Published on March 31st, 2016 | by James Simpson
Getting Started With ELMConfig
I thought it was about time to write a guide and combine everything I send in emails and comments on the website on setting up the modified ELM327 and ELMConfig on your PC. The task is simple and easy to do, as long as you have a genuine chipset version (like the devices I provide).
Installing The Software
- Download and install the “Runtime” pack, which you can down load from here: Download the Runtime Pack
- Download the compressed version of the latest ELMConfig program from here: Download the latest version of ELMConfig utility
You will need to un-zip this into your “My Documents”, or your “Desktop” where ever you think the folder will be safe and easily accessible by you. This program is contained within a .rar archive type, so you may need to download WinRar if you cannot open and extract the files.
Installing The Hardware
If you have purchased a modified ELM327 from me, you can be sure that this is a genuine chipset version, and is capable of writing to your car at full speed (500k baud rate). The devices that I send out is compatible with all Microsoft Windows versions from XP, through to Windows 10. The drivers are downloaded directly from Microsoft as soon as you plug the device into your computer (something the fake versions do not do). If you have not purchased a lead directly from me, I will discuss later on how to see if you have a genuine chipset in a moment.
Insert the USB end into your laptop, and wait while the device is installed and the drivers are downloaded from Microsoft. After a few moments, you should get a message stating the device is installed and ready to use by your system. It’s as simple as that, if you do have any errors, let me know in the comments below and I will help you out and update guide.
The Device Still Isn’t Recognised
If you find that the drivers did not download directly from Microsoft for what ever reason, you can get the driver installation as an executable from the following link. Once you install the program from FTDI, the drivers will be installed on your Windows PC, you may have to restart your PC, and then plug the ELM327 back into your PC and re-load ELMConfig. Note – This driver is only for the devices I provide, I cannot vouch for other devices and different chipsets that are available in other ELM327’s – I only source quality ELM’s with decent FTDI chips.
Getting The Hardware To Work With ELMConfig
Now that your ELM327 is communicating with your PC, we need to set up the ELM327 to work with ELMConfig. This is simply a task of setting up the device to run at 500k baud rate. This is done by opening up ELMConfig in Administrator mode (Right click the ELMConfig.exe and select “Run as Administrator”.
Now that ELMConfig is open, and this is the first time using the program, you may have to switch the language from Russian to English, by selecting the English checkbox.
The checkbox, if you purchased an ELM from myself you will need to select the “FTDIXX” checkbox, and then you will see the ELM327 in the drop down below this checkbox.
We will now need to set up the baud rate for the unit before we open the main program, this is done by selecting the “Adapter Setup” button at the bottom of the ELMConfig screen. This will open a new part of the program. Simply press the “Open Port” button, this then scans through the different baud rates that is capable with the ELM and should stop on the 500k baud rate setting, showing you that it is capable of handling 500k baud rate (if it does not stop here, you may have a fake unit). Once the 500k has dropped into the drop down box, press the “Set” button to lock in this setting. You will get a popup box, which you just need to confirm.
Now we can start using ELMConfig, and communicate with your vehicle. Going back up the screen, where the dropdown label says “Connection” select your vehicle from the selection. So if you have a Focus MK2 / C-Max MK1 / Kuga MK1 select this option, or if you have a Mondeo, select that option.
Once selected, press the “Open Port” button, and you are in to the main ELMConfig program (after confirming “Yes” to the adapted is equipped with a HS/MS-Can switch.
Checking Your ELM327 is Genuine
There are a lot of fake ELM327’s kicking around, and it is quite easy for people to fall into a trap and buy one that is much cheaper, they are cheaper for a reason… Anyway, the best way to check if your ELM327 genuine is to install ForScan (another tool used for diagnostics of Ford vehicles. You can download the latest version directly from ForScan. Once installed, run the program with your ELM327 plugged in, press the green button on the bottom of the program, this will then scan for your ELM and if no popup shows stating that the ELM is NOT genuine, you have a perfectly good ELM device.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have plugged the ELM into my PC, but it cannot find the device
This usually means the drivers did not install on your PC. If this is the case, install the following executable file, and restart your PC.