A2L File Extension

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ASAP2 ECU Description Format
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What is A2L file?

Full format name of files that use A2L extension is ASAP2 ECU Description Format. ASAP2 ECU Description Format format was developed by ASAM MCD-2MC. A2L file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. Files with A2L extension are categorized as CAD Files files. The CAD Files subset comprises 158 various file formats. Users are advised to use AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management software for managing A2L files, although 3 other programs can also handle this type of file.

Programs which support A2L file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support A2L files. Files with A2L suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support A2L file

How to open file with A2L extension?

Being unable to open files with A2L extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with A2L extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports A2L files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management or one of the recommended programs (for example, ASAP2 Editor, HEXplorer, ECU Measurement and Calibration Toolkit) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support A2L files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management and update if needed

If the problems with opening A2L files still occur even after installing AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why A2L files are not compatible with AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management. The latest version of AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management to A2L files

After installing AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open A2L files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the A2L file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management is installed, check the Always use this app to open A2L files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with A2L extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with A2L extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the A2L is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the A2L file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Verify that the A2L in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the A2L file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the A2L file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the A2L file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the A2L file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic A2L file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the A2L file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the ASAP2 ECU Description Format file.

4. Check whether your system can handle AVL CRETA Calibration Data Management

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support A2L files. Close all running programs and try opening the A2L file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with ASAP2 ECU Description Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the A2L files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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