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VCDS FAQ's

Discussion in 'VCDS (formerly VAG-COM) forum' started by Olly_K, Sep 1, 2006.

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    Page 1: General Pre-Purchase Questions Page 2: New User QuestionsPage 3: Interface & Activation questionsPage 4: Miscellaneous QuestionsPage 5: Detailed Q&A for users of 3rd-Party & Older Ross-Tech "Dumb" Interfaces
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    maybe add what programme to dl and run to view logs
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    A few points to note about VCDS

    If you haven't scanned your car for a bit, note all codes, bugger off, drink beer and do other stuff for a few days - or weeks if you have no symptoms- then scan again. Then try and find out what your codes mean, the first scan will show all sorts of transient faults.

    VCDS is a tool to aid diagnostics it is not the be all and end all - you cannot see what spring is broken with VCDS and it will not change your flat tyre, get a spanner/mole grips/hammer/scaffold pole/google it and do some proper engineering too.

    Having said that, if you are looking to work on VAG cars, you need it .

    Cheap e-bay, pirate etc do work - contrary to popular belief, but are pretty rubbish long term for in-depth work unless you are a computer hacker.

    If you want to work long term on VAG cars, buy the real thing - you can try Nigel (NHN) on here, or if not, the Cousins across the pond (RossTech)are good to deal with . If you can't afford the full version, get VCDS-Lite - at least it's legal and you'll get some help.

    If you are looking at VAG cars medium/long term, the sooner you buy the full £2-300 version, the better off you are - because you will wish you had it yourself at some point

    RossTech have a good site where you can look up fault codes. Look up your code first, then, if you don't understand it ask. Often the answer is in the first line of 'probable causes'.

    (Oh, and you can view the CSV log files in Excel as a list, or if you select them you can make a graph -VNT TDI turbo: how to adjust actuator & cure boost problems the first part of the post is how to do it)
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    wtf are you chatting about?

    if your downloading vcds, then you clearly know what its for. you just spoke alod of tosh for no reason, and the need to use so many emocs?
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    is it possible to use vcds with a tablet rather than a laptop?
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    im not sure, but i doubt it, pm NHN, he will be able to tell you for definite. not a lot of tablets have usb, so where would you plug the cable into. I be interested to know if this is possible. :) x
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    Gizmo68 VCDS owner in Kent

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    If it has a USB port and runs windows then yes, if the answer is no to one or both then you will either need a laptop or netbook that runs windows OR wait for the VCDS-Mobile to be released (any time soon - but it WILL be dearer than the current VCDS)
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    Hi

    Any news about VCDS-Mobile?
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