Mercedes Star Diagnostic Review

The Mercedes Star diagnostic tool comes in a variety of formats such as C3, C4 and MB SD Connect C5. The C3 and C4 are very similar, just the difference is that the MB Star C4 is smaller and lightweight, which is very useful due to the C3 being a task in itself setting it up. The C5 is the same format at the C4 but it can update itself (WiFi) via an official web directory.

Why did I choose the Mb Star C3?

Owning 4 Mercedes and many others in the family, fault codes are very common and are difficult to uncover unless you own a Star Machine. The MB Star C3 can interact with cars from 1989 to now, which covers the majority of the cars I own. The ability to read troublesome stored codes and erase them once resolved is very useful and also saves money in the long run with the majority of independent garages charging £30-40 to scan your Mercedes.
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How Hard is it to use the Mercedes Star Machine?

There is two parts to using the Mercedes Star Diagnostic tool, the first being the setup and the latter actually using it. As you can see above, their are a few leads involved to connect the Mercedes to the star machine.

*   Wire from ECU to the Multiplexor
*   Wire from Multiplexor to the Computer
*   Power Cable to the Laptop (It’s advised never to let the computer run out during diagnostics!)
*   Power pack if low battery that might die during the test

Once the wires have been connected up properly, start the iginition and you should wait until you see a lock appear in the bottom right corner of your computer (near internet signal). Once the lock is present, the computer is connected to the car, therefore start up the DAS/Xentury software and do the following:

*   Find your car using the menu provided (Car -> E Class -> W210 etc)
*   You will then be greeted with a popup notifying that the multiplexor is attempting to connect
*   Once connected, its fairly straight forward – You can perform tests or go into individual units
*   Using F1, F2 and F3, you will be able to navigate through stored fault codes and removing them with the F9 key
*   If faults are not removing, its best to print out the full test (button bottom right), which will contain unique
MB Codes to show a mechanic

The Star machine enables you to find a problem, fix it and confirm that it is fixed by erasing the issue and then running another test. If you are feeling confident, you may feel like running some more complex tests i.e. Compression test. I had issues with the fuel injectors in my 320 CDi, therefore I performed a compression test, which was spot on but the second test was the “leak” test, which showed two injectors were faulty.
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Buy Mercedes Star Diagnostic Computer Tool

The complete kit can be bought from just £600, which includes all of the wires for the latest Mercedes Benz’s out and include the computer with necessary equipment. Of course, the price seems a lot, but so does paying £40 each time to have a diagnostic via an independent garage. You are able to do this yourself with limited knowledge aswell as charge friend to clear their faults. You can buy the mercedes star diagnostic Machine Bundle straight from obd2tool.com

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Just because a star machine is marketed as the “go to” Mercedes error code scanner, it does not mean you cannot use any other type of scanner.

How to connect between DTS 8.08.12 and XENTRY 32019

DTS 8.08.12 and XENTRY 3/2019 connection help:

DTS version 8.08.12
Xentry version 3/2019

You have to install DTS Monaco inside the Xentry Connect SSD, connect using Remote Desktop Connect if you have the Servicing or Star Password. Else you have to reset the windows password and set a new one to be able to connect.

 
Good to know:

New DTS Monaco 8.13.029 full API developer kit

xentry 3.2019 with eCOM working..  DoIP !

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Seems Bosch VCI its still not ready on this version for CBF!

On request some special project… like w177.. hu6 .. newer cars.

BTW…  works with ANY HW (also clone) supported by DTS.

Here is eCOM with Xentry with test on DoIP!
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Here some pictures testing VXDIAG with HU55 and DoIP
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Reference:
Possible codings in certain carlines (updated in 05.2018)
2.0.1 R171 – SLK
2.0.2 R230 – SL
2.0.3 R172 SLK – R231 SL
2.0.4 W203 S203 CLC W463
2.0.5 W204 S204 X204
2.0.6 w205 s205 x253
2.0.7 W211 S211 W219 W209
2.0.8 W218 X218
2.0.9 W212 S212 A207 C207
2.0.10 W213
2.0.11 W176 W246 W117 C117 X117 X156
2.0.12 W251 W164 X164
2.0.13 W166 X166 W292
2.0.14 W221 W216
2.0.15 W222 W217
2.0.16 W447
2.0.17 639
2.38 Trunk lid key closing
2.38.1 W212 and others
2.38.2 W221
2.38.3 Normalization of trunk lid
2.40 DLR – Change daylight color into blue
2.41 Activate EDW – Alarm system (software) – Basic by horn
2.42 IC scale at day bright – w212 facelift
5.10 Delete crashevents
6.3 W169 / W 245 Speedlimiter
6.5 W176 folding mirrors
6.6. 205 Keyless Go entry
6.7 SLA-GLA-TSA Speedlimit assist for certain carlines – Possible? what is needed?
6.7.1 Coding – just mentioning ECUs
7.3 Telematik disks (user for user)
7.4 original ECOM (user for user)

All Benz diagnostic and programming Benz Ecom VS SD C4

New Arrival: Benz Ecom diagnostic and programming tool for newest Benz models. It comes with Dongle and software in the hard disk, activation via remote assistance. Works with newest Benz models instead of old models like MB SD C4.

1.Ecom
Support diagnostic software Xentry, engineering software Vediamo and super DTS Monaco,  it has a than higher access right than SDC4.

Ecom supports the CAN/DoIP protocol, which can be used to diagnose and programming (brushing & writing) for the new car audio and video entertainment systems.

The Mercedes-Benz engineering database of diagnosis / coding / retrofit /flashings is using the Xentry database, so the Mercedes-Benz engineering version depends on the version of Xentry, as long as the database is new, the V4.00 version can be used on new models. compact3 can be used.
SDC4 does not support ODX documents. The latest V5.00 uses eCom to support ODX files. It is recommended to use Ecom, with DoIP function, the speed is faster and more stable.

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2.SD C4
Support the diagnostic software Xentry, DAS software diagnostics, engineering Vediamo,  super DTS Monaco, Xentry and DAS Developer mode etc.

Common Name: Developing Data Engineering Edition After 2010
Version, added a lot of functional restrictions. So everyone will encounter the problem that the vehicle version is too new to enter
the control unit, or entering the control unit and cannot make any special modifications. For example: W204 /212 2012
The instrument is needed to modify the regional language configuration or open other convenient functions. With the increasing number of new car with DoIP protocol, the mb star SDC4 has slowly failed to meet market demand.

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MB SD C4 Tourismo bus communication error (fixed)

I bought the MB SD C4+Dell D630 Laptop pre-installed bundle, when I test it have the problem SD Connect C4 cannot power on when connected with  Tourismo bus, I contacted there customer service at obd2toolcom, and here is the solution provided by their engineer.

I will explain my problem in detail:

” I have tried 2 different mb sd connect c4 on Tourismo buses and sd connect does not power on.In the meantime those MB SD Connect C4 works normally to any other MB Truck and car.also on Tourismo have check Mb Star C3 and works normally.”

You should check:

bus with OBD
pin 4 + 5
both must be connected and ground

In SDConnect “-” is 5 pin only. There is 4 contact not used in 16pin OBD connector.

“i’m getting an communication error when connecting xentry to a tourismo.”

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A Communication error has occurred when access FPS system

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Solution:

– turn OFF/ON BUS ground switch (our remove battery – cable). FPS1 wake up and Mercedes Star Diagnostic recognized FPS1/VIN code.

or

– enter the DAS ATEGO truck come and place manually and then it will work perfect

” Another problem is : “Currently the speed limit is set to 100 km/h. I’m trying to set it to higher value (with MB SD C4 DAS using modified EOL files). On the menu it tells me that I can, because there are higher values (105 km/h. 112 km/h, etc). But when I try to set the speed limit to higher than 100 km/h it doesn’t allow me to do it (can’t save the changes). When I try to set it below 100 km/h everything goes fine.”

I done the Access special settings , and it working perfect now!

Chinese MB STAR scanners

I thought I would start a new thread on the Chinese Mb Star C3 systems, since there doesn’t seem talk on this subject thus far.

Since you’re reading this thread then I’m guessing you were like me and are searching for information on these Chinese MB Star systems.
I’m sure you’ve found several web sites selling these things, prices ranging all over from $380 up to over $800 but unfortunately I there isn’t a damn thing about anyone actually purchasing one of these and verifying the sellers claim on whether they really work or if they really don’t require the original IBM ThinkPad to work properly.

Well, here ya go folks!

So after months of searching and doing research with not much luck I finally took the risk and bought one of the Chinese MB STAR C3 systems.
I was very hesitant in buying one of these Chinese devices. The total price with shipping turned out to be $450. There were several places on the internet with prices ranging all over. I only found one place that was a little less expensive than $450 total, I think maybe $430 but that guy was not very prompt in returning my emails. I finally ordered mine from vidaobd2.com. Michael Luo was the sales rep who immediately responded to my inquiry on the device and he immediately responded to all my emails and questions within a day at worst. He was very friendly and patient with me and his English surprisingly good.
The one they sell was claimed to work on most any laptop, not just the IBM ThinkPad was required to run the software. Which is what these systems were originally intended for.

It took me about three weeks to finally receive the device VIA DHL after I sent the payment. Mine took a little longer to receive because I placed the order right before Chinese new year, but Michael warned me that shipping will take an extra week because most of China was off for a week for Chinese new year.

When I finally received the unit I was very surprised on how heavy they box was. I guess this is why it was $50 just for the shipping.

When I opened the box I was very surprised and very impressed in the quality and the amount of contents. The multiplexer unit itself is a very heavy duty all aluminum enclosure with tough rubber end caps and real nice polished aluminum connector ends. It even came with the stickers to make it look like an original MB STAR system.
It came with several cables to make it work with most any car including the 32 pin round connector for those Euro models. All I really needed was the 16 pin cable that plugs into the CAN slot.
I was very impressed with the quality of all the cables. They all felt and looked very heavy duty and had heavy duty solid aluminum connectors. None of it looked cheap at all.

The kit came with a Samsung External USB 80 gig hard dive which had the MB STAR software loaded on it. Also included to my surprise was a PCMCI to serial card with driver software. I’m assuming that the STAR system will not run from a USB to serial box and since I told Michael which system I had, he knew that I did not have a serial port on my laptop so he included this for free.
All in all I was very impressed with what I received as far as quality and everything that was included for the $450.

Now on to the operation of the unit:
After doing a little research I learned that the software might not work on Windows 7.
I didn’t even bother trying since a buddy of mine gave me an old tablet with a serial port built in and already had XP loaded on it. So I just decided to use that since it was a touch screen and would probably be a little easier to use than my bulky 17” screen laptop.
I forgot to mention, you will need at least 1 gig of RAM to run this program, it will not even load with anything less than a gig. Luckily I had an extra 512 board lying around the office… Shhhh…lol

This is what I did first before I even started messing with the software:
Since this thing is already kind of bulky I really didn’t want to run it with an external hard drive attached so I figured out a way to include this image on my internal hard drive.
Since this image was about 63gig I needed a larger hard drive for my tablet. Luckily I had access to a 180gig laptop SATA drive from work since we sometimes through them out after we do testing on them. (Oh shut up, we through these things out! lol) I connected both drives to my desktop PC and went to work. You probably figured out by now that I did this all at work since who actually has a desktop at home anymore? I hope my boss doesn’t read this…lol The first thing I did was use Acronis and cloned the old tablet drive to the new 180gig drive so that I now had a large enough drive to add the STAR image to it. Next I used Partition Magic to add a logical partition of about 80gigs to the drive. Next I used a free program called Drive Image XML. I first made a backup image of the 80gig drive that came with the unit. I saved this to my secondary hard drive on my desktop PC (My own personal 1 Terabyte drive) just in case I needed the original image in the future. I then used the Drive Image software to restore the backed up image to the new 80gig logical partition I created on the new 180gig drive. When I first tried to put the new hard drive in the tablet it would not boot. It turned out that I needed to delete the drive letter from the main partition where my original XP image was. I recommend you do this before you install it back in the laptop since I had to take the drive back out, hook it up to my other PC again and delete it from there, then re-install the drive into the tablet.
BAM! This worked! I now have a hard drive with my original bootable image of XP with a separate logical drive letter with the image of the 80gig drive that came with the kit all on one hard dive so it’s easily assessable from the my computer I-con.

Now on to the software that came with this:
The image that came on the external hard drive, which is now on my internal drive is actually an image of an IBM ThinkPad that runs in a program called VMware. I was not familiar with this software but just went with it. There are some simple start up instructions included in a couple of power point slides. I followed those instructions but couldn’t get it to run. I was getting an error, which I apologies but I can’t remember exactly what it was, something about a compatibility issue. This made me very nervous that the software wasn’t going to run on my tablet. So I did a search for this error on the net and sure enough my good ole friends at Google had a web site with the answer for me. The site I found had my exact error message and simply said to delete some configuration file in the VMware folder. I’m guessing this is some kind of setup file that came loaded on the hard drive that was not correct for my tablet. So I first made a backup of this file, just in case, then deleted this file from the logical drive like it said to. I restarted the VMware program and Vola, it worked!
I now had VMware running with image of from an IBM ThinkPad that was preloaded with a several different programs on its desktop that I have never heard of. One of these programs was Xentry another was DAS as well as a few others. I included a snap shot of the screen so you can see all what it came with.
I first clicked on the Xentry I-con, but it would not load. I then tried the DAS I-con and waited. This is the frustrating part, this software runs VERY slow and took nearly 8-10 minutes to completely load. Maybe my computer is just very slow or maybe I need more memory, I don’t know but eventually it was up and running.

Hooking it up to the car:
Once the software finally loaded I connected the 16 pin cable to my CAN port under my dash, and the serial connector to my tablet PC then turned on the ignition of the car. I followed the menus and chose the type of car, etc. Unfortunately it would not auto detect my car. I don’t know if this was just my car or if it’s a bug in the software/hardware. My car had a lot of electrical and computer issues that the mechanic told me about, which is why I decided to buy this thing since I already spent $5k for him to fix most of the problems. So it could have just been a problem with my car not allowing it to auto detect, I couldn’t tell you.
This really wasn’t a big deal. The software simply took me through a few questions to manually select my exact vehicle model.
After a couple of minutes I was finally connected to the cars computer systems. The main menu had a few different choices, but I found the “Start quick scan” was the best option. Unfortunately there is nothing quick about this. The whole scan took a good 10-15 minutes to complete. I started having low voltage problems from the car since I had to have the ignition on and the door open during this whole process. This actually cased more false codes and problems so I recommend that you start the car and let it idle during this whole process. You could probably hook up a battery charger, I didn’t try that but will next time since the engine started getting kind of hot idling there for a good 40 or so minutes while I was doing all this.
Once it was finally done it came up with a long list everything in the car. At the end of each line it had a status of either an “f” or an “i” or and “E” or a check mark.
I was not familiar with software at all, so I played around with it a bit and tried hitting the green checkmark button on the ones that had an ‘f” this did in fact bring up another screen that allowed you to view the fault codes and erase them if you wanted to.
There is also an option on the main screen to erase all codes. It doesn’t tell you that it’s all codes but I’m pretty sure it is. Unfortunately it only clears most of them and you may still have to go into each one manually and clear them or check them to see if they’re current or just stored.
After playing with this software a little more I found that there are actually some trouble shooting steps assigned to each fault codes. I’m sure this makes it much easier for a Mercedes tech. If you select the fault code then hit the green checkmark this should take you to the trouble shooter. I think you may have to hit the magnify glass button at some point, I can’t really remember.
There is going to be a learning curve here and you’ll soon find out that if you back to far out of certain screens you have to re-scan or after you leave the main screen you loose the option of clearing all the codes without a re-scan. It can be a little frustrating at first, but after a while of playing with the software and after several beers while waiting it started to come into play.
So I starting checking out some of my reoccurring fault codes, but wasn’t sure what was real or just logged from an old occurrence so I deleted all the codes, then did a re-read again. A couple of the codes kept coming back as “f” but I expected this. I’m having an SRS problem that I’m trying to trouble shoot. When I finally got into the SRS code that kept reoccurring I learned that the software is in real time. Meaning that you can actually see the screen change if you fix the fault or re-cause it. Very cool!
So this is about as far as I got with the DAS software.
Right now I have 4 codes relating to my SRS system that I’m trying to clear up so I can get rid of the pesky SRS light and finally get the SRS system fixed.
The DAS software gave me a component number and a code which I am now trying to trouble shoot. This is where the other software comes into play. Keep reading…

The StarFinder software:
This software is ultra cool!! Again there was a bit of a learning curve but it didn’t take me too long to figure it out enough to find what I was looking for.
With this software I was able to type in the fault code that the DAS gave me and it popped up a schematic with the circuit of the part. You can then click on the diagnostic button to find out what it is and how to test it. Here is the really cool part!… When you click on the Star Finder button it brings up a list of all the fault codes or you can do a search and type yours in. Once you click on your fault code it brings up a series of actual pictures of the car of where the device is located and how to get to it. That was just too cool!! The star finder software makes it worth the money alone! Although, I guess it wouldn’t do you any good unless you had the error code from the DAS system. Lol So the two programs complement each other very well.
I think the other programs have something to do with warranty information and data entry by the tech while he’s working on the car. Which really makes me think this is an actual image of a complete hard drive from a service shop that seems to be cracked. Hey, at least it works!

So in conclusion the Chinese system I ordered for $450 was a great deal and works great! The car I used it on was a 2006 SL500. I also tried it on a 2001 SLK320 and had success with that as well. The VMware image thing was kind of odd but seemed to work just fine. My only complaint was that it was very slow. The system might run faster and better on an actual IBM ThinkPad but for what I’m doing, this setup works just fine. Just have a 6 pack of beer handy because you’re going to be doing a lot of waiting on the system to boot and load.

I hope this helps anyone who is thinking about buying one of these. I got mine for a total of $450 shipping included from vidaobd2.com. I have done a lot of research and I highly recommend buying from these guys. I think it’s worth the extra $10-$20 over the cheaper site that I found. I promise I am in NO way affiliated with these guys what so ever. I am just a truly satisfied customer.
I recommend you emailing them first and telling them what computer you plan on using it on and what operating system and whether you have a serial port or not, etc. I’m not sure if it works on windows 7 or not. Also make sure you have at least a gig of RAM on the system you’re planning on running it on. It will not load with anything less.

Here are some screen shots from the software. I apologies but I didn’t get any photos of the unit or cables but you’ll just have to trust me when I say that everything looked even better than the photos they advertise on their site. Everything looked like really heavy duty good stuff. Nothing looked cheap at all!

VXDIAG MB SD Connect C6 MB Star C6 Benz Diagnostic Tool with DOIP&AUDIO Function Better than MB STAR C4C5

Original VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis VCI VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis DoIP Pass Through Interface

VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis VCI is the latest interface for For Mercedes & SMART vehicles can replace Star C4/C5. VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis VCI acts as a Pass-through Interface, also called MB STAR C6, For Benz C6 multiplexer to provide complete communication between a vehicle and the VXDIAG For XENTRY software loaded on a PC.

XENTRY Software Show:

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VXDIAG MB SD Connect C6 XENTRY Diagnosis VCI Overview:
Compatible Software: XENTRY/Das Software
Support Vehicle: Mercede For Benz & Smart vehicles
DoIP: Support DoIP(You must have an account online)
Functions: Star Diagnostic & programming (SCN Coding)(You must have an account online)

VXDIAG MB SD Connect C6 XENTRY Diagnosis VCI Features:
1.VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis VCI can be used for all model series of For Mercedes For Benz vehicles
2.VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis VCI support DoIP, cover more functions during SCN Coding than SD C4/C5
3.VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis VCI functions including diagnosing, programming, simulation studying, repair information, automotive maintenance, technical service bulletin and so on
4.VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis VCI Diagnosis updates no longer necessary – firmware updates required on rare occasions
5.VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis VCI does not need a power supply unit for external power supply
6.VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis VCI Handy multiplexer with a small, sturdy construction (no PC core, battery, fan, or display)
7.Engines (All Gasoline & Diesel Systems)
8.Transmissions and Electronic Selector Modules
9.Airmatic and Active Body Control Suspension Systems
10.Traction Systems: ESP / ASR / ETS / ABS / BAS / SBC braking systems
11.Supplementary Restraint Systems (SRS) / Airbag, All body modules OCP / UCP / LCP / SCM / SKF / KFB / RCM / DCM’s
12.Drive Authorisation System
13.Sam (Signal Acquisition) Modules
14.Electronic Ignition System (EIS)
15.Pneumatic System Equipment and ATA functions
16.Air Conditioning / climate control Systems
17.Instrument Cluster
18.Tyre Pressure Control
19.Parktronic System
20.Keyless Go
21.D2b Command & Audio Gateway (D2B and MOST networks)
22.TV Tuner
23.Headlamp Range Adjustment
24.Seat Electronics
25.Rvc, RST & Vario Roof modules
26.Automatic Clutch System ACS
27.M-Class Body Modules (AAM / EAM / DAS / SEM / VG Transfer Case)
28.Assyst & ASSYST + systems

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XENTRY Diagnosis VCI Summary:
The new VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis VCI (Vehicle Communication Interface) multiplexer serves as the interface to the vehicle when performing diagnosis and repairs, and programming electric and electronic on-board vehicle systems.

The VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis VCI does not have its own PC core, battery, fan, or display. It is operated using the VXDIAG For XENTRY Diagnosis Pad via WLAN or a USB cable connection.

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Notice:

1.If you choose it without laptop,please install the 500GB HDD on laptop above 4GB Memory and I5 CPU, and use it on one laptop only. If change laptop, software may get broken and need to ship HDD back to us to copy software again.

2.You also can watch more videos to get more technical support from official website:

http://www.vxdiag.net

3.This VXDIAG can/’t support All Key Lost,needs one key at least.

Specification:
Item State
RAM 32bit180MHz ARM
FLASH 1MByte FALSH
Diagnostic Port 24PIN, self-determination design
LED 4 LED indicator light,indicate power and status.
Power DC 9V-36V
Consumption 3W
Working Temperature -20°C~70 °C
Storage Temperature -40°C~85 °C
Warranty: One Year

Package list:

Package 1:
1pc x VXDIAG VCX-PLUS
1pc x OBDII Cable
1pc x USB Cable
1pc x 500GBhdd

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Package 2:
1pc x VXDIAG VCX-PLUS
1pc x OBDII Cable
1pc x USB Cable
1pc x second hand Lenovo T410 laptop (4GB Memory I5 CPU and 500GB HDD)

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Package 3:
1pc x VXDIAG VCX-PLUS
1pc x OBDII Cable
1pc x USB Cable
1pc x new EVG7 Tablet laptop(4GB Memory and 500GB HDD)

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VXDiag MB SD Connect C6 support add more original software in feature, you only need buy authorization from us. Already released original software authorization has:
GM,Ford,Mazda,Toyota,Honda,LandRover,Jaguar,Subaru,Volvo,VW,and Porsche.

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If you need above softwares,please contact us:sales@obd2tool.

MB Star C3 Mercedes Star Diagnostic Tool Review

Mercedes Star Diagnostic Tool Benz Star C3 Experience

Mb Star C3 Mercedes Star Diagnostic Tool work for Benz car & trucks till 2014.12. Compare SD C4 SDConnect Multiplexer, the client prefers to use Benz Star C3 work for old models. Below obd2tool.com share client Mercedes Star Diagnostic Tool Benz Star C3 experience as follow.

Mercedes Star Diagnostic Tool Benz Star C3 Multiplexer

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Super Star C3 multiplexer MB Star C3 Mercedes Star Diagnostic Tool Review

I am going to keep posting my updates about doing an AAM and SRS module swap in my 01 ML 430 Sport using the Chinese clone Benz star c3 diagnosis tool.

I received my MB Star C3 from Obd2tool.com yesterday and the Dell D620 a day earlier to use for the Benz Star C3. Replacing the hard disk with the one supplied with the Benz Star C3 Multiplexer was a snap. After watching a few videos on YouTube on how to set up the Xentry and Das programs I had them up and running. But then it took me another 3-4 hour of playing and researching online to figure out how to set up the RS232 port to see the Stardiagnos.

At 10:30 last night, and very exhausted it came to life. As I had figured the AAM and SRS modules were completely non-responsive and could not be talked with via the tool.

This morning I ordered a new AAM and with free shipping and $370 it is on its way to my shop. I picked up a SRS module from a wrecked ML in a local junk yard that I hope will work.

I plan on attacking the SRS system this weekend and the AAM next week. I have been working through the Xentry emulator to learn how to properly set up and program these parts today at my desk and think I have it down pretty well. It is pretty simple once you figure out the navigation and menu structure in the DAS system.

So stay tuned and offer a prayer for me that I do not brick any of the components in my truck.

Client need any Mercedes Star Diagnostic just contact us freely.

Mb star BENZ STAR C3 FAQ

Q:  What is Super MB Star USB KEY used for?
A: For Security USB Encryption.
Q:What is the difference between Super MB Star and MB Star C3?
A:Now the MB Star C3 has newest software, they basically have the same function, and mb star c3 now has the version which can do Benz trucks very well. The only difference is the update. Super MB Star can update by internet, but Benz star c3 just can update by HDD.

Q:Can you send me xentry key generator for vmware, before you sent me for normal windows this generate app id 252 I want to app id 253 for vmware?
A:We don’t support APP ID253 right now. Just have app ID 252.

Q:How many years of free updating can we enjoy?
A:Super MB STAR provides one year free update online service. Super MB STAR Lite provides 3 months free update online service.

Q:What else shall I do before using this item?
A:You need setting some configurations before using this tool, we have both video and user manual to teach you how to do that, just follow the steps.

Q:Super MB STAR is able to work with Trucks and change the speed limitation?
A:Yes, Super MB STAR is able to work with different kinds of Benz trucks, and it is able to change the speed limitation, please do that under the legal permission.

Q:What should I do if I do not know how to setting or face some difficulty when install the MB Star software?
A:We provide online service 24 HRs, our after-sales service men can help you solve the problem through teamviewer, just contact the sales.

Q:Is this tool able to work with Reset the SBC Function?
A:The Super MB STAR Top Version provides you SBC Reset, TV active and some other functions.

Q: How to correctly use Super MB Star USB KEY?
A: Before start the Super MB Star software, insert into USB KEY, and when it runs, don’t take out USB KEY, otherwise the computer will automatically shutdown.

Q: What software included in the Super MB Star?
A: The software included in the supre MB Star is listed in the Super MB Star description page, please check it.

Q: Does SUPER MB STAR contain developer mode?
A: yes, our supplied super MB Star contains “developer mode” in the DAS.

Q:Does Super MB Star is stored with Benz training and SD Media?
A: Super MB Star is stored with SD Media but no Benz training.

Q: What is Super MB Star password?
A: There are three passwords for Super MB Star:
1). When the computer is in the sleep mode, the password is “User$star2004″
2). Password for update: you can find it in the Super MB STAR Password letter
3). The password for decompressing update tool is “updatenow”

Q: What the difference between super MB Star and MB Star C3 pro on obd2tool.com?
A: They have different hardware and software, Super MB Star supports online update, while MB Star C3 doesn’t support online update.

Q:The DELL D630 hard disk of Super MB Star installed locally or on a VMware?
A:It doesn’t need to install on VMware player, only the moveable hard disk needs.

Q: What else shall I do before using super MB Star?
A: You need to set some configurations before using super MB Star, we have both video and user manual to teach you how to do that, just follow the steps.

Q: Super MB STAR is able to work with Trucks and change the speed limitation?
A: Yes, Super MB STAR is able to work with different kinds of Benz trucks, and it is able to change the speed limitation, please do that under the legal permission.

Q: Is Super MB STAR able to Reset the SBC Function?
A: The Super MB STAR Top Version provides you SBC Reset, TV active and some other functions. You are able to access SBC Special function without password.

Q: Super MB star self diagnostic operation steps:
A: Please follow the next instruction.
3. Click “STAR UTILITIES”

2) Enter “Star Utilities”, click “Self Diagnosis” and then click “Caesar Self Diagnosis”.

3) Self diagnosis starts, please wait.

4) This is Self-diagnostic report

Q: Super MB Star (Dell D630 hard disk version) got error “initiation of diagnosis multiplexer failed”.
A: Try to have a self-diagnosis firstly.

Q: How to active Super MB Star?
A:
1. Refer to Super MB Star manual and video tutorial stored in the hard disk, or login and download from Super MB Star official websitewww.supermbstar.com.  The user manual and video show you how to active Super MB Star.
2. We upload video in the “Video” column of Super MB Star page, it step-by-step shows how to active Super MB Star, if you can’t watch video in the Super MB Star page, just contact us.
Note: the steps to active MB Star C3 / C4 is as similar as Super MB Star, except Star C3 / MB SD Connect C4 need to active DAS, while super MB Star needn’t active DAS, before start the software insert into USB KEY, then you can directly enter super MB Star DAS without activation.

Q: Do we need to provide user ID and password when use Super MB Star to do online SCN coding?
A: online SCN coding needs our engineer to authorize / active by remote assistant (TeamViewer).

Q: How much money should I pay for SCN online coding per time?
A: US$150.00 (item No. SS99), after you pay it, contact us to active / authorize.

Q:Why i install dell 630 HDD to 630 computer,but no reply.

dell-630-HDD-install-1 dell-630-HDD-install-2 dell-630-HDD-install-3

A: The hard disk configuration is ATA, not AHCI.

How to Activate 2018.12 MB Star SD Connect C4 Xentry OpenShell

Newest version 2018.12 Xentry OpenShell XDOS MB Star diagnostic has been tested and verified no issue with SD Connect C4/SD C5 multiplexer.

Software languages: Chinese, English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish & Turkish.

Software includes:
1. D-A-S / Xentry 2018.12: the automatically Diagnosis Assistance System
Concise interface and straightforward operation with IB M high-quality computer can realize the quick and accurate code reading and the whole car system testing
2. W-I-S net 2018.09: Workshop Information System
Supply the whole view of the wiring diagram in a car, component location diagram and maintenance method. What you do is to enter the chassis number, and then you will get the manufacture data, engine configuration and the car model -all in detail.
3. EPC.net 2018.09: Electronic Parts Catalog
4. ST Finder: Part Location Finder options: 2008 and 2016
5. STARUTILITIES : the movement management system and self-test
6. SDMEDIA 2014
7. PL72: 2018 Mercedes software with PL70

Note: The 12.2018 MB Star software does not support HHT-WIN. If you need newer Xentry and HHT-WIN, choose 2018.09 MB STAR Diagnostic Tools.

http://forobd2tool.com/wp-content/download/MB-STAR/MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE.pdf

DAS activation
Open”Get Hardware ID “, Copy the HardwareID and send it to the dealer for generating
“license.dat”

MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-1

Open”license.dat”
MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-2

Open”DAS”
MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-3
MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-4

EPC WIS
Open”EWAnet”

MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-5

Name admin
Password 12345

MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-6 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-7 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-8 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-9

Open”CarProKey”
MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-10

MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-11 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-12 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-13 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-14 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-15

XENTRY activation
Open”ConfigAssist”

MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-16 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-17 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-18 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-19 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-20

MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-21 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-22 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-23 MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-24

Open Computer –Local Disk C-ProgramData-LicDir copy “lic_key_2.dat”, rename
“lic_key_2.x4711” Set to read-only file

MB-STAR-C4-XENTRY-ACTIVATE-25
Finish.

Why 09.2014 Xentry XDOS is best for Part D (C3)

The reason why Xentry Diagnostic Openshell version 09.2014 is the best software for MB STAR C3 is that:

anything after Xentry 09.2014 you have to do too many fixes to get it fully working..

For those with Mb Star C3 mux, YOU HAVE TO KNOW:

11.2012 Xentry: best for OFFLINE PROGRAMMING

09.2014 Xentry: the BEST – the most famous and favorite

12.2015 Xentry: advise to use xentry xp/xdos up to 12/2015

05.2016 Xentry: the LAST version working with PartD aka C3

07.2018 Xentry: the NEWEST version but better work with SDconnect C4 or Xentry Connect C5

If there is any chance it will work with C3, the first thing is to play with toolkit.ini

It will be in c:\program files\Mercedes-Benz\SDconnect Toolkit\bin\toolkit.ini or C:\Program Files (x86)\Mercedes-Benz\SDconnect Toolkit\bin\toolkit.ini

There will be a line that says UseComPorts=

Here add the port number you wish to use.

Note that since 2016-01 part D is replace with part Z (bosch vci). so if you want to use C3, you have to use old driver.

In summary, version 09.2014 is the best for your C3!!

Upload images of C3 and XDOS 09.2014 working perfect…

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source: obd2tool.com

IMPORTANT: XDOS 09.2014 download & how to install

09.2014 XDOS download free:

MEGA Folder with Xentry 9.2014+All Extra Stuff.zip

https://mega.nz/#!sPoV0SYQ!YtDyl8kj56j-Z8Nyd6ra7AkwcXyGJ-iIXSZji8767G8

password: xentry92014@bylallasgr/kalatopas

BIG THANKS to all the folks that provide us all the fixes and solutions for all the errors!!! Without them this guide wouldn’t be possible! It’s not necessary to add all the name here. They know who they are!

– Congrats guys and thanks a lot –

Software requirements:

1) Windows XP Service Pack 3

2) Partition manager

3) Virtual drive program

4) Winrar

5) Adobe Acrobat Reader 10

6) Drivers for your laptop

7) Xentry 2xDVDs (modified)

8) SDMedia 1 2014

9) Fixes (bin fix / blacklists/ pic. fix)

10) Key generators

11) Framework 2.0 and 3.5 sp1

12) Active Iso maker

This installation Guide has be done for a 160GB HDD. Information for 120GB are providing.

Installation guide:

Phase 1: (XP fresh installation)

1.  insert bootable XP SP3 CD
2.  enter bios setting and make boot from CD first choice
3.  install win XP with following considerations in order:

*   Delete your partitions if already your HDD is partitioned…
*   create partition in unpartitioned space C : 30GB
*   install win in C: partition after formatting drive in NTFS “”not quick””
*   create two accounts : the first is STAR , the second OWNER ? login to both accounts
*   restart your system
*   login to STAR
*   Install partition manager (Partition Manager -[epm].exe)
*   Create partition as follows (160GB HDD is recommended) :

[Already Exist]-C: 30GB (STAR)

D: 30 GB (RECOVER)

E: 50 GB (WIS)

F: 50 GB (DAS)

Note: letters are extremely important. NTFS is mandatory…use Default allocation size

*   Restart is required to apply partitions by partition manager program…
*   Login to STAR…Open My computer.
*   Install all the drivers of your machine
*   Go to control panel>system>hardware>Device manager to confirm that no device hasn’t installed. If u find a device not known install its’ driver.
*   Restart system as required by some drivers.
*   After that install: Adobe reader [Adobe_Reader_10_0_1.exe]

Virtual clone program [SetupVirtualCloneDrive5450.exe]

Winrar [wrar400.exe]

.NET Framework 2.0 for Windows XP.exe

.NET Framework 3.5 Service pack 1 (Full Package) .exe

NOTE: If you have 120GB HHD then create the following partitions:

C : 30 GB

D: 10 GB

E: 45 GB

F: 35 GB

Phase 2: (Preparation for Xentry installation)

1   Go to Newguide2j folder
2   click WFP switch (stands for Windows File Protection)
3   restart your system as required to apply settings
4   Logging to Star account.
5   Go to Newguide2j folder
6   Click “prepare.bat” batch (follow commands..10 steps will be executed).system will be restarted
7   Login to Star. You will find Star Utilities in your desktop

Phase 3: (DVD1 Xentry installation)

1   Set time to 05/09/2014 (5th of September 2015)
2   Set power option to Never (Always on)
3   Go to STARTUTILITIES in desktop. Double click to start “star key center”
4   Insert keys for Xentry and WIS and Das with the following considerations:

*   Use keygens provided in sources.
*   BE aware to tick expiry date for the keys and set it forward eg. 01/01/2020
*   keys need information as Hardware id and App id and LAN id….Copy them correctly form the startkey to generate the right key
*   click save
*   if it is correct and saved u will notify that validity appeared after clicking save

Possibly errors: If you get an error for Xentry Diagnosis for saving the key

Example: “LicCheckLicence Xentry Diagnostics

4-Startkey can not be decoded or scheme is not recognized, or appid unknown!”

Solution: Then go to “C:\WINDOWS\ZAK\Starutils” delete the existing “CommonLic.dll” and copy the one from folder “Fixes\FOR-XENTRY-KEY-ERROR\CommonLic_2011-06-19-[For Xentry Key Error Saving]” and paste it in the above folder. After that restart Star Utilities and generate a new key and now the key will be saved without problems. Now Mount DVD1

1   explore mounted dvd1/ STARDIAG
2   click setup.exe
3   Setup will start
4   Choose Language. If you choose different language from you windows language then PC will restart. After that re-launch DVD1 to virtual drive and run again setup.exe
5   Wait and follow instructions ordinary
6   Setup will pop up that no startkey click yes…setup will launch Start Key Center now with new appearance
7   Insert new key using Xentry key generator (Xentry Developer (1).exe) with Appid 253 and NEW hardware id…Save key…

Possibly errors: “star key center (SC0003E)”

Solution: From folder “Fixes\FOR-XENTRY-KEY-ERROR\StartKey Centr” run “StartKey Centr.exe” and now re-ender new generated key from keygen.

8   Exit start key center
9   Setup will continue….

NOTES: ? Setup will need to restart. This is ordinary. After restart launch setup again as previous if not launched automatically

*   Plug computer to power source. If u don’t the setup will be terminated!
*   New login will appear … wait…don’t switch of lap.

10  DVD1 complete successfully and setup will require DVD2 after restart

Phase 4: (DVD2 Xentry installation)

After restart, run from Desktop “Star Utilities” and when it opens, press “Star Key Center” button to check if it’s ok.

Possible Error: “Launch4j This application was configured to use a bundled Java Runtime Environment but the runtime is missing or corrupted”

Solution: From folder “SKC_SETUP” run “SETUP.EXE” and choose to repair the installation. Now Star Key Center should run without problems.

*   mount DVD2
*   Explore DVD2 >STARDIAG
*   Click setup.exe
*   Setup will start
*   Wait?
*   Setup will complete and require YOU to click finish to restart…DON’T CLICK FINISH!!
*   Go to Newguide2j
*   Click after installation.bat patch and wait to be finished
*   Return to Xentry setup and now click Finish. System will restart and hot fixes installation begins.

Now you have XENTRY

Phase 5: (fixes and configurations phase)

*   Navigate to: Control panel > System > Hardware > Device manager > Ports (COM & LPT). Right click on that COM port you have left enabled and select Properties. Go to Port Settings tab and set these values:

Bits per second: 115200

Data bits: 8

Parity: None

Stop bits: 1

Flow Control: None

Then click on Advanced… button and make sure Use FIFO buffers are checked and COM Port Number is set to COM2.

Press OK and close Device manager.

THIS for Part D

*   Apply pic. Fix [Xentry Pics Fix (9.2014).exe]
*   Apply bin fixes [ALL BIN_T_D_D2 09.2014] for your version of MUX.
*   Apply blacklist [Xentry_Blacklist_Fixed_Solutions_2013-2014.exe].
*   From DAS AddONs 9.2014 run mb_add_installer_v1.exe and press install (wait to finish)

Phase 6: SDMedia installation

*   Mount “SDMedia 1-2.2014 FULL.iso” to virtual DVD drive
*   Run “setup.exe” from the main folder and wait the installation to complete
*   ENJOY!!

This guide is provided by lallasgr/kalatopas after a lot of reading and searching in forums

I hope that you will be able to install Xentry 09.2014 without problems

– Good luck to everybody –