anyway, ive got all the bits together now and i sahll start to make it this week
the chip it self has to be got from the designer, its £12 posted for the chip, and the componants can differ in cost depending where you get them, i got most from rapid online and 2 bits from maplins due to rapid being out of stock, and in total its cost me about £38.50 in bits.
if you have to buy solder and a soldering iron etc then it will cost you more, and amore again if you get from maplins.
anyway, the bits
i marked out and preped the strip board tonight quick while i stood in the shed having a fag but the main bits will start asap.
the site the FCR can be found on is here
the site gives you the following
parts list with part numbers both maplins and rapid online
full detailed instructions with pictures for building it
full instrcutions how to use it
and a few months back, a pc interface software was added (free download)
this reader will give error messages/codes but not in sill flashing led light style.
im guessing here in gen would be the best place for this
i will update as i build, then i need someone with a car with a fault to test it on, jon hows the rs mate?
oh btw, it doesnt just cover a rs, it covers a range of fords, i belive 3 and 5 pin ports
23rd sep 2007
right, to save it being all ver the place i will add here on the first post.
had a bit of time yesterday, so got on with it, had to make a trip to mapins as i found rapid had sent me a 20 pin DIL socket not a 18 , still no matter, burnt more fuel than the 75p i spen getting it and 2 more led's
anyway, altough there are pictures on the site, i will add some here as a visual progress report, not for instuction on how to make one.
i did draw round the board and mark out numbers etc to make it easier to locate where to put stuff, i always double checked before soldering etc and i even made a mistake and marked a resistor 1 hole short, but i hadnt bent the legs so no harm done, just shows its important to double check.
anyway, enough spill, pictures for now, im gunna crack on with it now, i wont finish it as i still need a plug for the car as i can find the one i had set aside
24th, not had much time to do anything.
got stuck on a couple of wires, not sure where they go on the switch so have asked the designer ifwhat i think is right,
pics so far
i finished this reader last week, but it failed to work.
not having much time and really not knowing where to start i emailed the designer (graham) graham was massive help, i checked all i could and all the bits he said and it narrowed it down to a LED, it turns out maplins had given me the wrong LED's and thius it was drawing all the power and nothing else was working.
anyway, i had some time to mess about with it today so i tested it all before fitting the screen again, i had to remove it to check for shorts under it, i knew there wasnt any but you got to dopuble check these things, but it was tested and it allo worked so the screen was soldered back on.
those of you that have looked at grahams site and read the build instructions will see my led's are not as graham has done, i wanted them both at the top above the screen so i soldered wires to them and fitted them that way, and due to maplins giving me the wrong LED's it made it that little bit easier to fit a in libne resistor to the green one.
the red just flashes on test so graham tells me so that can stay as it is but the green is resisted now and it all still works fine.
pictures of it now, the case was a bit of a nigth mare, i messured it out wrong and with out double checking it (which isnt like me)i chain drilled it, only to check after and fine i went over a bit no matter, i plan on putting a coloured plastic over the front with the writing bits on and it will cover it but then again im thinking of like a frame round it too so it dont matter what it looks like as long as it works
pc plug is too big to fit as well as battery so got to doctor that
and it working
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i shall bung a parts list up in a min, no point with the instructions just yet incase the guy has to change something, i might just be me being blond, but i got to double check before i start building it.
well i say that, ive started on the strip board already but copying the picture:lol:
the link to his web site is in the first post now (well i edit it in a sec)
anyway, not wanting to glog this up with leds and that i shall update progress as and when, i was hoping to have a fair bit done tonight but thans to the kids and the 2 cousins staying over (6 kids!) ive not done fock all
i found the plug to plug into car today after another search in shed
yeah i could make ya one but i dont come cheap
i did electronics at school, but can i remember how to do this stuff.. umm.. no
might get you to make one
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when ya free with that rs jon
na, your a bit far away tbh mate but if you want to tow it all the way down here.....
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if all is well which im sure it will be i shall report good news.
and ive had a think, if anyone did want me to make them one i would do it, but to make it worth my while i would wanna do a couple at least
its not a dig display for reading live feed from the ecu mate, it dont work like that, nor does the ecu have the software/hardware for run a live feed output to it, so in short, no it cant dude
just to say, i dont know what code 20 is, i used it as a example
what ya mean mate? the the chip??