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Old 03-07-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
jfoj
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Launch CReader VI Updated & Info

So for anyone on the board that purchased the Launch CReaderVI there is a new software update, version 2.00.000, available for download on the LaunchTech USA website. http://www.launchtechusa.com/assets/.../products.html

I have not had a chance to see what differences there are between the older version 1.xx.xxx software, however, I just updated my tool this evening.

I also never tried to use the tool when not connected to the car, however, if you connect the USB cable to the CReader and plug it into any USB port to provide power you can power the tool up and review recorded datastreams and step through or play the datastream. This does not include graphs, but does include any live data that was captured.

You can use the DTC Lookup feature and get definitions for any DTC's that the tool has in its database.

You can review DTC that were captured to include date, time and VIN along with the number of DTC and whether they were Pending or Active.

You can review recorded data streams that are date and timestamped and also has the VIN captured. When you select a recorded data stream the tool immediately starts to step through the data captured at a rate of 1 frame per second. You can use the Enter/Return button to pause the data
stream then use the back and forward arrows to step through the datastream. Hitting the Enter/Return button will cause the datastream to resume play. The datastream will loop back around once it has reached the end of the captured data.

You can review Freeze Frame data based upon date, time and VIN. The tool will display all the Freeze Frame data that was captured during this Freeze Frame.

You can then delete the DTC, Datastream or Freeze Frame records from the tool as well.

I had not yet bothered to power the tool up away from the car, but this is a nice feature to to review data in the house and away from the car. This allows you to make notes, take pictures of the screen or review data in greater detail.

Also to note there is a newer CReader Professional 123 that is supposed to also support ABS and Airbag. This tool is slightly over $200 if you search it around. Seems like a nice expansion on the popular CReader tools that are available.
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