What are the computer requirements when VAG-COM works


1 Will VAG-COM work with my car?

VAG-COM¬†will work with most Volkswagen and Audi models sold World-Wide 1994 through 2006. It will work with some cars all the way back to model year 1990. It will also work with most late-model SEAT, and Skoda models sold in markets other than North America. If your VW or Audi has a 16-pin “OBD-II style” Data Link Connector, VAG-COM will definitely work. If your car has the old “2×2” Data Link Connection, check if there is a wire going to each pin, as shown in the picture. If there are four wires, VAG-COM should work. If there are only three, it won’t. Please see these Application Charts where you can select your model and see which modules can communicate with VAG-COM. Also see the Issues page for a few things that may not work as expected. If in doubt, e-mail us.

2 Will VAG-COM work even if my car is “chipped”?

Yes. If it doesn’t work in a “chipped” car, the chip-vendor did something seriously wrong! Chips from reputable vendors are fully VAG-1551 (and VAG-COM) compliant.

3 What functions are included in the current release?

VAG-COM is a software program that turns your PC into sophisticated VW/Audi diagnostic tool, which performs the functions of a factory VAG-1551 or VAG-1552 scan tool and more. Please see the Function Chart for the current feature set.

4 What are the computer requirements?

A PC running Windows: We recommend at least a Pentium-100 (or AMD equivalent) with 16MB of RAM and Windows 95 or newer.¬†VAGCOM 18.2 may work on some lesser PC’s, but anything less than the above recommendation is unsupported. Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, and XP are all fine. Available disk-space should be a non-issue; VAG-COM requires less than 10 MB. If you are using a power supply for a laptop, it should be one specifically designed for that purpose, NOT a “universal” adapter.

To use one of our Serial Interfaces, the PC must have an available RS-232 Serial port! Otherwise, you’ll need to choose one of our USB Interfaces. A RS-232 Serial Port looks like this:


Observe the port we surrounded with the GREEN oval. Notice the 9 MALE pins? That is a SERIAL port and WILL work! Observe the port circled and crossed in RED: