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Hi,

I had a quick question-am savvy generally but new to this so here goes: is VCDS essential to perform the upgrades and clear errors? Are errors always expected as there is no connection to Audi SVM?

Basically, can I do the upgrades (firmware and map) and perhaps not expect errors? Also, if I do get errors, does anyone know if something simpler (+ cheaper) such as BW SuperScan VS450 VAG CAN OBDII Scantool Car Code Reader could also clear the errors? I'm just interested in upgrading my maps, not in tinkering with other settings down the line.

Hope this is clear, and hope someone can advise. Cheers

I have the same question, as I'm about to proceed with upgrade and want to avoid any unpleasantness. Just in case I have purchase a really cheap OBD connector ( OBDeleven in Google ), which looks promising as advertised, just I don't know if it will be able to do same functions as VCDS. Does anyone have experience on something similar? And another question, how long does it takes to do 1 firmware upgrade and how long does it takes for maps? Thanks!!!
I'm having the exact same question, did any of you guys found a solution to this? As I'm reading the manual it really seems that we need to fix that value of channel 15 which a simple ODB app like Carista is unable to do so. Also I am not in the posession of VCDS or a VAGCOM adapter (which looks like a ODB2 connector).
 

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Updated to the 2016 maps yesterday including firmware upgrades (damn that's nervous wrecking when it's rebooting and the screen stays black for like half a minute...).
All is working like a charm. At first it didn't need the FSC code, could navigate for a couple of minutes and suddenly the maps were locked. The activator worked like a charm too.

Now waiting for my VAGCOM cable to fix the 03276 error. Like some said, it doesn't do any harm, but I don't want errors :p Anyway, good work congo!

Oh, couldn't find the Copy from FSC.zip nor the FSC Remove if 03623 Fault.zip but didn't need them anyway.
 
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