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(Solved) VCM II cannot connect to PCM

Here are solutions and suggestion of VCM II and PCM connection failure.


I reinstalled the firmware in recovery mode using Ford_VCM_II_Software_Setup_v2.1.119.3 from the BOSCH website.

I also updated IDS to version 95.05 and using a 3 day trial after upgrading from version 91.01. I reinstalled the BOSCH software again so IDS didn't prompt me to update to the newer version of the software from September 2014 vs February 2014 (.3). (As I think this is what caused my issue of no communication in the first place)

I did all of this in a VMWare Workstation 10 image of Windows 7 that I created and made a backup copy of the image in case I mess the image up. I probably won't use it much anyways as it is just for my personal use on my own car.

It seems to be working great, reads my vehicle now, cleared DTC codes, I even updated 8 modules in my 2014 vehicle after downloading the calibration files with no crashes or errors.

If only there was a way to not have to deal with the 3 day trial nonsense without spending $700. Also I wonder if it will work with IDS version 96.01 which is due out on the 24th.

Anyways it was a good investment.

I have my genuine Drew Technologies Mongoose Pro Ford (PWM) J2534 programmer, which can only program some modules like the PCM... It only supports CAN Bus (capable of ISO 15765, GMLAN, and ISO14229), J1850PWM / SCP, and ISO9141 / KWP2000... It is nice the clone VCM2 can read modules on the other, two out of three, CAN networks newer Ford vehicles use such as Medium Speed CAN.



If you have VCM II wifi clone and want to keep it , use the version you used v2.1.119.3, if you have good quality none wifi version you can use v2.1.119.13 or you can use this version if you have wifi and don't bother about it .

to be honest , I did not see much change in ETAS version to version from v2.1.119.3 except only to try and block clones..

When you install the version 96.01, you need to go to the Program files, ford motor company , IDS, Runtime , Install 3rd party

you can delete the etas folder and start your update, then wait for the etas folder to appear during install and delete it again

you will see an error about missing ETAS Folder and it will ask you to install vcmII Software at the end , just click red x in top right corner and reboot computer . or you can just goto programs and setting in control and uninstall the last version v2.1.119.19 and reinstall your version v2.1.119.3

the simple and most east way to keep the 3 day license, is when you installed IDS and got the three days, remember date and time, every time you boot computer go to bios and make that date and boot computer.

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How to do 96bit 48 clone 

96bit 48 clone tools advice: VVDI2, vvdi key tool & Handy baby. Let's talk with one by one in the aspects of price, Car model list, needs, how-to instruction, who is reliable to buy.


96bit 48 clone with VVDI2

96bit 48 clone with VVDI key tool

96bit 48 clone with Handy baby 

Part 1. 96bit 48 clone with VVDI2 

VVDI2 96bit ID48 clone service authorization

1) Price:

VVDI 2 price $2000 + 96bit ID48 clone service authorization $250 +48 cloner collector (Price:$99) = $2350

1). free 15000 points for calculation. Cloning costs 100 Bonus points each time.

2). FREE UPDATE FOR MQB KEY LEARN. The MQB key learn will require MQB key and pay the authorization, it is not available now but will soon come true.

2) Needs:

  • Working key
  • 48 cloner collector(Price:$99)

Collect data from ignition switch, used for copy 48 transponder by OBDII.

  • Bonus points can be accumulated by using VVDI remote
    You can Buy calculation tokensas well ($8 for one token)
  • Provide your supplier device serial number, your name, phone number & address.

3) Car model list

Support all car types with 48 transponder without OBDII, only add spare key.

Support list: (parts of example)

2002-2017 VAG 48 transponder cloning, Honda, Buick, Cadillac, Fiat, Volvo, Greatwall, Zhonghua.

4) Nice features:

96 bit copy 48 support normal 48 transponder in the market (no need special transponder)
96 bit copy 48 support add spare key no limited quantity, support as the vehicle all key position.
96 bit copy 48 cannot support keyless go system, cannot support MQB platform.

Part 2: 96 bit ID48 clone with VVDI Keytool
Keytool user can buy a Clone 48 96bit since 1.04.2018
1500 free points for calculations, this same as VVDi2. Since 1.04.2018 all users who have 48 96 bit activations in VVDI2 can combinate Keytool + VVDI2 and use Keytool to clone 48 as well.

Read: How to combinate Keytool + VVDI2 to get 96bit 48 clone

1) Cloning needs:

Ordinary ID48 chip without OBDII

Activation price $250 (Additional gift 1500 bonus points. Cloning costs 100 bonus points each time

  • Bonus points can be accumulated by using VVDI Remote(From Xhorse normal-wire remote you get 25 bonus points. From Xhorse-wireless remote you get 40 bonus points.)
  • You can buy Calculation tokens as well, price for token is $8.

2) Price:

1) VVDI key tool price (about $200) + 96bit 48 clone $250 + Bonus points / tokens

2) VVDI2 +VVDI key tool + 96bit 48 clone $250 + Bonus points/tokens.

3) VVDI KEY TOOL 96bit 48 online clone model list

4) FAQ : VVDI KEY TOOLBonus Points Reward System

Question 1: what the Bonus Points Reward System is?

The bonus point system is meant to reward you with points each time you use the Xhorse remotes.

Once you accumulate enough points they can be exchanged for freebies or money of software authorizations for other Xhorse programmers etc.

Question 2: How much points does VVDI Remote function give you?

From Xhorse normal-wire remote you get 25 bonus points.

From Xhorse-wireless remote you get 40 bonus points.

Part 3: 96bit 48 clone online with JMD Handy Baby


1) JMD Handy Baby + JMD assistant for online clone 96bit 48 = $648

2) JMD Handy Baby $399 + tokens for Handy Baby 96Bit ID48 decoding (20USD for one token) = $419

2) How to register and open Handy Baby ID48 96bit online copy?

That's all

Good luck. 



How to write BMW EWS4

It’s aimed to help you all to connect to an EWS4 adapter, read and write BMW EWS4 using a Xprog or R270 programmer.

Applicable to:

All models fitted with BMW EWS4

Note: EWS4 is now supplied by BMW as the universal service part for all vehicles originally fitted with EWS3.

EWS4 old version:


EWS4 new version:



  • Allows a suitable programmer to read / program the micro in EWS4 in seconds.
  • Uses the original manufacturer’s test pads on the back of the PCB
  • No soldering required.
  • Precision made in the UK.
  • Supplied with connectors for R270 and Xprog-M programmers.


1) Spring loaded contact pins

2) Steel location pins – use existing holes in EWS PCB

3) Connector header for XProg-M

4) Connector header for R270 Programmer


1) Take the PCB out of the EWS4, and mount it on the Adapter as shown:


2) Choose the appropriate cable. Note: Both cables are supplied.


Connect to Programmer:

Connect an EWS4 adapter to a R270 Programmer:

(a R270 Programmer seems to be available in a variety of plastic enclosures)

With the old EWS4 adapter:


With the new EWS4 adapter:


R270 with EWS4 adapter reads/writes EWS4 successfully.


Connect an EWS4 adapter to a Xprog-M:

Note: The Security Bypass Adapter for Xprog-M needs to be fitted as shown

With the old EWS4 adapter:


With the new EWS4 adapter:


Xprog-m with EWS4 adapter reads/writes EWS4 successfully.

xprog-read-write-ews4-2 xprog-read-write-ews4-1

The last, the R270 Programmer seems to give more reliable results than the Xprog-M for this micro.