There's a new toy around my house, and it's quite a bit of fun to play with.
This quest started with a MIL ("check engine" light) that had come on some time after
installing a Helix Power Tower on my truck. In my quest to find out what was up, I learned
a bit about the OBDII (On Board Diagnostics v2) codes that drive the computer which manages
Of course, at some point I wanted to read those codes and once the problem was fixed, clear them so the lamp would turn off.
Long story short... I found a shop that would read the codes for free, but wouldn't reset them for me. A dealer will reset them, but usually has a number of $$$ to go with the process. A couple of hops through Google, and I found the concept of a reasonably priced OBD reader. A couple of more hops and I found that I could get an interface that's managed by a Windows program!
Now, THAT is something that I just had to have. :)
Now, truth be told, I'm technically running it under Windows 98 which is running under Virtual PC (an Intel processor emulator done in software) which is running under OS X (10.2.3).
It's a bit of a sideways solution for Mac folks, but if you're already running VPC, then know that it does work!
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