VMSpc Engine Monitoring for PCs

v4.0.9 Software Feedback

Welcome to day-one for the new version. 4.0.9 changes and limited to a couple bug fixes and a couple goodies. Fixes: (this list will be appended as I sort out effectiveness) -- Found the bugs killing us on J1708. Fixed that. -- Created 'Radial' (round) gauges. Choose *either* "New Simple Gauge" or "New Radial Gauge". -- Added TST Tire Pressure Monitoring--with a new menu section "Settings" (under /Tires) -- Added "Fill Tank(s)" --To save you clicks and time. I didn't ask for the (s) ...yet a real bonus! Only have one? Hmmm.... -- Packed Drivers (as part of install) VMSpc is supposed to be completely portable. Now, it truly is. When it installs, a device-drivers folder is included. This way, when you copy your whole shebang onto a thumb-drive, the drivers will go with--rather than hunting around or downloading it again later. -- COM port/ Serial/ WiFi changes (causing a hang) is fixed as well. Sometimes the program would get stuck in a time-out which never ended (if the wrong/ missing jib was selected.) The Sample Layouts folder are not packed into the new build. That is still in a separate folder for now. ongoing.... ================================================================= Your post must contain the Type and Operating system of your PC. # Tablet/ notebook or other -and- # XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10... # Also, include your coach specs (year and engine-model) Posts missing this may get ignored--as it makes for more work to try to discover this... -thank you. :-) -Art

v4.0.8 Software Add-list (current)

...........Adds Requested.......... Maybe these are blue-sky ideas. Weren't they all at one time? a1. Drivers: During install, drop a '\Drivers' folder within c:\VMSpc. Otherwise, when migrating VMSpc folder to another PC, user must jump through some additional hoops, really needlessly, if that folder existed. b1. Stacked Gauges: Add ability to select two or more gauges and lock together/ anchor one to the other, (Send Front, Send back) 2. Push Button: Top line; "FILL" (Tank) with pump nozzle symbol [reduce clicks] 3. Radio buttons: Top line; day/night, his/hers, Layout (toggles/changes to next layout scr.xml in folder.) with 'layout' symbol [reduce clicks] 4. Tabs, Layout: For alternate gauge layouts/ theme, Tabs across the top? 5. (Layout) Export: Via menu item [Layout, Export to...] 6. Background: Need (Right-Click) Properties, Wallpaper or Solid pre-canned / theme colors, Add Picture (Gauge). 7. All Gauges: Need add'l (Right-Click) Properties: Text Size ie. larger...smaller. Color options, too? 8. Gauge Moving: (alt+arrow) to move selected gauge. (arrow) jump from selected gauge to next one over. (shift+arrow) resize. 9. Histogram: Could sure use some sort of grid or flexible, usable reference lines. Start and End-Line with value (to show change) 10. Gauge Palate colors: Custom Colors (per gauge) are carrying over to (shared by) Night palate from Day. Should be independent of Night or Day. 10-b. Gauge Palate colors: Pin-8 headlight activation. Headlights-on activates night-palate. This is for the new hardware spin. 11. Communications: AutoRestart; checkbox is superfluous. Recode it so its always doing this; remove the check-box and dialog. 12. Diagnostics Gauge: Tire messages. We currently don't trap these in this gauge-tool. Can we start with and capture J1939 PressurePro Gateway, J1708 (Bridge) and (J1939) TST messages by building them into the parser? 13. Diagnostics Gauge: Audible Alarms. The user, currently, must set up the alarms per-fault. Why not have that part of the DIAGS gauge function; alarm on fault: Engine/Trans/ABS/Tires... Add to Properties box, alarm on RED fmi or tire messages. Add ability to cancel this alert , , 14. See #12 (appended). 15. Name, Value and Warning Lamps: Currently, we have the Name and Value beside the Warning Lamp. On TPMS, its the pressure and lamp--both take more space than they need, reducing the size of all elements in order to see the bunch. Instead, lets put the Value IN the Lamp. The TPMS would then just be the Colored Lamp and embedded Value, resizing within it. This will make all gauge info easier and faster to digest. 16. Tires layout TPMS: They're squished. Lay up more vertically to match coach orientation? Selectable: Squished, Med or Normal? 17. Tank Minder: 1. Add a box for entering cost per gallon for Diesel along with gallons filled. 2. Add a summing-box for Cost-per-mile in Odometer gauge AND as a separate gauge. 18. Screen & Gauge Lock: Make the Full-Screen and Gauge-Lock able to be persistent after a reboot. Menu item this to prevent boot-loop lock-outs for the general pop. 19. TPMS Look and Feel: 1. Chooser for Rounded rectangles or traditional circles 2. Tire Pressure embedded inside, not below. 20. TPMS Trending: 1. If three psi samples (drop or increase) show carrot below (dropping) or above (climbing) the tire pressure value. 2. Menu item: (Tires) Reset Trending (to clear carrots ie. after checking tires.) 21. Alarms: Single-button "Alert" audible alarm feature in gauge properties. GUI "Sound Effects" pop-up then selects file or _records_from_local_mic_. Is there a way to show time-length of selected file? 22. Clock: Add ability to select 12hr or 24hr clock. 23. Regen Status: We don't parse it; Can we add this for both J1708 and J1939? [Caller with J1708, Cat C-9 sees this on the ECU readout at CAT.] 24. Engine Corrections: Variables; Add Reset button to Multiplier, Offset and Buffer Size. Allow an easier do-over. 25. Engine Corrections: Odometer PID; Progy only allows 244 and 245 anyway; change this to two radio-buttons with brief dialog below each, such as DDEC-II pre-revision-154 or DDEC-II rev-154, J1708, J1939 and J1939-II. 26. New Simple Gauge: PAC Brake status; "...It would be nice to have a on/off gauge for the exhaust brake...." 27. Requesting PIDs: Add ability to request PIDs for different MIDs. 28. Gauge Option: Color spot 'Warning Lamp' is optional, how about making the surrounding frame optional? Make the Warning Lamp a circle only (yet with the same (rt-click) options. 29. Reset MAX: MAX gauges need a reset. Otherwise they just keep climbing and so produce either negligible help or irritation. 30. Gauge Borders: Request to make borders match the Custom Color of the gauge. Gives a smooth borderless tile look (Win8 +) 31. Auto Save: Current gauge layout auto-saves each change which mostly works fine. But, it wreaks havok if trying a couple things or switching layouts. You must first save the current layout as a different name and try to leave a clean copy. Better to have this selectable as (Layout)... (Auto Save) [No complaints yet...but I find it frustrating. -Art] 32. Pre-canned 'event' icons: Currently we have a color-spot for grn/amb/red--which is helpful. A recent user (Matt! ;-) added some home-brew icons which are static; always visible. Is it possible to have a group of pre-canned icons which appear logically? ie. Low oil pressure means the pre-selected icon will be active. Can the icon be dragable, in that, they may be added as their 'own gauge?'--not necessarily part of the oil pressure box, but can be placed anywhere. This would be handy for having a batch of these maybe all together; along the top or something. 33. Pre-Drive Checklist: It went missing after v1.34. Add to Top Line menu (Thanks Mike!) 34. Diags Gauge is nameless: A user has reported this as hard to find and strongly recommended a Title. This should follow other gauges in this way.

v4.1 (aka v4.0.9b) Software Bug-list (Current)

Fixes made or needed in next release: 2. J1708 and Torque & HP These two derived load sensor values always '0' though load sensor is displayed properly. Confirmed this on J1708 SIM. 3. Double-Tap fail Odometer gauge: a double-click (to reset) halts the ODO from accumulating distance IF in SAE miles. Using button works normally (so, use it instead...for now) 4. Chicken Dance Fail "...if you remove the default audio alert and chicken dance audio file you must reinstall the software to get it to start again..." 5. Retarder Status values lost Engine Retarder Status = "off" when exhaust brake off; reads "error" when exhaust brake is working. These values (under 121) ARE ZEROS. [Art is building the table for this and others.] 6. Spiking Gauges Instantaneous MPG occasionally reads "256". Less often so does rolling MPG. J1708 ISL-370 8. Road Speed Jumps --up and down from 2mph at about 30 and 6mph at 65. (2008 Safari CAT C7 350) 9. Cruise status toggles When cruise is off, toggles to On or Set randomly. (2008 Safari CAT C7 350) 10. Retarder Gauge Retarder Switch (Hydraulic) always reads "error". (J1708...J1939?) 11. Datalog took a header When pulling a Datalog, only the first half dozen columns have headers; headers for all columns are missing after "HOURS". 12. Text too small Within Radial gauge, numeral shown is too small. Need to fill the space within the inner radius. -Thanks, Don C. ! ;-) --- Recent fixes in this release: #4. Install Issue Legacy option to "install in a different directory" needs to be removed. The pointers are broken; better to maintain the same folder hierarchy for consistent installs ie Forced to C:\VMSpc\4.0.x (x = that version number). 12. Gear Selected/ Attained On newer (2015 and later, Freightliner chassis) Gear Selected is empty. Not a random value or a "?" but blank. Seen on Tiffin, 2015. 2016 and 2017 Also, with v4.0.9/ v4.1, both values are '?' Fixed this with v4.0.9b/ v4.1.) #6. 2017, Freightliner and Odometers "...hit and miss. Sometimes they work, and then after a reset they are just stuck at zero and count no info at all." (v1.13 jib) Increased Input Buffer Size in order to correct a mismatch between sending and receiving (jib to pc.) #7. 2017 and Trans Gauge On Freightliner J1939-II (500kb) coaches, the gear attained works but not the gear selected. Increased Input Buffer Size, as noted above.) #8. 2017, Freightliner and ABS Error code "ENG SPN 639 5 J1939 Data Link, Low Current" is thrown. Increased Input Buffer Size, as noted above.) eof

Tank Minder and Trip Monitor = no MPG

Tried searching the forum on my issue but didn’t come up with anything.

Over the winter I upgraded from v2.3 to v3.x, having a 2005 RV built 2004. Ever since, my Fuel Minder and Trip Monitor gauges no longer reflect MPG, in other words, no fuel used. This function was particularly helpful in deciding when to start checking fuel prices ahead. I deleted all these widgets and added them back, but no joy.

Do I need to uninstall v3.x and go back to a v2.x version or is there something else I need to do to get this functionality back?


Jib current draw with engine off

2017 Freightliner custom chassis with Cummins ISB6.7 340.
Just installed the JIB for the first time. I’m getting good data with the VMSpc 4.1 beta, but when I shut everything down, the Jib red led still does its no data single flash. I unplugged the usb to make sure it wasn’t getting power through there and it still flashes. Is this normal and how much power does it draw? Just the led (10ma per flash) or is there more interface circuitry drawing current?

what to use for Tires?

I am interested in knowing what current product I can buy to give me good TPMS.. I boiught a set up online that came with its own screen and screw-on sensors. and it was terrible.. one sensor was bad right off the bat, the display screen had a missing segment and its backlight wont stay on while driving... im going to be replacing all 4 of my drives here pretty soon so if a product exists and uses internal sensors. it will be a good time to get them installed.. (they will just have to dismount 2 extra tires outside of the replacement).. ideally somethiung that would display on my VMSpc screen but otherwise just something with a nice screen that I can keep lit up all the time.. I do a lot of night driving.. sometimes I sleep during the day and roll wheels all night.. whats out there and what do you guys use? -Christopher