Programming Older GM Vehicles
This is not a definitive fix, but it is a workaround until GM gets Techline Connect operating for the older GM vehicles. I'll be holding my breath…
I was leery using this method, but the alternative sounds like to brick modules - a lot times on the older stuff that has been “rebuilt” by other manufacturers, (that will have a VIN stored) or they are very scarce.
I had various Operating Systems installed on VirtualBox. (Yeah, I know I'm weird)
The old TIS2k discs have been installed with the latest update from GM. TIS2k open
The VIN for the vehicle I was working on. This happens to be correct, but if it's not I can make changes.
I'm programming the TCM on this vehicle.
In the midst of programming -
I had a Pontiac G6 last week that I replaced the throttle body on. The Tech 2 did not have the Idle Relearn function. The Snap-on did, but this did not work, even though it said it did. I'd let it go, but the idle was at 2,500 RPM and this needed to be done. I tried building the vehicle as a 2008 on the Tech 2, and the relearn was there, but when I selected there was an error of an incorrect vehicle might have been selected. I went to Techline Connect and I attempted to reprogram the ECM, but this vehicle had the latest files and I was not able to select the update. I'm pretty sure I had selected Replace and Program, but I can't say for sure right now. It was last Friday at 4:00 PM and I was having issues with everything in the shop.
I programmed the ECM with TIS2k and the idle speed was now normal.
I can't say this method will work on all vehicles, but I've programmed about 15 vehicles using a VM and TIS2k. As you're aware TIS2k was only used up till 2007 and some 2008 GM vehicles.
Not weird at all. I try and run everything on VM's.
Hi Jason, So you're using this for programming multiple manufacturers?
I run every OEM in its own VM. I have two Dell laptops running VMWare under Ubuntu that are identical copies of each other. I have a 3rd laptop that only runs “legacy” versions (ie - IDS v108, SDD v132, ODiS v 5.2, etc.) of the OEM software in VMs. I can go from Land Rover to Mazda to Toyota instantly on the same machine. No Java conflicts. No driver conflicts. No competing versions of .NET…
Hi Jeff, It sounds like you could do some tutorials on your methods. As I only have one manufacturer to deal with, and they had methods that worked, (until it doesn't) I never resorted to trying anything not approved. Here I thought I was being tricky, but it sounds like you've been doing this for years. Thanks!
I lost my disc a long time ago and the laptop that had tis2k also has since bit the dust. Does anybody know if they are available anywhere also my candi has been starting to show sign of trouble and help greatly appreciated.
Thank you I have seen the ones that are sold with the knock off clone tech 2 I would never really attempt to program a customer car with out something that is verified to work however I am liable if the software was to brick a module and that is not a risk I am willing to take at the moment
Hi Babu, I actually bought that set from that seller. I had sold my dongle years back as I never thought I would need it again. I already had the application and data files loaded, but there was a “hacked” SuperPro.dll file that came with the set. I ran this through a few virus scans and it was clean.
Hi Taylor, Babu posted a link that might work. As far as getting the CANDI module repaired - gm-techlink.com/?p=7400. Google is saying this site is not secure and the old link - repairtrack.bosch-automotive.com  takes you to a site for a Singlekey ID to register with their new site. I can't vouch for any of this, but the Tech 2 and CANDI are not…
I have some old TIS2000 discs that I would be willing to part with for relatively short bucks to anyone who needs one. I also haves some of the old serial port adapters and cables to connect between the Tech2 and PC. Somewhere I also have a dongle but have not found it after extensive searching. I know there was in theory a way to make the discs work without the dongle but I don't have personal…
Do you still have to use that little usb dongle thing with the disc
Honestly no idea I remember it might be in my toolbox I will look tomorrow
So you're saying you could have just punched in a new VIN or that was a virgin TCM … I had to buy the Snap On Version of the CANDi Module ..Snap On guy told me it slows down the data stream or something like that ..Any way Cool Demo
Hi Robert, The VIN was what came up when I initiated programming. It was a remanufactured TCM from AC Delco.
Hi David, You do need to have the security dongle, or the link Babu posted has a hacked file to get around the security needed for programming.
I seen that you selected a pass thru device. Do you use a J2534 device? If so, which one?
I use a Cardaq+ with mine. Here is how you set it up 1. Click on the configuration drop-down menu and select IO Management. 2. On the IO Management screen, click DRIVER to add J2534 support to TIS. In the INSTALL DRIVER box, type or browse to c:\program files\cosids\bin\j2534.dll and click INSTALL. This will install the driver and bring you back to the IO management screen. 3. On…
Hi PJ, Yes, I used the Tech 2 as pass through. I haven't tried to load a J2534 tool as most of the modules that were pre 2008 might not program using the faster tools/methods.
Hi Jeff, The MDI, or the MDI 2? Using Legacy software, or TIS2Web? I've had vehicles in the 90's - 2000's, that would not program using a MDI 2 and had to use a Tech 2 on. I sold both of MDI's a few years back.