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Old 01-20-2006, 03:00 AM   #1
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Default Want to use AximX50 (Pocket PC) for data logging

Hey guys, I've looked in numerous threads in these forums, as well as Pocket PC forums for the answer to this question.

What cables do I need to in order to have my Dell Axim read data for logging and real time display? Has anyone done this on an Axim or other brand of PPC?

I've found a few options:

Vital Engineering
Digimoto

that use bluetooth (my Axim has bluetooth), but the cost is too high right now. I need to find a wired/cheaper solution for the time being. So far I've figured out I need the RS-232 cable (to connect from the OBDII with a female serial end) and the serial cable (a male serial cable to connect from the RS232 to the Axim). I am not sure of wether or not I need a null modem adapter (not really clear on what this does).

Anyone out there use an Axim/Pocket PC for ODBII purposes or have any information on this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-20-2006, 02:38 PM   #2
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Bump. Also, I've found a few free and some really inexpensive ($10-$30) options for software, but I am still lost on which cables to buy. If anyone knows anything about the cables please help me out.
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Does the Pocket PC take a USB cable in?
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Old 01-20-2006, 04:25 PM   #4
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No (at least mine doesn't) it takes a cable called an RS232. One end goes into the Pocket PC, and the other end connects to the serial end of an OBDII cable... thats how I understand it but I'm looking from further input from someone who's done this before I go out and buy the cables.

Any info on the role of a nullmodem adapter in the setup?
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Old 01-20-2006, 05:06 PM   #5
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ComputerCableStore.com is my site, I think your talking to the right guy (When it comes to cables).

RS 232 is standard serial cable. Null modem adapter crosses TX(Transmit) and RX (Receive) signals so that two devices can communicate with out a switch (Essentially same thing as a Crossover cable).

I took a look at the device in question and it seemed to me that the device does not have a USB port, althought it's docking station connects to the PC via a USB cable for syncs. There must be a way to get that thing to connect to a USB cable.

If you can get it to connect to a USB cable, it's possible to use the tactrix cable. Since it already has support for RS232 (Serial) you are probally better using a AP cable. Both the AP cable or the Tactrix cable will work with EcuExplorer Data Logger (and Code Reader) http://www.tari.co.za/.

Hope this helps out. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
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Jeramie, thanks for your info.

Can you take a look at this cable that connects to my Axim with a serial connector on the other end.

Axim Adapter

With this cable and an OBDII cable with a serial connnection on one end, would I be able to use my Axim to datalog? Or do I still need more hardware?
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From what I can tell, it looks like with that cable you would be set. Nice thing about serial cables is they don't require drivers like the USB would (Another problem if you tried to go with USB).

Besides a high price, looks like you have the solution all figured out.
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Here is my thread on the topic I did last year. I use an HP PDA, but pretty much the same deal.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=715381

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Here is my thread on the topic I did last year. I use an HP PDA, but pretty much the same deal.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=715381

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Awesome, thanks!!! Are you still using the same software you mentioned in your post, or a different one?
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I am still using VXHPC, when I decide I want to run it for a month, but it has just become a hassle having to hard reset my PDA every month to clear out the registry. Unless someone know's a better way. I am not paying 40+ dollars for a hyperterminal emulator. Just download it off their website. Type VXHPC in a google search. It will be there.

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DonkeyPumch, thanks. I actually have the vxHpc zip file on my desktop ready for when I get the cables. I'll give it a go and see how it is. I don't have any mods, nor do I plan on doing any power mods in the future.... unless I run into a large sum of money. So, I feeel the same as you in not wanting to pay for something I just want to use once in a while, or on a long trip.

Thanks again for your help and your pics from your other post.
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