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VADIS: Diagnose and Repair Your Volvo

VADIS is a Windows™-compatible software application created by Volvo Cars and sold to Volvo shops, both dealer and independent. It aids Volvo techs with diagnostics, repair step-by-steps and even performs software updates on Volvo cars themselves, if the shop is equipped with the VADIS hardware.

Below are frequently asked VADIS questions and answers to help you use it. If you’re stuck, please post a clear question in the Volvo Forum.

What do the letters stand for?

Volvo Aftersales Diagnostics Information System

What’s it used for?

  • To find detailed repair steps, with illustrations
  • To find Volvo part numbers for ordering parts
  • To check if one model’s parts can be used on another

Do MVS Forum members use it?

Yes, and many of the Volvo repairs here are taken from it.

I hear it can diagnose a Volvo…

In combination with Volvo diagnostic tool, it can. However, most non-techs just use the software. The Volvo diagnostic tool — VCT2000 – hardware is expensive.

What Volvos does it cover?

Up to model year 2005.

How do I get it?

Buy a VADIS DVD on eBay, or download it via a torrent client.
Minimize the chances of buying a bogus/nonfunctional copy
Sourcing and installing VADIS

I’ve got a DVD. How do I set up VADIS on my Windows PC?

How to set up VADIS on a Windows PC

Which versions of Windows does it run under?

  • XP
  • XP Pro
  • Vista (right click the icon and run it in administrator mode*)
  • Windows 7, both 32- and 64-bit versions

Mac/Linux users, you’re out of luck, it doesn’t run on either of those OS’es. It will run if a Windows OS is run as a virtual machine inside them. I’ve done that with XP Pro.

Where is my VADIS’ login and password?

Probably in a text file on the disc. Look for a Vadis set up instructions.rtf file or something similar. Below is an example of a pulled right off a VADIS disc
Vadis set up instructions.rtf

On installation I get a message about a script error…

Click the option that allows the complete script to run once.

More information…

Google’s results for “VADIS” on MVS

Important: VADIS and Your PC

For what it’s worth, when I installed my copy of VADIS it asked me to turn off anti-virus software for installation. I wasn’t comfortable with that, so I’m now — time allowing — trying to take it apart and put it back together as a collection of Web pages. If you get a copy of VADIS from a dubious source and want to be sure you’re not going to harm your PC, assume that it has malware/virus on the disc.

*I’ve read here and there a) some users had to run it as an administrator user, which is another flag, and b) they’ve had to turn back their PC’s clock to before 2004. Messing around with the clock is inviting disaster, in my opinion, from my experience. However, many MVS users have done this, like MVS Moderator Ozark Lee, and have reported no ill effects. If you have an old XP machine sitting around, I suggest using that rather than a PC you rely on day-to-day.

Be careful by backing up all your data before doing any of these mildly risky steps. There are only two types of computer users out there: those who have lost data and those who will.

Disclaimer

THIS POST IS ONLY A LOOSE SET OF SUGGESTIONS ABOUT USING VADIS. IT IN NO WAY SHOULD BE USED AS AN AUTHORITATIVE SOURCE OF INFORMATION REGARDING INSTALLING OR USING VADIS. YOU AND ONLY YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HEALTH OF YOUR COMPUTER(S) AND DATA. MatthewsVolvoSite, OWNER MATT HERREBOUT, AND EVERY FORUM MODERATOR ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DATA LOSS OR COMPUTER CATASTROPHES OF ANY SORT RESULTING FROM YOU USING VADIS.
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11 Responses to VADIS: Diagnose and Repair Your Volvo

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  2. Shawn says:

    I wanted to add a few comments about those items mentioned in VADIS and Your PC.

    1. Although most software claims it needs anti-virus turned off I can tell you of maybe once in 20 years it was required…and I’ve run about everything in the universe.
    2. Many different types of Windows installs require administrative access to install software…I don’t see this is a flag. Unless there are confirmed reports of hackers taking the time to write code for something as obscure as VADIS…the changes are insanely small of any concern.
    3. Many software hacks require the time to be shifted back…the developers new their software would be useless after a certain date in the future or this is simple a work around to the key system. Again not a flag…most have commented that there is an INI change work around for having to set the time back. My experience is when any hack requires a time shift it’s only for the install. After a reboot reset your time (modern OS will insist) and you should be good to go, usually…

  3. Matt says:

    Good comment, thanks Shawn. I tend to overestimate potential malware on Windows.

  4. Matt says:

    This VIDA DICE forum post is gold for those looking to go “all the way” with diagnostics.

  5. Matt says:

    Shawn updated the above link to include details of his purchase, how he uses VIDA and its shortcomings. If you’re thinking about getting the hardware/physical component of this Volvo diagnostic system, the information in the above link is priceless.

  6. Matt says:

    Here are some recent opinions about VADIS (primarily from Volvo forum member bw77). Sometimes, being able to ask real live human beings how they fixed their Volvo beats even the manufacturer’s own documentation.

  7. David Parker says:

    Can I program new keys with the software?

  8. sam david says:

    my gearbox does not pump oil and the does not work

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  10. enrique vigil urbina says:

    I bought this volvo workshop manual (vadis 2000) by ebay to usa_customs store from UK on may 2012. I installed the program and followed all instructions but when I am in the program and try to see data about any ítem of Vadis only appears this message: “Cant find Id with value:VCC-144531. Contact your Vadis administrator if you need help” Please help me. My PC has Windows 8.

  11. nibake says:

    I have the same error msg as Enrique. I rolled back IE10 and IE9 last week and VADIS worked for the time being. Now I am getting the same error message again and in programs and features there are no IE updates showing anymore. I rolled back the time and date settings to 2003 but that didn’t help either. Really frustrated right now…

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