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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, March 20, 2011
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This review is from: ScanTool 423001 ElmScan 5 Compact OBD-II Scan Tool and OBDwiz Diagnostic Software ( Compatible with all Windows OS programs including Windows 8 Operating System ) (Automotive)
I work as a professional ASE certified mechanic and I bought this for home use on my new netbook that uses Windows 7 starter.

installation was easy, but simply plugging the scanner into the laptop while connected to the internet got better results because windows automatically finds the best drivers.

when you first try to connect i found it easiest to click auto-detect to make sure the pc can communicate to the scanner.. then click connect and it finds the correct protocol to use.

Reading and clearing codes was very easy.

To view all the PIDS you have to manually set it to monitor all of them or you only get a few. However when you do this the PID update rate gets very very slow and is almost useless, I was able to rev the engine up and let it come back down to idle and the scanner never updated in time to pick up the RPM change.

If you deselect all PID's and select only RPM, it will update almost instantly so the update rate depends on the car AND how much data you are trying to pull all at once. when selecting 5 or less PID's the update rate is acceptable

I've tried this product on a 2006 Honda Ridgeline and a 1996 Ford Escort, the escort appeared to have faster data refresh rates, but was still too slow when all PID's were selected

Overall this product is worth the low cost if you're trying to check and clear codes, and if you know what you're doing you can do SOME diagnostics with this, to do any real diagnosis you need a much much faster scan tool capable of monitoring all PID's as fast as the car will update them.

OBDWiz was the best software I tried for this scanner, stick with and check for updates within the program to auto update to the newest version and gain some more power

Also the best way to install the software onto a netbook is to copy the CD onto another computer and transfer it to the netbook. Or create an ISO image of the CD using daemon tools and mount it in a virtual drive
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Initial post: Apr 26, 2012 4:59:37 PM PDT
Sounds good but I can't clear codes. It says not to while the engine is running but when I shut the engine off it disconnects.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 12:31:21 PM PDT
D. ruff says:
You clear codes with the engine off but the ignition in the ON position.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 1:44:47 PM PDT
Yeah, I know. However it says I can't clear codes with the engine running ... when the engine is OFF and the ignition ON!

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 2:29:21 PM PDT
Mr Reality says:
Do you have a working ODBWIZ serial number? I cannot get my ODBWIZ software to fully work without it.

Posted on May 22, 2013 5:06:24 PM PDT
kixx025 says:
Maybe you need more powerful laptop that can able to process all the PIDs. Just a guess. Thanks for your review and tips.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 10:52:44 PM PDT
Gary Washer says:
This device handles the individual PID's as fast as they come out of the PCM if the pc is fast enough. A newer one with at least Vista will do just fine. Mine grabs the PIDs at about 20 msec each using Win7 on a 3-year old laptop. That is as fast as they come out individually. If you are talking about a Tech2, that accesses PIDs in a group so you have to view about 20 or more at a time. To do that requires proprietary methods and cannot be purchased for a reasonable amount of money.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 10:59:02 PM PDT
DarkSim905 says:
Regarding the PIDS does the same hold true for other cars like VWs that primarily use CANBUS? I have a different product, a CarChip PC & I can barely pull all the "23-24" parameters that they say you can pull from the OBDII port, but I feel like it's due to it being Volkswagon -- which doesn't make sense considering VCDS can do so much more & it's doing using the same port.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2014 7:40:11 AM PDT
TD says:
Yes it depends on the car. Some can send data out very fast or very slow. Only pull the PIDs that you want to see and it will be faster.
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