Farmers are pirating John Deere tractor software to stick it to the man

Many of us have downloaded cracked software from the darker corners of the internet over the years. Remember when the only way to get Photoshop was to buy a $700 license? Yeah, enough said. Some of the most prolific users of cracked software these days aren’t who you think. Farmers across the US are grabbing modified copies of tractor software from sketchy Eastern European websites to get around John Deere’s draconian software restrictions.


Large-scale farming is now a heavily mechanized industry, and some of these pieces of machinery can cost several times as much as your car. John Deere is becoming known as a particularly troublesome company to deal with when you need to make repairs on one of the expensive pieces of farm equipment John Deere Service Advisor you bought. Farmers explained to Motherboard recently how the software running on their tractors make even simple repairs a pain.

John Deere’s tractor firmware prevents the owners from making an unauthorized repairs. Whenever maintenance is needed, an authorized agent needs to swing by and connect to the tractor with diagnostic software. They okay the repair, and the tractor then works. Without that, it’s a very big paperweight. John Deere charges several hundred dollars for service calls, plus $150 per hour for the technician. When techs aren’t available, they have to wait. The alternative many are starting to turn to is pirating the diagnostic software themselves.

Most of the cracked John Deere programs seem to be coming out of Poland and Ukraine. Gaining access involves finding one of the secretive invite-only forums and paying a membership fee. Once inside, farmers can buy John Deere’s software kits for a few hundred dollars — the cost of just a few maintenance checks. The legality of this is questionable. The Librarian of Congress has approved a temporary exemption to the DMCA that allows owners of land vehicles to circumvent locked down software. Doing it with cracked software is a different matter.

The farm-heavy state of Nebraska is one of those pushing right-to-repair legislation, which would render John Deere’s license agreement void. Then, the company would have to sue individual customers for violating the contract if it wanted to enforce it. Naturally, it’s fighting the legislation hard. Farmers fear what will happen if right to repair doesn’t become law.

Will Heavy Duty Scanner get to decided when their tractors stop working by ending repair service? It’s like when a game developer shuts down the online authentication server for that game you bought five years ago. Except instead a game that cost you $40, it’s a tractor that cost $30,000 and should be able to run for years to come.

How to Connect Caterpillar ET Software from your Laptop to ECM

How to Connect CAT ET Software from your Laptop to ECM?

-Open Caterpillar ET Software, it will automatically connect to ECM, Click “Stop Connect”.


-Click on Menu: “Utilities – Preferences”.


-If using Caterpillar Comm Adapter 3, and Mark on “Enable Dual Data Link Service”.


-If using Caterpillar Comm Adapter II, and setting “Ports” (example: COM4) as your COM port at Device Manager.


-If using NEXIQ USB-Link, Choose “RP1210 Compliant Device”, also Click Advanced button to select a specific RP1210.


#Driver Download:
-Caterpillar Comm Adapter 3 – V2.0

John Deere Service ADVISOR 4.2 2016 CCE (Commercial & Consumer Equipment)

John Deere Service Advisor 4.2 2016 CCE is the new version of a program for repairing and troubleshooting commercial and consumer equipment John Deere.
Service advisor contains detailed technical service information, installation instructions, a lot of pictures and illustrations for commercial and consumer equipment John Deere, such as Commercial Equipment, Commercial Mowing Attachment, Compactor Loader, LG and LT Attachment, Mate. Hand Cut. and Shredders, OEM Engines, Riding Lawn Equipment, Skid Steer, Special Utility Vehicles, Tractor Attachments, Tractors, Utility Vehicle Attachment, Walk-Behind Products, etc.
Service advisor CCE includes following sections: Favorites, Manuals, DTAC (Dealer Technical Assistance Center), Diagnostics, Readings, Tests and Calibrations, Program Controller.
The program contains JDIN disks, which help to select your preferred language and all information will be brought to you in this language.
This program helps you to identify and resolve any problems and inaccuracies.
Note: You can download this repair set or get it with delivery worldwide.

This version of Service Advisor has built-in hotfix against error message:
“There was an error initializing the search Engine.
Unable to start the search engine.”

John Deere Service Advisor CCE covers:

Hint: Click show all

Boom – Harvester
Collection System
Commercial Equipment
Commercial Mowing
Commercial Mowing Attachment
Compactor Loader
JD Hand-Held Portable Products
JD Miscellaneous Equipment
John Deere by Sabo
LG Attachment
LT Attachments
Lesco Products
Licensed Products
Mate. Hand Cut. and Shredders
OEM Engines
Riding Lawn Equipment
Roberine Products
Scotts Equipment
Skid Steer
Special Utility Vehicles
Tractor Attachments
Utility Vehicle Attachment
Walk-Behind Products
Worksite Pro Attachment

Screenshots for John Deere Service ADVISOR 4.2 2016 CCE (Commercial & Consumer Equipment):

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Launch X431 V 8 VS X431 Pro Mini VS X-431 PROS Mini

Today, we received an email from a customer, he listed the following questions:

“Hello, I want to buy a launch product, but I don know what to choose, Launch X431 V 8 inch, Launch X431 pro mini, X-431 PROS MINI, all this 3 models have that special function?
1) Oil Reset Service
2) Steering Angle Calibration
3) Electronic Parking Brake Reset
4) Battery Register / Battery Maintenance
5) ABS Bleeding
6) Electronic Throttle Position Reset / Learn
7) Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Regeneration
8) Tire Pressure Monitor System Reset
9) Gear Learning
10) Immobilizer Matching(key programming)
11) Fuel Injector Coding
12)ECU Coding
What is the difference between this 3 scanners?
Immobilizer Matching(key programming)
Fuel Injector Coding
ECU Coding

The answer from our customer service:
“Hello Sergiu Rosu, thanks for your support on our website.
All LAUNCH X431 V 8, LAUNCH X431 Pro Mini, X-431 PROS MINI can support the 3 important function you list.
X431 Pro mini and X431 Pros mini is the same, X431S Pro Mini is oversea version
X431 V 8 inch and X431 Pro Mini their function almost the same, only firmware is different.
If your budget is enough can choose X431 V 8 inch ??
Best regards

SD Connect C4 SCN coding login service error

I have the MB account and the engineer confirmed the account can be applied to MB SD Connect C4 clone multiplexer.

I need to carry out online SCN coding, i got the 2019.05 DAS Xentry star diagnostic software.

But came across error before enter login menu.

Error screenshot:


Error when starting the process: login service


Error cause:

You should start from Xentry but not DAS.

If the error still exits, please make sure internet connection is well built. Set the computer time to your local time!!! Our engineer recommend to use latest software (current new version V2019.05).

SD Connect C4 Xentry cannot access some modules solution

I have a MB star diagnostic system with SD Connect C4 multiplexer. It worked without problem at the beginning. A friend borrowed it and now it behaves funny. It scans w204 well but for w203 it scans ezs and gateway only. It scans w164 to the fullest but only ezs on w163. What could be wrong?

Problem in detail:
I have a problem with my Star Diagnoses when I work on w203s. In the first picture this is what I get when I do a scan. It doesn’t scan the engine, transmission, bas. On the second and third pictures I wanted to code the fuel tank type on the instrument cluster and this are the messages I get and coding cannot be done.



Communication error 2.565.0



I using MB SD C4 MUX with 2014.12V Xentry software version.

I have had it for 3 years now.

SD C4 firmware version photo taken when i connect it to vehicle and press “i” button for 3 times

I have tried on other Mercedes cars, w163, w170 and the result is the same. It used to work before but after someone borrowed it, that is when I started experiencing this problem. I ran self test but I don’t know what to expect from the result. engineer solution:

You have your Star tool for 3 years. The Xentry software is very old version. But your MB SD C4 main unit shows firmware version OS:2.3/CSD:2.10, the firmware version is new to 2015.  So your machine default firmware version won’t be this new. Contact your friend who borrowed your machine to ask if he tried to update/flash your SD C4.If yes, your software will not work with current C4 firmware.

If your friend had the same problem as you now when borrow your device. You properly should send back the unit for repair.

Note: Do try to use new 2015V 2016V Xentry software on this C4, they are not compatible with the firmware.

How to check if your current software is compatible with your C4 firmware or not.

Steps to update SD Connect


Autel MD808 Pro Review 2019

After using different scan tools in my car repair shop, I have come to like the Autel MD808 pro diagnostic code reader. I was introduced to Autel by a friend, and I am very grateful to him. Autel brand offers some of the best OBDII scan tools on the market, and their performance is outstanding.

Today, I will only talk about the Autel MD808 scanner. The Autel MaxiDiag MD808 PRO scanner is a Combination of Autel MaxiCheck Pro and the Autel Maxidiag Elite MD802. The MD808 Pro diagnostic scanner is an excellent tool for car repair shop owners (like me), professional mechanics, and DIYer enthusiasts. It may not be a high-level diagnostic scanner, but neither is it an entry-level scanner. Read this Autel MD808 Pro review to know more about this MaxiDiag obd2 scanner.

Technical Specifications of the Autel MaxiDiag MD808 Pro Scan Tool
Autel MD808 PRO
Works:     All 1996 and newer vehicles
Processor:     ARM? Thumb? Processor (400 MHz)
Memory:     32MB, 166 MHz
Display:     4.0 inch LCD with 800×480 resolution
AutoScan:     Yes
Connectivity:     Mini USB: 2.0 Micro SD Card (16GB)
Read/Clear SRS, SAS, EPB, DPF, BMS, ABS Codes:     Yes
View Freeze Frame data:     Yes
View, Report, Graph and Playback Live Data:     Yes
Print via PC:     Yes
Electronic Parking Brake Maintenance Services:     Yes
Oil Service  Reset:     Yes
Battery Maintenance Services:     Yes
Read Clear Transmission Codes:     Yes
View Live Data:     Yes
Read/Clear Engine Codes:     Yes
Graph, Store & Playback:     Yes
I/M Emissions Readiness:     Yes
View Code Definitions OnScreen:     Yes
Operating Humidity:     5% – 95% non-condensing
Power Consumption:     1.7 W
Operating Temperature:     -10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F)
Storage Temperature:     -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
Dimensions(W x H x D):     202 mm x 92 mm x 35 mm (8.35” x 3.62” x 1.4”)
Weight:     313 g (0.69 lb.)
Software Update:     Lifetime Free Software Update
Warranty:     12 month Warranty

The Autel MD808 scan tool has some excellent features like multilingual menu, large service menu, free software update, large color screen, and great compatibility. Without wasting any time, let’s look at the features, benefits, and setbacks of this quality mid-range scanner from one of the top OBD2 scan tool brands.

Scanner Autel MD808 Pro review 2019

Compatible with most OBD2 vehicles for domestic, European, and Asian
Scan all systems such as engine, ABS, SRS, and Transmission
Free software update
I/M readiness status
View, report, graph, and playback live data
View freeze frame data
Multi-lingual menu definitions
Large service menu
Turn off ECU brake warning light
AutoVIN for manufacturer-specific codes
Print via PC
One-year warranty

Benefits of the Autel MD808 Pro multi system diagnostic scanner
Extensive vehicle coverage

The Autel MD808 pro scanner covers most OBD2 compliant vehicles manufactured from 1996 and newer – domestic and foreign vehicles. This includes most of the popular car brands such as GM, BMW, Audi, Benz, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda, Maybach, Peugeot, Hyundai, etc.

Related: Extensive vehicle coverage tool – Autel MX808 Reviews [MaxiCheck OBD2 Diagnostic Scanner]

Easy to use interface

Using this gadget isn’t an issue as even a person who is new to code readers will have an easy time reading and erasing error codes. It features simple and well-labeled keys and the screen is colored for quick and easy reading of error codes even in poor conditions.

Compact and lightweight design

Whether it is holding the device in your hand or keeping it in your car compartment, you won’t find any challenge as the Autel MD808 pro code reader is compact in design. It weighs about 3.45 pounds and measures 13 by 10.5 by 4 inches.

Sturdy construction

Just like many Autel scanners on the market, the Autel MD808 diagnostic code reader is sturdily made and can withstand impact. In addition, it has a durable rubber cover that protects it from breaking. It is also grease and water resistant. So, you can be certain that it will defy the hardships of a garage or car repair shop.

Related: Advanced Features tool – Autel Maxicom MK808 Reviews


Instead of paying visits to the mechanic or spending a lot of cash to have the check engine light diagnosed, you should get your own code reader. The Autel MD808 pro scanner performs more than just reading and erasing error codes. Regardless of this, it is offered at an excellent price.

Perform a wide range of functions

Whether it is reading or erasing error codes, viewing freeze frame data, checking I/M readiness status, viewing code definitions, or scanning all available systems on the vehicle, the MD808 pro scanner will help to perform all these functions and many more.

Multilingual menu

The Multilingual menu allows the user from different countries and areas to have an easy time using the device. The mechanic or technician can set the device in the language they understand best. Note that the default language is English. But you can set the device to French or Spanish.

AutoVIN and Auto Scan functionality

This feature automatically identifies vehicle make, model, and year to define determine vehicle-specific codes. While the Auto Scan function automatically scans all vehicle systems for codes and shows No fault/pass or failed/fault.

Related: Cheaper alternative – Autel AL619 Review: Engine, ABS, SRS Auto OBD2 Scanner

Updateable and upgradeable

The manufacturer offers a lifetime of free updates. Though, many users have disputed this and say that the device comes with 3-years of free updates. After this period, you will have to pay for the updates or upgrades.

Additional features

Apart from the features that we’ve discussed above, the code reader as well comes with auto power off. This feature shuts off the device in order to conserve the battery. In addition, it has a storage capacity of 16 GB SD card memory. You can save and print error codes on the SD card and print them via the PC.

Warranty and support

If you’re faced with any problem such as receiving a defective product, you can return it as it comes with a one-year limited warranty. Also, the manufacturer has a great support team where you can get in touch and receive help concerning your scan tool.

Setbacks of the Autel MD808 Pro diagnostic scanner

The major problem of using the Autel MD808 scanner is that you have to update the device before using it. This is a huge challenge to users as most people want ready to go scanners. The good news is that the update is free and all you need to do is to register the device with the Autel brand.

Another setback is that the device doesn’t support bi-directional controls. Also, it slows down when viewing graphs, which may delay some the user.

Who will use the Autel MD808 Pro Scan Tool?

The Autel MD808 pro diagnostic scan tool is suitable for technicians and mechanics who want to fix complex vehicles issues. Also, it can be great for a car repair shop as it can help to diagnose a wide range of car brands and makes. And if you’re a serious DIYer, you can as well get this code reader to tackle more than the basic reading and erasing of error codes.


Final thoughts
The Autel MD808 pro scanner is a nice and sturdy device that will allow you to diagnose different car makes and models as long as they are OBD2 compliant and manufactured from 1996 or newer. This includes domestic, European, and Asian vehicles. The diagnostic scanner is easy to use, compact and affordable. It also performs a wide range of functions making it ideal for DIYers, professional mechanics, and technicians.

The MD808 will help you save money as it offers free lifetime updates and upgrades. You can as well save data on the 16GB memory card and in case of any defects on the product; the manufacturer offers a one-year warranty. I hope this Autel MD808 Pro review will help a lot to make a buying decision.


Question: How do I know if my Autel scanner is genuine or not?
Answer: First and foremost, you should buy an Autel scanner from an authorized dealer. If you buy it from an unknown source, you risk being duped or being sold the wrong product. Every Autel scan tool comes with a serial number. After you purchase the device, you need to register it in order to get free software update/upgrade and as well as warranty. As a result, if you try to register the code reader with Autel and it fails, just know that your device is counterfeit. All-in-all, Autel is a reliable company and having a fake product is next to impossible.

Question: Does the Autel MD808 offer its users with free lifetime updates?
Answer: This is where Autel wasn’t clear about its product. In the description, it is written that the product comes with free lifetime updates but it is not. Most users have stated that the free software updates are provided for 3 years and from then onwards, you will have to pay for updates and upgrades. The manufacturer should be clear about this so that buyers are not duped into buying the product.

Still, have a question after reading this Autel MD808 Pro reviews? Comment below.

CGDI MB “Load File Failed, error code 27E1” Error Solution

Here’s the final solution to CGDI MB key programmer error: “Load File Failed, error code: 27E1” (shown picture below)


Possible reasons that cause the error:

1).  Device fell on the ground and damaged

2).  Take apart the CGDI main unit manually

CGDI Prog MB host is equipped with an encrypted battery. If you disassemble the programmer, the encrypted battery will power off automatically.  BenzMonster software refuses to run properly.

What is more, the battery cannot be purchased separately nor installed by yourself.

The ONLY solution is to send CGDI back to repair.


Always read CGMB label and directions carefully before beginning use.

Volvo Tech Tool 2.7.25 Win7 install & activate for Vocom 88890300

Topic: Volvo Tech Tool 2.7.30 win7 install and activate for Vocom 88890300. Then diagnose Volvo. Volvo Tech Tool 2.7.25 can get DTC Info For VERSION3, VERSION4 el. system trucks etc.

Volvo Tech Tool 2.7.25 version Update info:

Operation 37 11-08-03-03 Data Links, Fault Tracing with Oscilloscope” has been updated to make it easier to evaluate CAN signal disturbance.
NOX sensor values added in operation 25920-3/32589-08-03-02 ‘Exhaust aftertreatment system, service regeneration’.

Install or run program from your media.
Setup Microsoft.NET Framework 4.6.1.
User Login.
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Installing Tech Tool
It will take about 2 minutes to finish acquiring package.

Next is to apply package 10/46, it will take about 2 minutes.

Finish installing Tech Tool
Open Tech tool installation folder.
Open developer packages.
Open “1-developement” to automatically run until finished.
Open “2 – Devpatches” to automatically run “Windows configures VCADS Pro Development Content”.

Close ” Tech tool installation folder”.
Auto play DVD-1, until open the Tech tool folder, at this time, new create one folder named “APCI”, then copy and paste the files from the folder to the new folder “APCI”.


Auto play DVD-2, copy and paste the files to the new folder “APCI”.
Extract the decompresseders.
Set the computer to not show the hidden files, folders and drivers.

Go to Disk C -> ProgramData -> Tech Tool-> Waf, delete “DtR” and “OtD”.
Then copy the same folder “”DtR” and “OtD” to Disk C -> ProgramData -> Tech Tool-> Waf.
Go to Disk C -> Program Files-> Client Update -> Console, change the file name extension of “CLUPConsole.exe” as “CLUPConsole.ex”.
Go to Disk C -> Program Files-> Tech Tool -> ApciPlus, change the file name extension of “apcidb.dll” as “apcidb.dl”.
Copy “apcidb.dll” to Disk C -> Program Files-> Tech Tool -> ApciPlus.

Restart the PC.
Open the new folder “APCI”, copy “TechToolLicenseEditor” from “2.7 Full” folder.
Then copy and paste “Devtool 2.7.xx”.
Click on “Get _FW_ID.exe” to copy the ID to the supplier ( for activation.

Receive two folders (Act and Dev) from
Open “Act” to copy the “Regkey.dat” to Disk C -> TechToolLicenseEditor.

Open the folder ” Dev” to copy “regkey.dat” to Disk C -> TechToolLicenseEditor – Devtool 2.7.xx.

Open “DevTool.exe”.
Send “DevTool.exe” to the desktop.
Open Developer Tool Plus 2.6/2.7
Volvo Vocom PTT is language is multi-choice.

Open PTT full, then “cmd run as admin techtoollicense editor command.tx”, follow the instruction.

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User type “Developer”.
Click on “Created DB with new key”.

Get message :
Database clean success
Syncid populate error!
If you will get error sync pop ID just start and close ptt.
Open Tech Tool and it requires User ID, exit.
Once again, click on ” “Created DB with new key”.
Click on “Patch Login”.
DB created.
Login patched successfully

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Copy the user ID “XX78911” in the TechTool 2.6XX && 2.7 license editor.
And rename “Tech Tool” (on the desktop) as “XX78911”.
Open “XX78911”, enter User ID “XX78911”.
Tick on “Work offline”.
Enter TechTool 2.7.25“.
Plug Volvo 88890300 Vocom Interface to the computer.

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Create Chassis ID.
Work order number.

Tech Tool -Login

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Electrical system: Version2
Model FH12.
Diagnose (Read out trouble codes)
Job is done.