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    Hi All.

    just received my new Elm327 OBD-II and I would like to know what is thw best software to be used with this tool. I've downloaded the Demo version for ScanMasterElm, I have plugged it into my vectra and it connects and reads, but because is a DEMO version it will not give most of the info/reading/etc.

    I thought before paying for the full version of the software i would ask here which software would be best, so that I don't pay for something that may not be the best one out there.

    Appriciate the help

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    I use Opcom with my ODB2

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    Hi Nav-Man

    I also have an ELM327 and have played around with lots software for it. There are a lot of free versions and all seem okay, problem being as you are finding is that the free versions do not open up everything. I have never bought any of the full versions although I have tried the full version of ScanMasterElm and it works pretty well.

    I had started writting my own software sometime back but these days there is a lot of open source code for doing this. I have started to look at http://code.google.com/p/android-obd-reader/ as im getting an Android phone soon, so this could be useful.

    I have a little project at the moment with regard to turning off the EGR and not getting a MIL. Just trying to profile the MAF sensors drop when the EGR kicks in. Once I have this profiled, I was going to repeat the profiling with the FIAT semi blanking plate. Then I'll have a good understanding on what the ECU is expecting to see and I can then knock up a Arduino board to feed the ECU with slightly modified values so the MIL doesn't come on with the EGR disabled. Well that the plan anyway.

    What info/readings are you wanting to get from your car?

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    Have you tried the free software OBD-DIAG? I did some research awhile back looking into different programs and this kept cropping up.

    I've downloaded but haven't tired it yet.

    www.obd-diag.de (scroll down, download -> OBD-DIAG - Software english Version 1.0)
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