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Re: Chinese Lexia Diagbox on C5 diesel 2002?

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 20 Nov 2017, 19:26

I have an Easy Diagnostics Lexia and a 2004 C5 estate, and they are happy to talk to each other.

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Re: Merged Lexia & Diagbox threads

Post by Paul-R » 20 Nov 2017, 21:30

My ancient Lexia talked to both my 2001 Xsara HDi and 2003 C5 HDi. As they say - age is not a bar.

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Re: Merged Lexia & Diagbox threads

Post by johnhuson » 21 Nov 2017, 10:30

Thanks, have tried to do a test on another Citroen and no result so its going back to the supplier. I will re order.

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Re: Merged Lexia & Diagbox threads

Post by MikeT » 21 Nov 2017, 10:37

'Please connect a VCI' means the PC is not seeing the interface. That indicates a USB driver problem as mentioned before.

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Re: Merged Lexia & Diagbox threads

Post by GiveMeABreak » 21 Nov 2017, 10:42

Also did you allow all the Firewall requests through during installation? Removing the USB, waiting a second and then reinserting it into the PC should all ow the drivers to reinstall if they are not being picked up. You need to repeat this for each USB port on the PC. If the installation is not completed exactly, it won’t matter what car you connect it to, you will get the same result.

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Advice required on a Lexia to purchase

Post by spiff » 27 Nov 2017, 16:22

Good afternoon from a wet and windy Mullion Cove Cornwall.

I am thinking of purchasing a Lexia for my petrol 2ltr C5 2003.

Can any of you most knowledgeable gentleman recommend one.

I shall at sometime be looking for another C5, possibly a later model, it depends what turns up.

Will a device for the 2003 work on later years.

I am familiar with electronics and computers, we have six : )

However I have no knowledge of the Lexia or how to use one, from what I have seen it connects to a laptop ?

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Re: Advice required on a Lexia to purchase

Post by GiveMeABreak » 27 Nov 2017, 16:33

Spiff

Many of the members (including myself) have purchased from Easy Diagnostics - a UK supplier. There is a dsicount applied for members - see the Forum announcement here:
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=57990

There are cheaper options available, however it is is a hit and miss affair. If you want to buy a kit that is backed by UK support then these are the ones I would recommend. There are cheaper alternatives from the bay of evil; however, whether they are 'Full Chip' revision 'C' kits with all the hardware that will support the C5 and later models is a guess. I would personally stick to a UK supplier as per the link.

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Re: Advice required on a Lexia to purchase

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 27 Nov 2017, 16:35

The Lexia connects to a computer via a USB port (so can be used on PCs, laptops and netbooks). As the Lexia software itself is 16bit (although Diagbox, which can also use that Lexia hardware) appears to be 32 bit, you have to use it on a 32 bit O/S (or run it within a 32bit VM with clean access to the USB systems. I use mine on a Toshiba NB250 netbook (with 2GB RAM), running Windows 7 Starter. Although there are several companies who will supply you with a Lexia clone, you will need one with the full opto-chipset. The units supplied by Easy Diagnostics are such units (I have one, and I have used it on C5 X7 and C2 cars). Although they are not cheap, they appear to be reliable. They also will (if you use the code) give a discount to FCF forum members;

https://www.frenchcarforum.co.uk/forum/ ... 15&t=57989

https://www.frenchcarforum.co.uk/forum/ ... 15&t=56324

However, as the Lexia was never meant for public use, there are no manuals on how to use them. People on the forum can offer advise on how to perform various tasks, and you can also look on YouTube (and Google) as well.

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Re: Merged Lexia & Diagbox threads

Post by jor » 28 Nov 2017, 12:53

I just checked to easydiagnostics website shop and it appears to be sold out. Does anyone has any info when it will be available again ??

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Re: Merged Lexia & Diagbox threads

Post by GiveMeABreak » 28 Nov 2017, 13:07

No, we have no links or affiliation to the site - you need to contact them directly. They are very popular and often sell out, but usually have stocks in again after a while.

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Re: Merged Lexia & Diagbox threads

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 28 Nov 2017, 17:01

The fact that they do sell out is quite telling (and NO, I don't mean that they cannot manage their stock levels!).

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Re: Merged Lexia & Diagbox threads

Post by Fake Concern » 07 Dec 2017, 20:02

I've been having trouble making my XP laptop with Lexia/Diagbox on it work fast enough to be any use (although I think I may be able to get a recovery disc to start with a new install). Anyway after having a bit of a read, I wondered if I could install Lexia on virtual XP using my new(ish) Windows 10 laptop? I found this article
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/download-w ... rosoft-si/

Would it work and how hard could it be?

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Re: Merged Lexia & Diagbox threads

Post by GiveMeABreak » 07 Dec 2017, 20:51

There are a couple of things to consider first and to understand:
  1. XP is of course free to download - however you will still need to purchase a valid licence to activate it - otherwise it will stop working within the 30 day period. I doubt that valid legal licences are now being sold as the operating system has long been de-supported.
  2. I would instead suggest Windows 7. Again, you will need a valid licence to activate it - regardless of whether using as a stand alone Operating System or as an OS under a Virtual Machine environment under Windows 10 or similar.
  3. Remember also, that if you require LEXIA specifically (for pre 2006 cars), as opposed to Diagbox, you will not be able to run it under any Windows 10 64 Bit Operating System. The Lexia - specific application (and I suspect Peugeot Planet 2000 also) is written using 16 bit code and no 16 bit coded applications are supported under a 64 Bit version of Windows 10.
  4. If you only need Diagbox to work then this will not be a problem.
  5. Remember that a VM will need adequate physical hardware and resources such as memory to run - in addition to the host operating system. Laptops are not ideal for this as they do not generally have the resources needed. I suspect you will not be much better off than an older laptop with XP installed that has been upgraded with a bit of extra memory. See point (6)
  6. One of the single most issues I see with running Diagbox on an older XP laptop is the slowdown / lag of Diagbox. You will very likely find this atttributed to Windows Update. Whenever the service is running (usually a while after startup) it can very easily make Diagbox crawl to a halt. For most people who use an older dedicated laptop just for Diagbox - and don't clutter it up with other junk, disabling Windows Update can improve speed by 200-500% or more. As Windows XP is no longer supported, there are no more updates being supplied - so this should not be an issue for most.
You can disable it here in XP:
Start>Run>Services.msc>Automaticupdates> Double-Click and click dropdown box, select "Disabled" then click "Stop", then click Ok.
Also, to speed up boot-time, Start>Control Panel>System>Automatic Updates(tab)>"Turn off Automatic Updates"

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Re: Merged Lexia & Diagbox threads

Post by Fake Concern » 07 Dec 2017, 21:43

Thank you for the detailed reply. I'll have to read it more carefully before I decide what to do.
The XP laptop I have is only for use with with LexiaDiagbox and I have uninstalled all the un necessary programs I can, but I believe there is still stuff on it that I can't see to remove and there's probably bits of program not completely removed slowing it down. This is why I would like a clean install of XP on it, but I don't have the disc. However I do have the sticker with the key code on it.
I did try using it a bit, but it was so slow that I kept clicking on the wrong thing!
The two cars I want to use it with are a 2008 (58 reg) Pug 207 and my (ex Davie) 2007 C4 VTS.

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Re: Merged Lexia & Diagbox threads

Post by GiveMeABreak » 07 Dec 2017, 21:57

Ok so Diagbox will probably do those ok.
The programmes won’t necessarily slow the system down if they are not running.

If you had Diagbox installers previously, it won’t work just reinstalling it. Generally it will need uninstalling and the Diagbox cleaner running before a reinstallarion.

As for XP, if you have your licence key then just make sure you download the right version according to the sticker. Try and get XP with the service pack 3 download as the service packs aren’t available via windows update now.