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Online Help Printable Version For CarChip, CarChip E/X, & CarChip E/X with Alarm

8210, 8211, 8220, 8221, & 8225

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Product Numbers: 8210, 8211, 8220, 8221, 8225 Part Number: 7395.064 CarChip Online Help Printable Version (July 16, 2004) Copyright © 2004 Davis Instruments Corp. All rights reserved.

3465 Diablo Avenue, Hayward, CA 94545-2778 510-732-9229 • Fax: 510-732-9188 E-mail: [email protected] • www.davisnet.com

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Table Of Contents

Table Of Contents Welcome to CarChip ....................................................................................................................... 1 Welcome to CarChip! ................................................................................................................... 1 Getting Started ........................................................................................................................ 2 How CarChip Works .................................................................................................................. 2 CarChip Installation .................................................................................................................. 2 Installing CarChip in your Car .................................................................................................... 3 Installing CarChip Software ....................................................................................................... 4 Connecting CarChip to a Computer ............................................................................................. 4 Example File ............................................................................................................................ 5 Walkthrough Setup ................................................................................................................... 6 Downloading CarChip Data ........................................................................................................ 7 Unidentified Vehicle/Driver ID .................................................................................................... 8 Assign Drivers.......................................................................................................................... 9 View Menu Commands .............................................................................................................. 9 Exporting Data ....................................................................................................................... 10 File Menu Commands .............................................................................................................. 10 Tool Bar ................................................................................................................................ 10 Navigation Buttons ................................................................................................................. 11 Shortcuts & Navigation Aids..................................................................................................... 12 Right Click Copy As................................................................................................................. 12 Copy Plot As .......................................................................................................................... 13 Right Click Menu Options......................................................................................................... 13 Right Click Save As................................................................................................................. 13 Save Plot As .......................................................................................................................... 14 Using CarChip Help ................................................................................................................. 14 Menu Commands.................................................................................................................... 15 File Menu Commands .............................................................................................................. 16 Setup Menu Commands .......................................................................................................... 16 CarChip Menu Commands........................................................................................................ 28 View Menu Commands ............................................................................................................ 35 Help Menu Commands ............................................................................................................ 56 More Information Menu ........................................................................................................... 57 CarChip User's Guide .............................................................................................................. 57 CarChip Specifications............................................................................................................. 57 Incompatible Vehicle List ......................................................................................................... 59 One Year Limited Warranty...................................................................................................... 59 Safety Notice ......................................................................................................................... 59 Contacting Davis Instruments .................................................................................................. 60 Index ......................................................................................................................................... 61

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Welcome to CarChip Welcome to CarChip!

Click on one of the following topics to find out more information on using the CarChip system:

Getting Started Topics Use the following topics to start using your CarChip device and software: How CarChip Works CarChip Installation Example File Walkthrough Setup Downloading CarChip Data Viewing Data Exporting Data Printing Tool Bar Using CarChip Help

Menu Commands Use the following topics to learn more about the menus available in the CarChip software: File Menu Commands Setup Menu Commands CarChip Menu Commands View Menu Commands Help Menu Commands

More Information CarChip User's Guide CarChip Specifications Incompatible Vehicle List One Year Limited Warranty Contacting Davis Instruments July 16, 2004

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Getting Started Use the following topics to start using your CarChip device and software: How CarChip Works CarChip Installation Example File Walkthrough Setup Downloading CarChip Data Viewing Data Exporting Data Using the File Menu Printing Tool Bar Using CarChip Help

How CarChip Works The CarChip plugs into the OBDII port in many 1996 or newer cars or trucks to record trip and performance data. This data is then downloaded into your PC computer, providing a detailed look at how the vehicle was driven, including trip start and end times, vehicle speeds, rates of acceleration and braking, and also any OBDII trouble codes detected during the trip. The CarChip software displays vehicle data in summary, plot or table format, and can also be exported to Microsoft Excel for further analysis. The more powerful CarChip E/X logs additional engine and vehicle data parameters, including an accident log which records 20 seconds of vehicle speed history prior to every sudden stop. Use CarChip (products 8210, 8211) for:



Troubleshooting your car - Records trouble codes and displays freeze frames of sensor readings.



Logging your car's performance - Records acceleration, deceleration, and speed.



Recording trip information - Records dates, starts and stops, and distance.



Clearing your car's check engine light - Checks your car's sensors and turns off the check engine light.

Use CarChip E/X (products 8220, 8221) for:



Engine performance data logging - Log up to 4 of 23 available data parameters.



Creating an Accident Log for every hard and extreme stop.

Use CarChip E/X with Alarm (product 8225) for:



Announcing to driver when speed, braking, and acceleration thresholds have been exceeded- Gives off an audible alarm when thresholds have been broken.

CarChip Installation The following help topics show you how to connect CarChip to your car, to your computer, and how to install the CarChip software. This information is also included in the CarChip packaging. Connecting the CarChip to a Car Connecting the CarChip to a Computer Installing CarChip Software

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Installing CarChip in your Car Follow these steps to install the CarChip data logger in your car. 1.

Find the OBDII port on your car.

The OBDII port is located within 3 feet of the steering wheel, usually near the general area indicated by the dotted line in the following illustration. The port should be easily accessible to a person in the driver's seat.

Note: Use the Davis Instruments' CarChip web site to locate the OBDII connection on your car. 2.

Check the following areas for the OBDII port: Under the Dash

Behind a small access panel in the dash

In front of the passenger seat

In or around the center console

Behind the ash tray 3.

Plug the CarChip data logger into the OBDII connector.

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4. Check to make sure the data logger indicator light is blinking. This verifies CarChip was properly inserted into the OBDII port and is communicating with your vehicle.

Note: The indicator light blinks continuously when the CarChip is initially connected to a vehicle, before the vehicle has started. Unless the indicator has been enabled via the software, blinking stops once the vehicle has started and the CarChip has established communications with the OBDII computer.

Installing CarChip Software Follow the steps provided below to install the CarChip software. Detailed instructions on how to use the CarChip software are provided in the software help file "CarChip.chm" included with the installation CD. CarChip software is compatible with computers running Windows™ 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000 or XP. 1.

Place the CarChip software CD in your CD ROM drive.

2.

The install program should start automatically. If the install program does not start, select Run from the Start menu, type D:\SETUP (or the correct letter for your CD ROM drive), and click OK to begin the installation.

3.

Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.

Connecting CarChip to a Computer The CarChip data logger connects to your computer using a USB connection (for product 8211, 8221, 8225) or serial port connection (for products 8210, 8220). Note: A special serial port to USB adapter can be purchased from the Davis company web site if you have purchased a CarChip product with a serial port connection (8210, 8220) and your computer requires a USB connection. Note: The CarChip data logger does not have to maintain a constant connection with your computer. The CarChip can be connected and disconnected at any time the CarChip software is not downloading information from the CarChip data logger. To connect the CarChip data logger to your computer using a USB connector: 1.

Locate a free USB port on the front or back of your computer and insert the USB connector of the download cable into the USB port.

2.

Plug the microminiature connector into the port on the CarChip data logger.

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To connect the CarChip data logger to your computer using a serial port: 1.

Locate a free serial port on the back of your computer and insert the 9-pin connector of the download cable into the port.

2.

Plug the power adapter cable into the power jack on the 9-pin connector.

3.

Plug the power supply into an AC outlet.

4.

Plug the 8-pin microminiature connector into the port on the CarChip data logger.

Example File Sample data is automatically loaded and displayed in the CarChip software when the software it installed and opened for the first time. Use the sample data to view the functionality that exists in the CarChip software. To display the example data:

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The Example File dialog box displays when the CarChip software is first opened. This dialog box displays an alert that a file with sample data will be opened and displayed. Click OK to open the sample data file.

The sample data file, Example.car, is located in your CarChip software directory and can also be manually opened. To manually open the example file: 1.

Select Open in the File Menu. The Browse dialog box displays.

2.

Select the Example.car file in the CarChip program directory. The CarChip program directory is located in the directory where you installed the CarChip Software. In this example, the directory is C:\Program Files\CarChip.

3.

Click Open to load the example file into the software. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box without opening the file.

Walkthrough Setup The CarChip software includes a CarChip walkthrough that steps you through the process of configuring your CarChip data logger and CarChip software configurations. After installing the CarChip software on your computer and opening the program, the Walkthrough dialog box automatically displays. By clicking OK, the walkthrough process begins. You can set up and configure your CarChip data logger and software by separately selecting all of the necessary setup options from the Setup menu. A Walkthrough command is included in the Setup menu so that you can access the walkthrough at any time. Note: The CarChip data logger does not have to be connected to your computer to use the Walkthrough Setup command. When the CarChip data logger is connected, more Setup menu commands display during the walkthrough process. By selecting the walkthrough process, the software displays a series of dialog boxes listed below. At each step in the walkthrough process, confirmation boxes are provided to perform or skip the next step in the walkthrough. To continue, click OK. To skip a step and move to the next step, click Skip. To cancel the entire walkthrough process, click Cancel.

Walkthrough Sequence The dialog boxes included in the Walkthrough for your CarChip vary depending on the CarChip data logger model you have and if your CarChip is connected to your computer. CarChip/Choose Other Parameters - Set vehicle data parameters that the CarChip records. You can select up to four different parameters in addition to vehicle speed to record. Note: This dialog box displays only for CarChip models E/X or higher. Parameter Thresholds - Set thresholds for parameters monitored in the Summary Log view. Note: This dialog box displays only for CarChip models E/X or higher. Communication Port Settings - Select the COM port that your data logger is connected to.

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Note: The Serial Port Settings dialog box does not display in the Walkthrough if a CarChip data logger has been automatically detected. Plots - Select the options for displaying plots and graphs. Select Units - Select the units of measure that the data and information are displayed in. Driver ID - Add, delete, or edit the list of drivers using the CarChip data logger. Vehicle ID – Add, delete, or edit the list of vehicles using the CarChip data logger. CarChip ID - Edit the CarChip data logger names. Anomalous Vehicles - Specify the vehicle using the CarChip data logger. Some vehicles have special OBDII communication properties. By selecting a vehicle name from the list, you are configuring the CarChip data logger to adjust to that vehicle's unique communication features. Miscellaneous - Select an option for clearing your CarChip's memory.

Downloading CarChip Data Once you have connected your CarChip data logger to your computer, you are ready to download data from any of the CarChip models. To download data: 1. Click the Download CarChip icon or select Download CarChip Data from the CarChip menu. In some instances, the Warning Clock Setup dialog box displays. When data is downloaded, the software automatically compares the internal clock on the CarChip against the clock on your computer. Click OK to continue or check Synchronize Clocks to set the CarChip data logger's internal clock to your computer's clock. The Downloading Logs status dialog box displays. Click Cancel to abort the download before it is finished. The Downloading Logs dialog box closes when the download is complete.

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The Question dialog box displays. The Question dialog box asks if you want to delete the current CarChip memory.

3.

Click No to keep the current data in the CarChip device, or click Yes to clear the CarChip memory.

Note: This dialog box contains a Don't Ask Again check box. By checking this option and clicking Yes, the CarChip's memory is automatically cleared after every download. By clicking No, the CarChip's memory is never cleared after download. To change your CarChip memory clearing options, see Memory Clearing Options. The Unidentified Vehicle/Driver dialog box displays. See Unidentified Vehicle/Driver ID for more information on this dialog box. Once you have finished associating vehicles and drivers to the downloaded trip data, the Activity Log Summary view automatically displays the downloaded data once the download is completed.

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Unidentified Vehicle/Driver ID The Unidentified Vehicle/Driver ID dialog box displays once data has been downloaded from the CarChip data logger, prompting you to select the vehicles and drivers associated every trip that was recorded. The CarChip device is capable of being connected to multiple vehicles. Every time the CarChip is connected to a vehicle, a connection event is recorded. The Unidentified Vehicle/Driver ID dialog box displays for every connection event that has been made on the CarChip device, with the date and time the connection occurred. From this dialog box, select the drivers and vehicles associated with every event.

To select a vehicle and driver associated with each connection event: 1.

Select the vehicle name from the Vehicle box. If no vehicle exists, or if the vehicle that is associated with the event is not listed, see Creating a New Vehicle. To create a new vehicle to associate with each connection event: 1.

Click New next to the Vehicle box. The New Vehicle Dialog Box displays.

2.

Enter a unique vehicle name or the vehicle's VIN number in the VIN box.

3.

Enter a unique vehicle name in the Name box and click OK. You do not have to enter a name in the name box. Click OK if you want the information displayed in the VIN box to display in the Name box.

The new vehicle information displays in the Vehicle box. 2.

Select a driver name from the Driver box. If no driver exists, or if the driver that is associated with the event is not listed, see Creating a New Driver. To create a new driver to associate with each connection event: 1.

Click New next to the Driver box.

2.

Enter a unique driver name or ID in the ID box.

3.

Enter a name in the Name box and click OK.

The New Driver Dialog Box displays.

You do not have to enter a name in the name box. Click OK if you want the information displayed in the ID box to display in the Name box. The new driver information displays in the Driver box. 3.

Click OK to associate the selected vehicle and driver with the connection event.

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If the driver and vehicle are associated with all the connection events stored on the CarChip, select Apply To All. Once all connection events have been associated with a vehicle and driver, the dialog box closes and the summary report for the Activity Log displays.

Assign Drivers The Assign Drivers dialog box displays if a CarChip file from a previous version of the CarChip software (CarChip 1.3 or earlier) has been added. This dialog prompts you to assign drivers associated with every trip that was recorded. The Assign Drivers dialog box displays for every trip present in the CarChip file. From this dialog box, select the drivers associated with every trip. To Assign Drivers: 1.

Open a .car file from an earlier version of the CarChip Software. The Assign Drivers Now? dialog box displays.

2.

Click Yes to assign drivers to trip information. The Assign Drivers dialog box displays.

3.

Select a driver name from the Driver drop down box, or click New to assign a new driver to the trip or trips.

4.

Click OK to associate the driver to the displayed trip. Click Skip to skip assigning a driver to the displayed trip. Click Apply to All to associate the selected driver to all the trips.

View Menu Commands The View menu commands allow you to view Trip Log, Activity Log, Accident Log, Vehicle Trouble Log and Summary Log information. Note: The Accident and Summary Log menu commands are only available for CarChip data logger model E/X or higher. Use the following topics to learn more about each log view: CarChip Home Page Trip Log Activity Log Accident Log Trouble Log Summary Log

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Exporting Data You can export logged data from the Trip, Activity, Accident, and Trouble Log views using the menu that displays when you right-click on a log report. There are several options and formats available for exporting data. The available options are:



Information displayed in any of the Log Views can be exported by either saving to a file or copying to the clipboard. Copying to a clipboard allows you to paste the information directly into other applications.



Trip, Activity, Accident, and Trouble summary, report, and table views can be exported as either a text file or a data file.



Plot views can be exported as a metafile (vector graphic format), bit-mapped graphics file, or as data.

Data files are tab delimited text files that can be imported into a spreadsheet.

File Menu Commands With the options in the File menu you can save your uploaded CarChip data, open previously saved data, and print your data.



New - Closes existing CarChip data and the corresponding file so that new CarChip data can be downloaded and displayed.



Open - Opens an existing CarChip data file.



Save - Saves the CarChip data currently displayed in the software. The data is saved in specially formatted CarChip file called a .car file.



Save As - Lets you specify a new file name when you save CarChip data.



Properties - Displays information about the data file currently loaded in the CarChip software. This command is only available when you are viewing data loaded from a file or that has been downloaded from the CarChip data logger and saved.



Print Setup - Allows you to select a printer and configure printer options.



Print Preview - Shows how the current log or data display would look like in a printed document.



Print - Prints the currently displayed window.



Exit - Closes the CarChip software.

Tool Bar The Tool Bar provides a quick way to access CarChip software commands.

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Toolbar Icons

Home - Displays the CarChip Home Page, containing vehicle and driver summary information.

Download - Downloads data from the CarChip data logger.

Trip Log Report View - Selects the last Trip Log Report View.

Trip Log Plot View - Selects the last Trip Log Plot View.

Trip Logs - Displays the Trip Log Summary page.

Activity Logs - Displays the Activity Log Summary page.

Accident Logs - Displays the Accident Log Summary page.

Trouble Logs - Displays the Trouble Log Summary page.

Print - Prints the current open displayed page.

Print Preview - Previews the current open page.

Help - Opens the CarChip Help file.

Navigation Buttons Trip Log Navigation Buttons Use the left and right arrow navigation buttons to select records in the Trip Log View:

Back - Click the left arrow button to display the previous trip record.

Forward - Click the right arrow button to display the next trip record. Use the up and down arrow navigation buttons to select plots in the Trip Log Plot View:

Up - Click the up arrow button scroll up to the next plot.

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Down - Click the down arrow button to scroll down to the next plot.

Accident Log Navigation Buttons Use the left and right arrow navigation buttons to select records in the Accident Log View:

Back - Click the left arrow button to display the previous accident record.

Forward - Click the right arrow button to display the next accident record.

Shortcuts & Navigation Aids The following keyboard shortcuts and navigational aids can help you move quickly through the logged data views. These shortcuts work when viewing any log record. Use these shortcut keys to: Down cursor key - Move to next report. Up cursor key - Move to the previous report. These apply to the buttons labeled "Report, Plot, and Table" when viewing individual reports in the trip and accident log. Use these shortcut keys to: Left cursor key - Select button to the left of current selection. Right cursor key - Select button to the right of the current selection. These apply to any log view that will not completely fit on one screen. Use these shortcut keys to: Page up key - scrolls up the screen. Page down key - scrolls down the screen. The following buttons are navigation aids that are only available in Trip Log View and Accident Log View Plots. Use these buttons to: Back - Display the previous trip or accident record. Forward - This command displays the next trip or accident record The following buttons are navigation aids that are only available in Trip Log View Plots. Use these buttons to: Up - Scrolls up to the next plot. Down - Scrolls down to the next plot.

Right Click Copy As The Copy As command available in the Right-Click menu for the Summary, Record, and Table Views offers two file formats for copying the displayed information: text and data.

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Copy As > Text - Pastes the displayed information as text in another application.



Copy As > Data - Paste the displayed information as tab delimited text in a spreadsheet program.

Copy Plot As The Copy As command in the Plot View right-click menu offers three options for copying the displayed information: metafile, bitmap, and data. The Copied information can then be pasted directly into another application.



Use the Copy As > Metafile option if you want to paste the plot into another application as a vector graphics file.



Use the Copy As > Bitmap option if you want to paste the plot into another application as bitmapped paint file.



Use the Copy As > Data option if you want to paste the plot data as tab delimited text into a spreadsheet program.

Right Click Menu Options The following Right-Click menu options are available when viewing log summaries, individual records, and table views: Copy As Save As Help F1

Right Click Save As The Save As command available in the Right-Click menu for the Summary, Record, and Table Views offers two file formats for saving the displayed information: text and data.

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Save As > Text - Pastes the displayed information as text in another application.



Save As > Data - Paste the displayed information as tab delimited text in a spreadsheet program.

Save Plot As The Save As command available in the Right-Click menu for the Plot View offers three file format options for saving the displayed information: Metafile, Bitmap and Data.



Save As > Metafile - Saves the plot as a vector graphics ".emf" file.



Save As > Bitmap - Saves the plot as bitmapped paint ".bmp" file.



Save As > Data - Saves the plot data as a tab delimited text ".txt" file for use in a spreadsheet program.

Using CarChip Help Here is some information on getting started and using CarChip Help: Context-Sensitive Help



Tool Bar Help Button - Opens the help topic for the active CarChip window.



Dialog Box Help Button - Opens the help topic for that dialog box.



F1 Key - Opens the help topic for the active dialog box or the active CarChip window.

CarChip Hyperlink Conventions Blue Underline : indicates link to CarChip help topic. When selected, the new topic replaces the previous topic in the window. Bold blue Underline : indicates link outside of CarChip Help to information such as an external help topic, web page, or documents in the program directory. Open this link in a new window that uses your default web browser. Green Underline : indicates drop-down text or illustrations that display below the drop-down link in the current help topic window. Using Windows HTML Help If you have Internet Explorer installed on your computer, CarChip Help opens in the Microsoft HTML Help viewer. If you don't have Internet Explorer, it opens your default browser. To learn more information about using the Microsoft HTML Help Viewer, click the following links.

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Resizing the HTML Help viewer To:

Do this

To minimize the window

Click Minimize to shrink the viewer so it is displayed in the button bar on the bottom of the Windows Desktop. Right-click this button and select Restore to display the viewer.

To maximize the window

Click Maximize to maximize the window so it occupies the entire desktop area.

To restore the viewer to its default size

Click Restore to restore the viewer to it's default size.

To manually resize the viewer

Place the pointer over the edge of the viewer so it turns into a line with arrows on each end . Press the left mouse button and drag up, down, left or right. The viewer is resized after you release the mouse button.

Opening and closing the left-hand panes

To:

Do this

Close the left-hand tabs from view

Click Hide

Open the left-hand tabs

Click Show

Using the navigation buttons To:

Do this

Display the previous topic going backwards in your topic selection sequence.

Click Back

Display the next topic going forward in your topic selection sequence.

Click Forward

Using the Options menu The Options button opens a menu with selections for hiding the left-hand tabs, going back and forward, stopping a topic or Web page from loading, refreshing the information displayed in the window, printing, and turning search highlighting on or off. You can also access Internet options from this menu.

Menu Commands Click on a topic below to view help for a particular menu: File Menu Setup Menu CarChip Menu View Menu Help Menu

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File Menu Commands With the options in the File menu you can save your uploaded CarChip data, open previously saved data, and print your data.



New - Closes existing CarChip data and the corresponding file so that new CarChip data can be downloaded and displayed.



Open - Opens an existing CarChip data file.



Save - Saves the CarChip data currently displayed in the software. The data is saved in specially formatted CarChip file called a .car file.



Save As - Lets you specify a new file name when you save CarChip data.



Properties - Displays information about the data file currently loaded in the CarChip software. This command is only available when you are viewing data loaded from a file or that has been downloaded from the CarChip data logger and saved.



Print Setup - Allows you to select a printer and configure printer options.



Print Preview - Shows how the current log or data display would look like in a printed document.



Print - Prints the currently displayed window.



Exit - Closes the CarChip software.

Setup Menu Commands The Setup menu commands configure various aspects of the CarChip software, including how the data is displayed and the connection between CarChip data logger and the CarChip software. The Setup menu commands are: Walkthrough Setup - Displays all the setup dialog boxes needed to configure your CarChip software and CarChip data logger connection. Communication Port - Lets you manually select the serial or USB port connection the CarChip data logger uses to send information to your computer. Plots - Contains options for displaying plots and graphs. Units - Lets you select the unit systems used to display data measurements. You can also create your own customized unit system. Parameter Thresholds - Lets you create thresholds for certain parameters of your vehicle's performance that the CarChip data logger monitors. Note: This command is only available for CarChip E/X models or higher. Fuel Entry - Lets you enter fuel usage for each vehicle associated with the CarChip software. Driver ID - Displays all of the drivers connected with the CarChip data logger. Vehicle ID - Displays all of the vehicles associated with the CarChip data logger. CarChip ID - Displays information about the CarChips that have been connected with the CarChip software. Miscellaneous - Lets you configure the options for clearing the CarChip data logger's memory. Import Log File - Lets you select an existing file you want to import into the CarChip software.

Walkthrough Setup The CarChip software includes a CarChip walkthrough that steps you through the process of configuring your CarChip data logger and CarChip software configurations. After installing the CarChip software on your computer and opening the program, the Walkthrough dialog box automatically displays. By clicking OK, the walkthrough process begins. You can set up and configure your CarChip data logger and software by separately selecting all of the necessary setup options from the Setup menu. A Walkthrough command is included in the Setup menu so that you can access the walkthrough at any time.

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Note: The CarChip data logger does not have to be connected to your computer to use the Walkthrough Setup command. When the CarChip data logger is connected, more Setup menu commands display during the walkthrough process. By selecting the walkthrough process, the software displays a series of dialog boxes listed below. At each step in the walkthrough process, confirmation boxes are provided to perform or skip the next step in the walkthrough. To continue, click OK. To skip a step and move to the next step, click Skip. To cancel the entire walkthrough process, click Cancel.

Walkthrough Sequence The dialog boxes included in the Walkthrough for your CarChip vary depending on the CarChip data logger model you have and if your CarChip is connected to your computer. CarChip/Choose Other Parameters - Set vehicle data parameters that the CarChip records. You can select up to four different parameters in addition to vehicle speed to record. Note: This dialog box displays only for CarChip models E/X or higher. Parameter Thresholds - Set thresholds for parameters monitored in the Summary Log view. Note: This dialog box displays only for CarChip models E/X or higher. Communication Port Settings - Select the COM port that your data logger is connected to. Note: The Serial Port Settings dialog box does not display in the Walkthrough if a CarChip data logger has been automatically detected. Plots - Select the options for displaying plots and graphs. Select Units - Select the units of measure that the data and information are displayed in. Driver ID - Add, delete, or edit the list of drivers using the CarChip data logger. Vehicle ID – Add, delete, or edit the list of vehicles using the CarChip data logger. CarChip ID - Edit the CarChip data logger names. Anomalous Vehicles - Specify the vehicle using the CarChip data logger. Some vehicles have special OBDII communication properties. By selecting a vehicle name from the list, you are configuring the CarChip data logger to adjust to that vehicle's unique communication features. Miscellaneous - Select an option for clearing your CarChip's memory.

Anomalous Vehicles The Anomalous Vehicles dialog box lets you configure your CarChip data logger to meet any unique specifications present on the ODBII port of your vehicle. This dialog box displays as part of the Walkthrough Setup. This dialog box also displays if a vehicle from the Anomalous Vehicle list has been detected by the CarChip data logger once the CarChip is connected to the software. To select your vehicle: 1.

Click OK on the Special OBDII Communication Properties dialog box from the Walkthrough Setup. The Anomalous Vehicle dialog box displays.

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Click the radio button next to the Anomalous Vehicle list if your vehicle is present in the list and select the vehicle name, or click Miscellaneous/Other if your vehicle is not present on the list.

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Click OK to save the anomalous vehicle information, or click Cancel to exit the dialog box without saving the information.

Communications Port The Communications Port dialog box lets you manually select the port connection that is used to communicate with your CarChip data logger. This command can be accessed from the Walkthrough Setup or the Setup menu. Note: If your CarChip data logger has been connected to a serial port or USB port and has been detected by the CarChip Software, this dialog box does not display in the walkthrough process.

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To select the communications port connection manually: 1.

Select Communications Port from the Setup menu. The Setup / Communications Port dialog box displays.

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Select one of the listed ports or enter the name of the desired port. Select USB if the CarChip is connected to a USB port. Select one of the available COM ports if the CarChip is connected to a Serial or COM port, or type in the name of the COM port if it is not on the available list.

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Click OK to save the new port selection, or click Cancel to exit the dialog box and retain the previous port selection.

Plots Use the Plots dialog box to configure your Trip View and Accident View plot options. To configure the plot display options: 1.

Select Plots from the Setup menu, select this option during the Walkthrough Setup process, or click the Options button when a Trip Log view or Accident Log view is displayed. The Setup / Plots dialog box displays.

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Check the box next to each plot option to turn it on. A checked box indicates the option is turned on. De-select a box to turn a plot option off. Multiple options can be turned on or off at a time. The plot options are:



Draw Speed Bands - Displays your selected speed band settings in the plot.



Draw Braking Events - Marks braking events that exceed your preset braking thresholds.



Draw Acceleration Events - Displays acceleration events that exceed your preset acceleration thresholds.

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Draw Plots using Lines Rather than Areas - Displays a line graph of the measured data. Turning this option off turns the area under the measured data black in the plot.



Draw Plot Coordinates Only When Ctrl Key is Pressed - Display the cursor's plot coordinates only when the Control key is pressed. The plot coordinates are the elapsed time of the trip and the data value associated with that time. If not checked, the cursor's coordinates on the plot are displayed continuously when the cursor is within the plot area.



Normalize vertical axes to ___ MPH / KPH - Set the upper limit of the vehicle speed plot to the speed of your choice. You can change the speed used to normalize the axes by highlighting the current speed setting with your cursor and then entering the new speed. If not checked, the upper limit of the vertical axes will be the maximum speed achieved by the vehicle during the current trip.

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Click OK to save the new plot options. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box and retain the previous plot options.

Draw Acceleration Events The Draw Acceleration Events check box in the Setup / Plots dialog box displays any hard and extreme acceleration events in the Trip Log Plot view when selected. The thresholds for hard and extreme accelerations are set in the Set Acceleration Thresholds dialog box. If the Draw Acceleration Events box is selected from the Setup / Plots dialog box, the acceleration events are represented by blue vertical lines. A hard acceleration event is a dotted blue vertical line. An extreme acceleration event is a solid blue vertical line. To display acceleration events in the plots: 1.

Select Plots from the Setup menu. The Setup / Plots dialog box displays.

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Click the Draw Acceleration Events check box to toggle the function on and off. A check indicates that the Draw Acceleration Events function has been enabled.

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Click OK to save the new plot setup. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box and retain the previous plot setup. Click Apply to make the change without exiting the dialog box.

Draw Braking Events The Draw Braking Events check box in the Setup / Plots dialog box displays any hard and extreme braking events in the Trip Log Plot view when selected. The thresholds for hard and extreme braking are set in the Set Braking Thresholds dialog box. If the Draw Braking Events box is selected from the Setup / Plots dialog box, the braking events are represented by red vertical lines. A hard braking event is a dotted red vertical line. An extreme braking event is a solid red vertical line. To display acceleration events in the plots: 1.

Select Plots from the Setup menu. The Setup / Plots dialog box displays.

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Click the Draw Braking Events check box to toggle the function on and off. A check indicates that the Draw Braking Events function has been enabled.

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Click OK to save the new plot setup. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box and retain the previous plot setup. Click Apply to make the change without exiting the dialog box.

Draw Plots As Lines The Draw Plots As Lines check box in the Setup / Plots dialog box displays the trip and plot information in lines in the Trip Log Plot view when selected. If the Draw Plots As Lines box is selected from the Setup / Plots dialog box, the plot information is displayed as a black line. If the Draw Plots As Lines box is toggled off, the area under the plot line is filled black. To display lines in the plots: 1.

Select Plots from the Setup menu. The Setup / Plots dialog box displays.

2.

Click the Draw Plots Using Lines Rather Than Areas check box to toggle the function on and off. A check indicates that the Draw Plots Using Lines function has been enabled.

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Click OK to save the new plot setup. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box and retain the previous plot setup. Click Apply to make the change without exiting the dialog box.

Draw Speed Bands The Draw Speed Bands check box in the Setup / Plots dialog box displays the speed limitations set in Set Speed Bands dialog box in the plots displayed in the Trip Log Plot view. By selecting this option in the Setup/Plots dialog box, the speed bands are drawn in the plot. These speed bands are represented in the plot by horizontal dotted lines. The two intermediate speed bands are black dotted lines. The maximum speed band is a red dotted line. To display speed bands in the plots: 1.

Select Plots from the Setup menu. The Setup / Plots dialog box displays.

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Click on the Draw Speed Bands check box to toggle the function on and off. A check indicates that the Draw Speed Bands function has been enabled.

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Click OK to save the new plot setup. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box and retain the previous plot setup. Click Apply to make the change without exiting the dialog box.

Units of Measure You can select the units of measure used by CarChip software to display the CarChip data. You can even create custom unit systems. Three Unit Systems are included with the CarChip software:



U.S. - Displays measurements and units based on the U.S. measurement system.



Metric - Displays measurements and units based on the metric system.



S.I. - Displays measurements based on the International System of Units.

To select a measurement system: 1.

Select Units from the Setup menu. The Setup / Units dialog box displays.

2.

Select the desired unit system from the Unit System drop-down box. The new unit system selection displays. To see the unit used for every unit type in the selected system, click a unit type name from the Unit Type drop-down box. The unit of measure for the selected unit type displays in the Unit dialog box.

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Click OK when you are satisfied with the unit system selection.

To create a custom measurement system: You can define a custom unit system for CarChip if you have specialized units-of-measure requirements. 1. 2.

Select Units from the Setup menu. The Setup / Units dialog box displays. Click New on the Setup / Units dialog box. The New Unit System dialog box displays.

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Type the name of the new unit system in the Name box.

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Select the unit system the new customized measurement system uses as a template from the Based On drop down box.

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Click OK to add the new unit system, or click Cancel to exit the dialog box without making any changes. The Setup / Units dialog box displays with the customized unit system.

6.

Select a unit type whose value you want to change from the Unit Type drop down box. The available units for the unit type display in Unit drop down box.

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Select the unit you want and click OK to save and display your unit changes. Click Cancel to exit the Units dialog box without saving your changes.

To rename a custom unit system: 1.

Select Units from the Setup menu. The Setup / Units dialog box displays.

2.

Select the custom unit system that you want to rename.

3.

Click Rename on the Setup / Units dialog box. The Rename Unit System dialog box displays.

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Type the new name for the custom unit system in the Name box.

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Click OK to rename the custom unit system, or click Cancel to exit the dialog box without making any changes. The Setup / Units dialog box displays with the new custom unit name.

To delete a custom unit system: You can delete any custom unit system you have defined for CarChip. The standard unit systems cannot be deleted. 1.

Select Units from the Setup menu. The Setup / Units dialog box displays. 2. Use the drop-down list to select the custom unit system you want to delete. 3. Click Delete on the Setup / Units dialog box. The Delete Unit System dialog box displays.

4. Click Yes to delete the selected unit system, or click No to cancel the command.

Parameter Thresholds Use the Parameter Thresholds dialog box to set monitors on your vehicle's activities. Note: This dialog box in the Setup Menu is for advanced CarChip data logger models, E/X for higher. The dialog box can be accessed from the Setup menu for basic CarChip models, but any parameter changes made are not recorded by the basic CarChip model.

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The Parameter Thresholds dialog box allows you to set thresholds for multiple areas of your vehicle. The information that is downloaded from the data logger based on these selected thresholds displays in the Summary Log view in the View menu.

To set parameter thresholds: 1.

Select Parameter Thresholds from the Setup Menu. The Parameter Thresholds dialog box displays.

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Set the maximum threshold for each parameter. The maximum threshold is the value that a vehicle can safely work under for each parameter. The thresholds should be set based on your vehicle's specifications. Consult your vehicle's owner's manual for safe limitations of these parameters. See Vehicle Data Parameters for the list of data parameters to can monitor.

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Click OK to save your parameter threshold changes, click Cancel to exit the dialog box without saving your changes or click Default to display the default parameter threshold values.

Fuel Entry The Fuel Entry dialog box lets you enter information about fuel entry and costs for every vehicle you have added to the CarChip software. Every fuel entry is used to calculate the price you pay per mile for fuel and is displayed in the CarChip Home Page and Vehicle Summary View. To add a fuel entry: 1.

Select Fuel Entry from the Setup menu. The Fuel Entry dialog box displays.

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Select the vehicle from the Vehicle box.

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Select the date the fuel was purchased from the Date box.

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Enter the amount of fuel purchased in gallons in the Amount box.

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Enter the price paid for the fuel purchase in the Bill box.

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Click OK to close the Fuel Entry dialog box without saving the fuel entry information, or click Add Entry to add the fuel entry.

Note: The fuel entry information is based on the U.S. system of measurement and on U.S. currency. The measurement units displayed in this dialog box do not change when another measurement system is selected from the Units dialog box.

Driver ID The Driver ID dialog box lets you configure the drivers that have logged trips on the CarChip data logger. You can add, delete, and edit Driver IDs. The Driver IDs are used to associate a driver with trip information. To view all the Driver IDs: 1.

Select Driver ID from the Setup Menu. The Driver ID dialog box displays with a list of the available Driver IDs.

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Scroll the list of Driver IDs using the scroll bar.

To create a new driver, from the Driver ID dialog box: 1.

Click Add. The New Driver dialog box displays.

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Enter a unique driver name or ID in the ID box.

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Enter a name in the Name box and click OK. You do not have to enter a name in the name box. Click OK if you want the information displayed in the ID box to display in the Name box. The new driver information displays in the Driver ID table.

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Click OK to add the Driver ID, or click Cancel to exit the Driver ID dialog box without saving changes.

To delete an existing driver, from the Driver ID dialog box: 1.

Select a driver name from the Driver ID table.

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Click Delete. The selected driver ID is deleted from the list.

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Click OK to delete the Driver ID, or click Cancel to exit the Driver ID dialog box without saving changes.

To edit existing driver information, from the Driver ID dialog box: 1.

Double-click the Name field for the driver name you want to change. The selected driver name is highlighted.

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Edit the driver name.

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Click OK to accept the changes to the Driver ID, or click Cancel to exit the Driver ID dialog box without saving changes.

Note: You can not edit the ID field for the Driver IDs. If you would like to change the Driver ID of an existing driver, delete the driver ID and add a new driver ID.

Vehicle ID The Vehicle ID dialog box lets you configure the vehicles that the CarChip data logger has been connected to. You can add, delete, and edit Vehicle IDs. The Vehicle IDs are used to associate a vehicle with trip information. To view all the Vehicle ID's: 1.

Select Vehicle ID from the Setup Menu. The Vehicle ID dialog box displays with a list of the available Vehicle IDs.

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Scroll the list of Vehicle IDs using the scroll bar.

To create a new vehicle: 1.

Click Add from the Vehicle ID dialog box. The New Vehicle dialog box displays.

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Enter a unique vehicle name or the vehicle's VIN number in the VIN box.

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Enter a unique vehicle name in the Name box and click OK. You do not have to enter a name in the name box. Click OK if you want the information displayed in the VIN box to display in the Name box. The new vehicle information displays in the Vehicle ID table.

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Click OK to add the Vehicle ID, or click Cancel to exit the Vehicle ID dialog box without saving changes.

To delete an existing vehicle: 1.

Select a vehicle name from the Vehicle ID table from the Vehicle ID dialog box.

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Click Delete. The selected vehicle ID is deleted from the table.

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Click OK to delete the Vehicle ID, or click Cancel to exit the Vehicle ID dialog box without saving changes.

To edit existing vehicle information: 1.

Double-click the Name field from the Vehicle ID dialog box, The selected vehicle name is highlighted.

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Edit the vehicle name.

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Click OK to accept the changes to the vehicle ID, or click Cancel to exit the Vehicle ID dialog box without saving changes.

Note: You can not edit the VIN field for the Vehicle ID's. If you would like to change the Vehicle ID of an existing driver, delete the driver ID and add a new driver ID.

CarChip ID The CarChip ID dialog box displays information about the CarChip data logger or loggers you are using, including serial numbers, the CarChip data loggers with data that the CarChip software is currently using, and the CarChip name. Use the CarChip ID dialog box to enter, edit, or delete a CarChip data logger name. To view all the CarChip IDs: 1.

Select CarChip ID from the Setup Menu. The Setup / CarChip ID dialog box displays with a list of the available CarChip IDs.

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Scroll the list of CarChip IDs using the scroll bar.

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Double-click the Name field for a CarChip data logger from the CarChip ID dialog box. The selected CarChip name is highlighted.

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Edit the CarChip name.

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Click OK to accept the changes to the Driver ID, or click Cancel to exit the Driver ID dialog box without saving changes.

Miscellaneous The Miscellaneous dialog box lets you configure the memory clearing options for the CarChip data logger. To configure the CarChip memory clear options: 1.

Select Miscellaneous from the Setup menu. The Setup / Miscellaneous dialog box displays.

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Select one of the following options from the drop-down box:



Always - The CarChip data logger memory is automatically cleared after each download.



Never - The CarChip's memory is not cleared after every download and you will not be prompted if you want to clear the memory. Use the Clear CarChip Memory command from the CarChip menu to clear the memory manually.



Ask - The software asks you after each download if you want to clear the CarChip data logger memory.

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Click OK to save the selected memory clearing option. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box and retain the previous selection. Click Apply to make the change without exiting the Miscellaneous dialog box.

Miscellaneous Command: Clear Memory Box The Clear Memory box in the Miscellaneous dialog box contains memory clearing options for the CarChip data logger. To configure the CarChip memory clear options: 1.

Select Miscellaneous from the Setup menu. The Setup / Miscellaneous dialog box displays.

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Select one of the following options from the drop-down box:

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Always - The CarChip data logger memory is automatically cleared after each download.



Never - The CarChip's memory is not cleared after every download. Use the Clear CarChip Memory command from the CarChip menu to clear the memory manually.



Ask - The software asks after each download if you want to clear the CarChip data logger memory. Click OK to save the selected memory clearing option. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box and retain the previous selection. Click Apply to make the change without exiting the Miscellaneous dialog box.

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Clear CarChip Memory? The Question \ Clear Car Chip Memory dialog box displays after every download if, the Ask option is the current memory clearing option selected from the Miscellaneous dialog box from the Setup menu. To Clear the CarChip data logger's memory: 1. Click Yes. To keep the current data on the CarChip data logger: 1.

Click No.

To hide this dialog box in future downloads: 1.

Click Don't Ask Again and your desired memory clearing option.

Note: This dialog box contains a Don't Ask Again check box. By Checking this option and clicking Yes, the CarChip's memory is automatically cleared after every download. By clicking No, the CarChip's memory is never cleared after download. To change your CarChip memory clearing options, see Clear Memory.

Import Log File When you download information from your CarChip data logger to your computer, a log.txt file is created from the data. This file is over-written each time you download information from your CarChip data logger and will always contain data from your last download. To import the log file: 1.

Select Import Log File from the Setup menu. The Open Logs dialog box displays.

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Navigate to the folder containing a Log.txt file, select the file, then click Open. The log file is imported into the software.

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View the data or save it as a CarChip (.car) data file.

CarChip Menu Commands The CarChip menu commands control operations affecting the CarChip data logger. Note: The data logger must be connected to your computer to access any of these commands.

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The commands that display in this menu depend on the CarChip data logger model. The CarChip menu commands are: Download CarChip Data - Lets you download data from the CarChip data logger to your computer. Display CarChip Memory - Displays the available memory available on your CarChip data logger. Clear CarChip Memory - Lets you clear the CarChip memory. Enable CarChip LED - Controls the modes of operation for your CarChip LED. Reset Check Engine Light - Configures your CarChip to turn off the Check Engine Light in your vehicle. Note: This command is only available for CarChip E/X (product 8220, 8221) and CarChip E/X Alarm (product 8225) models. Enable CarChip Alarm - Controls the modes of operation for your CarChip Alarm. Note: This command is only available for the CarChip E/X Alarm (product 8225) model. Enable CarChip VIN Mode - Configures your CarChip to retrieve vehicle's unique VIN number when it is connected to a car. Note: This command is only available for newer CarChip models (products 8211, 8221 and 8225) Set Speed Bands - Lets you set speed thresholds so you can monitor your speed. Set Braking Thresholds - Lets you configure the deceleration rates that determine hard and extreme breaking in your vehicle. Set Acceleration Thresholds - Lets you configure the acceleration rates that determine hard and extreme acceleration in your vehicle. Set Clock - Lets you set the CarChip data logger's internal clock to your computer's clock. Choose Other Parameters - Lets you configure parameters regarding your

Downloading CarChip Data Once you have connected your CarChip data logger to your computer, you are ready to download data from any of the CarChip models. To download data: 1. Click the Download CarChip icon or select Download CarChip Data from the CarChip menu. In some instances, the Warning Clock Setup dialog box displays. When data is downloaded, the software automatically compares the internal clock on the CarChip against the clock on your computer. Click OK to continue or check Synchronize Clocks to set the CarChip data logger's internal clock to your computer's clock. The Downloading Logs status dialog box displays. Click Cancel to abort the download before it is finished. The Downloading Logs dialog box closes when the download is complete.

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The Question dialog box displays. The Question dialog box asks if you want to delete the current CarChip memory.

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Click No to keep the current data in the CarChip device, or click Yes to clear the CarChip memory.

Note: This dialog box contains a Don't Ask Again check box. By Checking this option and clicking Yes, the CarChip's memory is automatically cleared after every download. By clicking No, the CarChip's memory is never cleared after download. To change your CarChip memory clearing options, see Memory Clearing Options. The Unidentified Vehicle/Driver dialog box displays. See Unidentified Vehicle/Driver ID for more information on this dialog box. Once you have finished associating vehicles and drivers to the downloaded trip data, the Activity Log Summary view automatically displays the downloaded data once the download is completed.

Display CarChip Memory The Display CarChip Memory dialog box displays how much memory is currently be used by the CarChip data logger. Note: This command is only available when a CarChip data logger is connected to your computer. To display CarChip memory information: 1.

Select Display CarChip Memory from the CarChip menu. The Display CarChip Memory dialog box displays the following information Used - The memory occupied by data. Free - The amount of memory available for data. Total - The total amount of memory available on the data logger.

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Click OK to close the dialog box.

Clear CarChip Memory The Clear CarChip Memory dialog box lets clear the CarChip data logger's memory. To clear CarChip memory: 1.

Select Clear CarChip Memory from the CarChip menu. The Clear CarChip Memory dialog box displays.

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Click Yes to clear the CarChip data logger memory. Click No to exit the dialog without clearing the data logger memory.

Enable CarChip LED The Enable CarChip LED command on the CarChip menu toggles the CarChip LED between Diagnostic Mode and Disabled Mode. When a check box displays next the Enable CarChip LED command, the Diagnostic Mode is in use on the CarChip data logger. If a check box does not display, the CarChip data Logger LED is in Disabled Mode. To toggle between the CarChip LED modes:

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Select Enable CarChip LED from the CarChip menu. The CarChip software takes a moment to initialize the LED setting. The CarChip LED is now in Diagnostic Mode.

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Select Enable CarChip LED a second time. The CarChip software take a moment to initialize the LED setting. The CarChip LED is now in Disabled Mode.

To view CarChip LED status: 1.

View Enable CarChip LED from the CarChip menu. If a check displays next to the command, Diagnostic Mode is currently in use on your CarChip. If a check does not display, Disabled Mode is currently in use.

CarChip LED Modes The CarChip can be toggled between two LED Modes: Diagnostic and Disabled. Diagnostic Mode Diagnostic Mode enables the LED in the following manner: Self-test Mode - Displays three rapid blinks, indicating the initial hardware self-test was completed successfully. Communications Mode - Displays two rapid blinks per second until the CarChip successfully begins to communicate with a vehicle. Data Mode - Displays one blink per second while the CarChip is communicating with a vehicle. Sleep Mode - Does not display any blinks. PC Mode - Displays one blink per second whenever CarChip is connected to a PC. LED is 100% ON when downloading to a PC. Disabled Mode When the CarChip LED is disabled only the Self-test and PC modes are active. Self-test Mode - Displays three rapid blinks indicates the initial hardware self-test was completed successfully. PC Mode - Displays one blink per second whenever CarChip is connected to a PC. LED is 100% ON when downloading to a PC.

Reset Check Engine Light The Reset Check Engine Light command enables your CarChip data logger to turn off the Check Engine light in your vehicle the next time the CarChip data logger is connected to your vehicle. Note: If the condition that caused the check engine light to appear has not been corrected, the light reappears the next time the car detects the condition. To turn the Reset Check Engine Light command on and off: 1.

Select Reset Check Engine Light from the CarChip menu. The CarChip software takes a moment to initialize the setting. The Reset Check Engine Light is now turned on.

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Select Reset Check Engine Light a second time. The CarChip software take a moment to initialize the setting. The Reset Check Engine Light is now turned off.

To view Reset Check Engine Light status: 1.

View the Reset Check Engine Light command from the CarChip menu. If a check displays next to the command, the command is turned on. If a check does not display, the command has been turned off.

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Enable CarChip Alarm The Enable CarChip Alarm command displays on the CarChip menu only when a CarChip E/X with Alarm (product 8225) is connected to your computer and has an established a connection with the CarChip software. The CarChip E/X with Alarm emits an audible alarm in your vehicle when speed band thresholds, acceleration and braking thresholds have been exceeded. The Enable Alarm command toggles the CarChip Alarm on and off. When a check box displays next to the Enable Alarm command, the alarm on the CarChip data logger is turned on. If a check box does not display, the CarChip data Logger Alarm has been turned off. To toggle the CarChip Alarm on and off: 1.

Select Enable Alarm from the CarChip menu. The CarChip software takes a moment to initialize the Alarm setting. The CarChip Alarm is now on.

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Select Enable Alarm a second time. The CarChip software take a moment to initialize the Alarm setting. The CarChip Alarm is now off.

To view CarChip Alarm Status: 1.

View Enable Alarm from the CarChip menu. If a check displays next to the command, the CarChip alarm is turned on and in use. If a check does not display, the CarChip alarm is turned off.

Enable CarChip VIN Mode The Enable CarChip VIN mode command on the CarChip menu toggles the VIN reading function on the CarChip data logger on and off. When the CarChip VIN mode is turned on, the CarChip data logger reads the unique VIN number associated with the vehicle the next time the CarChip data logger is connected to the vehicle. When the trip information is later downloaded, the VIN number is associated with trips taken, and displays in the Trip Log Report View. When the CarChip VIN mode is turned off, the VIN number is not recorded and does not display in association with trip information. Caution: With VIN Mode enabled, the CarChip records the VIN number from the vehicle if the vehicle supports that feature. If the VIN number does not display the next time the CarChip has been connected to your vehicle, do not enable the CarChip VIN Mode, since asking for data the vehicle does not support can cause undesirable side effects. The Enable VIN Mode command toggles the VIN mode on and off. When a check box displays next to the Enable VIN Mode command, the VIN recording capabilities on the CarChip data logger are turned on. If a check box does not display, the CarChip data logger alarm has been turned off. Note: The Enable VIN Mode command is only available for products 8211, 8221, and 8225. To toggle the CarChip VIN Mode on and off: 1.

Select Enable VIN Mode from the CarChip menu. The CarChip software takes a moment to initialize the VIN setting. The CarChip VIN mode is now on and will record the VIN information on a vehicle the next time it is connected to a vehicle.

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Select Enable VIN Mode a second time. The CarChip software take a moment to initialize the VIN setting. The CarChip VIN mode is now off.

To view CarChip VIN status: 1.

View Enable VIN Mode from the CarChip menu. If a check displays next to the command, the CarChip VIN Mode has been enabled on the CarChip data logger. If a check does not display, the CarChip VIN Mode is turned off.

Set Speed Bands Use the Set Speed Bands dialog box to enter the threshold speeds for the CarChip data logger. The threshold speeds help you identify how much time is spent in each speed band. The time spent in each band shows up on the Trip Report and is displayed as horizontal dotted lines in the Trip Speed Plot. To set speed bands:

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Select Set Speed Bands... from the CarChip menu. The CarChip / Set Speed Bands dialog box displays.

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Enter the maximum threshold speed for each of the first three speed bands. The fourth speed band consists of all speeds greater than the last threshold, or click Default to use the software default threshold settings. The default speed thresholds are: 45, 60, and 75 mph (US); 72, 97, and 121 kph (Metric); and 20.1, 26.8 and 33.5 m/s (S.I.).

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Click OK to save the new speed band settings. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box without saving changes to the settings.

Note: The speed threshold displaying in the fourth speed band is also the threshold that triggers the audible alarm on the CarChip E/X with Alarm (product 8225) model. When this speed band is exceeded in a vehicle, the alarm sounds until the vehicle is no longer over the speed band threshold. See Enable CarChip Alarm for more information on using the CarChip Alarm feature.

Set Braking Thresholds Use the Set Braking Thresholds dialog box to enter the rates of deceleration that define hard braking and extreme braking. Accident Logs are created based on the thresholds set in this dialog box. To set braking thresholds: 1.

Select Set Braking Thresholds from the CarChip menu. The CarChip / Set Braking Thresholds dialog box displays.

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Enter your desired hard and extreme braking thresholds or click Default to use the software default threshold settings. The default braking thresholds are: 0.28 and 0.48 G (US & Metric) and 2.8 and 4.7 m/s2 (S.I.).

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Click OK to save the new settings. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box and retain the previous settings.

Note: Note: The extreme braking threshold is also the threshold that triggers the audible alarm on the CarChip E/X with Alarm (product 8225) model. When this breaking threshold is exceeded in a vehicle, the alarm sounds until the vehicle is no longer exceeding the braking threshold. See Enable CarChip Alarm for more information on using the CarChip Alarm feature.

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Use the Set Accelerations Thresholds dialog box to enter the rates of acceleration that define hard acceleration and extreme acceleration. These thresholds help you monitor how hard the vehicle is being accelerated. Any time the car's acceleration exceeds these set limits, the event is logged in the Trip Report. To set acceleration thresholds: 1.

Select Set Acceleration Thresholds... from the CarChip menu. The CarChip / Set Acceleration Thresholds dialog box displays.

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Enter your desired hard and extreme acceleration thresholds or click Default to use the software default threshold settings. The Default acceleration thresholds are: 0.28 and 0.48 G (US & Metric) and 2.8 and 4.7 m/s2 (S.I.).

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Click OK to save the new settings. Click Cancel to exit the dialog box and retain the previous settings.

Note: The extreme acceleration threshold is also the threshold that triggers the audible alarm on the CarChip E/X with Alarm (product 8225) model. When this acceleration threshold is exceeded in a vehicle, the alarm sounds until the vehicle is no longer exceeding the threshold. See Enable CarChip Alarm for more information on using the CarChip Alarm feature.

Set Clock The Set Clock dialog box lets you set the CarChip data logger's internal clock to match your computer's clock. To set the CarChip's internal clock: 1.

Select Set Clock from the CarChip menu. The CarChip / Set Clock dialog box displays.

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Click Yes to set the clock on the CarChip to match the clock on your computer, or click No to exit the dialog box and retain the CarChip's previous clock settings.

Choose Other Parameters Use the Choose Other Parameters dialog box to select up to four additional vehicle data parameters to be logged in addition to vehicle speed. To choose other parameters: 1.

Select Choose Other Parameters... from the CarChip menu. The CarChip / Choose Other Parameters dialog box displays.

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Use the drop down list to select up to four additional vehicle data parameters.

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For each parameter, select a sampling interval.

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Click OK to save the parameter settings, or click Cancel to exit the dialog box and retain the previous settings.

Note: A parameter can not be logged more than once. Please review your parameter selections and remove any duplicate selections.

View Menu Commands The View menu commands allow you to view Trip Log, Activity Log, Accident Log, Vehicle Trouble Log and Summary Log information. Note: The Accident and Summary Log menu commands are only available for CarChip data logger model E/X or higher. Use the following topics to learn more about each log view: CarChip Home Page Trip Log Activity Log Accident Log Trouble Log Summary Log

CarChip Home Page The CarChip Home Page displays summary information about the CarChip data loggers, vehicle IDs, and driver IDs listed in the CarChip software. From the Home Page you can access the monthly vehicle and driver summaries as well as detailed monthly summaries for every vehicle and driver listed in the home page. To view the Home Page: 1.

Click on the Home icon or select Home from the View menu. The Home Page view displays with a summary of usage for every CarChip data logger associated with the CarChip software and a monthly summary of vehicle and driver information.

The CarChip Home Page contains the following information: CarChip Table The CarChip table contains information about the CarChip data logger(s) associated with the CarChip software. The information displayed in this table is:

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Table Row:

Description:

CarChip

Displays the CarChip data logger serial number or unique name.

Last Downloaded

Displays the date the CarChip data was last downloaded.

Vehicle

Displays the vehicles that have been associated with connection events to the CarChip data logger. If there is more than one vehicle associated with the CarChip, the word Multiple displays.

Driver

Displays the drivers that have been associated with connection events to the CarChip data logger. If there is more than one driver associated with the CarChip, the word Multiple displays.

Monthly Summary The Monthly summary displays vehicle and driver statistics available for the current month. To display vehicle information for other months, click Previous or Next. Vehicle Summary The Vehicle Summary table contains vehicle information for the current month. The information displayed in this table is:

Table Row:

Description:

Vehicle

Displays the VIN number or unique name for the vehicle. Contains a hyperlink for displaying detailed information about the vehicle.

Distance

Displays the total distance the vehicle was driven with the CarChip data logger connected to the vehicle for the selected month.

High Speed

Displays the highest speed the vehicle logged for the selected month.

Overall MPG

Displays the average miles per gallon for the vehicle for the selected month. The Overall MPG for your vehicle is determined by the information you enter in the Fuel Entry dialog box.

Price/Mile

Lists the price per mile it costs to fuel the vehicle for the selected month. The Price/Mile for your vehicle is determined by the information you enter in the Fuel Entry dialog box.

Note: The Overall MPG and Price/Mile fields are based on the U.S. system of measurement and on U.S. currency. These units do not change if you select another system of measurement from the Units dialog box. Driver Summary The Driver Summary table contains driver information for the current month. The information displayed in this table is:

Table Row:

Description:

Driver

Displays the unique name for the driver. Contains a hyperlink for displaying detailed information about the driver.

Distance

Displays the total distance the driver drove with the CarChip data logger connected to the vehicle for the selected month.

High Speed

Displays the highest speed the driver logged for the selected month.

Acceleration Rate

Displays the average of all the hard and extreme accelerations recorded for the selected month. The average is calculated by adding all the hard and extreme acceleration events and dividing them by distance traveled.

Deceleration Rate

Displays the average of all the hard and extreme decelerations recorded for the selected month. The average is calculated by adding all the hard and extreme deceleration events and dividing them by distance traveled.

Top Speed Band

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limit for the selected month. Note: The Acceleration Rate and Deceleration Rate fields are based on the G-force measure type. These units do not change if you select another system of measurement from the Units dialog box.

Home Page Driver Summary View The Home Page Driver Summary view displays when you select a Driver hyperlink from the Driver Summary table in the CarChip Home page. The Driver Summary displays detailed information about the selected driver for the select month displayed on the CarChip Home page. The Driver Summary contains the following information: Driver Summary Table The Driver Summary table contains driver statistics for selected time intervals. The information displayed in this table is:

Table Row:

Description:

Time Interval

Displays the periods of time that cover the driver statistics. The time intervals are: This Month Last Month Last 3 Months Last 6 Months Last 12 Months

Distance

Displays the total distance the driver covered with the CarChip data logger connected to the vehicle.

High Speed

Displays the highest speed that was recorded for the driver for the time interval.

Acceleration Rate

Displays the average of all the hard and extreme accelerations recorded for the driver during the displayed time periods.

Deceleration Rate

Displays the average of all the hard and extreme decelerations recorded for the driver during the displayed time periods.

Top Speed Band

Displays the total time the driver spent driving over the top speed band limit during the displayed time periods.

Note: The Acceleration Rate and Deceleration Rate fields are based on the G-force measure type. These units do not change if you select another system of measurement from the Units dialog box. You are responsible for your conversions.

Home Page Vehicle Summary View The Home Page Vehicle Summary page displays when you select a Vehicle Hyperlink from the Vehicle Summary table in the CarChip Home page. The Vehicle Summary displays detailed information about the selected vehicle for the month displayed in the CarChip Home page. The Vehicle Summary contains the following information: Vehicle Use Overview Table The Vehicle Use Overview table contains vehicle usage statistics for selected time intervals. The information displayed in this table is:

Table Row:

Description:

Time Interval

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statistics. The time intervals are: This Month Last Month Last 3 Months Last 6 Months Last 12 Months Distance

Displays the total distance the vehicle was driven with the CarChip data logger connected to the vehicle.

High Speed

Displays the highest speed the vehicle logged for the time interval.

MPG

Displays the average miles per gallon for the vehicle for the time interval. The MPG for your vehicle is determined by the information you enter in the Fuel Entry dialog box.

Price/Mile

Lists the price per mile it costs to fuel the vehicle for the time interval. The Price/Mile for your vehicle is determined by the information you enter in the Fuel Entry dialog box.

Note: The MPG and Price/Mile fields are based on the U.S. system of measurement and on U.S. currency. These units do not change if you select another system of measurement from the Units dialog box. You are responsible for your conversions. Parameter Summaries The Parameters summary displays available parameter statistics for you car based on the time intervals displayed in the Vehicle Use Overview table. The information displayed in these tables are:

Table Row:

Description:

Parameter

Displays the name of the parameter that was monitored for the time period.

Threshold

Displays the maximum threshold value set for the selected parameter for the time period being displayed.

Time Over Thresh (Threshold)

Displays the total time the vehicle spent over the maximum threshold.

Time Under Thresh (Threshold)

Displays the total time the vehicle spent under the maximum threshold.

High Above Threshold

Displays the highest value recorded above the threshold, if any exists for the time period being displayed.

Low Below Threshold

Displays the lowest value recorded below the threshold.

Trip Log Views The Trip Log Views allow you to look at the vehicle data recorded by your CarChip. Select a topic below to learn more about the Trip Log Summary, Trip Log Report View, Trip Log Plot View, and the Trip Log Table View. Trip Log Summary Trip Log Report View Trip Log Plot View Trip Log Table View

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Trip Log Plot View The Accident Log Plot View displays line graphs of all the available trip data. Note: The trip data that displays in the plot view depends on CarChip data logger model. The basic CarChip plots only the vehicle speed. The CarChip E/X or higher model plots the data for any additional parameters you have selected. To view the Trip Log Plots: 1.

Click on the Trip Log View icon or select Trip Log from the View menu. The Trip Log Summary view displays.

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Click on the Trip Log drop-down box to display a list of all the trips recorded in the Trip Log. The drop-down list box always begins with the Summary view, with each recorded trip listed in order below the Summary.

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Select one of the Trips records listed in the drop-down list by placing the cursor over it to highlight the stop, then clicking with the left mouse button. You can also select trip records by using the up and down cursor keys to move up and down the list, then pressing Enter when you have highlighted the desired stop. The Trip Log Report view displays.

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Use the Right or Left cursor key to select the Plot view of the record, or click the Plot button. The Trip Log Plot view displays.

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Click the Left Arrow button or press the Up cursor key to display the previous Trip Log record.

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Click the Right Arrow button or press the Down cursor key to display the next Trip Log record.

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Use the Left and Right cursor keys to select the Report or Table views of the record.

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Click the Down Arrow button to display the next plot available for the selected trip.

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Click the Up Arrow button to display the previous plot for the selected trip, or use the scroll bar to display the different plot views.

10. Click Comments to either view or edit a comment for the current record. 11. Click Options to change the Accident Log Plot View setup options.

Trip Log Plot View Mouse Commands The following mouse commands are available in Trip Log Plot view: Left Button Commands: The following commands are available using the Left Mouse button: Zoom Right-Click Menu Commands: The Right-Click Menu commands are available in the Trip Log Plot view:

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Unzoom



Copy As



Save As



Speed Bands - Select to include horizontal lines indicating speed band settings.



Braking Events - Select to draw vertical lines indicating braking events that exceed a braking threshold.



Acceleration Events - Select to include vertical lines indicating acceleration events that exceed an acceleration threshold.



Line Plot - Select to draw plots using plain lines. If not selected the area under the lines is filled in with black.



Plot Coordinates - Select to display the cursor coordinates inside the plot view window.



Normalize Axes - Select to use the same upper speed range for all Speed Plots. The upper end of the speed range is set in the Setup / Plots dialog box. Click the Options button in the plot window to change the upper speed range.

• Help F1 Trip Log Table View The Trip Log Table view displays the all the values, including vehicle speed and any other selected parameters, that were sampled by the CarChip data logger through the duration of the trip. Note: The trip data that displays in the table view depends on CarChip data logger model. The basic CarChip displays only the vehicle speed in the table view. The CarChip E/X or higher model displays the data for any additional parameters that have been selected. To view the Trip Log Table: Click the Trip Log View icon or Select Trip Log from the View menu. The Trip Log Summary view displays. 1.

Click on the Trip Log drop-down box to display a list of all trips recorded in the Trip Log. The dropdown list box always begins with the Summary view, with each recorded trip listed in order below the Summary.

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Select one of the trip records listed in the drop-down list by placing the cursor over it to highlight the stop, then clicking with the left mouse button. You can also select trip records by using the Up and Down cursor keys to move up and down the list, then pressing Enter when you have highlighted the desired stop. The Trip Log Report view displays.

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Use the Right or Left cursor key to select the Table view of the record, or click the Table button. The Trip Log Table view displays.

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Click on the Right Arrow button or press the Down cursor key to display the new Trip Log record.

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Click on the Left Arrow button or press the Up cursor key to display the previous Trip Log record.

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Use the Right and Left cursor keys to select the Plot and Report views of the record, or, just click the Plot or Report button.

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Click on Comments to either view or edit a comment for the current record.

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Click on Options to change the Trip Log Plot View setup options.

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Trip Log Report The Trip Log Report view displays expanded summary trip information for each trip recorded on the CarChip data logger. To view the Trip Log Report: 1.

Click on the Trip Log View icon or select Trip Log from the View menu. The Trip Log Summary view displays.

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Click on the Trip Log drop-down box to display a list of all trips recorded in the Trip Log. The dropdown list box always begins with the Summary view, with each recorded trip listed in order below the Summary.

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Select one of the trip records listed in the drop-down box by clicking enter once you have selected the desired trip. You can also scroll through trip records by using the Up and Down cursor keys. The Trip Log Report view displays.

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Click on the Right Arrow button or press the Down cursor key to display the next Trip Log report.

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Click on the Left Arrow button or press the Up cursor key to display the previous Trip Log report.

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Use the Left and Right cursor keys to select the Plot or Table views of the record.

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Click on Comments to either view or edit a comment for the current record.

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Click on Options to change the Accident Log Plot View setup options.

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Click on Comments to either view or edit a comment for the current record.

10. Click on Options to change the Trip Log Plot View setup options.

Trip Log Summary The Trip Log Summary view displays basic trip information. To view the Trip Log Summary: 1.

Click on the Trip Log View icon or select Trip Log from the View menu. The Trip Log Summary view displays.

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Activity Log View The Activity Log View displays all the activity events recorded by your CarChip. Select a topic below to learn more about the Activity Log Summary and the Activity Log Event View. Activity Log Summary Activity Log Event View

Activity Log Event View The Activity Log Event view displays the activity information including any comments. To view am Activity Log Event: 1.

Click on the Activity Log View icon or select Activity Log from the View menu. The Activity Log Summary view displays.

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Click on the Activity Log drop-down box to display a list of all events recorded in the Activity Log. The drop-down list box displays the Summary view when the Activity Log is displayed, with each recorded event listed in order below the Summary.

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Select one of the event records listed in the drop-down list by placing the cursor over it to highlight the event, then clicking with the left mouse button. Also, use the Up and Down cursor keys in the drop down box to display each event. The selected Activity Log Event view displays.

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Click Comments to either view or edit a comment for the current record.

The Accident Log Plot View displays a line graph of the vehicle speed data recorded during the 20 seconds prior to the stop.

Activity Log Summary View The Activity Log Summary displays all the activities recorded for the currently loaded CarChip database. To view the Activity Log Summary: 1.

Click the Activity Log View icon or select Activity Log from the View menu. The Activity Log Summary view displays.

Accident Log Views The Accident Log Views allow you to look at the accident data collected by your CarChip. CarChip defines an accident as a stop in which the rate of deceleration exceeds either the hard braking or the extreme braking thresholds. Select a topic below to learn more about the Accident Log Summary, Accident Log Report View, Accident Log Plot View, and the Accident Log Table View. Accident Log Summary Accident Log Report View Accident Log Plot View Accident Log Table View

Accident Log Plot View The Accident Log Plot View displays a line graph of the vehicle speed data recorded during the 20 seconds prior to the stop. To view the Accident Log Plots: 1.

Click on the Accident Log View icon or select Accident Log from the View menu. The Accident Log Summary view displays.

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Click on the Accident Log drop-down box to display a list of all stops recorded in the Accident Log. The drop-down list box always begins with the Summary view, with each recorded stop listed in order below the Summary.

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Select one of the stop records listed in the drop-down list by placing the cursor over it to highlight the stop, then clicking with the left mouse button. You can also select stop records by using the up and down cursor keys to move up and down the list, then pressing Enter when you have highlighted the desired stop. The Accident Log Report view displays.

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Use the Right or Left cursor key to select the Plot view of the record, or click the Plot button. The Accident Log Plot view displays.

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Click the Left Arrow button or press the Up cursor key to display the previous Accident Log record.

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Click the Right Arrow button or press the Down cursor key to display the next Accident Log record.

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Use the Left and Right cursor keys to select the Report or Table views of the record.

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Click Comments to either view or edit a comment for the current record.

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Click Options to change the Accident Log Plot View setup options.

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Accident Log Plot View Mouse Commands The following mouse commands are available in Accident Log Plots. Left Button Commands:



Zoom

Right-Click Menu:



Unzoom



Copy As



Save As



Line Plot

Select to draw plots using plain lines. If not selected the area under the lines will be filled in.



Plot Coordinates

Select to display the cursor coordinates inside the plot view window.



Normalize Axes

Select to use the same upper speed range for all Speed Plots. The upper end of the speed range is set in the Setup / Plots dialog box - Click Options button in plot window.

• Help F1 Accident Log Report View The Accident Log Report view displays the vehicle speed for the 20 seconds prior to a stop sudden enough to register as either a hard braking event or an extreme braking event. To view the Accident Log Report: 1.

Click on the Accident Log View icon or select Accident Log from the View menu. The Accident Log Summary view displays.

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Click on the Accident Log drop-down box to display a list of all stops recorded in the Accident Log. The drop-down list box always begins with the Summary view, with each recorded stop listed in order below the Summary.

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Select one of the stop records listed in the drop-down box by placing the cursor over it to highlight the stop, then clicking with the left mouse button. You can also scroll through stop records by using the Up and Down cursor keys. The screen displays the Accident Log Report view which displays the vehicle speed for each of the 20 seconds prior to the stop. To display the next Accident Log record, click on the Right Arrow button or press the Down cursor key. To display the previous Accident Log record, click on the Left Arrow button or press the Up cursor key.

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Use the Left and Right cursor keys to select the Plot or Table views of the record.

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Click on Comments to either view or edit a comment for the current record.

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Click on Options to change the Accident Log Plot View setup options.

Accident Log Summary View The Accident Log Summary view displays the date and time, the CarChip ID, and the maximum speed recorded for each stop in the Accident Log. To view the Accident Log Summary: 1.

Click on the Accident Log View icon or select Accident Log from the View menu. The Accident Log Summary view displays.

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Click on the Accident Log drop-down box to display a list of all stops recorded in the Accident Log. The drop-down box always begins with the Summary view, with each recorded stop listed in order below the Summary. From the Summary View you can click on the Summary drop-down list box to display a list of all stops recorded in the Accident Log.

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Select a stop record by placing the cursor over it to highlight the stop, then clicking with the left mouse button. You can also scroll through stop records using the Up and Down cursor keys or using the wheel on your mouse.

4.

The selected record is displayed in the Accident Log Report view.

Accident Log Table View The Accident Log Table view displays the vehicle speed over the 20 seconds prior to the stop. To view the Accident Log Table: 1.

Click the Accident Log View icon or select Accident Log from the View menu. The Accident Log Summary view displays.

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Click on the Accident Log drop-down box to display a list of all stops recorded in the Accident Log. The drop-down list box always begins with the Summary view, with each recorded stop listed in order below the Summary.

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Select one of the stop records listed in the drop-down list by placing the cursor over it to highlight the stop, then clicking with the left mouse button. You can also select stop records by using the Up and Down cursor keys to move up and down the list, then pressing Enter when you have highlighted the desired stop. The Accident Log record view displays.

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Use the Right or Left cursor key to select the Table view of the record, or click the Table button. The Accident Log Table view displays.

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Click on the Right Arrow button or press the Down cursor key to display the new Accident Log record.

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Click on the Left Arrow button or press the Up cursor key to display the previous Accident Log record.

7. Use the Right and Left cursor keys to select the Plot and Report views of the record, or, just click the Plot or Report button.

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Trouble Log View The Trouble Log View displays all the internal vehicle problems detected by your CarChip. Select a topic below to learn more about the Trouble Log Summary and the Trouble Log Problem View. Trouble Log Summary Trouble Log Event View

Trouble Log Problem View The Trouble Log Problem View displays any problems detected with the vehicle or vehicles the CarChip data logger has been connected with. Any problem that is detected includes a trouble code and a brief description. To view the Trouble Log Problem View: 1.

Click the Trouble Log View icon or select Trouble Log from the View menu. The Trouble Log Summary displays.

2.

Click the Trouble Log drop-down list box to display a list of all problems recorded in the Trouble Log. The drop-down list box always begins with the Summary view, with each detected problem listed in order below the Summary.

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Select one of the problem records listed in the drop-down list by placing the cursor over it to highlight the event, then clicking with the left mouse button. You can also scroll through the Problem records by using the Up and Down cursor keys. The Trouble Log Problem view displays. The Problem View includes a "freeze frame" snapshot of the vehicle data at the time the problem was detected.

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Select Comments to either view or edit the comments for the problem.

Trouble Log Summary View The Trouble Log Summary displays a summary of all the problems and trouble codes that were logged while the CarChip data logger was connected to a vehicle or vehicles. To view the Trouble Log Summary: 1.

Click the Trouble Log View icon or select Trouble Log from the View menu. The Trouble Log Summary view displays.

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2. Click on the Trouble Log drop-down list box to display a list of all problems recorded in the Trouble Log. The drop-down list box always begins with the Summary view, with each detected problem listed in order below the Summary.

3. Select one of the Trouble Log records from the drop-down list by placing the cursor over the record and clicking the left mouse button. You can also scroll through the records by using the Up and Down cursor keys. The Trouble Log Problem view displays.

Summary Log The Summary Log displays the vehicle parameter data recorded by the CarChip data logger for every trip. View the summary log available for each trip, go directly to a summary log, or delete all summary logs from this dialog box. Note: This menu command is only available for CarChip Models E/X or higher. To view the Summary Log: 1.

Select Summary Log from the View Menu. The Summary Log dialog box displays.

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The Summary Log contains the following fields and boxes: Field

Description

Record

Displays the number of summary records that currently exist in the summary log

Driver

Displays the unique name for the driver.

Vehicle

Displays the VIN number or unique name for the vehicle.

CarChip

Displays the CarChip data logger serial number or unique name.

Start Time

Displays the trip's start time.

End Time

Displays the trip's end time.

Duration

Displays the trip's duration.

Distance

Displays the total distance of the trip.

Avg. Speed

Displays the average speed.

Max Speed

Displays the maximum speed, or highest speed that was recorded during the trip.

Parameter Name

Displays the name of the parameter that was selected for monitoring.

Threshold

Displays the maximum threshold value for the parameter.

Max Value Above Threshold

Displays the value the CarChip recorded that was over the set threshold value.

Time Above Threshold

Displays the total time the vehicle spent over the threshold value.

Min Value Below Threshold

Displays the value the CarChip recorded that was the lowest value under the set threshold.

Time Below Threshold

Displays the total time the vehicle spent under the threshold value.

OK

Click to close the summary log view.

Delete All

Click to delete all the records present in the summary log.

Go To

Click to display a specific record number.

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Previous

Click to view the previous record.

Next

Click to view the next record.

Help

Click to receive context sensitive help for this dialog box.

2.

Click OK to close the Summary Log dialog box.

To Delete all records: 1.

Click Delete All. All the available records are deleted.

2.

Click OK to close the Summary Log dialog box.

Note: Deleting all the records displayed in the Summary Log may impact the information displayed in the CarChip Home Page and corresponding pages. Review the statistics and data displayed in these pages before deleting all the summary log information.

Comments The Comments dialog box provides functionality for adding comments to each individual trip, activity, accident, or trouble record. To display or edit the comments for a record: 1.

Display the trip, activity, accident or trouble record that requires a comment. Use the drop down box containing all the records for the current log view to display the record.

2.

Select the Comments button when the record displays. The Comments dialog box displays.

3.

Enter new comments or edit existing comments.

4.

Click OK to save the comments or click Cancel to exit the dialog box without saving the comment changes.

Help Menu Commands Help Menu Commands The CarChip Help menu lets you access the CarChip Help and CarChip Version Information. The Help menu contains the following:



CarChip Help - Opens the CarChip Help window. See Using CarChip Help for more information about using the Help window.



About CarChip - Displays version information for the CarChip hardware and software.

To display the CarChip Help Window: 1.

Select CarChip Help from the Help menu or click Help from the toolbar. The Help window displays.

To display the About CarChip Window: 1.

Select About CarChip from the Help menu. The About CarChip window displays.

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Click the window to close it and re-display the CarChip software.

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More Information Menu Click on a topic below to view help for a particular menu: CarChip User's Guide CarChip Specifications Incompatible Vehicle List One Year Limited Warranty Contacting Davis Instruments

CarChip User's Guide A printable version of the online help is provided in the Adobe Acrobat file carchip.pdf located on the CarChip software CD. The manual is also provided as a short cut on the Start Menu.

CarChip Specifications General Operating Temperature

-40° to +185°F (-40° to +85°C)

Primary Power, Connected to Vehicle

12 VDC

Primary Power, Connect to Computer

9 VDC, AC-Power Adapter Provided

Backup Power

Internal battery, 10-15 year life in normal use

Memory

128K for CarChip, 512K for CarChip E/X

Memory Storage

75 hours for CarChip, 300 hours for CarChipE/X)

Time & Date

Accurate to +/- 2 seconds per day

Vehicle Interface

16-pin OBDII connector

Computer Interface

Serial, DB9

Computer Cable Length

5’ (1.5m)

Indicator Lamp

LED, pulses to indicate unit status

Dimensions

1.8" wide x 1 " tall x 1.25" deep" (46 mm x 25.4 mm x 32 mm)

Weight

0.9 oz. (2.55g)

OBDII Compatibility Supported Protocols

J1850-41.6, J1850-10.4, ISO9141, KWP2000 (ISO 14230)

CarChip Compatible Vehicles: US-Market

Most domestic and import vehicles, 1996 or later.

European-Market

Some 1996 and later vehicles and most 2000 and later vehicles compliant with the supported protocols listed above.

Elsewhere

Undetermined. Some 1996 and later vehicles that are compliant with the supported protocols may be CarChip Compatible.

Incompatible Protocols *

CAN (Controller Area Network - ISO 11898)

Incompatible US Market Vehicles *

See the Incompatible Vehicle List

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Operating System

Windows 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, XP

Disk Space

5 MB free disk space

Display

Windows-compatible VGA minimum

Data Display Trip Log Summary View

Start date and time, duration, distance, max speed, time in top speed band, number of hard braking events, number of extreme braking events, number of hard acceleration events, number of extreme acceleration events, vehicle ID

Trip Log Report View

Vehicle ID, CarChip data logger ID, start time, end time, duration, time spent at idle, time spent in first speed band, time spent in second speed band, time spent in third speed band, time spent in fourth speed band, distance, average speed, maximum speed, number of hard braking events, number of extreme braking events, number of hard acceleration events, number of extreme acceleration events, list of logged parameters (speed only for CarChip, up to 5 parameters for CarChip E/X), comments

Trip Log Plot View

Line graph for vehicle speed. CarChip E/X includes line graphs for up to four additional parameters

Trip Log Table View

Elapsed time for trip and speed every 5 seconds. Up to four other parameters every 5, 10, 20, 30 or 60 seconds for CarChip E/X only

Activity Log Summary View

Date and time, CarChip ID, description

Activity Log Event View

Date and time, CarChip ID, description, comments

Accident Log Summary View (CarChip E/X only)

Date and time, CarChip ID, maximum speed in log

Accident Log Stop View (CarChip E/X only)

Date and time, CarChip ID, maximum speed in log, comments

Accident Log Plot View (CarChip E/X only

Date and time, line graph of vehicle speed for 20 seconds prior to stop.

Accident Log Table View (CarChip E/X only)

Vehicle speed for each of the 20 seconds prior to the stop.

Trouble Log Summary View

Date and time, vehicle ID, trouble code, problem description

Trouble Log Problem View

Date and time, vehicle ID, CarChip ID, trouble code, problem description, comments, OBDII freeze frame info (parameters included in freeze frame vary from car to car)

Data Options

Supported Unit Systems

U.S., Metric, S.I., custom

Vehicle Speed Sampling Interval

5 seconds

Other Parameters Sampling Intervals (E/X only)

5, 10, 20, 30, or 60 seconds

Vehicle Speed Bands

4, user configurable, use to identify typical vs atypical vehicle operation

Calculated Data

Hard and extreme braking, hard and extreme acceleration

Data Parameters for CarChip and CarChip E/X Parameter

Range*

Resolution*

Vehicle Speed

0 to 158 mph, 0 to 255 kph, 0 to 70 m/s

0.6 mph, 1 kph, 0.3 m/s

Trip Distance Traveled

0 to 10,000 miles, 0 to 16,000 km

0.1 m, 0.1 km

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Threshold *Range and resolution of sensor measurements only. Accuracy is dependent on the accuracy of the vehicle’s sensors. Data Parameters for CarChip E/X Only Parameter

Range*

Resolution*

Engine Speed

0 to 16,384 rpm

1 rpm

Throttle Position

0 to 100%

Coolant Temperature

-40° to +420°F, -40° to +215°C

0.1% 2°F, 1°C

Engine Load

0 to 100%

0.1%

Air Flow Rate

0 to 8714 lb/min, 0 to 655.35 gm/sec

0.1 lb/min, 0.01 gm/sec

Intake Air Temperature

-40° to +420°F, -40° to +215°C

2°F, 1°C

Intake Manifold Pressure

0 to 75 in. hg., 0 to 255 kPaA

0.3 in. hg., 1 kPaA

Fuel Pressure

0 to 110 psiG, 0 to 765 kPaG

0.5 psiG, 3 kPaG

O2 Sensor Voltage (B1-2, S1-4, 8 total)

0 to 1.275 V

0.005 V

Ignition Timing Advance

-64° to 63.5°

0.5°

Short Term Fuel Trim

-100% to 99.22%

0.8%

Long Term Fuel Trim

-100% to 99.22%

0.8%

Battery Voltage

6 to 16 VDC

0.1 VDC

*Range and resolution of sensor measurements only. Accuracy is dependent on the accuracy of the vehicle’s sensors.

Incompatible Vehicle List Davis Instruments keeps an updated listing of all the US market vehicles that are currently not compatible with the CarChip. See the CarChip Compatibility List for more information.

One Year Limited Warranty We warrant our products to be free of defects in material and workmanship for one year from the date of original purchase. While we make every effort to carefully manufacture our products to the highest standards of quality, occasionally parts may be found to be missing, defective, or damaged. If you have a defective part, return the product to us, shipping charges prepaid. Include proof of purchase and a written explanation of the trouble. During the warranty period, we will, at our option, either repair or replace the product free of charge. This warranty does not cover damage due to improper installation or use, negligence, accident, or unauthorized service, or incidental or consequential damages beyond Davis products themselves. Implied warranties are limited in duration to the life of the limited warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may have other rights, which vary from state to state and country to country.

Safety Notice CarChip has been carefully designed and tested to comply with OBDII protocols J1850-41.6, J1850-10.4, ISO 9141, and KWP2000 (ISO14320), which are used on most cars and light trucks sold in the USA,

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model-year 1996 or later. However, some vehicle models are not in full compliance with these protocols. In addition, the computer control systems on any given vehicle may be malfunctioning or out of spec, as may be the sensors used by these systems. Before installing CarChip, be sure to review the list of known vehicle exclusions and anomalies on our website at www.carchip.com, where you’ll also find the latest software and firmware downloads. For more information on OBDII issues and anomalies in general, we recommend The Equipment and Tool Institute’s website at www.etools.org. While our testing and the experience of thousands of CarChip users have shown the unit to be safe and reliable, there is an inherent risk in adding any aftermarket product that may potentially affect the operation or drivability of your vehicle. Should you be concerned about the operation of your vehicle at any time while using CarChip, you should pull over, off the roadway, immediately or as soon as it is safe to do so. Remove CarChip from the OBDII port and consult a licensed mechanic or automobile service center. Report any issues or concerns to our Technical Support Dept. at (510) 732 7814 or [email protected] We are open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. We maintain an active database of the feedback we receive, and your comments can help us continuously improve the product.

Contacting Davis Instruments Please contact Davis Technical Support if you have questions about your CarChip, or encounter problems installing or operating the CarChip. Note: Do not return items to the factory for repair without prior authorization. Phone (510) 732-7814 – Monday – Friday, 7:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. Pacific Time (510) 670-0589 – Technical Support Fax Email [email protected] – Technical Support email [email protected] – Davis Instruments General email Web www.davisnet.com – Copies of User Manuals are available on the “Support” page. Watch for FAQs and other updates. Subscribe to the e-newsletter. Mail Davis Instruments 3465 Diablo Avenue Hayward, CA 94545 USA

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Index A About CarChip ............................................ 56 Accident Log Plot View................................. 46 Accident Log Report View....................... 46, 48 Accident Log Summary View ........................ 49 Accident Log Table View ........................ 46, 50 Accident Log Views...................................... 46 Activity Log Event View................................ 45 Activity Log Summary View .......................... 46 Activity Log View ........................................ 45 Advanced CarChip................................. 39, 41

Draw Acceleration Events ............................ 19 Draw Braking Events ................................... 19 Draw Plots As Lines..................................... 20 Draw Plots Using Lines Rather Than Areas ..... 20 Draw Speed ............................................... 20 Draw Speed Bands...................................... 20 Driver ID ............................................8, 9, 24 Driver Summary Page ................................. 37 E Edit........................................................... 52 Email

Alarm ........................................................ 32 Anomalous Vehicles..................................... 17 Assign Drivers ..............................................9 B Bands........................................................ 20 Basic CarChip ....................................... 39, 41 Bitmapped file ............................................ 10 C Cancel ....................................................... 56 CarChip ..........................................2, 3, 4, 57 CarChip E/X .................................................2 CarChip Help ........................................ 14, 56 CarChip ID ........................................... 26, 49 CarChip menu ............................................ 32 Choose Other Parameters dialog ................... 34 Clear CarChip Memory ........................... 27, 28 Commands............................................. 1, 15 Comments ................................................. 56 Communications Port .................................. 17 Contacting Davis Instruments....................... 60 Copy As ............................................... 12, 13 D Data.......................................................... 10 Date.......................................................... 34 Davis Instruments....................................... 60 Davis Technical Support............................... 60 Default ................................................ 32, 33 Diablo Avenue ............................................ 60

Technical Support .................................... 60 Email ........................................................ 60 Enable CarChip Alarm.................................. 32 Enable VIN Mode ........................................ 32 E-newsletter .............................................. 60 Event ........................................................ 45 Example File ................................................ 5 Exit......................................................10, 16 Exporting data............................................ 10 Extreme Braking......................................... 33 Extreme Braking Threshold .......................... 46 F F1 key Help................................................ 56 FAQs ......................................................... 60 Fax Technical Support ................................. 60 File menu ............................ 10, 16, 44, 46, 53 Fuel Entry .................................................. 23 G G 33 Getting Started ............................................ 1 H Hard Braking.........................................33, 46 Hayward California...................................... 60 Help .....................................................14, 56 Help Menu Commands................................. 56 Home .......................................................... 1 Home Page ...........................................35, 37 Home Page Summary.................................. 35

Display CarChip Memory .............................. 30

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Documentation ........................................... 60

I.S. Unit System ......................................... 21

Don't Ask Again .......................................... 28

ID........................................................24, 25

Download............................................... 7, 29

Import Log File........................................... 28

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[email protected] ..................................... 60

Setup/Units dialog ...................................... 21

K

Speed Bands .........................................32, 48

Keyboard Shortcuts..................................... 12

spreadsheet data ........................10, 13, 40, 48

Kph ..................................................... 18, 32

Subscribe e-newsletter............................................ 60

L Log Views .................................................. 10

Subscribe .................................................. 60

M

Summary ........... 39, 41, 43, 45, 46, 48, 50, 52

M/s2 ......................................................... 33

Summary Log View ..................................... 54

Manuals ..................................................... 60

Summary, Report ....................................... 10

Menu Commands .................................. 10, 16

Support ..................................................... 60

Metafile ..................................................... 10

[email protected] 60

Metric Unit System................................ 21, 33

T

Miscellaneous ............................................. 27

Table ............................ 10, 12, 41, 43, 48, 50

More Information ........................................ 59

Table button .............................................. 41

MPH .......................................................... 18

Technical Support

N

E-mail .................................................... 60

New .........................10, 16, 24, 25, 44, 46, 53

Fax ........................................................ 60

New Unit System ........................................ 21

Technical Support ....................................... 60

P

Time ......................................................... 34

Parameter Thresholds.................................. 22

Trip Log

Plot View ............................................. 39, 46

view ......................................................... 9

Print .................................................... 10, 16

Trip Log....................................................... 9

Print Preview ........................................ 10, 16

Trip Log..................................................... 39

Print Setup........................................... 10, 16

Trip Log..................................................... 41

Problem ..................................................... 52

Trip Log..................................................... 43

Properties ............................................ 10, 16

Trip Log Plot .............................................. 39

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Trip Log Report ............................... 39, 41, 43

Related Topics ............................................ 21

Trip Log Summary ................ 38, 39, 41, 43, 44

Report ......................12, 39, 41, 43, 46, 48, 50

Trip Log Table ............................................ 41

Report button ............................................. 50

Trip Speed Plot ........................................... 32

Reset Check Engine Light ............................. 31

Trouble Log Problem View............................ 52

Right Click Options ................12, 13, 14, 40, 48

Trouble Log Summary ............................52, 53

S

Trouble Log View ........................................ 52

S.I. System Unit ................................... 21, 33

U

Save ................................................... 10, 16

U. S. Unit System ....................................... 33

Save As .................................... 10, 13, 14, 16

Unidentified Vehicle / Driver........................... 8

See Also . 20, 28, 33, 39, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 56

Unit System

Set Acceleration Thresholds.......................... 33 Set Braking Thresholds ................................ 33 Set Date and Time ...................................... 34 Set Speed Bands .................................. 32, 34 Setup Menu Commands .... 6, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

Select..................................................... 21 Unit System ............................................... 21 Units-of-measure........................................ 21 User Manuals ............................................. 60 V Vehicle ID .............................................. 8, 25

Setup Plots ................................................ 18

Vehicle Summary Page ................................ 37

Setup Walkthrough ............................6, 16, 17

Vehicle Trouble Log....................................... 9

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View ......................................................... 43

Accident Log Plots .................................... 46

View ......................................................... 44

Accident Log Report ................................. 48

View ......................................................... 45

Accident Log Summary ............................. 49

View ......................................................... 46

Accident Log Table ................................... 50

View ......................................................... 46

Activity Log Event .................................... 45

View ......................................................... 48

Activity Log Summary............................... 46

View ......................................................... 49

Trip Log ....................................................9

View ......................................................... 50

Trip Log Plots........................................... 39

View ......................................................... 53

Trip Log Report ........................................ 43

View ......................................................... 54

Trip Log Summary.................................... 44

View Menu Commands ............................ 9, 54

Trip Log Table.......................................... 41

VIN Mode .................................................. 32

Trouble Log Summary............................... 53

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View............................................................9

Walkthrough .....................................6, 16, 17

View.......................................................... 39

Welcome ..................................................... 1

View.......................................................... 41

Www.davisnet.com ..................................... 60

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