PLEASE MAKE A BACKUP OF DATABASE (basedata) to be able to revert any changes otherwise VIDA re installation may be required
You are making any changes at your own risk and I can’t be responsible for any damages you have made to your software/car by using this modification.
This reverse engineering tutorial explain how to make modification to Vida2014 database to allow decoding same model cars produced in 2016/2017. This tutorial is not for latest models of Volvo cars based on SPA platform etc.
Install SQL Management Studio in your Vida Installation.
Check you Windows Version 32-bit or 64-bit in by right clicking on Computer->Properties
Then download SQL Management Studio 2008
Step 1: Download and install Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1.
Step 2: Download and install Windows Installer 4.5.
Step 3: Download and install Windows PowerShell 1.0.
Step 4: Download SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Tools by clicking the appropriate link below.
then download 32-bit x86 or 64-bit depending on your enviroment
Once Installed you need to decode your VIN.
Open up your SQL Management Studio then navigate to
Navigate to basedata database and dbo.VINDecodeModel to find your model ID number which will be needed later
10th Letter of the VIN is the Manufactures Year
fkPartnerGroup (1002 for Europe)
Write down this number
fkModelYear (1205 for Model 2015)
Write down this number
then issue this command
and find out your ID based on your VIN.
VinCompare take it from your VIN number
Chassis number take from VIN number so
So let say that 4th and 5th of your IN number is DZ
Your Model is 2015 (1205)
You will use Europe in Vida so (1002) and chassis number last number of your VIN is between 628000 and 999999
So your ID is -2042382900
This is basically an entry used by VIDA to decode your model car. It’s not working because 10th letter of your VIN codes for 2017 is letter H
F – 2015
You need to change the letter from F to H so that VIDA can use this entry to decode your car.
Make a backup if your database now.
Now update this entry by issue this command and using correct 10th letter from your VIN Number for my 2017 model it should be ‘H’ in the VIN number.
Your car should decode now correctly in VIDA. It will display model 2017 as 2015.
I don’t have or own any of these software and any screenshots have been provided by anonymous owner.
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