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Old 04-11-2013, 01:14 PM   #1
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Default Tactrix on the way just a couple questions first

I read the stickies on the tactrix cable and i noticed its really dated. At one point it says that the maps dont flash well in anything other than xp and vista. All the laptops i have run windows seven and the new version for ecu flash has a win 7,8 download. Will i be okay to flash maps in win seven 64 bit right now or should i get a copy of vista or xp and install that solely for the purpose of flashing my ecu. I DONT WANT TO BRICK MY ECU. Ive been flashing roms to my android devices so i have a bit of experiance in the art but have never flashed a map to an ecu before.

Im having a rough time finding good instructions on exactly what i have to do to flash the maps as well. If someone could give me an updated step by step process on the flashing procedure it would be incredible, or perhaps a link to an accurate description. As of right now i'm trying to do all the research i can to make sure i dont brick my ecu any tips / useful anecdotes ect are GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:53 PM   #2
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Everything works good in Windows 7. If you look at the sticky for the OS tuning tools, it has everything you need to get started. Bricking your ecu really only happens if you are super unlucky(memory failure) or things come unplugged in the middle of flashing.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:11 PM   #3
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I have used the tactrix and ecuflash just fine in winxp 32-bit, win 7 32 and 64 bit, and win 8 64-bit. Make sure to use the latest version of ecuflash and read up on the stickies on nasioc. It's a bit scary the first time but once you do it, it's really very simple.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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Been using it with win7 64bit for years with no issue. I just wish there was an ecuflash and learning view for linux, then I could do everything from my netbook.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:35 PM   #5
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You'd be hard pressed to find a better set of instructions than this set of videos:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL13C9F1BF5C03E946

One important thing to understand is that if you run in to a problem where you're interrupted mid-flash (USB unplugs, laptop goes to sleep, etc.) you can always restart the process again as long as you don't turn the car off. If you have a problem with the flash and you turn the key off, you've just bricked your ECU. If your laptop powers down because of low battery, as long as you leave the key on (with a battery charger if it's a long time period) you could come back the next day and resume the process.

There are some issues with Vista that have to do with the unusual way that Windows setup the security certificates but that will be fixed in a release coming out soon.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:21 AM   #6
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:33 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by mikeyPSF View Post
You'd be hard pressed to find a better set of instructions than this set of videos:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL13C9F1BF5C03E946

One important thing to understand is that if you run in to a problem where you're interrupted mid-flash (USB unplugs, laptop goes to sleep, etc.) you can always restart the process again as long as you don't turn the car off. If you have a problem with the flash and you turn the key off, you've just bricked your ECU. If your laptop powers down because of low battery, as long as you leave the key on (with a battery charger if it's a long time period) you could come back the next day and resume the process.

There are some issues with Vista that have to do with the unusual way that Windows setup the security certificates but that will be fixed in a release coming out soon.
If this was reddit you would get an upvote for good information. I forgot to add this to post up top. This is crucial for those that do end up making a mistake.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:20 PM   #8
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Vista user here- I had no problems with the tactrix 2.0, ecuflash, and romraider.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:18 PM   #9
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You'd be hard pressed to find a better set of instructions than this set of videos:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL13C9F1BF5C03E946

One important thing to understand is that if you run in to a problem where you're interrupted mid-flash (USB unplugs, laptop goes to sleep, etc.) you can always restart the process again as long as you don't turn the car off. If you have a problem with the flash and you turn the key off, you've just bricked your ECU. If your laptop powers down because of low battery, as long as you leave the key on (with a battery charger if it's a long time period) you could come back the next day and resume the process.

There are some issues with Vista that have to do with the unusual way that Windows setup the security certificates but that will be fixed in a release coming out soon.
Awesome!, very great information i really appreciate it. That deserves to be on a sticky somewhere
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