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FORScan in Ubuntu Linux 18.04

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:07 pm
by Bigelow1984
Hi all,

I became aware of FORScan a few weeks back. After reading up on it a bit, I downloaded FORScan version 2.3.15 beta for Windows and loaded it into my Ubuntu 18.04 laptop. I installed it with wine. It runs great in standard license mode. FORScan connects to my truck and reads everything fine.

But, the extended license will not work. The extended license key info is correctly loaded into the wine WIndows system.reg file. But, something isn't allowing the extended license to load into the FORScan program when it is started up. My system time/date are correct, and I verified that wine is reporting the system time correctly. I've run out of ideas as to why it isn't working. I read that there is a "wine version" of FORScan that doesn't have extended license function. I didn't download that, ( I didn't even see it as a download option ). I'm using FORScan version 2.3.15 beta for Windows.

Any recommendations as to what I can do next to get this to run with the extended license in Ubuntu 18.04 with wine?

Re: FORScan in Ubuntu Linux 18.04

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:48 am
by Bigelow1984
Well, I've been working on this all day, and I'm starting to think it's just not possible to run FORScan with the Extended License in wine/Linux. Can someone please confirm if it is actually possible. I know the Windows wine version wouldn't do it. But, I thought the newest version for WIndows had wine support for the Extended License. Am I misunderstanding?

Re: FORScan in Ubuntu Linux 18.04

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:37 am
by f-wolf
Comparsion of FORScan applications

Re: FORScan in Ubuntu Linux 18.04

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:11 pm
by twin--turbo
Tried tonight on my Linux "Mint" and the code goes into the registry but is not loading.

So yeah does not work.

May see if I can pass through USB in virtual box to a my windows7 "VM"


Re: FORScan in Ubuntu Linux 18.04

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:05 pm
by nick.theboatman
Id love the opportunity to try to port to proper Linux....

Re: FORScan in Kubuntu Linux 18.04

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:59 pm
by luisjr777
I was able to use Forscan on Kubuntu.
1. Install PlayOnLinux from software center.
2. Install Forscan for windows using PlayOnLinux.
Forscan will be in the list of programs to run inside PlayOnLinux.
2. Download USB driver CH340 from: ... _LINUX.ZIP. Install it using wine.

4. From website: ... ware-linux
Install scantool using terminal:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install scantool
sudo usermod -a -G dialout YourLinuxUserName

5. Plug the ELM327 Adapter into laptop.
6. Run PlayOnLinux
7. Run Forscan

Forscan will popup a window telling you to make sure key is in the on position.
Hit Ok. You don't need to be connected to car to setup adapter on laptop.
8. Look at the lights on the adapter, they should be blinking yellow lights.
9. Success!

Now that you have a good connection from pc to adapter, you can plug it into the car and have some fun!

Re: FORScan in Ubuntu Linux 18.04

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:02 pm
by rmbowie
I have forscan running on Ubuntu 20.04 using wine and the extended license loads.

However, when I try something like the ABS bleed procedure or the IVD initialization the procedure stops with a "procedure interrupted" message in the log.

I was able to load the as built data to the new ABS module.

I'm planning to try with Windows to see if I get the same result. Maybe it's my wifi elm adapter...

Same result on windows and also with a USB adapter. So the problem I'm seeing is either a forscan feature or a feature of my car... not a linux problem.