Flashloader software switching



GIAC's Flashloader switchers allow you to switch between your favorite GIAC performance software and your stock software with the touch of a button. Flashloader software switching comes in a Windows® based application for your PC, a pocket-sized hand-held device that plugs directly into the ECU serial port, or a smartphone wireless application. All Flashloader switching products enable two to five switching programs and use serial flashing technology, requiring no additional hardware within the ECU.

Several modes are available for purchase:

  • Stock: Similar to the original factory tuning
  • Pump: Performance programming designed for 91/93 octane fuel
  • Race: Performance programming designed for race gas (100+ octane)
  • Kill: Designed to make the car inoperable
  • Valet: Designed to put the car in an operable but significantly detuned state.
  • MTO1/MTO2/MTO3:Boost controller functions

Operating Notes

Flashloader pc-based software



Free downloads are available for computers running Windows® for switching options. A generic OBD-II to USB cable with K-line support is required for the proper interface from a computer to the car. After installing the free switching application and plugging in the generic OBD-II cable to the computer's USB and car's OBD-II port, the user may click the buttons to switch modes easily. Cycling the ignition will save the new mode to the ECU's memory and retain its state until switched again.


Two different applications are available for download. Older "non-drive-by-wire" cars (97-99.5 Audi A4, A6s) use a different application than the "drive-by-wire" cars. There is currently no Windows® application solution for switching cars that communicate over CAN bus (2.0T).


Operating Notes

Flashloader handheld switcher



GIAC's Flashloader Handheld Switcher allows users to switch between GIAC-tuned software programs with the touch of a button. The product is a pocket-sized,hand-held device that plugs directly into the DME port. It uses serial flashing technology and requires no additional hardware within the DME.

Switching is performed by selecting the desired mode with the touch buttons. Cycling the ignition will save the new mode to the ECU's memory and retain its state until switched again.

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The Handheld Switcher has three additional buttons available labeled MTO1,MTO2,and MTO3. These buttons provide extra functionality during boot-up and act as boost control buttons for GIAC performance software that supports them. Boost control buttons come preprogrammed with preset values, but they can be reprogrammed by GIAC dealers. The Handheld Switcher supports all GIAC software applications sold with performance mode options.

As of version 7.0, users may take their switchers to GIAC dealers for firmware updates. These updates may include support for new vehicles, bug fixes, code optimizations, or new features. To find out if your switcher is updatable, look for the SW1 or SWK sticker on the back of the device. If you are still unsure, please contact us.

Additional Flashloader notes

Operating Notes


smartphone app



Enthusiasts can now enjoy GIAC software from their smartphones. GIAC's new Flashloader Wireless App (FWA) offers useful enthusiast tools as well as remote GIAC software switching when used with a GIAC DTM:

  • FWA Racer's Toolbox: A collection of useful enthusiast tools including an RPM/MPH calculator, gasket shim utility, quarter mile dyno utility and more.


  • FWA Switcher Utility: The FWA Switcher Utility is an Android smartphone-compatible version of GIAC's Flashloader Handheld Switcher. Use of the FWA Switcher Utility requires the purchase of GIAC's DME Transceiver Module (DTM) and GIAC performance software.


Additional FWA accessories are in development and will be added as completed via remote firmware updates. The GIAC FWA is available free on the Android Market. Other smartphone platforms may follow. GIAC performance software and the GIAC DTM can be purchased from your local authorized GIAC dealer.

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Flashloader wireless app: switcher utility


There is a new way to switch between GIAC software programs for Android smartphone users. Like its predecessor, the Flashloader Handheld Switcher, the Flashloader Wireless Application(FWA) switcher utility allows users to switch between GIAC-tuned software programs with the touch of a button. The product uses a small receiver, the DME Transceiver Module(DTM), which plugs directly into the DME port. Switching is performed in the DTM with direction from your smartphone touch screen. The FWA Switcher utility communicates with the DTM every time you select a screen button.


FWA switcher utility FAQs

Operating Notes

downloads


Name Description File size Last Updated
Non-drive-by-wire switcher Microsoft Windows switcher application for use on 97-99.5 Audi A4, A6 models, or other drive-by-cable VAG vehicles with new GIAC software 176 kB April 01 2013
VW/Audi K-Line switcher Microsoft Windows switcher application for use on VAG cars with new GIAC software communicating over K-Line. 1419 kB April 01 2013
Handheld Switcher Manual PDF User manual for version 4 handheld switchers 271 kB April 01 2013
GIAC Switcher SW1 User Manual v2.2 PDF User manual for version 8.5 and up handheld switchers 1840 kB April 01 2013









Note: It is against the law to use a computer, cell phone, or other device of distraction while driving. GIAC's pump performance software requires the highest octane gas available (91+). GIAC's race programs require race gas (100+ octane). All GIAC software is for racing or off-road use only. GIAC does not endorse its software for street use.

FWA Switcher Utility FAQs




If I get a phone call or need to use another App after I have selected my desired mode, what will happen?


Nothing. The last mode selected will remain active in the DME until a new mode is selected even if the FWA, car, phone or all are powered off.



Can I switch modes while driving?


The "Kill" button can only be selected while the car is on and RPMs are zero. Although the other modes can be selected while the car is moving, GIAC does not recommend using FWA while driving. For driver safety and the safety of others, drivers should ensure that the car is parked and out of traffic while operating any Flashloader switching product. Note: It is against the law to use a computer, cell phone or other device of distraction while driving.



It seems like the FHH switcher would be ideal to use while dyno testing my new software.


For dyno testing the difference between stock and performance, we do not recommend switching between stock and performance mappings with a GIAC switching accessory product, while on the dyno. Many data values are held in ram while the ECU is running. When the user switches performance settings with a switcher, he changes which maps are used by the ECU, but the maps in memory are not immediately replaced nor are adaptation values. For precise measurement purposes, the user may need to cycle the ignition, run at wide open throttle and let the motor cool a few times.


Flashing completely back to stock and then to performance with a GIAC dealer allows for faster adaptation, as all previous maps and adaptation will be wiped from memory during the process of flashing the ECU. For the most accurate dyno testing, use the original stock chip versus the GIAC Flash.



What type of gas should I use?


Regular GIAC performance software, indicated by PUMP on the FHH and FWA, requires the highest octane gas available (91+).


GIAC's race programs, indicated by RACE on the FHH and FWA require race gas (100+ octane).



I can’t wait to street race my with my new FWA. Is that okay to do?


No. GIAC software is endorsed for racing or off-road use. GIAC does not endorse street racing of any kind. Go use a track.



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