Ultimately, I would attempt a Chinese clone GM MDI setup if I could nail the complete issue down for $300 or much less.
One of the objectives was to not have to buy a subscription to any solutions.
My goal was to have a MDI dealer-level program for diagnosing and 2-way testing/service functions – I was not interested in reflashing or programming modules.
Vxdiag vcx nano GM
What I ended up purchasing was a refurbished HP Elitebook laptop (8 GB memory, 500 GB hard drive, Intel I5 dual core), along with a VXDiag VCX Nano (VCI, SAE J2534 compatible, for GM GDS2 and Tech2Win) which came with application and drivers. These factors are all over Amazon and elsewhere.
First, this setup duplicates the Tech 2 functionality, and is named Tech2Win, and appears to become the same software GM makes use of. The last model year the Tech2(Win) is applied for is 2013, with some earlier model years excluded resulting from going towards the newer MDI. The Tech 2 functions on Corvettes up via and such as model year 2013. The Tech2Win application runs on native Windows 7 or eight. Some have claimed it runs on later versions of Windows too. The VXDiag people indicate Windows 7 or eight only.
Second, the item also provides MDI/GDS2 diagnostics, extremely related to what the dealer makes use of but without the module reflashing/programming. The Nano comes with drivers for Tech2Win and MDI, and includes a ‘cracked’ version of GDS2 which runs as a VMWare virtual machine with XP. They offer a copy of your free of charge VM Player to run the cracked software on any Win 64-bit platform, which includes the above Win 7 /8 machine, and I have confirmed additionally, it runs as a VM on a Win ten machine.
Set up the VM player as admin (correct click on it and select run as admin).
As soon as have vm player installed in your machine, forget all in regards to the VM player app begin icon, given that you not going to utilize it, because the xp version it has setup beneath it, will not operate with nothing at all else but GDS2.
Now copy the GDS2 folder from the disc, to someplace in your drive (folder and also the files in it).
Now in that GDS2 folder you simply copied for your difficult drive, your going to appropriate click around the VM.vmx file inside that folder and select to open it with Vm player app (selected from programs in the list).
If you need a icon to click on to open the GDS2 system through VM player without having to go in to the folder each and every time, do a copy on the VM.vmx file through the correct click strategy, go over for your desk top rated, do a ideal click paste of it there to make a quick cut, do a further click around the shortcut icon you just pasted into desk major, go down to rename, and just adjust the shortcut name to GSD2. Now if you click on the new icon named GSD2 you just created, it can open up GDS2 in the vm player.
If you’d like the icon within the begin drop down menu, then suitable click on it once again, and pick pin to begin menu (classic in my case, considering the fact that I run classic shell since windows eight).
Hence you do not start out the GDS2 system by clicking on VM player, but by clicking on the vm.vmx file within the program, with it desinated to become opened up through VM player instead. Note if you do the GDS2 shortcut icon, be sure that is chosen to open up with VM player also.
So, when you have a require for each a Tech 2 along with a MDI method with out the reflashing functions, this seems to become the solution to go as one Computer and VCI (the Nano) is utilized for each.
Not the easiest to set up and get running. The Tech2Win setup in Native Windows was pretty simple plus the interface around the Computer looks identical towards the native Tech2.
Getting MDI/GDS2 to run employing VMware was more complicated. VXDiag gives a VM player, and also the WinXP/GDS2 virtual machine file. Really should be pretty quick to load and go, but I could not get it to operate using the supplied VM Player. A further forum member noticed my comments about this within the C6 forum and worked with me to acquire to a slightly altered setup working with a copy of VM Workstation Pro Player rather than the provided VM Player. Using a handful of tweaks to settings we got this up and operating. I would still prefer to get this operating around the original player since it is freeware along with the one particular I’m working with is great for a trial period only, but I’ll operate on that within the close to future.
I spent an hour today poking around inside the brains of my C7 with all the MDI/GDS2 software. It is indeed impressive the volume of data and access the tool provides. Nicely worth the cost ($295 total) and work ultimately.
Seeing that the Nano is J2534 compatible, I believe if 1 had a GM subscription to achieve reflashing and programming new calibration files, this device would function in location of an actual Bosch MDI VCI – it appears that numerous people have published Youtube videos performing specifically that.