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Old VCM2 FW & New IDS SW compatibility

January 16, 2018 by 3635OBD2  

Topic:VCM2 firmware and IDS software compatibility


It works perfectly using IDS 96.05 with firmware from older IDS version. But even with changing the serial number, I have not been able to get it to connect to vehicle PCM with anything newer than that older firmware to use IDS 97 or 98 – Preferably 98.04 that came out today which still uses the firmware.

IDS 97/98 don’t support that older firmware anymore so I can’t use it with the newer IDS versions. (Additionally, I changed the serial before updating to one that I know is legit (actually tried a couple different ones), it will update and install fine.) But if I update the firmware on the device to to use IDS 97 or 98 it will update. It will show up in IDS as connected. When you actually go to use it, you can hear the relays click on as normal, but the unit will not establish a connection to the vehicles PCM to be able to use it.


Searched a lot…


And here, post what I did differently so others can benefit from my discoveries


1- Boot in recovery mode, reflash ford v86 ( if my memory is right?)

2- use the test mode hack and access the web interface. change serial number to a good one.

3- reboot in recovery, reflash (still in v86) to make the serial change persistent.

4- now I have a working Ford VCM2 with a good serial that can work in v98. but before upgrading, let’s put a hacked recovery firmware in it. re-enter test mode via test mode hack.

5-follow the steps cautiously to flash hacked firmware.

Now the device will flash to ford or mazda IDS v98. the device will not be detected at first (say you used ford IDS first). to switch from ford to mazda :

1- boot VCM in recovery mode

2- change device type using web browser

3- reboot VCM again in recovery mode

4- Launch Mazda IDS and reflash the VCM.

The same steps are used to flash back into ford firmware. I have not tried folder swapping and using a single firmware for both programs but I bet it would work. Because of the nature of my work, I can live with reflashing between both programs. they reside on the same HDD in a triple boot setup. the third OS is used for something else. I use deep freeze for my ford license works like a charm. Mazda doesn’t need anything done, only a valid device type and serial.

On a side note, I tested the device in 3 different win7 environments, and it just refuses to work in 2 of them. the ETAS driver keeps acting weird and sometimes detects an unknon device. on the 3rd one the driver is happy to see a good VCM2. Go figure… I setup both IDS programs in Win XP intances and it works fine.







VVDI MB TOOL read Mercedes BE key Xhorse made

January 12, 2018 by 3635OBD2  

Video from Facebook: VVDI MB BGA TOOL read Mercedes BE key data




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Ford VCM2 Firmware Downgrade (customer solution)

January 11, 2018 by 3635OBD2  

Recently´╝îOBDexpress has received some question about Ford VCM2 firmware downgrade,and obdexpress found the same problem in the mhhauto OBDII scan forum.


Here you are:


I just get VCM2 and instaled IDS v86 and when I start sw error I get that VCM firmware is newer then IDS sw.

How to do?

Customer solutions from the MH forum:


Press and hold reset button after that insert usb to pc still hold reset button when you will hear beep after that release reset button.


If it does not works….


Try to use this Ford VCM II Software setup v2.1.119.3. I have Chinese clone Ford VCM II and working with Ford IDS v86, Mazda IDS v91 and with JLR SDD v138 with this software setup too. My VCM have no problem with update downgrade I had installed Ford IDS v95 after that v86 and no problem update downgrade. When I installed JLR SDD v138 I had to update VCM to this version and after that was not functional with Ford IDS v86 after installing this setup was all functional.


Ford VCM II v2.1.119.3:


(RUN v2.1.119.3 on a computer without any IDS or SDD

Start VCI Manager and press update /start

you can do this without press the button on vcmii)


When I want update or downgrade VCM I have to only connect VCM with PC not need connect VCM to OBD. I have installed this softwares on VMware each separately. Each with new clean windows xp. I have not installed newest Ford IDS v95 for example because I don`t know how to freeze system still after 5 days license k.o.  But I had installed this new version Ford v95 and worked this new software update without problem. I install V94 and after that IDS said me is new version v95 I downloaded it and it worked.



I am using V94, and I was told I need OSCH VCI MAMAGER2.1.119.3, NOT




you need to press the reset button on the vcmII WHILE CONNECTED TO 12V, then when you see all lights flash at once on the vcmii, you put to usb , wait for beep release reset button on VCMII and start VCI MANAGER.


SO IN ids 94, you can go to program and features and uninstall version , reboot and install

to install MAZDA IDS With ford VCMII”


I downgrade my vcm2 firmware to work with Ford IDS v86, and now ford is ok for me.

I followed a youtube video and I installed (on free IDS PC) Mazda IDS v88 (because I readed that v88 will work with same firmware as ford v86) . Changed Bosch VCI manager files from ford into mazda and now when start vcm manager ask me to update to newer version , but I not wanna update and skip that.

When start Mazda IDS also told me that must update, so which version of mazda will work with same ford v86 fw? Must I search for Mazda v86??


Note: the version software is unimportant , its the ETAS version that matters .

you use the SAME one across all JLR, MAZDA, FORD.



If clone Ford VCMII, USEthat etas version for your FORD, MAZDA, and JLR



Enjoy and good luck!


(BIG THANKS to laco210 and TizWaz)


Ktag full reads & writes PCR2.1 thru BOOT mode

January 11, 2018 by 3635OBD2  

Pls note :PCR2.1 full flash VERY IMPORTANT!!In recent update,Kess V2 now can write PCR2.1 with VR-file without needing patch first with KTag.

And KTag now also has the ability to extract the password and then do full read and write thru bootmode. Such a read can then be used by Alientech in their database for vr-files.


About PCR2.1 full flash with KTag, you need Pinout cable SSM 144300T111 (INFINEON TRICORE ECU PCR2.1 CABLE)


This is a SSM cable




Already DONE

kess-v2-pcr2.1-1 kess-v2-pcr2.1-2

Need original ktag or HQ cloned ktag, open ecu and prepare Eeprom for cloning ECU.






How to use Mazda VCM 2 and IDS software

January 10, 2018 by 3635OBD2  

Vcm2 model:SP177-C1


Mazda IDS installation: Success


Issues: Mazda ids can see the vcm but it won’t connect to the car.


What tried:

I tried the old trick which involves copying ford’s vcm manger files to the Mazda folder.

Mazda ids can see the vcm but it won’t connect to the car.

I tried it with latest Bosch vcm manager and ford ids 104.1 and Mazda ids 103.5

My ford and Mazda ids are not on the same partition so I simply copied the file from a partition to the other one, taking care to rename the folder to Mazda-vcm…..




All I did was install Ford software and uninstalled Mazda vcm 2 software then reboot and it’s working


Ford vcm 2 patch for Mazda ids:





How To Activate 2017.12 MB SD Connect C4 C5 Xentry

January 9, 2018 by 3635OBD2  

User guide:how to activate 2017.12 XENTRY  start key

Step-by-step ,here you are:

Step 1: Double Check the icon name ” ConfigAssist” which on the computer desktop.

Step2: Select ” SDconnect”

2017.12 MB SD Connect C4 C5 Xentry Start Key Activation (1)

Step3: Select ” Configure”.

2017.12 MB SD Connect C4 C5 Xentry Start Key Activation (2)

Step 4: Select the icon as picture.

2017.12 MB SD Connect C4 C5 Xentry Start Key Activation (3)2017.12 MB SD Connect C4 C5 Xentry Start Key Activation (4)


2017.12 MB SD Connect C4 C5 Xentry Start Key Activation (5

Step 6 and 7 :

2017.12 MB SD Connect C4 C5 Xentry Start Key Activation (5

Step 8 , 9 and 10.

2017.12 MB SD Connect C4 C5 Xentry Start Key Activation (7)

Step 11: Successful to Activation MB SD Connect C4 C5 MB Star Diagnostic Tools

2017.12 MB SD Connect C4 C5 Xentry Start Key Activation (8

If you are interesting in buy MB Star Diagnostic Tools , Please contact our sales via email  sales@MBStarTool.com ,better price waiting you.



2018 vs 2017 Kess V2 firmware 5.017

January 9, 2018 by 3635OBD2  

2018 Kess V2 firmware 5.017:



A lot of improvement on PCB components, compared to Kess made in 2017:


1.the left upper corner and the lower right corner notch size is not the same

2.More thanbuzzer

3.WFs = Infineon, BCR112 NPN Digital Transistor

4.27E = ON Semiconductor NUP2105LT1G

5.6DW = NXP BC817,215 NPN Bipolar Transistor

6.A6c =MMUN2113LT1G / MMUN2113LT3G

7.K5B = BC807-25-7-F PNP Bipolar Transistor

8.Using imported Japanese Murata filter NFE61PT472C1H9L


2017 Kess V2 firmware 5.017:


2018 KESS 5.017 Specification

Model name:Kess V2 Master

Software Version: V2.23 (Newest)

Fireware Version: V5.017

Update:By link

Car Models: For Multi-cars and trucks,no year limitation

Languages: English/ German/ Spanish/ Italian/ Portuguese/ French

Functions:Ecu Programming Tool

Connection:By OBD2.Read and write ECU via OBD2 port directly, no need disassemble ECU from the car, easy to use .

Support Protocol:OBD2,BOOT…


KESS V2 5.017 Red PCBIntroduction

Red KESS 5.017 is the newest introducted OBDII ECU Programmer for Multi Vehicles. As the new generation KESS V2 Master Kit,the New KESS V5.017 with a newer fashionable look and used the Best PCB Board(Red EU Version) as well as LPC2478 NXP Chip + Newer sd card + 3D Sticker to provide a stable ECU Programming. 2018 Newest Red PCB KESS V5.017 supports online 140+ protocols without tokens limited and provides better quality and performance at decent price and will one of the must have ECU Flasher Tool For ECU tuners.


KESS V2 5.017 With Red PCB Highlight

1.The Best PCB Board(Red EU Version), LPC2478 NXP Chip + Newer sd card + 3D Sticker.

2.Using imported Japanese Murata filter NFE61PT472C1H9L

3. Better performance,function as well as online 140+protocols supported.

4. Online Operation Supported,No tokens limited.

5. Perfect for OBD use,Read and write ECU via OBD2 port directly, no need disassemble ECU from the car, easy to use .

6. No reset button,no USB dongle,no tokens limited and has tested by many users as well as our technology department, 100% workable.

7.Multi-Languages supported.


What’s different between KESS 5.017 Green PCB and Red PCB?

1 Red PCB has better quality,and same outside box as original.

2 Both KESS 5.017 are same software,stable for use.If you want original looks,you can choose red pcb version.

3.Red KESS V5.017 with LPC2478 NXP + Newer SD Card


What is the different between Red KESS V2 5.017 EU and KTAG 7.020?

1.Red KESS FW5.017 is perfect for OBDII using. For Most Vehicles, KESS V5.017 Red PCB can read and write ECU via OBD2 Cable Directly.While KTAG FW7.020 can read and write ECU via TRICORE or BDM Or Other Mode with special cable,KTAG V7.020 is for all the ECU that need to be programmed with Jtag, BDM and Boot protocols

2.Red KESS 5.017 Ksuite 2.23 EU is for mainly for home cars,trucks,while the K-TAG 7.020 Master is for truck/tractor/Heavy Duty/Boat and so on.

3.KESS FW5.017 With Red PCB Europe Version can work For Most for Toyota Denso ECU Protocol,but just K-TAG 7.020 with GPT Cable can work For Toyota Hilux kun26 very well !

4.KTAG V7.020 can support much more Cars/truck/tractor/motorcycle than KESS V5.017 Red !


Now, most tuners tend to buy Red KESS V2 5.017 + K-TAG KTAG 7.020 together to make more online protocols can be programmed or flashed.



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OEM Orange5 software free download on Mega and installation

January 9, 2018 by 3635OBD2  

OEM Orange5 software free download on Mega, installation video and test reports.


OEM Orange5 software free download on Mega:


Software Version: V1.34

Works on WINXP/WIN7/WIN8

Language: English and Russian

includes IMMO HPX 9V0 Software License


Compatible with the OEM Orange5 interface shown as bellow.


Source: http://www.obd2eshop.com/wholesale/oem-orange5-professional-programming-device.html


OEM Orange5 software installation video:


Very easy to install by following the above video.


OEM Orange5 test reports:

2j74y ok

35080 ok

TMS IMMO Opel ok

Hc05 IMMO old VW ok


All functions open 1-10 except car radio get error, tested reading usual EPROMS all good. tested IMMO login code from dump, TMS VW works.


Already did few cars. IMMO SW included and also activation for other sw. No problem till now , of course I not test all but with some NEC all ok .


Everything works as it should, knock on wood. Not sure is there any script but software for IMMO, radio and dash coming together with clone.


Can extract the dump of an EEPROM with a programmer and modify it with the software came with the Orange.


Check in hc05b8, hc11e9 EEPROMs. All read and write very fast.


Have 4 secured MCU and they work ok. On Hc908az60 secured and on 68hc11 it work’s just perfect.


Tested with 1j35d, 4j74y, 1d69j, 0d69j, 0f82b, 3k91d, TMS 370c702 OK!





VVDI MB TOOL change BE key frequencey 315Mhz 433Mhz

January 8, 2018 by 3635OBD2  


Had good successs with frequency test of VVDI BE key pro improved version, frequency between 315Mhz and 433Mhz, tested with and without VVDI Mercedes software


This is how to test VVDI BE Key Pro frequencey…


For those have no VVDI MB:

You can change key frequency 315 MHZ or 433MHZ with removal of a PCB resistor


Put the VVDI BE Key to the VVDI MB BGA TOOL to test the key frequency


vvdi-be-key-pro-2 vvdi-be-key-pro-3

This is a complete new BE key unused.

Test the frequency with VVDI key tool, it is 315MHZ.

Here is a square resistor marked with “FRE”, just remove it.


Put the BE key into the VVDI key tool to read out 433MHZ frequency.


For those have VVDI MB TOOL:

You can change key frequency 315 MHZ or 433MHZ with VVDI MB tool



Open VVDI MB tool, Enter Menu -> Other functions -> reset key frequency.

Click on ” Read out key frequency”, the result is 315MHZ.

Put the VVDI BE key on the top of the VVDI KEY TOOL and the key frequency is 315MHZ.

Insert the VVDI BE key into VVDI MB tool.

Choose” 433MHZ” then “Change key frequency”, reset successfully.

Put the VVDI BE key on the top of the VVDI KEY TOOL and read out 433MHZ.93.

Insert the VVDI BE key into VVDI MB tool and you can see ” the key frequency is 433MHZ.93″, click “OK” to confirm.

Explanation to the option “through PCB resistor”. who don’t have VVDI MB tool, then change the key frequency through PCB resistor.

Source from Car OBD2 Tools global one-stop shopping supplier ---OBDexress.co.uk

SD connect C4 enable tank info & L/100KM into KM/L W211 (W203)

January 5, 2018 by 3635OBD2  

Here is a tutorial of how to do it: use SD connect C4 mux to enable tank info & L/100KM into KM/L mercedes W211 (W203) (w221) and more


In DAS Developer mode :


Kombiinstrument -> Diagnose nach Werkangabe -> Steuergerate-Anpassungen ->

Steuergerate-Anpassungen (Variantencoderierung) -> Variantkodierung Werkeinstellungen ->

In the menu that shows , you scroll down untill you read the line : Tankinfo im Reichweitebild

enable this option

now you have tankinfo in the screen that otherwise only showed range

If you allso wanna adjust the way fuel consumtion is showed

you scroll a little more down untill you read the line : Verbrauchanzeige km

you can change it from L/100km into km/l

Scroll down and confirm Coding by pressingF3

if you watch your Instrument Cluster , you notice that scrolling through the menu , nothing changed .

For this , the “Kombiinstrument” needs a reboot.

to do this in Developer mode we go back by hitting F1 -> 3 times

then choose Ansteuerungen -> Gesamstliste aller Ansteuerungen ->

Scroll down untill you see the line : Steuergeraet Resetten (PowerON-Modus) (FN_Reset_SG_Power_ON)

Press F3 and confirm again with F3

Now you will see the “Kombiinstrument” reboots


Source from the mbstartool tech blog: