Ford vcm updating
In past few years 80% of them are "bad" clones, and unfortunately this ratio grows.
"Bad" clones are not fully compatible with original ELM327 and will not work with FORScan.
It is 99% of models after 2000 and around 92% of models after 1996 (the year when OBD2 became a standart in USA).
Supported adapters : ELS27 (STN1170/2170) Important note: almost all of adapters sold under "ELM327" label are "clones" (use not original ELM327 chip).
it will be used on 2009 and newer trucks and suv,s. as in , when the IDS software was first downloaded,and registered, the next step was to configure the VCM2 with IDS, and it will not do so. The arrow icon in the top right corner should be there even if a VCM2 has never been used.
Sometimes it takes up 3 minutes for the IDS to recognize the VCM2 and load it.
In other words, FORScan can do things that regular OBD2 scanners can not do.
We recommend to obtain either original white-label adapters listed above (Scantool OBDLink, ELS27), or look for ELM327 marked as "Ford Mazda FORScan" etc compatible - these are usually "good" clones equipped with HS/MS CAN switch.So supports specific features of the manufacturer protocols, making the FORScan more powerful in work with these models than any regular OBD2 scanner.For example, FORScan can detect modules which are not visible for regular OBD2 scanners, can show you trouble codes which are never displayed by OBD2 scanners, can show you PIDs which are not supported by any OBD2 scanner, run specific tests and service procedures.FORScan uses service level protocols and requires adapters that are fully compatible with original ELM327.Other software that uses standard OBDII protocol usually work with these adapters, so people usually don't understand the problem.
If this does not work then try hooking the VCM2 to a vehicle while plugged into the IDS and cycle the key on and give it a few minutes. If it gets to this point then there had to have been a glitch when the IDS software was loading. finally removed software, did IDS cleanup, reloaded software and version82.02b. when the VCM 2 is plugged into the computer, should only the power light be on ? The problem is the connection icon not appearing in the upper right corner (see screenshot below).