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I think everyone has heard of JPDiag/MelcoDiag by this time. MelcoDiag is a diagnostic software tool suitable for use on an 1199 Panigale with a Mitsubishi ECU. I've posted this guide on several forums and it should allow you to get the software up and running with little effort.

MelcoDiag Guide for Windows 8.1

This guide will walk you through the steps necessary to get the MelcoDiag software up and running on a PC running Windows 8.1. It may work in a similar manner on other Windows operating systems as well. In this example we’re going to connect to a 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale with a Mitsubishi ECU.

You’ll need the following items to get started:

1. MelcoDiag
2. A computer
3. DUCATI Diagnostic 4 pin OBD2 connector for Ducati Panigale
4. ELM327 USB Cable OBD2 Diagnostic Scanner with FTDI FT232RL Chip PIC18F25K80 v1.4

Downloading MelcoDiag:

We’ll start by downloading MelcoDiag on your computer running Windows 8.1. Some internet security software may prevent this application from being downloaded on to your PC. Should you have any problems it’ll be necessary for you to temporarily disable your antivirus/internet security software.


1. Go to jpdiag.akress.com.
2. Locate MelcoDiag at the bottom of the page… click download.
3. A dialogue box will appear asking if you would like to run, save or save as… click save as. The downloaded file will be saved as MelcoDiag. I saved this file in my downloads folder.
4. View your downloaded files… select MelcoDiag and open the file.
5. You’ll see the MelcoDiag application and an application extension listed… select the MelcoDiag application and open.
6. A dialogue box will appear referencing zipped folders… click extract all.
7. Another dialogue box opens telling you what folder the extracted files will be placed in… click extract.
8. With extraction complete, select the MelcoDiag application once again… click run as administrator.
9. The user account control window opens asking if you want the publisher to make changes to your computer… click yes.
10. The MelcoDiag icon will appear on your taskbar… click to open MelcoDiag. If you choose, return to your downloaded files, select MelcoDiag and create a shortcut to your desktop.
11. Double-click on the MelcoDaig desktop icon and the MelcoDiag welcome screen will appear. The MelcoDiag icon will appear again on the taskbar as well.
12. Click on the taskbar icon and a dialogue box will open indicating that no serial port has been detected… click OK.
13. Now the main MelcoDiag application window appears. At this point you can click through the tabs and get an idea of what MelcoDiag has to offer.
14. Click to close the program and the window collapses and the MelcoDiag icon disappears from the taskbar.
15. The MelcoDiag software has now been successfully installed on your PC.
16. If you disabled your antivirus/internet security software at the start of this procedure you can now activate it once again.

Required Cables:

The two cables that are required to utilize MelcoDiag can be found on Ebay. I don’t believe that all versions of the ELM327 cable will function with MelcoDiag… purchase v1.4 as described below or v1.5. The other cable will allow you to connect the ELM327 cable to the CAN bus adapter on your Panigale. Let’s discuss the two cables briefly.

1. The ELM327 USB Cable OBD2 Diagnostic Scanner with FTDI FT232RL Chip PIC18F25K80 v1.4 by OBD Innovations will come complete, with easy to follow instructions (Figure 1). You’ll download the drivers from their website, extract the downloaded files and verify that the drivers were successfully installed by plugging the device into your computer. I purchased this device on Ebay but you can visit OBD Innovation’s website directly if you choose.

2. The DUCATI Diagnostic 4 pin OBD2 connector for Ducati Panigale…I purchased this cable on Ebay as well (Figure 2).


There was some confusion on JP’s website with regards to the cabling used to attach to different ECU’s. Some users indicated that they fried their ECU’s because they used an incorrect cable. I don’t know what cables were used or which ECU’s they were trying to connect to. If you want to check this cable before installation you may proceed as follows. Refer to (Figure 3) below. Using a multi-meter verify that you have continuity between the following points:

· CAN Bus Connector Pin 1 to OBD Connector Pin 16
· CAN Bus Connector Pin 2 to OBD Connector Pin 4 and Pin 5
· CAN Bus Connector Pin 3 to OBD Connector Pin 6
· CAN Bus Connector Pin 4 to OBD Connector Pin 14

If your cable has checked out okay then you’re ready to move on and connect to your bike.

Connecting to your Bike:

To access the CAN bus connector on an 1199 Panigale proceed as follows:

1. Remove the seat from your bike. Once the seat has been removed you’ll see the black box unit (BBS) mounted in the subframe. You should be able to locate the CAN bus connector in the subframe just behind the BBS.
2. Carefully pull it through the opening in the top of the subframe and remove the cap covering the connector.
3. Take the two cables that you purchased and connect them to one another.
4. Connect the end of the cable with the CAN bus connector to the CAN bus connector on your bike.
5. Plug the USB end of the cable into an available USB port on your computer. The red LED on your ELM327 diagnostic scanner should be lit.
6. At this point it’s a good idea to check the COM port that will be utilized in your computer. You can look in device manager to see which COM port is being used. If you’re unsure how to open device manage… open the Windows control panel, type in “device manager” in the search box in the upper right-hand corner and select device manager. Now scroll down until you see Ports (COM & LPT). Click on the arrow to the left to expand this field and note the COM port that’s listed. Refer to (Figure 4).
7. Turn your ignition key to the “ON” position. Do not start your bike.
8. Double-click on your MelcoDiag desktop icon to open MelcoDiag.
9. With MelcoDiag open now look at the COM port box located to the right of the Connect button. Click on the COM port that you verified in step 6 (above) to highlight it.
10. Below the Connect button select the year of your bike. As a side note… my bike is a 2012 Panigale, so naturally I placed a check next to the 2012 option. After clicking on the connect button the information pertaining to my bike appeared with the exception of the VIN information. I corresponded with JP and was instructed to place a check next to the 2013 and up option instead. Upon doing so all the information was displayed correctly.
11. I allowed the baud rate to remain at its default value… 38400.
12. Click on the Connect button. Connecting to your bike should only take a matter of seconds. You should notice several LED’s on your ELM327 diagnostic scanner intermittently flashing on and off as communication takes place. Information specific to your bike will soon appear in the MelcoDiag window.
13. Turn your attention now to the box in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.
14. Place a check in the box next to debug information for report and registration.
15. Place a check in the appropriate box to indicate if your oil service light is active.
16. Place a check in the appropriate box to indicate if your desmo service light is active.
17. Enter the make/model and year of your bike in the box provided.
18. Select write report. A dialogue box will open when the report is written. It only takes a couple of seconds. You don’t have to do it now, but if you want to view the information contained in the report at a later time proceed as follows:

a. Look in your downloads folder
b. Locate Melcodiag
c. Double-click to open
d. Locate Melcodiag.exe.debug
e. Double-click to open

A text file similar to the one shown in (Figure 5) will appear.


19. Click Get License. A screen capture of MelcoDiag just before I clicked on Get License in (Figure 6).
20. After clicking on Get License a new screen will open as shown in (Figure 7). Enter your bike information (year and make/model), your email address, and click on Send. Information specific to your bike is shown on the clipboard… just leave it as is.
21. Be patient… after properly submitting my information JP responded with the license within an hour. I don’t know what the average wait time might be to acquire a license once your information has been properly submitted, but be patient and give JP an opportunity to respond. If several days pass and you haven’t received your license I would then suspect that there’s a problem somewhere and you should follow up with him.
22. Return to the MelcoDiag main screen.
23. Click the Disconnect button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to disconnect.
24. Turn your ignition key to the “OFF” position.
25. Disconnect the cable from the USB port on your computer and the CAN bus connector on your bike.
26. Place the cap back onto the CAN bus connector on your bike and position the connector back into the subframe.
27. Reinstall the seat on your bike.

License Activation:

JP will send you an email with the license file attached. Once you’ve received your license file proceed as follows:

1. Download the file into your downloads folder and do not rename it.
2. Now, locate your license file in your downloads folder. Left click to select the file, then right click and choose copy.
3. Next, locate MelcoDiag which should also be in your downloads folder. Left click to select the file, then right click and choose paste.

Your license has now been copied into your MelcoDiag directory. You’re done… put it to the test. MelcoDiag will allow you to view and erase trouble codes, reset oil and desmo service indicators, calibrate the MAP sensors, APS, TPS, O2 sensors, etc. The software is free to download... you'll only have to purchase the two cables mentioned above to utilize the software. JP does accept donations for the time and effort that he's put into developing this tool.

As MelcoDiag is a software tool that is still under development, updated versions will appear periodically. The version that I downloaded 3-4 months ago was version 1.0.4.0. Version 1.0.5.0 is now available with some extra features added. If you've already downloaded a previous version there's no need to apply for a new license when downloading the latest version. Follow the download instructions in this post and allow Windows to replace the old files with the new. The only time that you would have to apply for a new license is if you swap out the BBS, as the VIN information used to register is stored there.
 

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So, DucatiDiag has changed name yet again? Jeez. How many times is it now?

The whole license thing is total BS, too. Not really sure what his motive is in collecting the data, but the other free diagnostic tools don't ask for it.
 

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So, DucatiDiag has changed name yet again? Jeez. How many times is it now?

The whole license thing is total BS, too. Not really sure what his motive is in collecting the data, but the other free diagnostic tools don't ask for it.
:confused: Angry about free software that is quite helpful and saves us money?

MelcoDiag also works on 2013 Multistradas :)

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Under the "Resets" tab in MelcoDiag if you select TPS reset, APS reset, MAP calibration or self-adaptive A/F, this is what happens... let's say you click on the TPS reset button for example. When you do, an audible sound will come from the bike as the reset process initiates. 20-30 seconds later you'll hear a similar sound as the process completes. There isn't a window that opens to tell you that the process has completed or anything of that nature; you have to listen. If you want to reset several items work through them one at a time, giving each process time to complete before starting the next.
 

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There is "other" programs available, and free. Not sure if they work on the Mitsu ECU's (I don't think they do)

Google GuzziDiag. the generic version is IAWDiag. Then there are the IAWReader and the IAWWriter programs. They do ask for donations. Please be generous! These hard working folks ARE making life easier and cheaper FOR US...
 
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First 5 bikes are free.

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That's correct. It's my understanding that the software will just sit on your laptop (unusable) until JP sends you the license file. I believe too that the software will only operate on the bike for which it was registered, unless as mentioned above, you pay for it. I don't know much about that... what's JP charging for a download that can be used on multiple bikes?
 

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Hey guys just a bit of help. 2016 Ducati multistrada enduro. So my bike has termi exhaust with termi umap I wasn’t sure about it since previous owner had it installed it shows RACING on startup so that tells me it has the correct termi UpMap.

now the melcodiag software shows a warning that if I have a umap installed to save it so I don’t loose it before performing any resets.
All I am trying to do is reset the service interval code.

does this mean that I can’t use this tool to reset the service codeon my bike? I don’t have any tools to unload/save and reload maps.
 

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Thanks for the info on this thread. I been having a issue I have been trying to track down and this surely helped.

Its a bit fiddly to get working but its worth it.

I ordered these cables and used MelcoDiag.


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Hey guys just a bit of help. 2016 Ducati multistrada enduro. So my bike has termi exhaust with termi umap I wasn’t sure about it since previous owner had it installed it shows RACING on startup so that tells me it has the correct termi UpMap.

now the melcodiag software shows a warning that if I have a umap installed to save it so I don’t loose it before performing any resets.
All I am trying to do is reset the service interval code.

does this mean that I can’t use this tool to reset the service codeon my bike? I don’t have any tools to unload/save and reload maps.
Hey bud, did you figure this out? I have the same question about my monster with a termi slip on.
 

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Hey bud, did you figure this out? I have the same question about my monster with a termi slip on.
Yeah I did. I message him and he said that if you an ecu flash then don’t use the software as it will wipe out the flash. My bike had a flash and when I connected the software it prompted me and so I stopped. Glad I did.
 
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