CRP12X Premium Introduction And General Information

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CRP12X Premium Introduction And General Information


1. Introduction
The CRP123 Premium(CRP129 PREMIUM) Series are specially developed by LAUNCH, which supports all 10 modes of OBD II test for a complete diagnosis. Featuring the 3.5″ TFT color display, it enables users to read/dear DTCs, record, save and playback data in live graphic display. The CRP129 Premium (CRP123 PREMIUM) Series are also very easy to use. With built-in help menus and code definitions, diagnosing and repairing that dreaded Check Engine Light is now easier than ever!

Moreover, CRP12X Premium Series also feature the following bi-directional “special tests”: EVAP, 02 Sensor, I/M Readiness, MIL Status, VIN Info, and On-board monitors testing.

It can be connected to PC through the USB cable for upgrade to keep updated with the latest software version.

Note: CRP129 Premium (CRP123 Premium) Series may automatically reset while being disturbed by strong static electricity. THIS IS A NORMAL REACTION.

2. General Information
2.1 On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) II

The first generation of On-Board Diagnostics (OBD I) was developed by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and implemented in 1988 to monitor some of the emission control components on vehicles. As technology evolved and the desire to improve the On-Board Diagnostic system increased, a new generation of On-Board Diagnostic system was developed. This second generation of On-Board Diagnostic regulations is called “OBD If.

The OBD2 Scanner is designed to monitor emission control systems and key engine components by performing either continuous or periodic tests of specific components and vehicle conditions. When a problem is detected, the OBD II system turns on a warning lamp (MIL) on the vehicle instrument panel to alert the driver typically by the phrase of “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon”. The system will also store important information about the detected malfunction so that a technician can accurately find and fix the problem. Here below follow three pieces of such valuable information:

1)Whether the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) is commanded ‘on’ or ‘off;

2)Which, if any, Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) are stored;

3)Readiness Monitor status.

2.2 Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)

OBD2 Code Reader are codes that are stored by the on-board computer diagnostic system in response to a problem found in the vehicle. These codes identify a particular problem area and are intended to provide you with a guide as to where a fault might be occurring within a vehicle. OBD II Diagnostic Trouble Codes consist of a five-digit alphanumeric code. The first character, a letter, identifies which control system sets the code. The second character, a number, 0-3; other three characters, a hex character, 0-9 or A-F provide additional information on where the DTC originated and the operating conditions that caused it to set. Here below is an example to illustrate the structure of the digits:


2.3 Location of the Data Link Connector (DLC)
The DLC (Data Link Connector or Diagnostic Link Connector) is typically a 16-pin connector where diagnostic code readers interface with the vehicle’s on-board computer. The DLC is usually located 12 inches from the center of the instrument panel (dash), under or around the driver’s side for most vehicles. If Data Link Connector is not located under dashboard, a label should be there telling location. For some Asian and European vehicles, the DLC is located behind the ashtray and the ashtray must be removed to access the connector. If the DLC cannot be found,refer to the vehicle’s service manual for the location.


2.4 OBD II Readiness Monitors
An important part of a vehicle’s OBD II system is the Readiness Monitors, which are indicators used to find out if all of the emissions components have been evaluated by the OBD II system. They are running periodic tests on specific systems and components to ensure that they are performing within allowable limits.
Currently, there are eleven OBD II Readiness Monitors (or I/M Monitors) defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Not all monitors are supported in every vehicles and the exact number of monitors in any vehicle depends on the motor vehicle manufacturer’s emissions control strategy.
Continuous Monitors — Some of the vehicle components or systems are continuously tested by the vehicle’s OBD II system, while others are tested only under specific vehicle operating conditions. The continuously monitored components listed below are always ready:

1. Misfire
2. Fuel System
3. Comprehensive Components (CCM)
Once the vehicle is running, the OBD II system is continuously checking the above components, monitoring key engine sensors, watching for engine misfire, and monitoring fuel demands.
Non-Continuous Monitors — Unlike the continuous monitors, many emissions and engine system components require the vehicle to be operated under specific conditions before the monitor is ready. These monitors are termed non-continuous monitors and are listed below:
1) EGR System
2) O2 Sensors
3) Catalyst
4) Evaporative System
5) O2 Sensor Heater
6) Secondary air Injection
7) Heated Catalyst
8) A/C system
2.5 OBD II Monitor Readiness Status
OBD II systems must indicate whether or not the vehicle’s PCM’s monitor system has completed testing on each component. Components that have been tested will be reported as “Ready”, or “Complete”, meaning they have been tested by the OBD II system. The purpose of recording readiness status is to allow inspectors to determine if the vehicle’s OBD II system has tested all the components and/or systems.

The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) sets a monitor to “Ready” or “Complete” after an appropriate drive cycle has been performed. The drive cycle that enables a monitor and sets readiness codes to “Ready” varies for each individual monitor. Once a monitor is set as “Ready” or “Complete”, it will remain in this state. A number of factors, including erasing of Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) with a code reader or a disconnected battery, can result in Readiness Monitors being set to “Not Ready”. Since the three continuous monitors are constantly evaluating,
they will be reported as “Ready” all of the time. If testing of a particular supported non-continuous monitor has not been completed, the monitor status will be reported as “Not Complete” or “Not Ready.”
In order for the OBD monitor system to become ready, the vehicle should be driven under a variety of normal operating conditions. These operating conditions may include a mix of highway driving and stop and go, city type driving, and at least one overnight-off period. For specific information on getting your vehicle’s OBD monitor system ready, please consult your vehicle owner’s manual.

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25 CRP123 CRP129 Premium Quick Start Guide


1. Preparation & Connections
Note: To make sure the tool is running the latest available software, it is advisable to check for updates on a frequent
basis. Refer to Section 2 “Register & Update” for details.
1. Preparation
1. Turn the vehicle ignition on. 2. Throttle should be in a closed position.
2. Vehicle Connection
1. Locate vehicle’s DLC socket: The DLC (Data Link Connector or Diagnostic Link Connector) is typically a standard 16-
pin connector where diagnostic code readers interface with a vehicle’s on-board computer. It is usually located 12
inches from the center of the steering wheel, under or around the driver’s side for most vehicles.
2. Connect the diagnostic cable into the vehicle’s DLC socket.
3. Plug the other end of diagnostic cable into the DB15 connector of the tool and tighten the captive screws.

2. Register & Update
Prerequisite conditions:
1. Go to and click “QUICK LINKS” –>“CRP123 Premium/LAUNCH CRP129 Premium Scanner Update” to download and install it on the computer.


2. System requirements: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8,Windows 10 operating system.There are 2 methods available to update your tool. You may choose one of the following to proceed.

Method 1: Via TF Card
1. Launch the update tool, a screen similar to Figure 1 will appear:
2. In Figure 1, type in the Product Serial Number (located at the back of the tool).

Note: Once the Serial Number is entered, “Restore System” will become activated, which is used to restore system if a new TF card is replaced.

3. Click [Update] to jump to the registration page. Enter the following information and click [Submit] (refer to Figure 2).


(If you need the Register Code, please refer to steps 4~7.)
(If you have the Register Code, directly proceed to step 8.)
4. The Register Code can be found in your tool. Connect one end of the supplied USB cord to your tool, and the other end on the computer.

5. After the tool has powered up and entered the main menu screen,move the highlight bar on the “Help” icon (See Figure 3) and press [OK].

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7. The Register Code shown in Figure 5 is the Register Code needed in step 3.(Return to step 3 and input the Register Code and then proceed)

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8. Install the TF card from the tool into the supplied USB TF card adaptor and insert into the USB port of the computer.

9. Reopen the update tool, select the updates you would like to perform or click “Select All”, and then click [Download] to start downloading. See Figure 6.


10.Once all steps are complete,reinsert the TF card into the tool and power the tool via USB cableor via OBD II cable. A dialog box(Note: If only diagnostic software is updated and no firmware package is downloaded in Figure 6, this box will not appear) prompting you to upgrade will pop up on the screen (See Figure 7 & Figure 8), select [OK].

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11.The registration process is now complete, your Launch X431 Scanner is now ready for use. See Figure 9.


Method 2: Via USB Cable
Note: Make sure the PC has an Internet connection.
1. Connect one end of the USB cable to the USB port of PC, and the other end to the tool.

2. If a newer version is found, a screen similar to Figure 10 will appear.

3. Press [OK] to configure this CRP 129P as a USB device. See Figure 11. Note: The Serial Number and Register Code shown in this figure are needed for inputting in Steps 4-6.)

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4. Launch the update tool, a screen similar to Figure 12 will appear.


5. Type in the Product Serial Number.

6. Click [Update] to jump to Figure 13. Input the following information and click [Submit] to enter the update page.


7. Select the updates you would like to perform or click “Select All”, and then click [Download] to start downloading.
See Figure 14.


8. Once all steps are complete, restart your tool. It will prompt you to upgrade, click [OK] to start updating. It may take several minutes to finish the update.

9. The update process is complete, your tool is now ready for use