Elmconfig can't find my adapter

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turboscrew
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Elmconfig can't find my adapter

Post by turboscrew » Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:20 am

I got one of those with Forscan on a CD.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/ELM-327-USB-Fo ... O&LH_BIN=1
Are there known problems with those?

I haven't tried with a car yet, but Forscan and Focccus seem to accept it.
Only Elmconfig says it doesn't find the adapter.

I'm using an old 32-bit laptop with windows XP.

There is also the runtimepack, but my computer says it's not valid Windows program. Maybe it's for 64-bit Windows?
Is Elmconfig even supposed to work on 32-bit XP?

[edit]
According to Windows device manager, the serial converter used is actually CH430.

[edit2]
A-ha. The runtimepack was zero-length, because it seemed to be infected by some virus. Tried a new one, but that didn't help.
When I tried to connect, I got:
Correct response from adapter timed.
Received response to request "":
"æøø"
[edit3]
Trying to download the runtimepack from the original source doesn't seem to succeed. It's probably reported to have malware even if virus scanners (VirusTotal) didn't find anything wrong with it. Firefox and Chrome seem to refuse downloading it.

[edit4]
Tried with the car, and Forscan worked fine.
I wonder if Forscan can be used for enabling towbar related stuff, and if, then how...
I heard that Focccus is a bit unreliable?

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Re: Elmconfig can't find my adapter

Post by f-wolf » Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:25 pm

Did you have a look here ;


How to Deal with Several “missing file” Errors while Launching ELMconfig i.e.

https://ohptools.com/blogs/news/how-to- ... -ocx-error


And ... Re, I'm using an old 32-bit laptop with windows XP.


All software supplied (32 AND 64 bit XP/vista/win 7/ Win 8)


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turboscrew
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Re: Elmconfig can't find my adapter

Post by turboscrew » Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:13 am

I haven't seen any "missing file" error messages.
The SW just seems to get corrupted data from the adapter. As if the bauds were off...
And Forscan seems to work fine.

Or should I replace the .ocx and .dll files with the ones that came with the Elmconfig?

Anyway, good to know that Elmconfig is supposed to work with my machine.

turboscrew
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Re: Elmconfig can't find my adapter

Post by turboscrew » Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:08 am

Hmm, it looks like my old laptop can't do 500 kbps.
The speed test (Elmconfig version 0.2.15) passes with all the lower speeds, but not with 500 kbps.
I wonder if this is the problem?

When I try to connect in EOBD-mode it complains that it doesn't get the response to AT WS.
If I send the command manually (Teratem, 38400 bps), it responds with "ELM327 v1.5".

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Re: Elmconfig can't find my adapter

Post by turboscrew » Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:26 am

Haa, It works when I select 38400 as the speed.

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Re: Elmconfig can't find my adapter

Post by turboscrew » Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:57 am

I became to think: the serial chip is in the adapter and USB is much faster. It can't be the computer limiting the speed.
Then I came across "ELM BRChangeR". So I guess ELM327 uses 38400 by default, and you can use the "ELM BRChangeR" to change the serial speed. It takes some time, but I think it's because it flashes the new speed (amongst some other parameters, I think).

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Elmconfig now finds my adapter

Post by chasl » Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:13 pm

I just bought a ELMconfig ohp compatible device (ELM327)from Amazon. Installed drivers, etc. I kept getting the "No ELM found. Please check connection and try again." error message. Forscan found the ELM just fine when connected to my desktop PC, but not with my Microsoft Surface tablet. I finally figured out that on the tablet, if I did not insert the USB connector all the way in (about a 1/4 inch from full insertion) it would connect and be identified just fine. Have not had this problem with other USB devices with my tablet which is why it took me a while to diagnose the problem. Hope this helps someone else.

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