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Old 05-09-2008, 04:26 PM
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OBD2 to USB cable. Where to buy?

The the title says it all. I need a OBD2 to USB cable to connect my GM vortec 350s computer up to my pc. I found a cool diagnostic program that is going to kick my pos scanners butt! But I need the cable and on the cheap is always nice.
Oh and if I need to make myself thats not a problem. I just need to find out where to buy the parts.

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I've collected cables for years, what is "OBD2" and what does it look like?
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The ALDL connector in just about all later modle cars and trucks. Usually found under the dash next to the steering colum.

You might get a cable from Superchips, they do that kind of stuff all the time.

http://www.superchips.com/contact_us.php call them on the phone and ask em.
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Ok. So it is called ALDL to USB. Thanks RPM. Thats helpful. I could not find any on the superchips site. Maybe I will call them. I hate calling people though.
I found lots of them on Ebay BUT they were for Volkswagen and Audi. $15
I found one for (normal vehicles) it was like $70. I will never pay $70 for a simple cable I know I could make myself.
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Old 05-10-2008, 08:05 PM
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/GM-AL...mZ130030127981
Well this is all I could find on Ebay. After a closer inspection is is not even for OBD2 systems! ITS over $70 dollars! I have not heard back from Superchips.
There must be a source for these cables somewhere. I hate computers!
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:31 PM
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Well superchips wrote me back and they do not sell a cable to do this. They say I will need an interface between the ALDL connector and the PC. They don't sell an interface.
Now I am wondering if my Actron scanner could serve as this interface. If does have some sort of input/out put to be hooked to a computer. What for I don't know yet...
I maybe just thinking out loud here.
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Google is your friend..

http://www.aldlcable.com/
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:08 PM
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Google is your friend..

http://www.aldlcable.com/
I Googled my butt off. Never found this. Thanks RPM.
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I have to use my Snap-on scanner as an interface along with a $875.00 communication software program, to get the information on my laptop.
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I have to use my Snap-on scanner as an interface along with a $875.00 communication software program, to get the information on my laptop.
OHH!
I am going to try and go a cheaper route. The software is not a problem.
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OHH!
I am going to try and go a cheaper route. The software is not a problem.
Contact Actron to see if they have a software program for your scanner. I had to purchase Snap-on's software for mine to communicate.


ps: that was 6 1/2 years ago.

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Contact Actron to see if they have a software program for your scanner. I had to purchase Snap-on's software for mine to communicate.


ps: that was 6 1/2 years ago.
Well I did and I just heard back from them. My scanner will not act as an interface. Dang! I guess I might have to buy that little all in one thing.
This Actron reader is pretty dang useless. I am impressed that the customer service answered my question.
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Well I did and I just heard back from them. My scanner will not act as an interface. Dang! I guess I might have to buy that little all in one thing.
This Actron reader is pretty dang useless. I am impressed that the customer service answered my question.
It is good you got a quick response from them, as did I from Snap-on when I purchased mine. I just wanted you to be aware it is not as simple as hooking up a cable for software communication.
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here you go.. $59.. thinking about getting 1 of these myself. http://www.scantool.net/index.php
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here you go.. $59.. thinking about getting 1 of these myself. http://www.scantool.net/index.php
Hey that might be the cheapest solution I have seen yet. Matt you get one and tell me how it is. If is is good I will buy one.
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