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Need help with com port on IBM Thinkpad X21


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#1 osha10

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 03:27 PM

I bought a FICHT Diagnostic program for my 1998 175 Evinrude (outboard boat motor). It is equipped with an onboard computer that can run a diagnostic program loaded on a laptop. I can get the program to load on my old IBM Thinkpad X21 (via Floppy disk) but it will not communicate with the ECM on the outboard motor. It keeps giving me a COM Port error. I have the expander dock which has the 9 pin Com port built in. When I try to boot to the Com port so it will communicate with boat ECM it gives Com port error.

The system requirements for the software is a DOS system that has a FAT32 Partition.

How do I check to see if my system has the FAT 32 Partition?

Where can I get it if it does not?

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 03:41 PM

Hello Osha10 and welcome to the foum!

If your system is running Windows 95, 98 or ME it is FAT 32.
XP or greater uses NTFS

FAT systems have to do with the file structure on the hard drive.
What version of Windows are you running?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 03:45 PM

It has Windows 98

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 03:51 PM

Then you do have a FAT 32 partition
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 03:56 PM

I may just need to enable the Com port. Do you know how to perform that function?

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 04:14 PM

Click start - settings - control panel then the system icon
Go to the Device manager tab
Expand the category that says Ports Com & LPT
See what is listed there

Exactly what is this program supposed to do?
I never teched an outboard motor before HAHA!
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 07:27 PM

Thanks for your help on this.

The program communicates between the laptop and the outboard motor computer. It allows the user to view error codes, run time, cylinder pressure drops, etc. Much like the diagnostic program on a car.

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 08:30 PM

Yes laptops don't normally have COM ports. If the program will only use the COM port then you can get a USB to COM adaptor, search eBay.

I have the same problem with my new Golf GTD. I want to use the EOBD II diagnostics but the earlier programmes use the COM port but the later ones use USB. Check with the software makers if they do a USB version? :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 10:58 PM

Windows 95 was FAT16 Windows 95A Fat 16, Windows 95B and C Fat 32.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_95#Editions

Edited by cryptodan, 19 March 2010 - 11:00 PM.


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Posted 20 March 2010 - 09:28 AM

I can't get it to boot to the ECM on the motor. I ordered the USB to Com adapter and hopefully it will work.

Edited by osha10, 20 March 2010 - 09:29 AM.


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Posted 20 March 2010 - 02:07 PM

Your original post said the system requirements are a DOS system.
Have you tried restarting 98 into MSDOS mode and trying it that way?

I was doing a little research for you yesterday & someone on some website said it wont work in Windows.
Might be worth a try

Your computer does have a com port on it according to the specs on the IBM website
You can test the port functionality with a debug routine that I havent used in years

To do this restart the computer in MSDOS mode
From the c:\> prompt type
DEBUG & hit enter
You should see this
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type D 40:00 & hit enter
You should see a series of numbers
On the top left line look for
F8 03 F8 02 00 00 etc

03F8 is the hex address of com1 02F8 is the hex address of com2 (if present)
If you see F8 03 then the system recongizes the com1 port on the hardware level.
Try that & post back the results
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 05:35 PM

Here is picture of the screen. Hopefully it will be clear enough to read.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 05:37 PM

I tried to run the program in DOS. However, it will automatically enter DOS mode if you click on the diagnostic program in Windows.

Edited by osha10, 20 March 2010 - 05:58 PM.


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Posted 20 March 2010 - 06:10 PM

Your system does see the com1 port
That doesnt mean that it works. It just means the system recognizes it on the hardware level.

Can you post the exact name and version number of this program or a link to the manufacturers website please?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 06:16 PM

Bombardier Recreational Products

FICHT RAM INJECTION
FICHT Diagnostic Software P/N 3030336

Version 1.42B Kit- 2002 and Older FICHT Outboards.




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