Top Alternatives to Mercedes Star Diagnostic Scanner C3 & C4 Tool

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In our opinion, there are better alternatives for those who like to do their own troubleshooting. Whether you are a repair shop a Mercedes-Benz owner consider these scanners as well.  Note that we do not endorse any of the following OBD II / CAN scanner brands. Links to obd2tool.com listing are provided if you need to check current prices.

If you are looking to purchase a Star Diagnostic System with Xentry for Mercedes-Benz there are a few things you need to consider.

Learning Curve: In order to use the diagnostic scanner properly you need to learn how to use the Xentry software. While reading, clearing fault codes is not very difficult anything besides that requires that you have proper training. Yes, you can find a few guides online on how to perform certain programming using Xentry but if you don’t perform the programming accurately you may end up causing more problem than you solve.

Consider Genuine Scanner: The only problem is that they are quite expensive and require a yearly license. If you are considering to buy a clone of the scanner made in China keep the following concerns in mind.

SCN Online Coding: Unless you buy the scanner from the official Mercedes-Benz source, you will not be able to perform SCN coding of control units. That’s because Mercedes Star Diagnostic scanner will try to connect to Mercedes-Benz database for verification of SCN code in order to program certain control units. That is not possible unless you have purchased a valid license. With that said there may be some basic coding and programming of control units that can be done but this programing can also be performed with other advanced scanners.

Mercedes Star Diagnostic Problems with Software (Xentry) VM Ware Installation: All the setups that you see for sale that state that they use VMware environments are not legitimate hardware and software. Besides the fact that these scanners are not legal copies, they are also prone to crashing and run much slower than direct Windows installations. Yes, you are required to have a Windows XP with a serial port for the MB Star Diag C3 scanner. Many VMWare Mercedes Star Setups experience problems some of which you can see posted on this site: MB SD C4 C3 problems and solutions.

License: In order to get the full features offered by Mercedes Star diagnostic scanner you need to sigh up for a yearly subscription and pay a license fee. This is not financially feasible if you only work on one or two Mercedes-Benz models. If you end up buying a cloned version of the scanner the Xentry software key will expire in a few years and you will not be able to use your scanner at all.

How to pick out a decent SD Connect C5 for Mitsubishi Fuso

Appear right here: How to pick out a decent SD Connect C5 for Mitsubishi Fuso diagnostics

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FYI, each MB Star SD Connect C5 application share the same main interface when you login.

But the car coverage is different for use. For standard MB SD connect C5, you might have luck with Mercedes and Sensible only!

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eCom Compare with SD Connect C4

Here is some feature about eCom, MB Star C4 and Xentry Connect . Hope can help you choose right tool.

eCom – laboratory\development tool. Most cheap and light. Can’t be used with DAS\HHT vehicles. Does not support kline communication. Need to be specially setup on any diag sw installation.

SDConnect C4– workshop\robust tool. Most universal in use. The only limitation is kline communication in Vediamo from ver5* Easy to setup. In most cases work as is. As for China clones, SDconnect has the best PCB design, the winner.

Stardiagnos Connect – workshop\robust tool. Very big and heavy. Most expensive. Similar to SDConnect because it is like PC+multiplexer in one housing .Has very specific setup as update blue ray disk has not installer but full HDD image with OS + user application. Complicated in installing additional software as you do not have direct assess to operating system.

MB SD Connect C4 requires to update VCI

We have a customer whose MB SD Connect C4 diagnostic system runs great but suddenly require an VCI upgrade.

He rename the VCI update file, but still failed to run Star diagnostic self test (Error screenshot attached)

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Solution:

Re-install mb sd c4 battery, update MB SD C4 firmware to V2.3.2.

Some users feedback that SDConnect from OBD2TOOL with serial number 101044 will take firmware update risk. If you use our DAS software without internet connection, it will work.

SDconnect C4 DTS-monaco user manual

MB SD Connect C4 DTS-monaco user manual:

1.What is DTS-monaco?
2.Which MB sw version comes with DTS-monaco?
3.Why do you need DTS-monaco?
4.What’s the difference between DTS-monaco and Vediamo?
5.Where to get DTS-monaco confirmed to work?
6.Where to download DTS Monaco for free?
7.How to install DTS Monaco on Windows 7?
8.Any good success with DTS Monaco?
9.How do people think of DTS Monaco?

1.What is DTS-monaco?

DTS Monaco enables the comprehensive testing of diagnostic communication, diagnostic data and diagnostic sequences in the areas of engineering, testing and preparation of manufacturing tests. It can be adapted flexibly both for a whole range of different test tasks and for different user groups.

2.Which MB sw version comes with DTS-monaco?

12-2017, 03-2018, 05-2018 (newest)

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3.Why do you need DTS-monaco?

1)Areas of Application
* Development of diagnostic and control functions for ECUs
* Function test and validation
* Integration and system test
* Preparation of test sequences for Manufacturing and Service
* Analysis of returns and Quality Assurance

2)Flexibly Adaptable to the Relevant Task

DTS Monaco is part of the Diagnostic Tool MB Star C4 Set product family and is based on the DTS Base System. Monaco stands for Modular Analyzer for Vehicle Communication. A clearly laid out start page enables simple and fast access to the functions required most frequently. The actual workspace is divided into two: one area with a fixed layout and one with layouts that you can toggle between. A status display below shows communication server messages. The various functions are realized using special, configurable interface elements. These “HMI Controls” can be arranged freely in the layouts in configuration mode and comprehensively configured.

3)Early Detection of Problems and Errors

In execution mode, a configured workspace can be “started”. In doing so individual functions can be started automatically and communication can be established in advance if so required. Self-generated test sequences enable both simple and very complex function tests. This makes it possible to detect, and remedy, communication problems and function errors at an early stage. Communication data and test results can be documented in entirety in the process.

4)Fast Results

For typical use scenarios predefined templates including an universal database for the OBD self-diagnosis as well as various protocol templates (WWH-OBD, J1939-73 among others) are supplied. In Demonstration mode, all functions can be tested, even without an interface and a license, using a detailed example including simulation. Furthermore, the tool has a completely integrated OTX runtime for running complex test sequences in accordance with ISO 13209. An authoring tool for creating such OTX sequences can be started directly from SD Connect C4 DTS Monaco.

4.What’s the difference between DTS-monaco and Vediamo?

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DTS-monaco vs. Vediamo

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DTS-monaco wins, definitely!

5.Where to download Star Diagnostic DTS Monaco for free?

https://mega.nz/#!p9ZDGKwS!VTn9fB80Z9-YKpV8aj9PkRXR3KinAT6RFiW13GGdOHI It’s free but with unknown security.

6.Where to get DTS-monaco confirmed to work?

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Here you go.

http://www.obd2tool.com/category-163-b0-MB+Star+Diagnostic+Tools.html

7.How to install DTS Monaco on Windows 7?

When installing DTS Monaco to communicates and works with SD connect c4 all user installed SDconnect Toolkit version 2.1.3. And no one tried to force the work SDconnect Toolkit version 2.1.4.2, which is installed together with the installation of Setup_Addon_DAG. And I did it.

Checked only on the system without DAS/Xentry.

DTS Monaco 8.03.12.

Windows 7 x64.

Follow the next steps:

1)  Install Monaco
2)  Install Setup_Addon_DAG
3)  Go to С:\ProgramData\I+ME ACTIA\Toolkit\
4)  Open and edit toolkit.ini

Code:

ShowInTray=2
NetworkIcon=2
DeviceIcon=1
ConnectionState=1

1)  Save file and reboot Windows
2)  Connect SDconnect MUX via cable
3)  Start System Configurator
4)  Go to Licenses and you will see your MUX as DCDIPartW with your serial number. After editing in Interfaces type of MUX will change to MVCI_IME_ACTIA_GmbH_SDconnect
5)  Go toInterfaces

Code:5

eCOM_SMR
Interface name – > SDconnect_SMR
Bus system interface – > D-PDU API
D-PDU API version – > I+ME ACTIA GmbHXS_D_PDU_API_FOR_DTS_8_03_12
Module type – > MVCI_IME_ACTIA_GmbH_SDconnect
Cable – > CABLE_OBDII_SDCONNECT
Physical links: CAN1, CAN4, CAN8

1)  Click Save and close System Configurator
2)  Now you can connectto the car or single ECU

8.Any good success with DTS Monaco?

DTS Monaco works good – Mercedes W205 coding
Mercedes-benz W205 coding with DTS Monaco

SDconnect C4 (C5) 2018 05 Software Released Notes

Since 03.2018, DTS-Monaco and Vediamo were added to 05.2018 SDconnect C4/C5 software. That is the biggest difference from old versions.

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05.2018 XENTRY/DAS Released Notes:

* DAS Standalone Activated.
* W(2014) Activated in DAS.
* Offline Programming Activated.
* LKW EOL OFFLINE MENU & VMAX for Tucks activated.
* Smart Cars VIN reconfiguration PassFree Activated.
* Added SMART 451 & 454 OFFLINE KEY TEACH-IN program
* Added Development Data & Development Data (inside control unit adaptation) SAM451(SMART)
* Added Development Data & Extra Coding(inside control unit adaptation) ESP451(SMART)
* Added Development Data and Read coding-string in ESP 454
* Add extra functions: Writing VIN & Development Status (inside control unit adaptation).
* Audio Video Navigation and telematics – add Dev menu in DAS COMAND APS menupurpose: Add developer menu in DAS Command APS menu.
* Audio Video Navigation and telematics – HU Exchange Audio 50 to COMAND password free
* purpose: No password required, F3 to continue.
* DAS Special Function Password Free PKW and SMART. special functions, e.g AB or ABR ecu in DAS W204, you are asked to insert password. With this system, you can enter any character, minimum “1” and F2 to continue.
* Erase SCR/ADBLUE fault code (in MR) with correct New FDOK XN.
* * – Erasing of emission-relevant (SCR/ADBLUE) fault code: No need FDOK encrypted random number, F3 to continue.
* * Calculate correct nueu-FDOK XN internally, and change the encrypted random number to correct one in memory
* NFZ SonderFunktion Password Free purpose: password free for NFZ when doing SonderFunktion (Flash/Programming).
* Nox Torque Limit Setting (FR/CPC0) with correct New FDOK XT
* purpose:
* – Nox Torque limit Setting: No need FDOK encrypted random number, F3 to continue
* – Calculate correct nueu-FDOK internally, and change the encrypted random number to correct one in memory
* – Added value: UNLOCK Legal speed limit direct edit without going to special function
* Special Function Password Free Transporter
* -purpose: Special Function Password Free for Transporter
* TRANSMISSION or GETRIEBE – EGS1 Special Function password free
* purpose: No password required, F3 to continue.
* TRANSMISSION or GETRIEBE – EGS2 Diagnosis Routine password free
* purpose: No password required, F3 to continue.

05.2018 Xentry/DAS 100% Tested with MB Star Diagnosis SD connect C4 (C5):

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MB SD Connect C4/C5 software V2018.03 has released

MB SD Connect C4/C5 software V2018.03 has released

Software display:

You can also choose different laptop,for example,EVG7 tablet,Panasonic CF52 Laptop,DELL630 laptop

2018.3 SD connect c4 software Xentry Das 100% Performs

New software program come!2018.03 MB SD Connect C4 computer software (XENTRY/DAS) is verified to perform together with the sd c4 diagnostic tool without having problems. Here is definitely the test report of it.

This can be the functioning mercedes software 2018.03

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http://www.obd2tool.com/category-163-b0-MB+Star+Diagnostic+Tools.html

256GB Full New SSD, Good quality!

Most current software program version: V2018.three
Help Windows 7 technique.
NOTE:
Do not download something towards the software program, don’t update something with the computer software, otherwise the computer software will break down.(Specifically browser for example Google Chrome)
Mercedes bus diagnosis & programming can be done via DAS only, NOT Xentry.
Computer software languages: Chinese, English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish & Turkish.

V2018.3 mercedes diagnostic tool MB SD C4 Software Functions:
1.1989~up to now Car, Bus, Truck, Sprint, Smart ;
2.All electric technique Diagnostic;(Do not include flash code)
three.reading trouble code
4.erasing trouble code
5.live-data
6.adaptation
7.component testing
8.maintenance
9.information consultation
10.component location diagram
11.wiring diagram

Testable systems:
ENGINE
AUTO-SPEED
AIRCONDITIONAL Method
SRS
ABS
ASR
MPL
GM
Bz ORIGINAL ANTI-THEFT
DASX Technique
KEYZESS GO Technique
OBD-II Program

Product computer software includes: (Version: 2018 )
1. D-A-S / Xentry 2018.3: 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 program testing
2. W-I-S net 2017.10: Workshop Information System
Supply the whole view from 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 2017.10: Electronic Parts Catalog
4. ST Finder: Part Location Finder options: 2008 and 2016
5. STARUTILITIES : the movement management method and self-test
6. SDMEDIA 2014
7. PL71: 2016 Mercedes application with PL70

Function With:

SD Connect C4 Mercedes diagnostic tool from

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Note: there are many versions of sdconnect china clone; please check the PCB design and make sure your mux is operating with all the application before you wanna purchase the software program.

BTW:another verison:2018.three MB SD Connect Compact C4 Software HDD Version link

http://www.obd2tool.com/goods-5197-MB+SD+Compact+4+Super+Engineering+Software+DTS+monaco++plus+Vediamo+V050006+Support+Offline+Programming.html

How to do 2009 Benz E350 Gas tank mod reset cluster

Purpose:do Gas tank mod reset cluster on my 2009 E350.

Tool option: MB SD Connect C4 with dell 6410 laptop(Has ssd, 4gb mem, so it should be quicker than a dell630.)

Here we go:

Found out how to reset cluster: See below part,  it’s towards the end of the post.

Gas Tank Mod (Gallons) ***Need Developer Mode***

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After you hit F3 it will carry on the coding process (hit “F1” to go back)

so we can reset the ECU so coding can take effect by MB SD Connect C4.

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So far I’m loving STAR. I am going to code the car this weekend for Bi-Xenons and then code the card to accept the OEM front LED city lights. I’m doing a e55 bi-xenon retro fit to replace the stock crappy h7 halogen e55 projectors.

Top Reasons to Get MB Star SD C4C5 and Laptop Full Package

Here list reasons why you should buy a Benz MB Star diagnostic tool with a laptop full package:

—With the Dell D630’s dedicated serial port, there was no issue for me…. it was plug and play… I just loaded the HDD from the Seller into my Dell and all I needed to do was activate WIS/EPC and XENTRY/DAS with “activation keys”… I only use the Dell for mb star sd c4 purposes…

—Bought an older Dell D630 laptop with a serial port and plan on buying MB SD Connect C4 directly installed in a Dell D630 hard drive. No Virtual Machine issues.

Benz Star diagnosis C3 / C4 actually specifies the computer or tablet used in the SDS environment… The T30 is rather slow but will get the job done.

—If your ever in the market for a faster SDS laptop, the Dell D630 with at least 2Ghz and the speed improvement especially when using Xentry is like night and day.

—the HDD that is pre-loaded with the software for SDConnect 4 by the Seller, is inserted into the DELL D630… The DELL D630 is the fastest laptop with the RS232 feature.

—Need to connect directly into a RS232 port without using an interface – this is why I went for the complete system with laptop.

—The software Xentry/ DAS is a bit slow on an old IBM so that it is worth paying a bit extra and getting a Dell D630.

—There is a very specific set of COM ports you must use for it to work. For example you need DAS to be looking at COMx within the VM session, then VMware needs to redirect that to COMx which is a ‘physical’ serial port on your machine.

—It’s probably because it has a real com port. Most laptops these days have just a USB port and things don’t always work right if you’re using a USB to RS-232 converter. You wouldn’t want to brick a component during an update if you’re using USB. The other option would be to get a C4 system, but then they cost more. I think there are a couple other systems out there like IBM that also have real com ports.

—The PART D mux(C3) is a serial ported mux—that’s the reason for the Dell and IBM older laptops.

—The PART W mux(SD connect C4) is and Ethernet/wifi connected system and that is the reason for use on other laptops—the issue is the operating system currently DAS Xentry only runs on XP.

—Plug and play!! It is more convenient for users because the software for C3/SD C4 diagnostic tool will be pre-installed before delivery.

Here are MB STAR diagnostic kits (tool+laptop) for sale:

all software pre-installed!!!
ready for use!!!

2017.12 Version MB SD Connect C4/C5 Star Diagnosis Plus Panasonic CF19 Laptop With Vediamo and DTS Engineering Software

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2017.12 MB SD Connect C4 with Super Engineering Software DTS monaco And Vediamo Plus EVG7 Tablet Support Offline Program

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MB SD Connect Compact 4 Star Diagnosis Tool 2017.12 Plus Dell D630 Laptop With Vediamo and DTS Engineering Software

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V2017.12 MB SD C4/C5 Star Diagnosis Plus Panasonic CF52 Laptop With Vediamo and DTS Engineering Software Support Offline

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MB SD C4 Star Diagnostic Tool With Vediamo V05.01.00 Engineering Software Plus EVG7 Tablet PC Support Offline Program

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V2017.12 MB SD Connect C5/C4 Star Diagnosis Plus Lenovo T410 Laptop With DTS and Vediamo Engineering Software

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MB SD Connect Compact 4 Mb star C4 Diagnosis Tool With WiFi 2017.12 Plus EVG7 Diagnostic Controller Tablet PC

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