For access to J-2534 Information on the Volvo service information website:

  1. Run cursor over "VIDA" in header bar.
  2. Click on "How to Download Software to the Vehicle Using VIDA".


Which models and model year vehicles can be reprogrammed?
Reprogramming of vehicle modules was phased in starting with 1999 model year.  Matrix is under revision.
What OEM equipment is needed to reprogram vehicles?
Volvo has made available a complete computer system to aid technicians in the repair of Volvo vehicles.  VIDA (Vehicle Information and Diagnostics for Aftersales) is a source for parts information, product specifications, fault tracing, diagnostic procedures and vehicle communication services.  Along with a subscription to VIDA, the technician will require an approved J2534 pass through device.
How does a technician obtain these tools?
Volvo diagnostic tools are available through Bosch Automotive Service Solutions.
NOTE: tools cannot be ordered online. More information:
VIDA subscriptions are also available through the website.
How does a technician determine whether a reprogramming event is needed for a particular vehicle?
To determine if reprogramming is needed, the technician must establish a connection to the vehicle via Volvo's OEM diagnostic equipment or an approved J2534 interface, then reference for applicable service information.
What J-2534 reprogramming capabilities are available?
2004 and newer vehicles are compatible with J2534 reprogramming.  Limited reprogramming capabilities for some older models.  Matrix under revision.
A complete web based training course about VIDA is available through the website.
Minimum Computer Requirements
   VIDA All in One Client
Processor: Pentium IV Processor, at least 2.4 GHz, - OR - Intel Centrino Mobile, at least 1.0 GHz (Minimum: Pentium III Processor, 800 MHz)
Memory: 786 MB - 1 GB Recommended
(512 MB will support running VIDA and Internet Browser when not running other applications/systems.) 
Hard disk: 80 GB or more (Minimum: 30 GB) (free space: >10 GB)
Display: 1024x768
Networking: 56K V.90 modem and/or 10/100 TP LAN
Connectors: 1 x 9-pole Serial Port with RS-232 functions (for VCT2000).
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional - with service pack 2 or higher
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 - with service pack 1 or higher File System: NTFS
      VIDA Web Client (Software Downloading and Vehicle Communications not possible)
Memory: 128 MB


 Hard Disk: 10 GB (free space: >65MB) (NOTE: The free space recommendation covers the installation of ISOView plug-in and Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 6) plug-in. It does not include free space for web browser caching ...etc. Therefore, the ">" indicates that the recommended free space is the absolute lower limit.) 
Display: 1024x768
Networking: 56K V.90 modem and/or 10/100 TP LAN
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (with service pack 2)
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional (with service pack 4) 
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 with service pack 1 or higher
Other Software
(Internet Explorer plug-ins):


  • ITEDO ISOView ActiveX Control 4.0 (used for viewing graphics). The ISOView web browser plug-in is available for download from the VIDA Welcome Page. NOTE: This download link will only be visible when ISOView is not installed.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (used for print and viewing of Wiring Diagrams). The Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in is available for download from the Wiring Diagrams start page in VIDA.