OBDI Tuner and RT Tuner
|What will I need to tune my vehicle?|
|Can I run the Tuner program under Windows Vista/Windows 7?|
|Why are there multiple ECM Definition Files for the same Cadillac cars?|
|I just downloaded the latest Tuner update. How do I install it?|
|How do I know if my 94 LT1 car has a Rev B calibration stored in the PCM?|
|I'm having trouble communicating with the PCM in my '94/95 LT1. What should I do?|
|My ECM has a long blue module (Memcal) but no EPROM. What do I do?|
|How do I use the C.A.T.S Tuner Program?|
|I started the Tuner program. Now what do I do?|
|The Tuner setup program will not run?|
|How do I identify the correct ECM Definition File?|
|What kind of calibration files work with the Tuner Program?|
|I get an error message when opening a calibration file. Why?|
|Do I need to understand binary or hex numbers?|
|How do I work with EPROM's?|
|How do I work with Flash ROM's|
|Why does the Tuner program ask for a password when I select an ECM?|
|How much does the Tuner program cost?|
|How do I order C.A.T.S. software?|
|I received an updated Definition File. How do I install it?|
|When I try to open a particular table, I get a run-time error 6.|
|What is C.A.T.S. update policy?|
|How do I know if I have the latest version of my ECM Definition Files?|
|Is the OBDII Tuner still available for purchase from C.A.T.S.|
|I am a current user of the OBDII Tuner program. Do I now get support from JET?|
|How can I get the latest version of the OBDII Tuner program?|
|I'm having problems communicating with the vehicle. What can I do?|
|Is there any data logging software that is compatible with the C.A.T.S. OBDII interface cable?|
What will I need to tune my vehicle?
1994 - 95 LT1 Cars:
If you are working on a 1994 - 95 LT1 car you'll need one of our LT1 Tuning Kits. These kits come complete with the Tuner program, $EE ECM Definition File and the interface cables you'll need to connect you PC to the car for reading and programming the car's computer. If you car has an OBDI style ALDL connector (12 pins), you'll need the LT1-Tune-1 kit. If your car has an OBDII style ALDL connector you'll need the LT1-Tune-2 kit. If you'd like to be able to tune cars with either style ALDL connector then you should get the LT1-Tune-Y kit.
If you already have a compatible ALDL cable (we have tested and verified the cables from AKM Electronics (www.akmcables.com), TTS Power Systems (www.ttspowersystems.com) or Craig Moates (http://moates.net).) then all you'll need is the Tuner program and the $EE ECM Definition File.
EPROM Based Vehicles:
Most other OBDI GM vehicle have a computer that uses an EPROM to store the calibration information. To tune these vehicles you'll need one of our OBD1-Tune or OBDI-Pro-Tune kits. These are complete kits have everything you'll need to tune your vehicle including the necessary software and hardware. If you already have an EPROM programmer for reading and programming the EPROMs the you can purchase our Tuner program (or the RT Tuner program if you want to do real-time tuning) and the appropriate ECM Definition File separately.
If you would like to be able to tune your vehicle in 'real-time', that is while the engine is running, you'll need the RT Tuner program ($99.95) instead of the standard Tuner program, the appropriate ECM Definition File and the Romulator EPROM emulator from Xtronics or the Ostrich or AutoProm emulator from Craig Moates (http://moates.net). Real-time tuning allows you to make changes while the engine is running and immediately see the affects of the changes you are making. This can significantly shorten the tuning process. The RT Tuner program does everything the standard Tuner program does in addition to real-time tuning support so you don't need both programs. When you're finished tuning, you'll want to program an EPROM with your final calibration and disconnect the emulator so you'll still need an EPROM programmer. If you would like to purchase one of the OBDI-Tune or OBDI-Pro-Tune kits with the RT Tuner program instead of the standard Tuner program you just need to purchase the RT Tuner upgrade ($30.00) when you purchase the kit.
Please note that since the 1994-95 LT1 Flash based ECMs do not have a removable EPROM there's no way to connect an emulator to these ECMs so you can't do real-time tuning on these cars.
Can I run the Tuner program under Windows Windows 7 or Windows 8?
The Tuner and RT Tuner programs can be run under Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8. Please follow the following steps to install these programs on a PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8.
1. First you must be logged on as an administrator.
2. In order for the programs to install correctly the installation programs must be run in Compatibility mode. Download the setup program for the latest version of the Tuner program from the 'Downloads' page on our web site and save it to your Desktop.
3. Before running the setup program right click on it. Select Properties from the list and then click the Compatibility tab. On the Compatibility screen check the 'Run this program in compatibility mode for' box, select the default Windows XP SP2 (or SP3), check the 'Run as administrator' box, click on the 'Apply' button and then click on the 'OK' button.
4. Now double click on the setup program to install the Tuner program and follow the on-screen instruction to complete the installation.
5. After completing the installation you'll also need to set the Tuner program itself to run in compatibility mode. To do so, right click on the Tuner icon on your Desktop, Select 'Properties' from the pop-up menu and then click the 'Compatibility' tab. On the Compatibility screen check the 'Run this program in compatibility mode for' box, select the default Windows XP SP2 (or SP3), check the 'Run as administrator' box, click on the 'Apply' button and then click on the 'OK' button.
Unlike most other GM vehicles the calibrations used for these cars changed from calibration to calibration so that the locations of the calibration parameters in the calibration (.bin) files moved from calibration to calibration in many cases. When the calibration parameter locations change or different calibration parameters are used a new ECM Definition is required. To determine which of the Cadillac ECM Definition Files you'll need depends on the specific calibration you are working on. The calibration is identified by the Broadcast code (four letters) which is located on the ECM label and sometimes also on the Memcal. Compare your Broadcast codes with the ones listed for each of the Cadillac ECM Definition Files to find the correct one. If you have a Broadcast code that is not listed please contact us for more information.
just downloaded the latest Tuner update. How do I install it?
The Tuner update is a setup program that installs any updated files to you PC. To install the updates, just double click on the downloaded file to start the installation and then follow the on-screen instructions. By default the setup program installs the updates to the folder 'c:\program files\cats\tuner'. If you originally installed the Tuner program to a different folder you'll need to change the installation folder when you run the setup program.
After installing the update, run the Tuner program and select 'About' from the "Help' . Verify that the new version is shown on the About screen.
How do I know if my 94 LT1 car has a Rev B calibration stored in the PCM?
First check the following:
Here are some things that can cause communications problems with the vehicle:
My ECM has a long blue module (Memcal) but no EPROM. What do I do?The EPROMs used is these ECMs are located in the Memcal. (You can see the EPROM through one of the holes in the top of the Memcal.) To gain access to the EPROM, carefully remove the blue (sometimes it's tan) plastic cover. The Memcals generally also contain the 'limp-home mode' resistor network and some knock sensor signal conditioning circuitry. There are several ways to work with these Memcals.
How do I use the
C.A.T.S Tuner Program?
The Tuner is a generic tool configured by ECM Definition Files that have the required information for a specific ECM or PCM. Obviously the hard part is knowing what the binary values define and how to scale them into useful engine units.
The program runs like most 32 bit windows applications, and is in simple English. No knowledge of binary or hex is required. Checksums are automatically updated upon saving the final result.
To use the Tuner program effectively, the user will need to understand the functions of the internal combustion engine and the basic operation of a closed loop control system.
I started the Tuner program. Now what do I do?
I have the Tuner program running but most of the menus are inactive and nothing seems to work. You open a calibration file before most of the functions of the Tuner program become active. If you're running the evaluation version of the program you need to obtain a type $42 calibration file. This is a very common calibration and you can easily find an example calibration file on the internet. The calibration files are technically copyright GM so to avoid any possible copyright infringement issues, we do not include a sample calibration file with the evaluation program.
The Tuner setup program will not run?
When I try to run the Tuner setup program, the main setup screen is displayed briefly and then the screen disappears and the program ends. This problem usually occurs because the riched32.dll file is missing from your 'System' subdirectory or the files is an incorrect version. Click on the following link to download the current version of this dll file.
To install this file, unzip it and place it in your 'System' (or 'System32') subdirectory. If there is already a version of this dll file in this subdirectory, do not over-write it. Rename the existing file 'riched32.old' first.
identify the correct ECM Definition File?
Like most GM products, calibrations are defined by a part numbers, a traditional 8 digit number and by a short form description know as a "Broadcast Code"
What kind of calibration
files work with the Tuner program?
Binary files (EPROM image), sometimes known as a binary dump are the required data format. These files are the most compact and are a direct EPROM (or Flash ROM) image.
I get a file error message when opening a calibration file. What's the problem?
If you open a valid calibration file but have chosen the incorrect ECM Definition File, the following error message will be displayed:
To correct this problem, click on the 'ECM' menu and select the correct ECM Definition File before opening the calibration file.
If the calibration file is corrupt or in a format that the Tuner program does not recognize the following error message will be displayed.
The calibration file must be a binary file that is an exact binary image of the EPROM. This means that the binary file must also be the correct length for the type EPROM used in your ECM. The file extent must be '.bin'.
Do I need to understand
binary or hex numbers?
No, the C.A.T.S Tuner works with decimal numbers expressed in conventional units e.g. RPM, milliseconds, Volts. The translation to the native binary is automatic.
How Do I work with
There are two basic options when working with the older ECMs that used an EPROM to store the calibration information.
1. You can use the appropriate adapter (G2 EPROM Adapter for the earlier ECMs or the G1 Memcal Adapter and HDR1 Memcal Adapter for the later ECMs that had a Memcal). This allows you to use the SST27SF512 Flash chip in place of the original EPROM. Using the SST27SF512 Flash chip allows you to use the inexpensive Burn 2 Programmer to erase and reprogram the Flash chip. This option has several advantages.
A. You can use the Burn 2 Programmer rather than a more expensive standard EPROM programmer.
B. You don't need a UV EPROM eraser.
C. You can leave the original EPROM unchanged.
2. You can erase and reprogram the original EPROM. To do this you will need an EPROM programmer and a UV EPROM eraser. While the 'up-front' cost for this option is higher if you plan to tune a large number of vehicles this option would be less expensive because you don't need an adapter and Flash chip for each vehicle you tune.
Most GM ECM's use 2732, 27C128, 27C256 or 27C512 EPROM's. Most any part number variation is ok, the processors are relatively slow, so you don't need to buy fast chips. (See our EPROM Pin out page for further information.)
Some sources of EPROM's and Programming equipment are listed on our Links page.
How Do I work with
PCM's with Flash Memory
The FLASH memory chips are not removable. To tune this vehicles you need to connect to the ALDL connector in the vehicle. The Tuner program has built in utilities to read and program the PCM through the car's ALDL communication connector but you will need one of our USB/ALDL interface cables so that you can connect you PC to the vehicle.
We also offer similar tuning kits for the 1994 - 95 L31 and L82 V6 cars.
Why does the Tuner program ask for a password when I select an ECM?
The ECM Definition Files have provisions for password protection. This provision was included for users who are developing their own ECM Definition Files using the Definition File Editor program. While we do not use this feature with our Definition Files, these files do contain a 'default' password that the Tuner program ignores. These passwords (including the default password) are keyed to the 'last modified' date of the Definition File so if this date is changed, for instance by editing the Definition File with any program other than the C.A.T.S. ECM Definition File Editor, the default password will no longer be correct.
Also if an ECM Definition File is e-mailed without being zipped, the 'last modified' date will be changed when the file is downloaded. This is one reason we always zip the Definition Files. If you want to e-mail a Definition File that you have created, you must zip it first.
How much does the Tuner program cost?
The registration cost of the Tuner program is $69.95. This registration cost includes the $42 ECM Definition File.
All other ECM Definition Files cost $19.95 each.
How do I order C.A.T.S. software?
You can either send a check or money order (USD) to us or you can purchase on-line using PayPal or a credit card. See our How To Order page for details.
I received an updated Definition File. How do I install it?
When we send you Definition Files, they will be zipped into a single file. If appropriate, this zipped file may also contain an updated FormLib file and may include Definition File help files. To install these updates unzip all the files contained in the zipped file into your Tuner subdirectory (usually c:\program files\cats\tuner), over-writing the old versions of these files.
When I try to open a particular table, I get a run-time error 6.
This is usually cause by a outdated version of the FormLib.tff file. To download the latest version of this file, click on the following link:
After downloading this file, unzip the FormLib.tff file and place it in your Tuner subdirectory, over-writing the old version.
What is C.A.T.S. update policy?
As a registered user, you are always entitled to any updates that we make to the software and any of the ECM Definition File which you have purchased.
How do I know if I have the latest version of my ECM Definition Files?
To check which versions of the Tuner program, FormLib file and ECM Definition Files you are currently using, run the Tuner program and select 'Version Information' from the 'Help' menu. Compare your versions with the 'Version Info' page on our web site.
If you need updates to any of your files, please send us an e-mail and tell us which files you need. We will then e-mail them to you.
Is the OBDII Tuner still available for purchase from C.A.T.S.?
Several professional OBDII Tuner packages are also available from Wester's Garage (http://westersgarage.eidnet.ca/programmingsoftware.html)
I am a current user of the OBDII Tuner program. Do I now get support from JET?
No. We are still supporting our current OBDII Tuner customers. You should contact us for updates to the software and Vehicle Definition Files as well as purchasing new Vehicle Definition Files.
How can I get the latest version of the OBDII Tuner program?
We've posted the latest updates to the OBDII Tuner and WinFlash OBDII programs on our web site at:
I'm having problems communicating with the vehicle. What can I do?
1. First make sure you are running the current version of the WinFlash OBDII program. To check which version of the WinFlash OBDII program you are using, run the WinFlash program and click on the Help menu. Select 'About' from the drop-down list to display the program version. To check on the latest version available click on the following link:
Is there any data logging software that is compatible with the C.A.T.S. OBDII interface cable?
Yes, the ECM-Pro Scan Tool program from Wester's Garage (http://westers_garage.eidnet.org) is fully compatible with the C.A.T.S. OBDII interface cable.