Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Superior, Arizona
Re: WDS Repair
First off I have a confession. I was wrong. I said WDS is " running a rare operating system OS2" Not so. I was confusing WDS with big brother SBDS. SBDS runs OS2, while WDS runs windows 98. My mistake so don't quote me.
#r-clar - I am not using my WDS professionally (anymore). I just use it on my own vehicles and friends vehicles that it will recognize. As for the problems with my WDS there are work arounds; bad battery - keep it plugged it, touch screen inop - use a mouse, won't boot - try it again. To go to an IDS / VDM you are talking over $800 to $1500 plus a subscription. I just don't need it. I am simply looking for documentation for my GDS 3500 to better understand it. I will probably open it up just to check the connections for corrosion and have a quick tour. It would be nice to have all the insider information on it if I could.
#R.S.Logan - Yes the Jaguar Enthusiasts Forum is the first place I checked. There I found a lot of information on the WDS and modifications some Jag owners have done. I was asking here because Ford guys had WDS, although it wasn't very popular. NGS was an easier/faster tool. Most WDS just sat in the shop gathering dust much like mine does, unloved and unwanted. " ... that thing is so old and dirty ... let's get it out of here ..." Jaguar owners seem to have embraced the WDS whole heartedly because it works for them. Some Lincolns like WDS too for the same reasons.
Computer forums don't seem to know about the GDS 3500, or they won't admit it. I have a collection of vintage computers like the Monorail and the G3 Clamshell. Why you may ask? To that I say it's like collecting any old obsoleted artifact, why not?