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    How to select COM port to allow VOL-FCR to work

    I found that my version of VOL-FCR only read from COM 1 port, on my laptop the USB connections I was using have higher port numbers than that.....I guess it's because VOL-FCR is expecting a serial connection.

    Here is how to change the port number on Windows 7:

    http://plugable.com/2011/07/04/how-t...r-on-windows-7

    Start by going to the Device Manager. Once there do the following:
    Expand the Ports ‘(COM& LPT)’

    As you can see Windows has set the port to COM10. However many legacy applications expect the port to be between 1-4.

    Right click on the device and click on ‘Properties’.

    Click on ‘Port Settings’. Then click on ‘Advanced…’

    Once you’re in ‘Advanced Settings for COM10’ on the bottom you can see the ‘COM Port Number: COM10’. Click on that to change it to the lowest possible number (between 1-4)....VOL-FCR needs COM 1

    Then click ‘OK’ on all open Property Windows.
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    Thank the lord for Jamesy, got exactly this problem and had no idea how to solve it!

    Aww shucks, there isn't even a PORTS setting coming up. Fallen at the first hurdle...bunch of arris
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    Quote Originally Posted by munster732 View Post
    Thank the lord for Jamesy, got exactly this problem and had no idea how to solve it!

    Aww shucks, there isn't even a PORTS setting coming up. Fallen at the first hurdle...bunch of arris
    Sorry didn't see your post til now fella, did u sort it? What version of Windows u on.....32-bit or 64-bit also pls

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    Windows 7, god knows what bits lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by munster732 View Post
    Windows 7, god knows what bits lol
    Maybe try: in Device Manager, go to View, then show hidden devices? Might work. Here's a better how-to of the whole thing....



    To find out 32-bit or 64-bit just click the start icon then type system in the search box. Click on the icon System then that will open a dialogue box up, somewhere in there will be 32 or 64-bit.

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    Leading on from this a little......VOL-FCR likes Windows XP, so I'm told...so here is a little how 2 for getting XP running on Windows 7 Home, should work on Windows 8 also. I need this for a little business venture I'm trying to get into - the software I want to run works only on Windows XP Professional.

    It's still work in progress so I'll add to it as I go but here's where I got to.....

    Download XP Mode from here

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl...s.aspx?id=8002

    Then use 7-Zip or another archive tool to open the EXE file as an archive.

    Within that archive, find the "sources/xpm" file within it, and extract that folder to your hard drive.

    In the extracted xpm file, you'll find a file called VirtualXPVHD. Rename it with a VHD extension.

    From Start menu, type Computer Management & choose Disk Management. From the Disk Management console, follow these steps:

    Right-click Disk Management and then click Attach VHD. Follow the prompts that appear & find your 'VirtualXPVHD.vhd'

    The another drive should open as a partition with Windows XP components (mine is called D:.......before I only had C: drive).

    Now I am installing programs that I want to run in XP to this new drive - D:/program files/Vol-FCR for example

    That's as far as I got. Next step will be starting the computer up from the XP drive (D: ).......

    My files are all backed up - so I'm not worried about losing any. Remember if you are playing with operating systems pls back up your files, as there is a chance you may need to do a total reinstallation!!
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    Where is vol fcr from and what cable do you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdavis View Post
    Where is vol fcr from and what cable do you use?
    I used a cable I got with OBDWiz

    http://www.scantool-direct.co.uk/elm...ostic-kit.html

    I'm told cheapo cables from eBay work if they have FTDI chips but I know FA about that, seems like a lottery whether they work or not

    The peeps below used to be the distibutors for VOL FCR no idea if they are still running

    http://www.ilexa.co.uk/diagnostic-to...ick-guide.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesy12345 View Post
    Leading on from this a little......VOL-FCR likes Windows XP, so I'm told...so here is a little how 2 for getting XP running on Windows 7 Home, should work on Windows 8 also. I need this for a little business venture I'm trying to get into - the software I want to run works only on Windows XP Professional.

    It's still work in progress so I'll add to it as I go but here's where I got to.....

    Download XP Mode from here

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl...s.aspx?id=8002

    Then use 7-Zip or another archive tool to open the EXE file as an archive.

    Within that archive, find the "sources/xpm" file within it, and extract that folder to your hard drive.

    In the extracted xpm file, you'll find a file called VirtualXPVHD. Rename it with a VHD extension.

    From Start menu, type Computer Management & choose Disk Management. From the Disk Management console, follow these steps:

    Right-click Disk Management and then click Attach VHD. Follow the prompts that appear & find your 'VirtualXPVHD.vhd'

    The another drive should open as a partition with Windows XP components (mine is called D:.......before I only had C: drive).

    Now I am installing programs that I want to run in XP to this new drive - D:/program files/Vol-FCR for example

    That's as far as I got. Next step will be starting the computer up from the XP drive (D: ).......

    My files are all backed up - so I'm not worried about losing any. Remember if you are playing with operating systems pls back up your files, as there is a chance you may need to do a total reinstallation!!
    Update to this/another option:

    VHD file containing XP can be ran in Windows 7/8 in Oracle VirtualBox

    https://www.virtualbox.org/

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    I got VOL-FCR working on my Windows 8.1 equipped Asus T-100. Cheap ebay VAG-COM USB to OBD lead and change the port number to 1. I even impressed myself as it took minutes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbrick View Post
    I got VOL-FCR working on my Windows 8.1 equipped Asus T-100. Cheap ebay VAG-COM USB to OBD lead and change the port number to 1. I even impressed myself as it took minutes
    Windows 8 is in my bird's laptop and it seems OK in general, if you switch to classic mode or whatever it is called

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    For some reason my VOL-FCR program won't clear the service light. It can connect to all the other ecus but communication fails on the service light/instrumentation module.

    Problem is my OS is Mint linux and I'm running windows in Virtualbox.

    I've found this website, the guy is using an elm327 (cable or bluetooth) to do more than just reset the service light. He's written a webpage that will connect
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    I'm getting issues with vol-fcr dropping out whilst viewing live data. I know pretty much naf all about computers so any advice would be appreciated. I'm using windows 7. Everything else is working, it connects fine and reads codes/ does my tdi pump timing etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerous Dave View Post
    For some reason my VOL-FCR program won't clear the service light. It can connect to all the other ecus but communication fails on the service light/instrumentation module.

    Problem is my OS is Mint linux and I'm running windows in Virtualbox.

    I've found this website, the guy is using an elm327 (cable or bluetooth) to do more than just reset the service light. He's written a webpage that will connect
    http://jonesrh.info/volvo850/index.html
    good find I'll take a look. My S70 T5 service light wouldn't switch off either

    Quote Originally Posted by martin_r_smith View Post
    I'm getting issues with vol-fcr dropping out whilst viewing live data. I know pretty much naf all about computers so any advice would be appreciated. I'm using windows 7. Everything else is working, it connects fine and reads codes/ does my tdi pump timing etc.
    If the cable is secure at both ends (into laptop and into OBD socket), maybe try changing baud rate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_r_smith View Post
    The what rate??
    If you google it you will see different set ups have different results, but the consensus seems to be start low - try different settings like 9600 or lower

    Link here to a page below where a guy gives settings that worked for him. Maybe take a screen shot of your settings before changing, then if it buggers it up you can go back to what you started with

    http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/topic...problem/page-2

    Some other thoughts that I noticed while looking for baud rate:

    Alternator/battery OK? Diagnostics can be affected by battery voltage
    When you say live data, does that include WOT? Maybe the laptop has a shock sensor?)
    Any other programs running that might affect VOL FCR? Like anti-virus

    edit...

    here is a how 2 on changing baud rate, I'll try and make a VOL-FCR specific one when I get the chance

    http://www.sevenforums.com/network-s...baud-rate.html
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    FFS device manger on XP not easy to find...
    I'd say, it's only taken you a year and a half mate......lol....but good work Jamesey

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