would like to know in which file of Techstream there is an option to force which interface it willl use.

….

So, what is the latest version should you use for Toyota diagnostics?

Techstream v13.

v14 is only for vehicles made after jan 2019 and also it have some programming issue…

v13 (even the crack sw) can be used with relief coz it has been tested by real professionals. success on Windows 7 for Toyota customization, diagnostics, programming. works perfectly with MINI VCI cable and VXDIAG VCX NANO Toyota …

Look here: Techstream v13 tested successfully

How to Install Toyota Techstream V13.00.022 on Win7