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Old 11-24-2008, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default Idea with the DIC...

So, I'm not very good with electronics or anything, but I had an idea the other week and wondered what some of you thought of it. Whenever I turn my car on, the DIC says "Saturn Sky" and then displays any warnings (if needed) and then shows whatever menu item I had previously selected.

Can anyone think of any reasonably simple way to enter in some more text? I imagine it's not incredibly simple, but i'm wondering how much it would entail. Just something simple like "Hello (insert name)". Or even to just replace the "Saturn Sky" text with something else if nothing new can be inserted? Been watching the new knight rider and thought it would be kinda cool.

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Old 12-02-2008, 01:44 PM   #2
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Default Re: Idea with the DIC...

ok James Bond...
I doubt it can be done, but more than likely the dealer would be capable not you. But like I said.. I would be willing to bet 100 bucks on it though.

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Old 12-08-2008, 03:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: Idea with the DIC...

Can it be done? Yes
Can the Dealer do it? No
Is it easy to do? Yes and No

Simply sending a text string on the CAN bus to the Instrumentation cluster is all that it takes. EFILive does it when it programs the ECU and I do it once in a while when I'm screwing around.

I actually wrote a program for my Cell to forward my Text Messages to my Laptop and a program in my Laptop (Dell with Bluetooth) to forward them to the DIC via the CAN bus over the OBDII port.

It works in theory, but in function it falls a bit short.

If the timing is wrong the DIC either doesn't display the message or just flashes it when the current DIC selected display updates.


As for changing your start-up text that's another issue. It's stored in the EEPROM on the Instro cluster (if I remember correctly). I know how to change by modifying the .bin for the cluster - however it's not as easy to reflash it back to the cluster EEPROM. There isn't commercial software available to program the instro cluster though I know some people who can do it as well as technically the TEC-II can.

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Hey SCDYNE, this is Deep-GXP from solsticeforum.com

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