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I see a lot of posts people want to buy the Fisker scan tool .Let me try and clear up some issues or questions about the tool .
1 The inter face that connects to the OBD 11 is called the WDI tool it's made by Omnitech . The dealer cost is $4000.00 the tool has an adapter that it uses to communicate with the drive motors and inverters this make the tool a four channel tool .

2 The laptop isn't anything special we use the Panasonic tough book with built in BlueTooth Fisker doesn't use a proprietary BlueTooth unlike other car companies

3 The biggest problem the software that runs on the laptop wasn't sent to us on a disc it came off a main frame and was loaded onto the laptop and updates were also done the same way . Since the website that gives me access to that software has been shutdown I no longer can get updates .

4 I have on my lap top two of them the latest software if something should happen to the hard drive or any other problem I will not be able to replace the software .

Fisker being a green company didn't use paper for shop manuals all was stored on the main frame the same thing for the software no discs .

As long as my laptop continues to work I can check cars for faults you can buy a generic scan tool I have one that costs $20.00 it will plug into the OBD port and actually communicate with the car . It will give you limited faults and it clear a check engine light provided it can communicate with the proper module.

So now you have to,ask your self after you spent the 4K on the WDI how are you,going to get the software if anyone finds a way please let me know also. Oh also by the way the software that we use for the CIU that's the radio and the Nav unit eats downloaded to the desk top of the PC then I transfer that software to a thumb drive .Then it goes into the USB port center console and then the Lap top starts the software download to the Carmel.That software also needs a separate download from the site since its over two gigs of information.
 

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Can you not backup the laptop and also put the software on a usb that others could use in case something happens?

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Im going to have to get my IT guy involved with this hoping we dont lose the program all together . May have to give him the spare lap top to work with
 

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Your software license may allow you to make "archival copies" of the software for disaster recovery. Easiest way to do that is to make a full image of your drive on spare drives and lock them up somewhere safe. If the primary drive fails, you can just pop in the spare drive and keep going.
 

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Your software license may allow you to make "archival copies" of the software for disaster recovery. Easiest way to do that is to make a full image of your drive on spare drives and lock them up somewhere safe. If the primary drive fails, you can just pop in the spare drive and keep going.
The software had no license as long as I signed into Fiskers site I was able to download the software onto as many computers I needed . I have two laptops that have the software on them . I also have two WDI tools but thanks for the info will do for sure .
 

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I have one that costs $20.00 it will plug into the OBD port and actually communicate with the car "

would it be able to read codes from hybrid ecu with this tool? we have a car that has problem with HV battery and have no tools to read codes from it
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I have one that costs $20.00 it will plug into the OBD port and actually communicate with the car "

would it be able to read codes from hybrid ecu with this tool? we have a car that has problem with HV battery and have no tools to read codes from it
Thank you
Only Fisker Karma WDI (Prodis) can perform a full diagnosis. A basic code reader may be fine for reading some “generic” diagnostic trouble codes but it will not read “OEM” or “enhanced” codes that are Fisker specific.
 

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Yikes. Does the laptop need to be connected via the 4 channel interface to flash the CIU from the flash drive? This doesn't sound good - if we assume that either the hardware or the OS eventually no longer allow for servicing (barring maintaining some older version of windows with no internet connection due to security), does the car essentially become functionally obsolete? Knowing that the CIU tends to need attention over time, it would be a bummer to lose the ability to flash it. I'm sure I'm thinking about this too simplisticly, but this seems like it could be an issue for the entire Fisker Karma community in the intermediate to long term.


I see a lot of posts people want to buy the Fisker scan tool .Let me try and clear up some issues or questions about the tool .
1 The inter face that connects to the OBD 11 is called the WDI tool it's made by Omnitech . The dealer cost is $4000.00 the tool has an adapter that it uses to communicate with the drive motors and inverters this make the tool a four channel tool .

2 The laptop isn't anything special we use the Panasonic tough book with built in BlueTooth Fisker doesn't use a proprietary BlueTooth unlike other car companies

3 The biggest problem the software that runs on the laptop wasn't sent to us on a disc it came off a main frame and was loaded onto the laptop and updates were also done the same way . Since the website that gives me access to that software has been shutdown I no longer can get updates .

4 I have on my lap top two of them the latest software if something should happen to the hard drive or any other problem I will not be able to replace the software .

Fisker being a green company didn't use paper for shop manuals all was stored on the main frame the same thing for the software no discs .

As long as my laptop continues to work I can check cars for faults you can buy a generic scan tool I have one that costs $20.00 it will plug into the OBD port and actually communicate with the car . It will give you limited faults and it clear a check engine light provided it can communicate with the proper module.

So now you have to,ask your self after you spent the 4K on the WDI how are you,going to get the software if anyone finds a way please let me know also. Oh also by the way the software that we use for the CIU that's the radio and the Nav unit eats downloaded to the desk top of the PC then I transfer that software to a thumb drive .Then it goes into the USB port center console and then the Lap top starts the software download to the Carmel.That software also needs a separate download from the site since its over two gigs of information.
 

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Yikes. Does the laptop need to be connected via the 4 channel interface to flash the CIU from the flash drive? This doesn't sound good - if we assume that either the hardware or the OS eventually no longer allow for servicing (barring maintaining some older version of windows with no internet connection due to security), does the car essentially become functionally obsolete? Knowing that the CIU tends to need attention over time, it would be a bummer to lose the ability to flash it. I'm sure I'm thinking about this too simplisticly, but this seems like it could be an issue for the entire Fisker Karma community in the intermediate to long term.
I have a stand alone tool just to flash the CIU it contains the program on board the tool. I don't think the Revero dealers are able to flash files for the Fisker this is what I was told but never confirmed it. I have a laptop with a clone of the hardrive. It doesn't matter if you have a internet connection for the program to work.
 
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