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laptop interface with truck?

Discussion in 'Exploring Computers!!' started by DarkFox1, September 23, 2002.

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  1. DarkFox1

    DarkFox1 Well-Known Member

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    hey, you know, I was omving a few things around in my room today.. and I came across my laptop.. of which I sometimes use in my car with my screen.. and it got me thinking..

    is there some sort of hardware/software.. consumer level of course.. that I could buy to use my laptop to interface with my computer? I dont want to modify settings and such, I want to monitor air flow and things like that. Maybe this could help me find out if I have a problem.

    if there is such a thing.. where would I find it and what would it cost?

    yes I did use the search, didn't find anything on exactly this. :p
     
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    aldive Elite In Memoriam

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    Never heard of such a device, but what you need to monitor the functions of the computer is an OBD II scanner with enhanced software.
     
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    Yes, there are OBD II monitoring programs with a USB or serial pc cable. Don't know who sells them though. The consumer versions run $200-300 I believe.
     
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    aldive Elite In Memoriam

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    I got one at www.obd-2.com I haven't had much of a chance to play with it yet though.
     
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    I use the OBD-2 cable that is the same as what Matt has. I can monitor pretty much everything. Since you are a student, you will also get a small discount. Seems to work well.
     
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    Do these systems for use on a PC support enhanced OBD II data?

    Thanks....
     
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    heh, well I suppose if I dont have $200-300 on fixing it, I dont have $200-300 on troubleshooting.

    I figured it'd cost that much, but I have put my laptop in my car beforefor use with the screen and figured I might be able to use the two together.


    student discount?? never heard of it... how in the world does that work?
     
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    I remember reading on the website http://www.obd-2.com something about a student or educational discount in the section of check or money order payment. This system does read Enhanced OBD II data, such as A/C compressor mode, gear, other sensor voltage and data, etc. I remember with the student discount that it was around $100 or less than $100 after shipping. I don't remember since that was about 1 year ago.
     
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    $122 quantity one

    sounds good to me.. still more than I have to blow right now tho lol
     






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