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NEHS0758-05
November 2005

Communication
Adapter II
Users Manual
Hardware and Software
Version 2.22+

Caterpillar Service Tool Hardware and Software/Users Manual

Communication
Adapter II
Users Manual

Caterpillar Inc. Software License Agreement


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Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
COMMUNICATION ADAPTER II REQUIREMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
COMMUNICATION ADAPTER II SPECIFICATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
INSTALLING COMMUNICATION ADAPTER II SOFTWARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Installing from the Compact Disc (CD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
Building Floppy Disks From the CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Installing From Floppy Disks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Uninstalling Communication Adapter II Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
CONNECTING THE COMMUNICATION ADAPTER II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
CHANGING THE COMMUNICATIONS INTERFACE DEVICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
SOFTWARE OVERVIEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
COMM ADAPTER II PROGRAM MENU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
READ ME FILE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
THE CAT COMM ADAPTER II TOOLKIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Drop-Down Menu Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Toolbar Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
The Summary Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7
The Application Firmware Flash Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
Selecting a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Beginning Flash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
SPECIAL ISSUES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
APPENDIX A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1
APPENDIX B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
INSTALL PROBLEM TRACKING FORM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
COMMUNICATIONS TRACKING FORM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
GLOSSARY OF TERMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1

Introduction
About the Communication Adapter II
The Communication Adapter II is a service tool that consists of a portable hardware adapter
and a software PC program and is designed to run under Microsoft? Windows. It will allow a
PC to aid in the monitoring of communication on J1939/11 high speed data link, DeviceNet
(available in future releases), CAT DataLink, and J1708 (ATA) vehicle networks. The
Communication Adapter II is RP1210A compliant.

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Illustration 1: Communication Adapter II Group (275-5120)

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Communication Adapter II Group (275-5120)


The Communication Adapter II is available in a group that contains the cables and software
required for using the Communication Adapter II on Caterpillar products. You may also
purchase all items in the group separately. For a list of items included in the group, see Table
1 Part Numbers and Descriptions. For optional accessories, refer to Table 2 Optional
Accessories, Part Numbers, and Descriptions.
Item
1
2

Part Number
275-5121
275-5122

3
4
5
Not shown

196-0055
177-4595
6V-3072
NEHS0758

Description
Communication Adapter II
Data Link Cable 24 inch, (60.96 cm) for ATA, CDL,
J1939/11, and DeviceNet. J1939 standards require that this
cable not be extended. Communication will not occur if this
cable is extended.
NOTE: This is a new molded cable.
Serial PC Cable 762 cm (25 ft)
Block/Foam (for carrying case)
Carrying Case
Communication Adapter II CD and Users Manual

Table 1 Part Numbers and Descriptions

Optional Accessories
If necessary, you can purchase the following cables:
Part Number
7X-1686
157-4829
160-0142
225-5985
Parallel Cable
Specification

Description
In-Cab Adapter Cable for ATA
In-Cab Adapter Cable for J1939/11
PC Serial Cable 304.8 cm (10 ft)
PC Parallel Cable 762 cm (25 ft)
NOTE: Only for use with PC without serial port. Will not work with older
PCs with serial port because they do not have enough drive capability.
IEEE 1284
DB25 male - male
Table 2 Optional Accessories Part Numbers and Descriptions

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Communication Adapter II Requirements


In order to successfully run the Communication Adapter II, you will need the following PC
hardware and software:

Minimum PC Requirements1

IBM PC compatible with Pentium 100 MHz processor

32-MB of RAM

10-MB of available hard disk drive

CD-ROM drive

3.5 1.44-MB floppy disk drive

VGA monitor or display

RS-232 port with 16550 AF UART

Recommended PC Configurations

Intel Pentium II 333 MHz processor or higher

128-MB RAM

4.3 GB hard disk drive

Third Generation DVD drive

Super VGA monitor or display

1The

minimum PC Configurations should not be used as a standard when


buying new personal computers to run Communication Adapter II. However, if
you have existing equipment that meets these minimum requirements, it will run
Communication Adapter II.

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Minimum Software Requirements2

Microsoft Windows 95B, 98, 2000, NT 4.0 Service


Pack 4, XP.
NOTE: Use Communication Adapter II software version 2.22+
and Firmware version 2.2 with above PC software.

Microsoft Windows 95, 95A.


NOTE: Use Communication Adapter II software version 1.2
and Firmware version 1.0 or 1.1 with Windows 95 or 95A.
NOTE: Version 1.0 software can not program the
Communication Adapter II Firmware (instead use PC
software version 1.1 or another PC with version 2.22).

2See

Software Overview section 3, for more details

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Communication Adapter II Specifications

Operating Voltage:

7V DC - 40V DC at 1.0 amps

Operating Temperature:

-18C to +65C
(0F +149F)

Storage Temperature:

40C to +80C
(-40F +176F)

Communication Adapter II Size:

180 mm x 85 mm x 44.5mm
(7.085 in x 3.343 in x 1.75 in)

Communication Adapter II Weight:

454 g (1 lb)

Table 3 Communication Adapter II Specifications


NOTE: Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

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Operating Instructions
Purpose
The Communication Adapter II connects between the service connector on the Caterpillar
product you are testing and your PC. If the service connector is powered when you have the
Communication Adapter II connected to the data link, the POWER light on the Communication
Adapter II will glow. When power is first applied, the Communication Adapter II performs a
diagnostic test for a short period by sequentially turning on all of the lights for a few seconds
from the bottom to the top of the front panel.
There are a few things you need to do before you begin using the Communication Adapter II
hardware and software to ensure that it will operate properly. Completing the following
checklist will help to make sure the Communication Adapter II runs effectively and without
error.

Instructions
To operate the Communication Adapter II, complete the steps listed below.
Step 1

Install the Communication Adapter II software onto your PC (see section 2,


page 2).

Step 2

Connect the Communication Adapter II to your PC and to the data link (see
section 2, page 17).

Step 3

Change the Communications Interface Device in Preferences to Caterpillar


Communication Adapter II (see section 2, page 18).

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Installing Communication Adapter II Software


Purpose
You must install the Communication Adapter II software on the PC you will be using in order to
use the Communication Adapter II. You can do this in one of two ways: by using the CD that
is included with the hardware components, or by making floppy disks from that CD.
If you have a previous version of Communication Adapter II software installed, uninstall it
before continuing with this installation procedure (see Uninstalling Communication Adapter II
Software, section 2, page 14, for instructions).

Note: Communication Adapter II will not run from a server computer.

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Installing from the Compact Disc (CD)


Purpose
The installation procedure described below is for installing Communication Adapter II
software. The installation program is designed to run under Microsoft Windows. Installing from
the Compact Disk requires one Communication Adapter II CD. Communication Adapter II
software will not run from a server computer.

Instructions
To install the Communication Adapter II Software from the CD:
Step 1

Close any applications you are running, so only Windows is running. This
includes any connections to mainframe computers or networks.

Step 2

Insert the Communication Adapter II CD into your computers CD-ROM drive.

Step 3

The setup process should begin automatically. If it does not, press the Start
push-button on the Task Bar. From the file menu, select Run. The Run dialog
box displays.

Note: If running Windows NT, you must have administrative rights on your computer system
to install Communication Adapter II software.

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Illustration 2: Run dialog box


Step 4

In the text box type:


z:\setup.exe
If the CD is in CD-ROM drive other than z, substitute z with the appropriate
drive letter.

Step 5

Press OK. The Setup is preparing status box displays. It shows the
percentage status of the Install Shield Wizard setup. When it is finished, the
Welcome dialog box displays.

Illustration 3: Setup is preparing status box

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Illustration 4: Welcome dialog box


Step 6

Read through the welcome message. Press Cancel to exit the setup process
or Next> to continue the setup process. The Software License Agreement
dialog box displays.

Illustration 5: Software License Agreement dialog box

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Step 7

Read through the license agreement. Press the Yes push-button to accept the
terms and conditions. The Select Components dialog box displays.

Illustration 6: Select Components dialog box


Step 8

At this point you can choose Run Setup on this computer, Build diskettes
from the CD, or both. Run Setup on this computer is selected by default.
Press Back> to return to the previous screen, Cancel to end the setup
process, or select the Next> push-button to begin installing the software onto
your computer (see section 2, page 10 for instructions on building floppy disks
from the CD). The Choose Destination Location dialog box displays.3

3If

you are upgrading from a previous version of Communication Adapter II


software, the Choose Destination Location dialog box and the Select Program
Folder dialog box do not display.

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Illustration 7: Choose Destination dialog box

Step 9

To select a different path than the one shown in the Destination Folder area,
press the Browse push button. The Choose Folder dialog box displays.
Choose Next> to go to the Select Program Folder screen.

Illustration 8: Select Program Folder dialog box


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Step 10

Caterpillar Comm Adapter II is the default Program Folder name. If you want
to change the Program Folder name, select a folder from the Existing Folder
drop-down list box or type a folder name in the Program Folder text box.

Step 11

Press the Next> push-button to continue the setup.

Illustration 9: Copying program files progress bar


Step 12

The setup wizard begins installing Communication Adapter II software to the


destination folder. The Communication Adapter II Setup screen with progress
bars displays. Press Cancel to exit the setup install procedure.
When the installation process is successfully completed, an information dialog
displays, informing you to refer to the ReadMe.txt file for additional information
on modifying the Communication Device settings in Caterpillar Electronic
Technician for proper operation of the Communication Adapter II. See section
2, page 2, for instructions on how to change this setting.

Illustration 10: Information Dialog Box


Step 13

Press OK. The Setup Complete dialog box displays.

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Step 14

Another information dialog will display asking you to verify you have
Application Firmware version 2.2 or later loaded into the Communication
Adapter II device. Application Fiirmware 2.2 must be used for Windows XP
and will work in all previous versions of Windows. See Section 2, page 17, for
instructions on how to connect to the Communications Adapter II and see
Section 3, page 8, for instructions on how to flash the adapter with the 2.2
firmware if it is not currently installed.

Illustration 11: Setup Complete dialog box


Step 15

Press the Finish push-button to complete the setup after selecting whether or
not you want to immediately restart your computer (you must reboot your PC to
complete the installation of the new software).

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Building Floppy Disks From the CD


Purpose
In order to install Communication Adapter II software by using floppy disks, you must first
copy the CD onto floppy disks. To copy the CD onto floppy disks you need three clean,
formatted 1.44-MB high density floppy disks and the Communication Adapter II CD.

Instructions
To copy the Communication Adapter II software from the CD to floppy disks:
Step 1

Follow steps 1 through 7 of Installing From the CD, (section 2, pages 3


through 6).

Step 2

When you reach the Select Components dialog screen select Build diskettes
from the CD. Unless you press on Run Setup on this computer it will remain
chosen and the software will be loaded onto your computer at the same time
the software is saved onto the diskettes. Press Back> to return to the
previous screen, Cancel to end the setup process, or select the Next> push
button to begin installing the software onto your computer and/or building the
diskettes from the CD.
The Select Drive dialog box displays.

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Illustration 12: Communication Adapter II Select Drive dialog box

Step 4

If you have more than one floppy disk drive, choose the floppy disk drive to
which you want to copy the files. Otherwise, setup will default to the only floppy
drive you have. Select the Next> push-button. The Setup Needs The Next
Disk dialog box displays.

Illustration 13: Setup Needs The Next Disk dialog box

Step 5

Insert the first floppy disk into the floppy disk drive you selected in the Select
Drive dialog box.

Step 6

The Communication Adapter II software begins copying to the floppy disks.


Press Cancel to exit the copying process.
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Step 7

The Setup Needs the Next Disk dialog box displays each time to put another
floppy disk into the floppy disk drive. Remove the current disk, label it, and
insert another disk.

Illustration 14: Remove Diskette / Diskettes Successfully Built dialog box


Step 8

Press OK when the last Remove Diskette dialog box displays, stating that
the diskettes have been successfully built.

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Installing From Floppy Disks


Purpose
The installation procedure described below is for installing Communication Adapter II
software. The installation program is designed to run under Microsoft Windows. Installing from
the Compact Disk requires the floppy disks you built following the instructions under Building
Floppy Disks From the CD (section 2, pages 10 through 12). Communication Adapter II
software will not run from a server computer.

Instructions
To install the Communication Adapter II software onto your computer from the floppy disks
you created:
Step 1

Close all running applications except Windows. This includes any connections
to mainframe computers or networks.

Step 2

Insert the Communication Adapter II floppy disk #1 into a 3.5 inch, 1.44-MB
floppy disk drive.

Step 3

Press the Start push-button on the Task Bar. From the file menu, press Run.
The Run dialog box displays.

Step 4

In the text box type:


a:\setup.exe
If the floppy disk is in a floppy disk drive other than a, substitute a with the
appropriate drive letter.

Step 5

Press OK. The Setup is preparing status box displays. It shows the
percentage status of the Install Shield Wizard setup. When it is finished, the
Welcome dialog box displays.

Step 6

Follow steps 6 through 15 of Installing from the Compact Disk, section 2,


page 5 through 9 to complete the installation.

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Uninstalling Communication Adapter II Software


Purpose
If for any reason you must uninstall the Communication Adapter II Software, please complete
the following actions.

Instructions
To Uninstall Communication Adapter II software:
Step 1

Go to your Start menu and choose Settings.

Step 2

Select Control Panel and then double click on Add/Remove Programs. The
Add/Remove Programs Properties dialog box displays.

Step 3

Highlight the entry entitled Communication Adapter II and select


Change/Remove.

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Illustration 15: Add/Remove Programs dialog box


Step 4

A Confirm File Deletion warning box displays, asking if you want to completely
remove the software.

Step 5

Press Yes to completely remove the Communication Adapter II and all of its
components from your computer. The Remove Programs From Your Computer
status box displays. Immediately following, the Remove Shared File dialog box
displays, asking if you want to remove all shared components.

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Illustration 16: Remove Shared File dialog box


Step 6

Press the Yes to All push-button to remove all shared files. A Remove Shared
Files warning box displays, making sure you want to proceed with the removal.

Step 7

Press the Yes push-button to continue.

Step 8

When the uninstall is complete, press the OK push button on the Remove
Programs From Your Computer dialog box.

Step 9

Finally, close the Add/Remove Programs dialog box.

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Connecting the Communication Adapter II


Purpose
You connect the Communication Adapter II to your PC by using the serial cables listed in
Table 1 Part Numbers and Descriptions or in Table 2, Optional Accessories Part Numbers
and Descriptions. However, please note that if you use the 24 inch Data Link Cable (part
number 275-5122), J1939 standards require that this cable not be extended. Communication
will not occur if this cable is extended.

Instructions
To connect the Communication Adapter II to the PC:
Step 1

Align and attach one end of the serial cable that you have chosen to the PC
cable connection on the Communication Adapter II.

Step 2

Connect the other end of the cable to the serial port of your PC.

To Connect the Communication Adapter II to the data link:


Step 1

After you have connected the Communication Adapter II to your PC, connect
one end of the data link cable you have chosen to the data link connection on
the Communication Adapter II.

Step 2

Connect the other end of the data link cable to the diagnostic connector on the
product you wish to test. If the data link is powered (machine power is on), the
Power light on the Communication Adapter II will glow and the diagnostic test
will begin (the lights on the front of the Communication Adapter II will
sequentially glow from the bottom to the top of the device).

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Changing the Communications Interface Device


Purpose
If you choose Caterpillar Electronic Technician (Cat ET) as your service tool, you must change
the Communications Interface Device in Caterpillar Electronic Technicians Preferences to
Caterpillar Communication Adapter II (RP1210). If you have completely connected the
Communication Adapter II but have not changed the Communication Interface Device setting
in Cat ET and attempt to start Cat ET, you will receive a warning message stating that Cat ET
is unable to communicate with the Caterpillar Communication Adapter.

Illustration 17: Preferences dialog box

Instructions
To change the Communication Interface Device:
Step 1

Open Caterpillar Electronic Technician. Press the Stop Connect push-button


when it appears.

Step 2

Select Preferencesfrom the Settings drop-down menu. The Preferences


dialog box displays.

Step 3

Select the Communications tab.

Step 4

Change the Communication Interface Device to Caterpillar Communication


Adapter II (RP1210) and verify that the Ports setting is correct.

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Software Overview
All Communication Adapter II documentation is directed towards the user with some
Microsoft? Windows? experience. If this does not describe you, please take some time to
acquaint yourself with Windows before installing the Communication Adapter II software.
The Communication Adapter II software includes the Read Me file and the Comm Adapter II
Toolkit (used to view the hardware, application firmware, boot firmware, and Comm Adapter II
PC Driver versions, as well as flash new information to the Caterpillar Comm Adapter II).
Once the Communication Adapter II software is installed onto your computer, the Caterpillar
Comm Adapter II group is installed into your programs menu and includes the Read Me file
and the Comm Adapter II Toolkit icons.
The data and menus displayed in the illustrations of this manual may be different from the
data and menus that you have displayed in the Communication Adapter II Toolkit software.

Note: Communication Adapter II will not run from a server computer

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Comm Adapter II Program Menu


The following illustration displays the Caterpillar Comm Adapter II program menu.

Illustration 18: Comm Adapter II Program Menu


The following items are available in the program menu:
Comm Adapter II Toolkit

The Communication Adapter II toolkit is a program that allows


you to view the hardware, application firmware, boot firmware,
and Comm Adapter II PC Driver versions, as well as flash new
information to the Caterpillar Communication Adapter II.

Read Me

Double click this icon to read additional release information


before using the Communication Adapter II.

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Read Me File
Purpose
The ReadMe.txt file is located on the Communication Adapter II Install CD. It is also an icon in
the Communication Adapter II Group Box. The following important information is in this file:

What is new in this release

What you need to use the Communication Adapter II

Supported Operating Systems

Installation Procedure

How to Configure Caterpillar Electronic Technician to use the Communication


Adapter II

Uninstall Procedure

Support Contacts

Instructions
Press the Start push-button on the Task Bar and choose Programs. Select Caterpillar Comm
Adapter II and then choose Read Me. The ReadMe.txt file displays.

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The Cat Comm Adapter II Toolkit


Purpose
For the majority of the time, you will not need to change or display the Cat Comm Adapter II
Toolkit settings. However, in the rare occasion that you wish to see or change (flash) these
settings, you can open the Cat Comm Adapter II Toolkit which is the Communication Adapter
II program containing two screens: The Summary Screen, which allows you to view the
hardware, application firmware, boot firmware, and Comm Adapter II PC Driver versions; and
the Application Firmware Flash Screen (available after version 1.0) which allows you to flash
new information to the Caterpillar Communication Adapter II..

Instructions
To open the Cat Comm Adapter II Toolkit:
Step 1

Go to the Start menu of your computer, choose Programs, and then Caterpillar
Comm Adapter II.

Step 2

Select Comm Adapter II Toolkit. The Cat Comm Adapter II Toolkit Summary
screen displays.

Screen Layout
The Cat Comm Adapter II Toolkit consists of two screens: the Summary screen and the
Application Firmware Flash screen (unavailable in version 1.0). Both screens include the
following information:

Drop-down menus

Toolbar

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Drop-Down Menu Functions


Purpose
The Cat Comm Adapter II Toolkit File drop-down menu functions include:

File - contains the Exit option which closes the Caterpillar Comm Adapter II
Toolkit.

Information - contains the option to view the Summary screen.

Utilities - includes the Application Firmware Flash option which displays the
Select Firmware Flash file dialog box and the Preferences option which allows
the communication settings to be changed.

Help - contains the About Comm Adapter II Toolkit option, which gives the
name, version number and copyright information about the software. Also
contains the Help Topics option which opens the Help topics for the
Communication Adapter.

Instructions4
To use the keyboard to operate the drop-down menus:
Step 1

Hold down the Alt key and press the underlined letter of the function you want
to open.

Step 2

Use the arrow keys to scroll down the list until you find the function you want to
perform.

To use the mouse to operate the drop-down menus:


Step 1

Left click on the function.

Step 2

Choose the function you want to perform and left click again.

4See

Navigation Shortcuts, section 5, page 1, for more details on how to use


mouse and keyboard shortcuts.

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Toolbar Functions
Purpose
The toolbar on the top to the Caterpillar Comm Adapter II screen consists of icons you can
use instead of the some of the drop-down menu functions. They include:
Summary icon - Opens the summary screen

Application Firmware Flash icon - Opens the Select


Firmware Flash file dialog box
Exit - Closes Caterpillar Comm Adapter II Toolkit

Instructions
To use the toolbar icons, slide your mouse arrow over the icon you want to use and left click.

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The Summary Screen

Illustration 19: Cat Comm Adapter II Toolkit Summary screen

Purpose
The Cat Comm Adapter II Toolkit Summary screen (the only screen available in version 1.0) is
a read only screen that displays the Communication Adapter II Information box. This box
gives the following information:

Hardware Version

Application Firmware Version

Boot Firmware Version

Comm Adapter II PC Driver Version

The Cat Comm Adapter II Toolkit Summary screen retrieves the Communication Adapter II
Information from the Communication Adapter II and verifies communication between the
Communication Adapter II and the service tool you are using.

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The Application Firmware Flash Screen

Illustration 20: Cat Comm Adapter II Application Firmware Flash screen

Purpose
The Cat Comm Adapter II Toolkit Application Firmware Flash screen, (available in releases
after 1.0) allows you to flash new information to the Communication Adapter II. The Cat Comm
Adapter II Toolkit Application Firmware Flash screen retrieves the Communication Adapter II
Information from the Communication Adapter II, and the File information from the file that you
provide (either from your hard disk drive or a floppy disk). This screen displays two areas: the
Communication Adapter II Information area and the File area.

Instructions
To open the Application Firmware Flash screen:
Step 1

Either using the Utilities drop-down menu or by press the Application Firmware
Flash icon on the Cat Comm Adapter Toolkit toolbar. The Select Firmware Flash
File dialog box displays.

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Step 2

To view the Application Firmware Flash screen before selecting a file, press the
Cancel push-button. Follow the instructions on Selecting a File, section 3,
page 10, to select a file and then view the Application Firmware Flash screen.

Screen Layout
The Communication Adapter II Information area includes:

Application Firmware Version

Hardware Version

The File area includes:

Application Firmware Version

Supported Hardware Version

Release Date

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Selecting a File
Purpose
The Select Firmware Flash File dialog box allows you to select a file to flash to the
Communication Adapter II. The File Information section at the bottom of the screen displays
the following information:

Firmware Version

File Type

Release Date

Supported Hardware Version

Note: To see additional Description information, click inside the text box, and then use the _
and _ keys to view the description.

Instructions
To select a Flash file:
Step 1

Select the file type5 from the List Files of Type drop-down list. The extension
you choose displays in the File Name text box.

Step 2

Select the drive from the Drives drop-down list.

Step 3

Select the Flash file directory from the Directories list box. All *.APF files display
in the scroll list box under the File Name text box.

Step 4

Highlight the file you want to flash from the scroll list box or type the file name
into the File Name text box. The file name can be up to eight characters plus a
three-letter extension. The name displays in the File Name text box.

5Only

flash files (*.APF) can be used to flash the Comm Adapter II.

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Illustration 21: Select Flash File dialog box


Step 5

Press OK once you have selected the desired flash file or Cancel to exit
without selecting a flash file. You return to the Application Firmware Flash
screen.

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Beginning Flash
Purpose
The Begin Flash push-button allows you to begin the flashing process. This process reprograms the Communication Adapter II with the flash file that you selected in the Select
Firmware Flash File dialog box.

Instructions
To begin flashing the Communication Adapter II:
Step 1

Select a file to flash (see Selecting a File) and after returning to the
Application Firmware Flash screen, press the Begin Flash push-button.

Illustration 22: Flash Information displayed


Step 2

An Update Progress status bar displays that keeps track of the flashing
process. Press Cancel in the status bar box to cancel this process at any
time.

Step 3

When the flash completes; a Flash Completed Successfully message box


displays. You may go to the Cat Comm Adapter II Toolkit Summary screen by
selecting Toolkit, return to the Application Firmware Flash screen by pressing
Flash, or exit the program completely by choosing Exit.

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3-14

Special Issues
Disk Defragmentation/Disk Compression
The Communication Adapter II remains unaffected by Disk Compression and/or
Defragmentation programs, as long as they do not move hidden or system files during the
process.

NT Installation
If running Windows NT you must have administrative rights on your computer system.

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4-2

Appendix A
Navigation Shortcuts
Mouse Shortcuts
The mouse can accomplish a variety of functions. Ways to use the mouse are as follows:
The Mouse: used to select option buttons, open and close menus, and move the cursor
to a selected area of the screen.

Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard Shortcuts give you the power to maneuver through applications by solely using the
keyboard. The shortcuts include using Alt, Tab, Shift, Ctrl (Control), Enter, the space bar,
multiple letters and arrow keys (separately and combined with each other) to accomplish an
action.

Alt Key + Letter


Holding down the Alt key and pressing a letter allows you to navigate drop-down menus. For
example, pressing O, while holding down the Alt key, opens the "Other" drop-down menu.
While this menu is open, pressing the underlined letters in that menu performs the related
tasks. In this case, pressing G would prompt the Get Hardware Status box (see Letters).

Tab Key
The Tab key moves the cursor between option buttons (OK, Cancel, etc.). A button that
can be activated by pressing enter is highlighted (marked with black dashes around the
border). Using the Tab and Shift Keys at the same time reverses the tab order. On different
screens, you can use the Tab button to move from one area to another. This is called tab
ability.

Arrow Keys
The arrow keys have many uses. The first function of the keys is to move between and
through the menus after holding down the Alt key and pressing a letter (see the example
given under Alt Key + Letter). The arrow keys and Enter key can be used instead of pressing
the letter of the corresponding function.

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The second use of the arrow keys is similar to that of the Tab key because the arrows move
the cursor between option buttons. The up and right arrows move the cursor down the option
buttons, and the down and left arrows move the cursor up the option buttons.
The third function of the arrow keys is to scroll through lists. In some screens, you must
highlight the OK button with the Tab key before using the arrows to scroll the list. In others,
you must use the tab key to get into the box with the list before using the arrows.

Letters
Not all buttons have tab ability. If you enter a screen where the Tab key does not highlight a
button, press the underlined letter on the button on the keyboard to perform that function.
Keyboard Only
Necessary Action6

Desired Result
Activate a menu bar:

Press ALT.

Cancel the dialog box:

Press Esc (Escape).

Carry out a function:

Press Enter or the space bar.

Choose a menu function:

Press the underlined letter in the function name or


use the Arrow key to scroll down the menu. When
the action is highlighted, press Enter.

Move between buttons, dialog


Keys, or boxes, menu commands, or
items in a list:

Press Tab (Tab + Shift reverses tab order), Arrow


underlined letters.

Open a menu:

Press ALT plus the underlined letter in the menu


name.

6You

must use the Tab key to get into the correct box before you are able to
complete any of these actions. Press Enter after you select all desired files.

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Appendix B
PC Software Hotline Services
Caterpillar Inc. provides a well-trained technical support staff to assist you with any problems.
If you need assistance and wish to contact the Dealer Service Tools (DST), please completely
fill out the information from the Communication Tracking Form or Install Problem Tracking
Form. These questions are necessary for DST to help you solve your problem.
Also, be prepared to:

Give a brief explanation of the problem you are having

Include the exact wording of any error or warning messages you have received

Give the sequence of steps you took before the error or warning message

Describe any recent changes made to your personal computer (PC) and know if
Communication Adapter II was running correctly in the past to help isolate the problem
Dealer Service Tools (DST) Hours
Monday through Friday
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Standard Time (CST)

Note: If you call outside of these hours, leave a voice message and a DST staff member will
respond to your problem the next business day.

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Help Desk (Service Systems Support Center) Contact Information:


- Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (North
America)
- 1-309-675-4000 (World)
- 1-309-675-4001 (Fax)
- E-mail: dcsghlp@cat.com or Help Desk CDIS DBS (Lotus Notes)
Caterpillar Media and Product Information Logistics:
- 1-800-566-7782 (North America ONLY)
- 1-309-266-0942 (Outside North America)
- E-mail: media-logistics@cat.com

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Install Problem Tracking Form


Name:________________________________________
Dealership:________________________________________
Telephone #:________________________________________
Computer type:________________________________________
Operating System:________________________________________
Memory:________________________________________
Available Hard Drive Space:________________________________________
Communication Adapter II Version:________________________________________
Previous Version:________________________________________
Media type (CD or Floppy Disk):________________________________________
Exact Error message:________________________________________

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Communications Tracking Form


Name:________________________________________
Dealership:________________________________________
Telephone #:________________________________________
Computer type:________________________________________
Operating System:________________________________________
Communication Adapter II Version:________________________________________
Product being serviced:________________________________________
ECM Serial Number:________________________________________
Engine Serial Number:________________________________________
ECM type:________________________________________
Personality Module Part Number & Date:________________________________________
Communications Interface Device:________________________________________
Exact Error message:________________________________________

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Glossary of Terms
Caterpillar Electronic Technician (Cat ET)
A diagnostic tool software program for a personal computer (PC). Designed to replace the
ECAP service tool.

Cat ET
The acronym for Caterpillar Electronic Technician software.

Check Box
A square box accompanied by descriptive text. Pressing the box puts an X in it. Pressing a
previously checked box removes the X.

Communication Adapter II (Comm Adapter II)


A device which can be used to aid in the monitoring of communication on J1939/11,
DeviceNet (after first release), CAT DataLink, and J1708 (ATA) vehicle networks.

Dialog Box
A fixed size moveable window in which a user may review or maintain information needed by
the application.

Drop-Down List Box


A field box with an arrow displayed to the right of the box. Pressing the arrow displays an
expanded list of values below the field box. If there are more values than can be displayed in
the drop-down list box, a scroll bar appears to the right of the list. Selecting a value from the
list places it in the single value field box and closes the expanded list.

Drop-Down Menu
An expanded list of options displayed when one of the menus above the toolbar is selected in
Cat ET.

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Electronic Control Module (ECM)


The electronic engine control that provides power to EUI electronics and injectors, monitors
EUI inputs, and acts as a governor to control engine speed.

Group Box
A group or related radio buttons, edit fields, or drop-down boxes surrounded by a frame.

Icon
A small graphic used to represent an executable program. The Caterpillar Electronic
Technician software program icon appears in the Caterpillar Electronic Technician group box
in the Windows Program Manager screen.

Push-Button
A round-cornered rectangle containing text that describes the action the button performs.
OK and Cancel are common push-buttons found on many dialog boxes.

Text Box
A box that allows the user to type information into the application. A text box follows a title that
tells what information needs to be entered.

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Index
A
About Communication Adapter II, 1-1
Application Firmware Flash Screen, 3-8

B
Buttons
Beginning Flash, 3-12
Browse, 2-7
Finish, 2-9
Next, 2-5
Start, 2-3, 3-3

C
Cat Comm Adapter II Application Firmware Flash Screen, 3-8
Cat Comm Adapter II Toolkit Summary Screen, 3-7
Caterpillar Electronic Technician, 2-18, 3-3, 7-1, 7-2
Comm Adapter II Program Menu, 3-2
Communication Adapter II Requirements
Hardware, 1-3
Connecting the Communication Adapter II, 2-17

D
Destination dialog box, 2-7
Disk Defragmentation/Disk Compression, 4-1
Drop-Down Menu Functions
Menus, 3-5

F
Flash
Beginning Flash, 3-12
Completion, 3-12
Selecting a File, 3-10

G
Glossary, 7-1
Group Box
Using Communication Adapter II, 3-2

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H
Help, 6-1
Communications Tracking Form, 6-4
Install Problem Tracking Form, 6-3

I
Installing from the Compact Disc
Compact Disc Installation, 2-3
Introduction, 1-1

M
Minimum Software Requirements
Software, 1-4

N
Navigation Shortcuts
Using Communication Adapter II, 5-1
NT Installation, 4-1

O
Operating Instructions
Hardware, 2-1

P
Part Numbers and Descriptions, 1-2
PC Software Hotline Services
Help, 6-2

R
Read Me, 2-8, 3-3

S
Screen Layout
Using Communication Adapter II, 3-4
Select Program Folder dialog box, 2-7
Setting Preferences, 2-18
Setup, 2-3
Special Issues, 4-1
Summary Screen, 3-7

T
Toolbar Functions, 3-6
Toolkit, 3-4

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For information on service tools or shop supplies,


contact Dealer Service Tools on:
Dealer Service Tools
501 S. W. Jefferson
Peoria, IL U.S.A. 61630-2125
U.S.A.: 1-800-542-8665
Illinois: 1-800-541-8665
Canada: 1-800-523-8665
World: 1-309-675-6277
Fax: 1-309-494-1355
dealerservicetool_hotline@cat.com

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