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Nanocom question (pre-purchase)

Discussion in 'Range Rover' started by P38 Monkey, Jan 14, 2022.

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  1. P38 Monkey

    P38 Monkey Well-Known Member

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    My p38 is working just fine (touching wood while typing) but given the collection of nightmare faults that appear on this group's postings, it seems sensible to get a Nanocom.
    Also, LR (UK) don't know the EKA for my Japanese import, and neither do I...
    Discovering the EKA stored in the BeCM and disabling that feature would seem to make sense, BUT:
    1. The Nanocom Evolution demo site does not seem to show BeCM access in any screen - where is it? Select "P38" and then what? GEMS / Motronic / EDC / Instruments (mine is a GEMS but that is the ECU and not the BeCU I Imagine.
    2. The downloadable documents tell me a lot abut the BeCM and all the myriad connections, then lists the gazillion functions, but does not tell me how to actually check them using the Evolution box. There is no actual "how to" user manual, just 20 pages (!) on how to register and fire up the Evolution box.
    3. It also refers to a need for some power supply that does not seem to come with the supplied Evolution unit. Apparently, if you don't use one, it can blow the OBB2 fuse.
    4. It also seems to need to be connected to a PC - eeugh - one of those Micosoft relics? Not a proper computer like an iMac?
    What a palaver! Basically I would like to know what time it is, not how a watch works....
    I am also conscious of the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" principle..but I should hate to be instructed to do the EKA shuffle when I don't know the magic number.
    Any feedback gratefully received - thanks!
     
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    Datatek Well-Known Member

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    No need for a PC with the Nanocom. You should fine screens dedicated to the BECM, in one of them you will find EKA and the ability to turn it off. Turn off the immobiliser while you are about it. BECM access is I think with ignition off.
     
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    pwood999 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    The power supply is only required if you want to use Nanocom in standalone mode to view files saved on SD Card.
    When connected to a PC via the USB port, you also get the option to access card & upgrade the Nanocom.
    In the car it only need power via the diagnostic port.

    For the BECM menu, after selecting GEMS model, just scroll right using arrows at bottom. The screen only has room for 4 ECU's per page, hence why you need to scroll.
     
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    What data said ignition off
     
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    To look at BeCM and its functions/settings you navigate as follows (on my Nanocom):
    From initial power up completed screen it is,
    Select Vehicle Type (Press on RR-P38),
    Select Engine Type (Gems, Motronic, EDC) - Press on Motronic (mine is a motronic),
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    Press the right arrow to get the next page, and you will see the BECM option.
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    Press BECM and you get:
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    Press Settings and you get:
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    Press Alarm and you get:
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    Got to the second-page (right arrow) and you get:
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    Go to the 3rd page and you get:
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    On the Fourth page (right arrow again) you get:
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    And finally on the 5th page you get:
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    If you notice, a lot of the settings are Enable/Disabled On/Off toggles.

    Hope this helps @P38 Monkey :)
     
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    What model Nanocom is that?
     
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    That's the online emulator !! Some of the screens are slightly different to the latest firmware.
     
  8. DanClarke

    DanClarke Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I have never been able to update my firmware, it must be me being a bit "thick" :(

    EDIT:
    No, I'm not thick, but it needed the cable connected to a different USB port. :)
    All done now.
     
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    @DanClarke the latest updates have been improved. This is from the Nanocom Forum.

    • We've made several improvements on the Nanocom Update Manager software which is now packaged into a self-extracting archive. This means that now you only need to download the file and run it. This will automatically extract itself to a temporary location and run the Nanocom Update Manager application. All you have to do is connect the Nanocom to the PC/Laptop via USB and once the Manager displays the "Device attached" message you can start the upgrade. In case that you still wish to perform the upgrade the old way, then you need to extract the archive yourself by right-clicking it and selecting the extract option to the preferred folder.
     
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    I just got it to work so all upgraded now. :D
    Thanks.
     
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    Wow, detailed info in rapid order...astonishing.
    Only Landyzone can provide that level of helpful detail by return.
    Once again, awesome support for which I am hugely grateful.
     
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    P38 Monkey Well-Known Member

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    [QUOTE="DanClarke, post: 5310363, member: 29470
    If you notice, a lot of the settings are Enable/Disabled On/Off toggles.
    Hope this helps @P38 Monkey :)[/QUOTE]
    It certainly does help - I found it no problem. Cheers mate!
    One question if I may: it seems that the normal state of a BeCM is "locked" and unlocking seems to be beyond the Nanocom (probably for good reason). In a locked state can you still on/of toggle the EKA and the immobiliser? I am assuming that you can, then you go back one screen and select "write settings"...
     
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    I don't think you can read the EKA unless the BECM is unlocked and I cannot recall if the Nanocom can unlock it.

    It is a useful bit of kit though.
     
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    The demo (which, thanks to this forum, I am now getting quite good at using) shows the BeCM as locked but then subsequent screens show the EKA number and the ability to turn EKA and immobiliser etc off. There is another thread on here about changing the EKA number but I just want to disable it anyway.
    Also, the Nanocom setup instructions do say how to connect: cable to Nanocom first, then plug into OBD2 socket. Presumably you can then switch on the ignition as required, and you can even get a screen-mount bracket for info while driving...
    I have to say, once you get into the demo, the Nanocom Evolution does seem easy-to-use and logical. Better get my credit card out...
     
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    My locked Nanocom does not have that emulator screen showing the EKA. All it has is a box to enter the EKA and a Disarm button.
     
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    Interesting - so the implication is that you need to enter the EKA to disarm it.
    I'll check with Blackbox support and revert...
    Just checking - do you have a Nanocom Evolution with the latest updates? You say "locked Nanocom" but I assume you mean "locked BECM"?
     
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    It certainly does help - I found it no problem. Cheers mate!
    One question if I may: it seems that the normal state of a BeCM is "locked" and unlocking seems to be beyond the Nanocom (probably for good reason). In a locked state can you still on/of toggle the EKA and the immobiliser? I am assuming that you can, then you go back one screen and select "write settings"...[/QUOTE]
    The normal state of the BECM is "Locked" and yes you can turn off the immobiliser and EKA with Nanocom in the locked state.
    Unlocking the BECM can only be done with Faultmate and the 035 module, unlocking it can lead to other functional problems as the normal operating state is Locked.
     
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    That is a different function that allows you to enter EKA via the Nanocom instead of via the key. It has nothing to do with turning the EKA function off.
     
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    Sorry to be a bit dim on this, so are you saying that on a locked BECM, with a Nanocom Evolution you can discover the EKA number, and also turn EKA off? D'Oh!!
     
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    No you cannot discover the EKA code on a locked BECM, you can turn the EKA function off.
    On later BECM's you can also enter the EKA when the car has locked you out instead of entering it via the drivers door lock with the key
     
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