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Old 31-01-2016, 06:52   #1
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Volvo Penta D2-40B "software invalid"

Hi everyone,

as I could read in this forum there are some typical issues with the Mdi of the VP D2-40 engine.

The problem I have right now is that on the display of the Tachometer where usually the engine hours will be seen, I get the message "software init" and after a few seconds "software invalid".

Does anyone know this behavior? Is that a mdi or tachometer problem? My tachometer hast the partnumber 3819792.

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Old 31-01-2016, 06:53   #2
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Re: Volvo Penta D2-40B "software invalid"

I forgot to mention that the engine runs fine, just the hours, rpm and temperature won't show


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Old 02-02-2016, 09:26   #3
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Re: Volvo Penta D2-40B "software invalid"

Occasionally, over the years there have been cases where updates to control modules and the like has resulted in situations where early generation software devices will not function with later, updated modules.

However if you have not changed any of the components of your system, then it could be one of the components is failing, or a harness or a pin within a harness has come loose. Most likely to check components will require replace parts.

I'll see if I can find out if there has been a common problem, and let you know.

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Old 02-02-2016, 13:34   #4
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Re: Volvo Penta D2-40B "software invalid"

Thank you for your reply Doug. I could only find one post describing the exact same situation as I have.

http://www.justanswer.com/boat/7x3oe-volvo.html

Since it was intermittent at the beginning, I hope that is problem to fix the problem, just need to find out what would cause the tachometer to report software invalid.


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Re: Volvo Penta D2-40B "software invalid"

The way your system works is that the MDI box collects information from the various sensors on the engine, converts that info into CAN bus language and sends that data to the tachometer and gauges on the "multi link" cable.

Because neither of the instruments are working, you probably have a fault with the connecting cable or the MDI box.

I suggest a careful examination of the multi link cable from the MDI box to the tach. Check for loose or pushed back pins or corrosion on the pins. If this doesn't help you probably have an MDI box problem.

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Old 05-02-2016, 07:10   #6
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Re: Volvo Penta D2-40B "software invalid"

Thanks for your reply Doug.

The temperature gauge is also not working, but in my understanding it receives the signal forwarded from the tachometer, right?

Is there a way to check only the temperature gauge without connecting the tachometer?


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Re: Volvo Penta D2-40B "software invalid"

Yes, the instrument data flows to the tach first and then on to the separate gauges.

I don't think there is any easy way to bypass the tach and connect to the temp gauge only.

The fact that both tach and temp gauge are not working indicates to me that either the data stream isn't reaching the tach, or it is corrupted.

The electrical system manual details the troubleshooting procedures for the "on engine" components of the system, but there isn't really any procedure to check the gauges other than to swap them out.

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Old 05-02-2016, 08:55   #8
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Re: Volvo Penta D2-40B "software invalid"

I will several tests when I am back to the boat.

If I only connect the 12V + and - wires of the tach I would expect to see the Volvo Penta logo instead of "software invalid", do you know if my assumption is right?


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