12/22/2004 -- Lots of progress since the last entry. Briefly: Got the Stylistic running Win98SE, installed
the various software from the "metal_maxx" CD, connected to the car. Retrieved some codes, learned more about DS2, wrote
a code scanner to find all computers in my car. Reverse-engineered various software to extract trouble codes, wrote
my own low-level send/receive program. Discovered that the L-line on my car works at 9600 baud just like the K-line.
12/8/04 -- More Stylistic parts arrived. Today the keyboard, which appears DOA when connected to my laptop.
12/7/04 -- Received metal_maxx CD and cable. The cable is a stripped-down version of a Carsoft interface (schematics
online). The software is mostly freeware and shareware, much of it used for rolling back odometers, which I don't want
to do. Found ELM interface.
12/4/04 -- After more research, learned that the Data Link is pretty much the same protocol as OBD-II, so any one of
the various interfaces out there should work fine. Including the one I bought last year. D'oh!
12/3/04 -- Picked up a few missing items for the Stylistic -- a stylus and a keyboard. Total outlay on the project
at this point is about $220.
12/2/04 -- Thanks to a sympathetic co-worker, I've now got a PCMCIA CD-ROM and network card. So I can get software
11/24/04 -- Purchased a Stylistic 1200 for about $60 (shipped), and the interface cable/CD on eBay. It's missing
the stylus and power adapter, but otherwise in good shape. Need some way to get stuff onto it though. CF cards
via the PCMCIA slot will work, but I need something that can move CD-fulls of data onto it. I'd like to put the ETK
on there, as well as whatever software comes with the interface cable
11/23/04 -- Found on eBay someone selling a complete scanner setup
-- for $500 plus $50 shipping from Germany. Too pricey for me. However, the auction was helpful because I identified
the Tablet PC they used -- a Fujitsu Stylistic 1200.
11/23/04 -- Found an eBay seller (metal_maxx) offering an interface cable
and a CD which they claim gives full access to the ECU, for about $85 shipped from Germany. The cable requires two serial
ports (maybe because it's wired to the K and L lines?), which my laptop doesn't have. So need to find a machine with
two serial ports.