I have used my ODB-II serial cable with the Ross VAG-COM software
connected to the USB-Serial adapter (bought at MicroCenter months ago)
with absolutely no trouble.
Your average laptop user these days has as much use for the serial port
as they have for the parallel port. The earlier versions of the Dell
Inspiron 8600 had serial and parallel ports - the more recent versions
do not have them at all.
That said, I'm considering buying the USB version of the adapter-
partially because it provides a cleaner interface and because it then
allows me to carry my license code for the software around (the
interface is the license).
Of course, the software applies mostly to my Audi... :)
Peter Murray (N3IXY)
Rand E wrote:
>Looks like they also have USB to serial adapters available. I don't know if
>their is anything special about their adapter or if a generic adapter will
>work. I don't know anything about the company but the ProVantage website
>seems to be the cheapest I found in a quick search.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Trevor Boicey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: "John T. Blair" <email@example.com>
>Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2005 4:56 PM
>Subject: Re: 2005 toyota tacoma
>>John T. Blair wrote:
>> The computer hookup gives a LOT more infomation than just the code,
>>but it's kind of a pain to run inside and connect to a computer than
>>just to read it sitting in the driver's seat.
>> (since it requires a serial port, I can't sit in the car with my
>>newish laptop and work... laptops haven't generally had serial ports for
>> I guess I'm also concerned about longevity, because right now the
>>unit requires a serial port and a computer running windows that runs the
>>software that comes with it.
>> In five years, most desktop computers probably won't have serial
>>ports. And in ten years, it might be hard to find enough junk to put
>>together a computer that runs windows and the windows-based software
>>that came with the unit.