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Olly_K Sep 1, 2006

  1. Olly_K

    Olly_K Administrator

    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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  3. boost-addict

    boost-addict Well-Known Member

    maybe add what programme to dl and run to view logs
  4. PAULF

    PAULF Active Member VCDS Map User

    A few points to note about VCDS

    If you haven't scanned your car for a bit, note all codes, ****** 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)
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2012
  5. boost-addict

    boost-addict Well-Known Member

    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?
  6. bigwig74

    bigwig74 New Member

    is it possible to use vcds with a tablet rather than a laptop?
  7. Sandra

    Sandra Administrator Staff Member Administrator TeamMisano TFSI Owners Group Audi S3 quattro Platinum Supporter S tronic Audi Main Dealer

    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
  8. stewd

    stewd Member VCDS Map User

  9. Gizmo68

    Gizmo68 VCDS & VCP owner in Kent VCDS Map User

    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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  10. Karl Martin

    Karl Martin New Member


    Any news about VCDS-Mobile?
  11. Daveboy

    Daveboy New Member

    Hi all,
    My first post.
    I believe it fits in with FAQ, but please move it if necessary.
    I'm keen to try vcds but have a few questions; the answers to which will help me decide if I will "dive in".
    I can't find the answers to these, but they are self-evident on the cheaper solutions websites...Obdeleven etc.

    1. Can we use vcds to take a snapshot/backup of original settings, so that they can be restored before servicing if one has a particularly pernickety dealer? Or perhaps I messed the coding up and need to restore. I can see the term "snapshot" used in the literature, but that is all.
    Having two backups, one pre and one post coding might be necessary in this case, to enable restoring to modified status.
    2. Do I need to worry about this, really?

    I drive a B9 (8w) S4, if that matters in any way.
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  13. T-800

    T-800 Well-Known Member Team Glacier TFSI Owners Group VCDS Map User Audi RS3 quattro S tronic Sportback MQB Platform

    Have a read of this by @DJAlix

    All you need to know

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  14. Daveboy

    Daveboy New Member

    Fantastic. Many thanks.

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