How to register and update Launch CRecorder

Click here to visit the CRecorder website.

Click here to download the CRecorder update files.

Click here to download our pdf user guide.

CRecorder User Guide v.2.1

I. Introduction:


The CRecorder collects real-time engine data such as Ignition Timing, Fuel Trim and Engine Speed, among many other variables. Additionally, it will also read DTCs for cars compatible with OBDII and EOBD. For an additional fee, diagnosis is available from technicians via the internet at


Hardware consists of a. CRecorder and b. USB cable.

Software consists of:

a. Client Software:

b. CRecorder Website:

Registration and Installation Flow:

II. Registration and Installation Procedure:

1. Upon purchasing the CRecorder, please log onto the CRecorder website:

2. Click on the Register link.

To register, you will need the serial number provided with the CRecorder. This is found on a sticker in the foam backing within the packaging contents. You will also need to create a username and password. PLEASE DO NOT USE SPACES/BLANKS. Click the CHECK NUMBER VALID or CHECK NAME VALID buttons to help you input a valid username/password. You are also required to fill in the information in the blue fields and provide a valid email address as it is connected to retracting your password and other services.

After the above information has been filled out, click on the CREATE LOGIN link. This will submit your information to LAUNCH. You are now ready to download the client software.

3. The next step is to log onto Fill in your username and password and click on LOGIN.

4. Next, select SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD. Save this file on your desktop.

Since this is a .zip file, it will need to be decompressed. Most computers will do this automatically since WINZIP is now included in most operating systems. Should you need WINZIP, you can download a free copy at:

5. After completing the download, Save and then Run WINZIP

6. In the WINZIP program, open the Client software (it is an executable program named“crecorder_setup.exe” and should be on your desktop.) Once crecorder_setup.exe has been extracted,it is ready to be run.

7. After running the set-up program, you should now have an icon on your desktop for the CRecorder. Double clicking on this icon will launch the program.

Important Notes:

The CRecorder’s client software will work on all Windows 2000, NT, ME, XP, and Vista versions.

8. Connecting the CRecorder to your computer.

If you are using the CRecorder for the first time, you will need to install the driver.

To do so, simply connect the cable to the CRecorder and connect the USB side to your computer’s USB port.

For XP and Vista users, the driver will install automatically and you will see a message in your bottom taskbar stating that “Windows has found new hardware”. Simply follow the prompts of the New HardwareInstallation Wizard. Select the “Advanced” setting as per below.

Click [Next] to enter the next interface:

Tick “Include this location in the search”, and find the route of the diver: C:Crecorder CDM 2.02.04 WHQLCertified. Then click [Next] to next interface until finish.

Note: If you are still having connectivity issues or if your computer is failing to recognize that the CRecorder isconnected, you will need to configure your USB’s port settings.

Here are the steps:

1. Enter your computer’s control panel by selecting Control Panel on your Start Up menu

2. then select System

3. Once inside SYSTEM, select Device Manager.

4. Next, click on the port that the CRecorder is connected to.

5. Select Port Settings and ensure the following:

The bits per second rate for the port is set to 921600.

Click [ Advanced… ], once inside, the Latency Timer (msec): should be set to 1, click on the Serial Printer.

Again, you may be prompted to reboot the computer after having changed these settings.

III. Using the CRecorder:

1. Set time.

The CRecorder is a real-time data logger—hence, its internal clock needs to be set in order to give you thecorrect time stamp for your data. To set the time on the CRecorder, connect it to your PC via the USB cableand run the client software. Enter the TOOLS menu and click SET TIME.

2. Recording Data

Locate your vehicle’s datalink connector. Insert the CRecorder and start the ignition (this must be donewithin a minute of inserting the CRecorder). The CRecorder’s indicator light should flash intermittently—thisis a sign that communication between your vehicle and the CRecorder is successful. If the light stays onconsistently, there is a problem with communication, or your vehicle may not be compatible with theCRecorder.

3. Viewing Data

With the ignition turned OFF, remove the CRecorder and connect it to your PC via the provided USB cable. Run the client software. Click on the Upload icon and data transfer will begin.

A text box prompting you to import the data will appear, click on the Import Data button to begin the import process. Once imported, you will have the option of viewing the data as a graph, data stream, or as events with a time stamp.

4. Once the data has been imported, TAB 1--the REPORT tab -- will give you your readiness monitors. To further view and manipulate the data, begin by selecting the file you would like to view within the REPORT tab. These files are found under "Historical .x431 tile"

Select session:

6. After selecting the file, click on the TRIP INFO tab.

7. Next, select the drive session you would like to view by double licking on it.

8. Clicking on the session will automatically launch the DATA tab. In this tab, you can view time stampeddata for each 2 seconds of the drive session. You can also pause, play, rewind and fast forward the data.

9. To view the data in graph form, select the GRAPH tab. In this screen selection, you can view data in 4 fields on the graph.

The parameters for these fields can also be selected by toggling the drop-down menu per field. You can also choose to make these fields visible or not by checking/un-checking the check box.

10. To view the drive session in playback mode, you will need to ZOOM IN on the data. To do so, simply click on the ZOOM IN Tab and then select PLAY. Again, you can pause the track at any time, as well as rewind and fast forward.

11. Clicking on certain points on the graph will also bring up the EXACT reading/measurement per field selected.

12. Deleting Data

After connecting the CRecorder to your PC and running the client software, select TOOLS and thenFORMAT CRECORDER. This will erase all current data that is stored in the CRecorder. The CRecorderstores data in 24 hour increments. It will also automatically record over previous data once the 24 hr. timeperiod is reached.

IV. Reporting Problems with the CRecorder (hardware and software) and website

Reporting problems is simple and is a valuable resource for us here at LAUNCH to ensure we are offering you the best product and service possible. In the website, click on the COMPLAINT COLLECTION link and follow the prompts to submit your issues to our engineers.

For further support, please call us at 1-877-LAUNCH9 or email to: