Digimoto FAQ

 

a)   Sensor Grid

b)  Gauges

c)   Real Time Sensor Charts

d)  Diagnostic Trouble Codes

e)   Vehicle Test Monitoring

f)   Oxygen Sensor Diagnostics

g)   Freeze Frame Data

h)  Data Logging

i)    Serial or Terminal Interface

j)   Quarter Mile Stats

k)   Dyno Statistics

l)    Vehicle Snapshots

m) Digimoto Online

2)  How does it work?

3)  How can I reset my check engine light?

4)  Will it work on my car?

5)  How difficult is it to use?

6)  What are the requirements?

7)  Why OBDII and not direct ECU access?

8)  What does it cost?

9)  Do you have a demo version available?

10)    What is included?

11)    Can I customize my look? 

12)    Do you have something that does not require a computer? 

 
Digimoto is a software product that you use in conjunction with an OBDII scan tool and a computer to read and clear error codes, run diagnostics, and measure a vehicle’s performance and the state of its systems at any given moment in time. Whether you are a DIY or professional mechanic or strictly into performance tuning, Digimoto is the tool for you.
Our hardware is compatible with the ISO15765-4 (CAN), ISO14230-4 (KWP2000), ISO9141-2, J1850 VPW and the J1850 PWM protocols. All OBDII and  EOBD compliant vehicles will work with our solution. Are you sure your vehicle is OBDII compliant? Read our "Will it work on my car" FAQ.
Digimoto consists of 13 distinct modules: Sensor Grid, Gauges, Charts, Trouble Codes, Testing, O2 Sensors, Freeze Frame Data, Data Log, Terminal, Quarter Mile, and Dyno vehicle Snapshot, and Digimoto Online integration. Together they provide you with a wide array of OBDII information.
 
 
The sensor grid is on the main tab. It displays items that you wish to view as line data. You may choose to view only those items that your vehicle supports, or may look at the entire list of SAE define sensors. In every vehicle that is OBD II compatible (Generally 1996 and newer) There will be variances in what is and is not supported. One of the new features we have added in Digimoto 5.0 is to allow our users to query the sensors they would like, regardless of whether the vehicle thinks the sensors are or are not supported. Digimoto now supports over 90 scannable PID requests (this does not include access to the non chartable/gaugable PIDs which we also provide). This is a huge jump from the 22 previously supported PIDs. We now give our customers full access to their vehicles information. You can simply add and remove items from the sensor grid while you are monitoring your cars statistics.
 
 
Digimoto 5.0 includes the ability to preview data in gauge format. Our gauges provide a sharp look, giving you an easy to glance at read out of current sensor information. We have set up a default look to these gauges, but allow our customers the ability to apply their own preferences as well. On the gauges you can modify the color/titles, enable/disable the glass affects, add or modify the gradients etc. These gauges can also be resized and moved anywhere on the screen to your liking, allowing you to set up your own customized Dash Board. The gauges like everything else may be displayed in both English and Metric values as would a regular gauge. The gauges cover RPM, Fuel Pressure, Speed, MAF Air Flow Rate, Air Temperature, Intake Manifold Pressure and Coolant Temperature and more. Digimoto 5.0 offers over 35 various pre-built gauges for you to use.
 
  
Your car supports various real time sensors which we can plot real time for you while your car is running. The real time sensors adapt to the minimum and maximum values that are provided by your car. Each vehicle is different and we have built our charts to adapt accordingly. Next to each chart is the current value associated with the given sensor. Digimoto 5.0 includes the ability to chart any number of sensors at one time. You have the ability to pause and or reset these monitors at any time. You can toggle between various monitors whether your car is in motion or idle. A few samples of these charts include your engines RPM, your vehicles MPH, your car's intake temperature, the engines calculated load value, your coolant temperature and your vehicles O2 sensor readings. Each car supports unique sensors which Digimoto has identified on the main tab. Running the real time sensor charting module is as simple as selecting the sensors you wish to monitor and checking a box to enable the chart. We have exposed forms to allow you to modify preferences on both the gauges and the charts to change their colors, titles, various appearance properties etc. With charts you have the option to change the series color, the back color, change number of ticks, modify x/y axis properties such as grid lines, modify the legend properties, display labels for each data point, modify the title and its properties etc.
 
 
The ability to read Diagnostic Trouble Codes, or DTC codes as they are known, can be a pwoerful and useful tool if you are having difficulties with your car. The ability to read Diagnostic Trouble Codes, or DTC codes as they are known, can be a powerful and useful tool if you are having difficulties with your car. If your vehicle has generated any error codes and your check engine light has come on, the Trouble Codes Tab will allow you to load those error codes, displaying what, if anything is wrong with your system. There are instances when vehicles will turn the check engine light on and leave the light on even when the issue has been resolved. To take your car into a garage and have the check engine light simply turned off, even if the problem no longer exists, can cost anywhere from $150 to $200.  After you retrieve and display your error codes, you can then choose to reset your vehicles memory and turn your check engine light off. This feature alone can save you a lot of money and many head-aches associated with car repairs. The database that comes with the Digimoto application contains all generic powertrain, body, chassis and network error codes along with their descriptions to help you identify and resolve any issues with your car. You will also be able to retrieve manufacturer specific codes whose meanings can be looked up on an internet search.
 
Digimoto allows you to view your vehicle's test result feedback (supported/completed) on continuous and non continuous test monitors. Continuous test monitors are tests that begin once your engine reaches the proper conditions and continue until the engine is shut off. Non continuous test monitors that begin once your engine reaches the proper conditions and then stop once the test is complete. You can view information on your vehicle's "Misfire Monitoring", "Fuel System Monitoring", "Comprehensive Component Monitoring", "Oxygen Sensor Monitoring", "EGR System Monitoring" and more.
 
 
Digimoto now includes the additional functionality of mode 5 support. This allows you to gather Oxygen sensor specific information from your vehicle. For every bank/sensor combo supported by your vehicle, Digimoto will display such information as rich to lean sensor threshold voltage, lean to rich sensor threshold voltage, low sensor voltage for switch time calculation, high sensor voltage for switch time calculation, rich to lean sensor switch time, lean to rich sensor switch time and more.
 
 
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Digimoto includes the ability to allow you to view individual freeze frame records providing you with the tools to further diagnose the reason your vehicle threw the error codes to begin with. The freeze frame interface records various sensor readings helping you to understand what triggered the vehicle into throwing the error code.
 
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Our Digimoto software users can now log any data that is retrieved from their vehicle. This allows end users the ability to use the data in formats of their choice, viewing reports however they like. Data can be logged in both English and Metric format and contains detailed information regarding the query that was made, the values returned, and the time the query was made.
 
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The Serial Interface tab gives users the ability to submit and retrieve raw commands to your vehicle. Digimoto simply automates and translates this data for you, however if you wish to extend the features of Digimoto and utilize it to send enhanced data commands the Serial Interface gives you that gateway into your vehicles computer.
 
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Digimoto was originally designed to use the quarter mile stats to display information such as estimated horsepower and torque values, but became something used uniquely by street racing enthusiasts. The application will allow you to monitor and gauge your best times while racing or before and after modifications to your vehicle. One of the unique features of the Dyno component and the quarter mile interface is they both begin monitoring your vehicles statistics when it detects movement. This will allow you to get settled in your vehicle and focus on what you should be focusing on while driving your vehicle. This hands-free approach provides a very unique benefit over other existing systems.
 
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 The Digimoto dynamometer that is included with the software is built upon basic physics. Certain information about your car is required before you can get a successful reading from the dynamometer. Vehicle weight, tire size and even estimated wind resistance are all variables that need to be taken into consideration for Digimoto to give you an estimated value of your rear wheel horsepower. The dynamometer charts both your horsepower and torque over your vehicles rpm while recording the cars statistics. As every car is different the dynamometer also adapts to your vehicles max horsepower, torque and rpm allowing you to calculate these values on even the most powerful vehicles. (Screen shot results show an Ozen Elektroniks ECU simulator results and are not symbolic of typical results)
 
 
Digimoto allows you to immediately retrieve and store extended vehicle information allowing you to easily track VIN/Year/Make/Model/OBDII protocol information, a vehicle snapshot of DTC codes, Testing status and notes associated with the vehicle you are diagnosing. When uploading information to our online system this will help you identify which vehicle was used to display which data. It will also help us debug the application when you run into problems.
 
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In Digimoto customers have the ability to upload Data Logs, Application Logs, Gauges, Charts and Snapshot files to our server through the Digimoto web service. If you run into an error, and you have an internet connection you can simply write a note through the Digimoto Online interface and send us your application log. Please note that you must include a note if you are requesting support as many people will upload files just to test it out. If you have included a note, we will review the upload and respond to you accordingly. After upload, the Data Logs and Snapshot files will be tied into our website where you will have the ability to view your vehicle errors, freeze frame data and logged streaming sensor data through our website. This will allow you to post links to your uploaded data online so other people can help you resolve your issues or view your recorded data. We have also integrated a commenting feature with our online system so people can help you identify problems and/or make suggestions. The Gauges and Charts interface allows you as a user to upload gauges and charts that you have custom built. In the future we will expand user capabilities to allow you a broader set of tools for creating charts/gauges. This will allow you to upload and share your designs with other users. We have download capabilities through the Digimoto Online interface which will be released at a later time.
 
 
The Digimoto system requires four simple steps to get the Digimoto OBD2 software up and running on your car.  
  1. You will  be required to install and activate the Digimoto software
  2. You will then need to connect the interfaceto the laptop or computer that the Digimoto software will run on and install any drivers.
  3.  You will need to turn your vehicle on (not necessarily running, but the ignition must be turned onto the on position.
  4.  Lastly you will need to plug the OBD II hardware interface into your vehicles OBD II port (The OBD II port is usually located underneath your steering column and looks something like the image on the lower right). Once connected, you can connect through your Digimoto software and begin to retrieve the OBDII data from your vehicle’s ECU.
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Digimoto includes a very simple interface to allow you to reset your check engine light. Once your software and device are connected to your vehicle you will be able to read your vehicle's error codes and send a command to reset the check engine light. Keep in mind that if the problem persists the check engine light may return (or simply not turn off), but in many cases the check engine light may have been triggered by an event or problem that no longer exists in your vehicle (a loose gas cap for example). If you are comfortable with fixing the vehicle yourself, our database contains over 10,000 definitions of error codes within it. If available we will display the reason the error code was thrown along with the error code itself. If no definition exists, you will still be given the error code to look up online or in a diagnostic manual.
 
 
All cars and light trucks that were built and sold in the USA after January 1st 1996 have been required to be OBDII compliant. A few foreign vehicles and diesel engine vehicles that were not sold within the USA do not comply with these standards (See EOBD below). You can verify whether or not your vehicle is OBDII compliant by viewing a sticker similar to this. It is most often found underneath the hood of your car. The DigiScan interface we use works with all protocols of vehicles (ISO15765-4 (CAN), ISO14230-4 (KWP2000), ISO9141-2, J1850 VPW, J1850 PWM) it is not necessary to determine the protocol of your vehicle as the software does this for you. If your vehicle has an OBDII sticker, it will be compliant with our system. The CAN (Controller Area Network) protocol is the next generation protocol for OBDII. All vehicles manufactured and sold in the USA after January 1st 2008 must be CAN compliant, many manufacturers implemented it early. Our solution is fully CAN compliant, meaning you will be able to use this tool on vehicles, as is, for many years to come.
EOBD is the European standard equivalent of OBDII. The EOBD standard required that all petrol based vehicles under 2500Kg that were manufactured and sold in the European Union after 1 January 2000 for new types and from 1 January 2001 for all types are EOBD compliant. It also required all diesel based vehicles except vehicles designed to carry more than six occupants including the driver, and vehicles whose maximum mass exceeds 2500 kg manufactured and sold after 1 January 2003 for new types and 1 January 2004 for all types, must be fitted with an on-board diagnostic (OBD) system for emission control. Our solution will work with EOBD compliant vehicles.
 
Note that here "European Union" means countries which were members of the EU in 2000.And although EOBD complaint vehicles may be found throughout Europe, Asia, India and Africa, it was not a requirement.
 
 
The Digimoto software has been designed around simplicity. The charts we generate are simple to understand and the application is simple to navigate. The software is designed to automatically adjust to the vehicle it is interfaced with, providing you with an application that gives you exactly what you need ~ no more, no less.
 
 
The Digimoto system requires that your car is OBD II compliant. We also require that the Operating System that you are using on your laptop or computer to interface with your vehicle be Windows based (Win98/98SE/ME/2000/XP/VISTA). We recommend a bare minimum of 256 mb of RAM for XP, and 512 for VISTA. It is also recommended that you have a VISTA system rating in the Windows Experience Index of at least 3 or the program may run slowly as it is fairly graphics intense.
 
 
The OBD II offers a buffer that will keep you or us from damaging your vehicle. The OBD II is used strictly to retrieve and diagnose your vehicles information and is not designed to tamper with or change anything outside of its domain. The only thing that the OBD II can modify on your vehicle is the check engine light and the error codes and freeze frame data associated with that function.
 
 
Please check our shop for promotions, but our standard pricing is as follows. A DigiScan Serial based package costs $119.95 or you can purchase the DigiScan 3200 Serial interface (based on the mOByDic 2800 chip) standalone for $104.95. The DigiScan 3200 USB based package costs $129.95 and the unit standalone costs $99.95. The DigiScan 3200 Bluetooth package costs $254.95 and the unit standalone costs $234.95. The Digimoto software standalone costs $54.95.
 
 
Along with our new release of Digimoto 5, a demo is now availble. It can be downloaded from the link on this page:http://www.digimoto.com/support/digimoto
 
 
If you purchase one of our packages you will receive the interface and cables required to interface your car with the laptop or computer that you are using. Each of our customers receives a unique product license that is used to unlock the software the first time the application is run.
 
 

Many items in the Digimoto software can be customized to suit your own preferences. From the Windows theme, to the style, settings, and colors of the gauges and charts, you can make Digimoto your own.

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We also offer the Creader in our product line. It is simply put, a code reader. This unit is used independent of any PC or laptop. Simply plug the unit into your vehicle and you will be able to retrieve error codes and reset your check engine light. The product is the cheapest solution we currently offer, but is a solid tool for those who are only interested in error codes and resetting the engine light.

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