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Old 01-22-2011, 09:40 AM   #101
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Will this cable work for 2005 STi and windows vista? Any other hardware needed?
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:40 PM   #102
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just got a cable for my 03. it doesn't work with ecu flash. i paid noting for it but its just frustrating
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Old 02-05-2011, 02:07 PM   #103
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Any 02-03 guys willing to sell your cable? Pm me
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:01 PM   #104
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Any 02-03 guys willing to sell your cable? Pm me
Seconded! I have an 06, and I am wanting to log and tune. please...if you have a cable you want to get rid of, LMK!
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:23 PM   #105
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Haven't tried to tune with it yet, because I still need to order my flash block connector, but it works perfectly with RomRaider and learning view for logging. 2004 WRX
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:28 AM   #106
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Haven't tried to tune with it yet, because I still need to order my flash block connector, but it works perfectly with RomRaider and learning view for logging. 2004 WRX
Keep us posted.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:26 PM   #107
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i posted this in the vag-com thread i figured i would post it here too

I am using a 9 dollar and some change shipped to me from china cable off ebay and was able do learning view, and flash using an older version of ECUFLASH. this thing looks the same as the cable that busted finger is selling. I am sure i will be told its completely customized and not a 10 dollar cable
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:23 PM   #108
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FYI, after examining the BFM cables, seeing no way they would work as a 1.3 (at least with early WRX years), went ahead and bought the parts to make my own from the 1.3 schematic. Major difference is the OBD L line is talking to the DTR/DSR serial lines separately, where the BFM like a Vag attempts to do both K and L comms through the TX/RX lines. Suspect there is something sent over the L line that cannot work with the cheap cables since DTR/DSR are not connected to anything.

Even though the schematics are free, you can't make a duplicate of the 1.3 and sell them. Patented. So there seem to be two choices for early WRX guys: buy the real thing or make your own.

While waiting for the parts, saw member skibbz had a Tacktrix 1.3 for sale. Snapped it just to be thorough, got it today. Had to revamp the drivers to make sure it was using the Tacktrix stuff and not the FTDI from earlier attempts with the Vag-com thing. Now it shows up as a Tactix 1.3 Subaru in the lower right hand of the Ecuflash window. Still have Ecuflash 1.29a loaded, though this should work with a clean install of 1.42.

Went out the the garage just now, connected the test wires, started Ecuflash and stepped through until the "turn key on and hit ok". No special clever timing, just key on and OK. Connected instantly and dumped the ROM. Total time from ripping open the package to ROM saved was maybe 2 hours, most of which was driver purging and making sure all was in order, on a desktop and the laptop.

All this thrashing around so many have with the BFM/Vag-com stuff (including me), and the correct circuit works painlessly. I knew this would work, just gratifying to see it through after hours of poring over circuits and old posts.

Will be interesting to see if my home built, with FTDI EEPROM loaded with the 1.3 info (minor changes, TXD and DTR inverted) works. Know I need 1.29a to avoid the ID check, big deal. No reason it will not work, just maybe not be pretty like the real thing.

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Old 07-25-2011, 09:25 PM   #109
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cable does NOT work with ECUFlash and 2004 STi ECU....only learning view and romraider logger work fine.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:33 PM   #110
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Cable works with my 2005 wrx. I was getting a low voltage error, and got it working by running 12v power to the top left connector of the flash block.

If you guys are getting the low voltage error, let me know. I can make a video to show you my setup.
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:55 AM   #111
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cable does NOT work with ECUFlash and 2004 STi ECU....only learning view and romraider logger work fine.
The real question would be what operating system your running. If its windows 7 it will attempt to automatically overwrite the BFM drivers, you have to make sure all UAC controls are off, you are administrator, and go in through device manager.
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Old 07-26-2011, 04:01 PM   #112
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i used the device manager to install the packaged drivers, restarted and i still have the same problem.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:54 PM   #113
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any updates
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:05 PM   #114
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Mine worked on my 06 Sti
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:26 AM   #115
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after 13 hours of installing/reinstalling drivers and multiple hard drive wipes, i got it to work with 1.29 and an 04 STi ecu
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:02 PM   #116
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so it will flash? and what did you have to do to get it to work with windows 7
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:05 PM   #117
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x2 on the windows 7. just ordered a bfm cable and just bought a new laptop loaded with windows 7
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:21 AM   #118
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well I guess if I dont get an answer in a couple of days then I will let everyone know how it works with windows 7 (64 bit) because it just shipped so hopefully it will be here by the end of the week
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:47 PM   #119
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well I guess if I dont get an answer in a couple of days then I will let everyone know how it works with windows 7 (64 bit) because it just shipped so hopefully it will be here by the end of the week
If this is simply a VAG-COM cable, rebranded, they work fine with Win7 64 bit. I'm using a $20 eBay one currently.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:11 PM   #120
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Windows 7 64 bit works.
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:04 PM   #121
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I'm running 7 and x64 too... I had to use ecuflash v.1.29 and everything works great
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:07 PM   #122
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I am also using the most recent version of ECUFLASH.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:39 PM   #123
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Okay thanks I will also update if I can get it to work with my 2005 Forester XT on windows 7 64 bit
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Old 08-10-2011, 07:00 PM   #124
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Works on my 04 sti.
I had to downgrade ecuflash software to 1.29 and worked perfect.
Windows 7, 32bit
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:27 PM   #125
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Win 7 64bit
Used the BFM cable to read and flash roms with ECuFlash. Romraider works fine.
When I first started trying I was getting the low voltage error. Figured out a way to make it work..pm if u need help
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