DRB III with tech tools

Ricardo Diagnostician Michigan Posted   Latest   Edited  

I need some help here, I'm trying to use techtools with drbiii , I haven't used techtools in long time because didn't have a tech authority subscription and everytime I flashed an older chrysler I've always used the itil/ ISIS software . I have a sub now so downloaded techtools , NI drivers and everything went fine but when I'm trying to connect the drb it always shows "drb not connected" I've tried changing com ports , I'm using the old null modem cable between laptop and drb (same I've always used with itil) and nothing. My question is : does the new tech tools works with the serial port/null modem cable or do I need the gpib cable? I'm running win10. Thanks in advance

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Tom Owner/Technician
Iowa
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First you need to ID the com port your using (search "device manager" from bottom left toolbar" then click on "ports com&LPT") your computer and set that in the tech-tools software once that is done if everything is connected and techtools is open reboot DRBIII and it will usually auto connect with tech tools. I know the DRBIII menu has "Connect to Techtools" but mine seems to be hit and…

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Ricardo Diagnostician
Michigan
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Thanks for the info, I tried your way and didn't work. I typed the kit # you gave me and the only place it shows is ebay for almost $600 does that sound right?

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Tom Owner/Technician
Iowa
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Yes they are very expensive. I bought mine off eBay.

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Tim Technician
Pennsylvania
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I have had absolutely no luck connecting the DRB III with the null cable. I acquired the GPIB cable and have had zero issues since.

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Ricardo Diagnostician
Michigan
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Thanks for replying. Did you buy the one Tom said? Ch2002 , Ch7035b or are there any other options out there?

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Brian Owner/Technician
Ohio
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I would definitely look into getting a GPIB cable kit. There is another option, I'll look it up and get back with you. It's a bit cheaper. The last kit I got off of eby, I got the two cables separate, and it was way cheaper than getting them together. I'll look again to see if I can find them links as well.

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Brian Owner/Technician
Ohio
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If I had your email, i can send the links

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Ricardo Diagnostician
Michigan
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… Thanks

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Mark Technician
Mississippi
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Are you using internet explorer? As far as i know it still wont work with google web browser.

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Ricardo Diagnostician
Michigan
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Yes using IE

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Matt Diagnostician
Minnesota
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So are you adapting from serial to USB? What adapter are you using? I've had good luck with the KeySpan, same one used for GM. I also mainly use a PC with a serial adapter and even then it takes a few times to get DRB to connect to TechTools.

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Ricardo Diagnostician
Michigan
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No, I'm trying to use the serial port on the laptop with the null modem cable like used with itil/ISIS software

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Brian Owner/Technician
Ohio
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I couldn't find a link to the rs232 adapter. Someone in here mentioned the one {KeySpan} You might also be able to call AEtools too and tell them what you have and see if there's any drivers you might be missing. I don't know about the cable setup you have to be any help for you. But if you can swing the two cables off of them links, then they are a plug and play. My new laptop loaded the…

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Ricardo Diagnostician
Michigan
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Thanks for your help

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Michael Educator
Ohio
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Windows 10 is a pain to setup for techtools to work with the drb3. I ended up calling AE tools and having them setup my laptop to work with tech tools, they had to change the java version. You can use RS232 cable hooked to a laptop that has that port or buy the keyspan USA-19HS. Here is a link to the one I bought off amazon: amazon​.​com/Tripp-Lite-Key… If you have amazon prime it…

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Ricardo Diagnostician
Michigan
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Thanks for the info. Ordering right now.

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Ricardo Diagnostician
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Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions.

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