WELL WELL WELL!!! Here's the result of my issue. it wasn't the damn cable. the OBDII won't work if the fuse is blown. found that out the hard way. plugged in the new cable and still NO COMMS. HMMM ok read a few things before hand and went straight to the fuse panel and what do you know; bad fuse.this is the cable that i have:
OHP ELMconfig cable from AMAZON (i'm not able to post links or pictures yet, sorry). it states that it is for ForScan and FORD,MAZDA and ect.
it works in my little 97 ranger but doesn't get past the connect screen when hooked up to my 2000 F250 7.3. is there an update to the ELM OBDII cable or do i have to try and by another damn cable?
thanks in advance
changed out the fuse and all three OBDII adapters worked and yes one is even a bluetooth. have some codes but will post them where they need to be.