How to Use DashCommand Windows to Monitor Your Car's Performance
If you are looking for a way to monitor your car's performance and diagnose any problems using your Windows PC, you might want to check out DashCommand Windows. DashCommand Windows is a software application that connects to your car's OBD-II port and displays various data on your screen. You can create and customize virtual dashboards with different styles and gauges, log and playback data, read and clear trouble codes, and more. In this article, we will show you how to use DashCommand Windows to monitor your car's performance.
What You Need
To use DashCommand Windows, you will need the following:
A Windows PC with a touch screen or a mouse. DashCommand Windows supports Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2K, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, and 11.
A compatible OBD-II interface that connects to your PC via USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi. DashCommand Windows supports ELM compatible, Innovate Motorsports OT-2, and J2534 compliant OBD-II interfaces.
A license for DashCommand Windows. You can buy it from the official website for $84.95.
A car that supports OBD-II or EOBD protocols. Most cars made after 1996 in the US and after 2001 in Europe support OBD-II.
How to Install and Activate DashCommand Windows
Once you have downloaded the DashCommand Windows installer from the official website, follow these steps to install and activate it:
Run the installer and follow the instructions on the screen.
Launch DashCommand Windows from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut.
Enter your license key when prompted. You can find your license key in your email confirmation or in your account on the official website.
Click on Activate Online to activate your license. You will need an internet connection for this step.
Wait for the activation process to complete. You should see a message saying \"Activation Successful\".
How to Connect DashCommand Windows to Your Car
Before you can use DashCommand Windows to monitor your car's performance, you need to connect it to your car's OBD-II port. Follow these steps to do so:
Locate your car's OBD-II port. It is usually located under the dashboard on the driver's side. You can also use an online tool like OBD Locator to find it.
Plug your OBD-II interface into the port. Make sure it is securely connected.
Turn on your car's ignition but do not start the engine.
Launch DashCommand Windows on your PC.
Select Settings from the main menu.
Select Connection Settings from the left panel.
Select your OBD-II interface type from the drop-down menu. For example, if you are using an ELM compatible interface via USB, select ELM USB.
Select Auto Detect from the Port drop-down menu. DashCommand Windows will try to find and connect to your OBD-II interface automatically.
If Auto Detect fails, you can try selecting a specific port number from the Port drop-down menu. You can find out which port number your OBD-II interface is using by checking the Device Manager on your PC.
Click on Test Connection to verify that DashCommand Windows can communicate with your OBD-II interface and your car.
If the test is successful, you should see a message saying \"Connection Successful\". You can also see some basic information about your car such as VIN, protocol, supported sensors, etc.
If the test fails, you should see an error message indicating the possible cause of the problem. You can try changing some settings or troubleshooting your connection using the Troubleshooting Guide.
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