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I got my hands on somethings which claims to be Examiner 5.5 software. Anyone interested in trying it since I haven't got a spare laptop to try it on? (it might erase laptop's OS...)
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Yeah, I have a spare old laptop I can throw it on . . .
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Quote Originally Posted by rroope
Yeah, I have a spare old laptop I can throw it on . . .
How do I make it available to you? And also, I installed it on a laptop here, on Win 2000 Professional, and something is missing or wrong, I think it needs DOS...
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From what I understand with the chat with mscortar, he is unsure of the OS that it can run on....

Hopefully someone will sort it soon - looking on eMule, looks like 5.5 is quite a common version, although I am sure 5.6 was mentioned somewhere
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From what I understand with the chat with mscortar, he is unsure of the OS that it can run on....

Hopefully someone will sort it soon - looking on eMule, looks like 5.5 is quite a common version, although I am sure 5.6 was mentioned somewhere
Talking about eMule, don't get fooled by the abundance of examiner 5.5, 345 MB bunches; they are just some movies that were shared by the owners as examiner; cheaty buggers...

The only "real" version was this one I got...
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i remember taking a peak at the portable examiner that they use at the garage at my local fiat dealership that it was running on windows 98 i dunno if that helps
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Quote Originally Posted by Stilatos
i remember taking a peak at the portable examiner that they use at the garage at my local fiat dealership that it was running on windows 98 i dunno if that helps
Good to know; just as I suspected; trying it now...will let you know...
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Good to know; just as I suspected; trying it now...will let you know...
Joy everyone, I managed to install it on Win 98; now come the other parts; cables&leads&connectors... I have some EOBD ELM interface that I haven't tried yet, will do it this afternoon, but most likely it will not work, because the Examiner is asking for a connector which can also be connected to the battery + ELM might now work with Examiner; any thoughts on this?
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Reading through some other posts (alfaowner.com), it looks like the Examiner needs an interface card to communicate with, because it's using encrypted data. If that's true, then we're completely stuck...
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Are you running in compatability mode to get down to WIN98? Or are you running ona genuine WIN98 setup?

The interface they're referring to on the Alfa site sounds to me just the normal interface between computer serial port and the OEBD connector

All a bit of guess work at the moment though
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Are you running in compatability mode to get down to WIN98? Or are you running ona genuine WIN98 setup?

The interface they're referring to on the Alfa site sounds to me just the normal interface between computer serial port and the OEBD connector

All a bit of guess work at the moment though
Win98 in VMWare on XP. I think I will contact the guy that said he managed to connect and establish handshake between Examiner and his 156 Alfa and ask how he did it; in the end it seems like no encryption is being used; however, it would be good to know what kind of leads one needs; also, I haven't got a COM port on the laptop ... lot of guessing I would also say at this moment...
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"I think I will contact the guy that said he managed to connect and establish handshake between Examiner and his 156 Alfa and ask how he did it"
Yep, no sense in re inventing the wheel, a bit of inside knowledge would save time

From what I can see, it's a low tech DOS program that likes touch screen input

You haven't got a COM port? Are you sure? I wonder how you communicate to the outside world?

Do you mean you haven't got a serial port?
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Quote Originally Posted by Deckchair5
"I think I will contact the guy that said he managed to connect and establish handshake between Examiner and his 156 Alfa and ask how he did it"
Yep, no sense in re inventing the wheel, a bit of inside knowledge would save time

From what I can see, it's a low tech DOS program that likes touch screen input

You haven't got a COM port? Are you sure? I wonder how you communicate to the outside world?

Do you mean you haven't got a serial port?
Right, no serial. There's no problem with the touchscreen, I can use the mouse or touchpad. But now, when I start examiner it says "communication board has not been found" waiting some answer from this guy from alfaowner forums
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Well you're getting further than I am. I get distorted graphics of examiner and an on screen qwerty keyboard when in WIN98 simulation

Some of the icons look like they were drawn by a 3 year old so it's an old program. I'm surprised there's no windows based program that can do the examiner tasks

When the service light is extinguished with examiner I guess they program in when the next service is due rather than just turn the service light off
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Quote Originally Posted by Deckchair5
Well you're getting further than I am. I get distorted graphics of examiner and an on screen qwerty keyboard when in WIN98 simulation

Some of the icons look like they were drawn by a 3 year old so it's an old program. I'm surprised there's no windows based program that can do the examiner tasks

When the service light is extinguished with examiner I guess they program in when the next service is due rather than just turn the service light off
Service due: you are right

Examiner: try setting screen resolution to 800x600; I had the same problems as you; as for the keyboard that pops up, seems like you enter an edit box and that's when this keyboard pops up
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