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Old 03-01-2009, 11:42 AM   #1
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Notes on Xcal2: Problems and Resolutions

Xcal2 Problems and Resolutions.
These are my notes and problem resolution regarding the Xcal2. These are intended to address some common or uncommon issues (new) users may encounter. These are based on personal experience and follow the form Problem / Resolution. There may be more than one Resolution to an issue. Also note that I do own the SCT advantage (Pro Racer) package. So issues may be specific to the loading of tunes from a PC. It is hoped that others will provide there Problem and Resolutions as well.

Problem:
Xcal2 Cannot read DTC codes, read strategy or perform other functions while connected to the OBDII port.
Resolution:
If the Xcal2 is brand new. Gently clean the contacts with Isopropyl alcohol or electrical contact cleaner.
(Manufacturers will often apply a light oil to electrical contacts to prohibit corrosion and extend shelf life. Over time this coating can harden)
Resolution:
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Delete and reload all tunes.
(While loading a tune from PC (WinXP Pro). I had several other programs running. Xcal2 became corrupted. HINT: turning key on when instructed by Xcal2, The vehicle chime was inhibited. All Xcal2 functions went to timeout.)

Problem:
OBD-II port fuse is blown.
Resolution:
Replace OBD-II port fuse.
(Note: It is possible to plug the Xcal2 plug 'upside down' into the OBD-II port. No damage occurs to Xcal2).

Problem:
Loading a tune does not complete. (specific error not recorded)
Resolution:
Insure that the Fuel Pump fuse (50 amp) and the Engine Fan fuse (15 amp) are pulled before attempting to load a tune. Also turn off radio, Interior heater fan etc.
Resolution: Insure that the cord of the Xcal2 is not wrapped around your foot or otherwise subject to movement / disconnection during the load process.


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Problem:
Xcal2 Cannot read DTC codes, read strategy or perform other functions while connected to the OBDII port.
Resolution:
If the Xcal2 is brand new. Gently clean the contacts with Isopropyl alcohol or electrical contact cleaner.
(Manufacturers will often apply a light oil to electrical contacts to prohibit corrosion and extend shelf life. Over time this coating can harden)

Do what?

Cleaning contacts has nothing to do with the X2. If the device does not read anything, check fuses and check for a chip already installed in the processor.
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Problem:
Xcal2 will not communicate with laptop for data logging session.
Resolution:
Enable the laptop serial port in the laptop BIOS settings.

X2 does not use a serial connection. It uses USB through a virtual com port (which is why there is an actual com port number as USB does not use com ports normally.)

The com port in livelink actually does nothing with the X2. It was a carry over from one of our older devices.
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Do what?

Cleaning contacts has nothing to do with the X2. If the device does not read anything, check fuses and check for a chip already installed in the processor.
1st time I hooked up my Xcal2, it could not read DTC, Strategy, load a tune etc (several insertions). I corrected the problem by cleaning the contacts on the Xcal2. I did nothing else. After than it had no issues.
As I said, these are personal experiences. Now perhaps it was the OBD-II port that needed cleaning as insertion was wet. BTW: All fuses were good and I don't have a 'chip' to install. Or are you saying you were not aware of the coating?
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X2 does not use a serial connection. It uses USB through a virtual com port (which is why there is an actual com port number as USB does not use com ports normally.)

The com port in livelink actually does nothing with the X2. It was a carry over from one of our older devices.
Oh wait. Crap! Wrong device! Ok. Now what was I doing where I had to enable the serial port??? But your right Blivit. Heck I knew that, the Xcal2 is sitting right here. Will edit that out. Thanks!
(actually, I was expecting more comment about how I managed to plug the cable in upside down! )
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1st time I hooked up my Xcal2, it could not read DTC, Strategy, load a tune etc (several insertions). I corrected the problem by cleaning the contacts on the Xcal2. I did nothing else. After than it had no issues.
As I said, these are personal experiences. Now perhaps it was the OBD-II port that needed cleaning as insertion was wet. BTW: All fuses were good and I don't have a 'chip' to install. Or are you saying you were not aware of the coating?
I am well aware of non-conductive paste on electrical connections. However, I have never encountered it in the ALDL connector on any vehicle I have ever worked with.
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I am well aware of non-conductive paste on electrical connections. However, I have never encountered it in the ALDL connector on any vehicle I have ever worked with.
Like I stated Blivit. All I did was clean the connectors and then it was working. Before cleaning, nada!
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