Clone VCM2 Ford IDS 111 Update: Issues & Solutions

Issues: VCM2 doesn’t connect to the PC anymore.

Hardware: VCM2 clone (not VXDiag VCX Nano Ford) which has worked fine

Software version used: IDS v109 on VMware…. worked fine

Software updated version: IDS version 111 native…not working

Error message:

Tried the last IDS version 111 native install but at the first connection , IDS requested a VCM software upgrade. After few seconds i received an error message (there was an error updating your VCM2).

Since then I’ve tried recovering my VCM2 using IDS V86, VCM II manager v2.1.119.3, new SD card, with OBD power, without OBD power. The process stars good but after 2-3 minutes i receive an error message (There was an error reprogramming your VCM2 and your VCM2 requires a factory reset).



Tips & guides:

some clone vcm’s are prone to this
I found that it was usually the output voltage/amps on the computers usb as I could always reset them on my trusty old Dell

To do this it had to be V86 on XPs3 and not on a VM I also powered up the vcm on its 12v power jack directly
I reset literally 20 plus for friends with this set up many times over years ago

the only other issue I found was the little reset button falls off the board very easily if you press too hard



I used a PC with a fresh windows 7 32bit and IDS86 installed without VM  .
I finally found the issue and it was actually a simple intermittent connection with the USB cable. (although the message was not the loss of communication..)
After the cable was replaced, the software update was successful.

Now IDS version 111 works like a charm!