how to start using SD Connect C4 diagnostic tool with any PC

This is an article that demonstrates how to start using MB SD Connect C4 diagnostic tool with any PC with external HDD by using Vmware virtual machine.

If you are using SD Connect C4 in a non virtual mode (i.e. with Dell D630) than launching of DAS, shown in the second half of the video, is basically the same.

If you have not yet purchased the Auto Scanner Tool and wandering of which to buy, than I would advise that you by SC Connect with Dell D630 or D620, as they are faster and easier to use.

Here is briefly how to set up thee workstastion.
– connect the exterrnal hard disk to your laptop;
– connect the LAN cable to your laotop and your MB Star LAN socket;
– connect your MB Star to the car’s OBDII socket, you’ll hear a beep – MB Star is ready to be used;
– star your PC…

After Windows XP on your laptop is up and running, you will have to setup the VMWare software.
This software should be on the external hard disk that came with your SD Connect.
You set it uo as normal Windows software.
The setup process is straight forward.

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2018.05 SDconnect C4 (C5) Software Released Notes

Since 12.2017, 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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2018.05 Stardiagnos SD connect C4 (C5) Software 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.

2018.05 Xentry/DAS 100% Tested with SD connect C4 (C5):

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How to use SD connect C4 + Xentry/DAS on Macbook Pro

I’m running Xentry/DAS 2015.12 (not OpenShell) on my MacBook Pro together with SD Connect C4 via LAN cable and VMware. Works without problems.
Need bridged networking in VMware. And adjust the network settings/IP addresses.

VMware:

Use VMware Fusion Professional and and allocate enough resources to the VM.

Mac hardware specification:

MacBook Pro, Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 SSD, 15″ 1GbE, SuperDrive, Mid-2012

Virtualization:

That is the magic of virtualization. If you can locate a copy of Star Diagnosis that was intended for the IBM ThinkPad T30 running Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, you could easily install Windows NT 4.0 in a virtual machine and replicate that environment with near native performance. If you prefer to use a Windows XP-based version, that is easily done as well, up to and including Windows 10 1709 or Windows Server 2016. Almost any computer you purchase now will not have drivers available for Windows XP, so either an old PC such as a Dell D630/D830 will allow you to install Windows XP natively and make it work, but virualization takes the headache out of that. OS X us built on UNIX, so it is a very stable host OS and can run nearly any version of Windows was a guest with easy, stability and performance. The only think I would refrain from doing at this point in time, is if you are using OS X 10.13 High Sierra, do not use APFS just yet. It still is not as stable IMO as HFS+. You certainly don’t want to introduce system instability when programming a control module!

Battery:
The battery life is good when running Windows in a VM, as OS X has excellent power management. Allocate at 2 cores to the Windows VM, and if using an XP-based version, 2048GB of RAM should be sufficient.

In detail…How to setup Xentry/DAS on a Mac OS X

It is very straight forward. I elect to not use the automated installation of Windows, as it automatically configures the partition sizes, formats them, etc. Instead, do a custom installation and select your ISO. It will then determine the contents of the OS ISO and select your low-level hardware components automatically, such as CD-ROM bus, HDD bus, etc.

For the network cable, it defaults to NAT, so it shares the IP of OS X, but cannot receive unsolicited network traffic due to the nature of NAT. You can select Bridged, and it can have an IP on the same subnet as OS X.

I think I would prefer to install my installation from scratch, as the pre-built images that are distributed have an unknown product key, and also could contain malware or other unwanted applications.

If you are installing the XP version of DAS/Xentry, specify your virtual disk to be about 120GB, and when Windows XP asks you to specify your partition size, instead of pressing Enter and allowing it to consume the disk specify 20GB and quick format as NTFS. Create the remaining three partitions in Disk Management after XP completes installation.

Also, the first thing you will want to do is install VMware Tools after XP installs. If you want to install all available updates for Windows XP, and download WSUS Offiline version 9.2.3 and it will get your all of the available updates that were released when XP reached EOL.

I have used 12.2015, but if I still used it, I would revert back a few months to avoid the hard-coded timebomb that was implemented at the end of 2015.

Result:

I have used this setup for many years for control module programming and SCN coding with no issues from OBD2TOOL.

Clone Xentry Connect C5- Good & Bad Things

I bought “Original Clone Xentry Connect C5” from China’s retail store Obd2tool.com in 2017/12.

Good thing:

1. Unlike bad products of C5 type C4 motherboard, texture is good
2. DoIP specification

Bad thing:

1. Because it is VM system + 32bit, the reaction is slow (SSD though …)
2. Vediamo can be used, but feeling like driving with DELL D 630 (unsuitable)
3. The DTS Monaco software is installed but the connection with the vehicle is NG (currently retail stores and manufacturer engineers are thinking about how to fix it)
4. Passwords are applied to each drive, making it hard to customize
5. Retail shops and manufacturer engineers lack knowledge (take time to support)

My thoughts

I think purchasing this product is still early.

There are too many trouble elements.

I’ll report it when the situation changes.

What I currently use (stable and comfortable)

New car: eCom (64 bit)
Normal: Clone SDConnect C4 (64 bit)
Old car: Clone C3

Best regards

12.2017 XENTRYDAS Win 7 Win 10:Test OK

12.2017 XENTRY/DAS Windows 7 or Windows 10:

Both OK.12.2017 XENTRY OpenShell XDOS is updated and tested successfully for use. Download link:

http://www.obd2tool.com/goods-6841-MB+SD+Connect+C4C5+Star+Diagnosis+Plus+Panasonic+CF19+Laptop++With+Vediamo+and+DTS.html

But I don’t recommend windows 10 at all at least if you don’t know how to manage it
try windows 7 and I am asure you will be more comfortable]
final note, you need a good version which should not be manipulated or pre-activated

D-A-S / Xentry 2017.12….Confirmed!
Workshop Information System (WIS net) 2017.09….Confirmed!
Electronic Parts Catalog (EPC.net) 2017.09….Confirmed!
Part Location Finder (ST Finder) 2008/2016….Confirmed!
STARUTILITIES ….Confirmed!
SDMEDIA 2014….Confirmed!
Price List PL71 2016….Confirmed!

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12.2017 XDOS Activation via Startkeycenter

This is the startkeycenter I used to activate 12.2017 Xdos with old keys. Move the folder to C:>PROGRAM FILES(x86)>MERCEDES BENZ. Launch startkeycenter from folder. Insert keys for xentry only. For DAS you should move the LIC.SLI file to C:PROGRAM FILES(x86)>MERCEDES BENZ>DAS>BIN which will activate it with no timeout. Blacklist is self explanatory which folders they should go in. I don’t claim any of this files…… I am just sharing which is what this Obd2tool.com is supposed to be about.

V2017.12 MB SD Connect C4/C5 BMW ICOM/ICOM A2 A3 HDD Setting

Customer’s problem:
We had purchased one set MB SD connect C5 with internal HDD from obd2tool, We really appreciate the faster shipment, all is well packed dhl week quickly received. But when we install the HDD to our computer, we have blue screen and doesn’t access to computer windows. We are wondering if we get the broken HDD……

Our Answers:

The BMW ICOM ICOM A2 A3 or MB STAR C4 C5 drives we assign to our customers are generally AHCI-mode hard drives with SATA port.

If your laptop BIOS is not set to the same hard drive mode (AHCI mode), if you connected to our hard drive to your computer, there will be a blue screen or can not find the hard drive.Please make sure your HDD is set to AHCI in the BIOS.

To check this you turn the laptop on and press F2, it will enter the BIOS. Now go to “ONBOARD DEVICES” or “SYSTEM CONFIGURATION” then go to “SATA OPERATION” press enter and make sure its set to AHCI not ATA or any other option.

Please have a minimum of 2GB of ram/memory in your laptop, a lot of people only have 512mb or 1gb, it is OK but the new system may run slow and its recommend to really have 4GB ram, but 2GB also can be enough.

– We can supply Laptop + Software all ready for you.
– We can supply FULL package C4 SD + Laptop + Software for you. MB Star Diagnostic Tools
– We can carry out some C4 SD repairs.
– Remote installations available (if you supply the correct HDD size and install the correct Windows OS).
– Teamviewer remote support available

2017 Xentry Connect C5 – What’s New

Real Xentry Connect came as the newest star diagnosis system in the year 2017. it’s 1:1 clone of the original. Same as the one produced by French ACTIA Company, can test Engine /Transmission / air conditioning /SRS.ABS/ anti-theft system and OBD-II system, for basic diagnostic, SCN coding & ECU programming.

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What’s new? & what is updated, compared with sdconnect c4?

1 This mercedes benz star Scanner SDconnect C5 is the real version with HQ PCB like the original, not the cheap one made by SD connect PCB.

(attach PCB photos in the last part)

2 support the newest hybrid W222.

3 has an Ethernet switch, which switches the TCP/IP messages in the event of DoIP diagnosis to the vehicle side

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4 has a qualitative improvement in hardware and software by authorization of diagnostic interface to control the software.

Hardware: The hardware of Mercedes C5 is better and stable than MB SD Connect Compact 4
1.OS: Windows Embedded Standard 7(32bit)

2.Processor: ArrandaieCeleron P4500 oder P4505(38W TDP)

3.Memory: 4G hard disk with 256GB SSD

4.Display: 128*64 PX

5.Battery: 40 minutes (When CPU capacity to 60%)

6.Weight: 1.9KG

7.Network connection: WLAN : IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n2.4+5GHZ

The way to connect: support wireless connection via 1000M workshop switches, also support wired connection.

Software: All Mercedes diagnostic software 2017.9 is loaded into the Xentry Connect multiplexer itself.

The management software can be installed on any computer with Windows 7 – 32-bit or Windows 8 – 32-bit and serves only for communication with the multiplexer

The licensing system is reworked – now licenses are stored on MB servers – Any license changes are tracked by the multiplexer when connected to the Internet network.

5 at a lower price: the 1:1 clone of the original C5 is much more cheaper than that from the ACTIA Company

Undoubtedly, the original c5 on obd2tool.com with Panasonic tablet from the ACTIA Company is excellent … But … Its price is disheartening. The cost of the Japanese tablet is realistic to buy pieces of eight new laptops or tablets from other manufacturers.

So , recommend buying an original Xentry connect and 1:1 clone: http://www.obd2tool.com/goods-5064-Mercedes+BENZ+C5+MB+SD+Connect+Compact+5+Star+Diagnostic+Tool+With+WiFi.html (it’s 1259 usd, the same result as the original), then buy a laptop yourself . the software from which Xentry Connect is managed can be installed without any problems on any computer that has a 32-bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. It’s clear with Xentry Connect itself – there’s no alternative .

Attachment: Xentry Connect C5 PCB- real & fake

PCB from real Xentry Connect C5

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This board is verified to work no issues.

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PCB from fake Xentry Connect C5

the fake mb star c5 has nothing update

it is another SDconnect c4 with a different look only

fake C5 adopts the same design in appearance as the genuine from French ACTIA Company

same sw, some PCB, same result as SDconnect

So,  Why you should buy Xentry connect?

After 2015, all Star Diagnosis equipment is no longer supported. First of all, this means that there is no update of the diagnostic data for the newest cars and their systems, as well as the lack of the possibility of coding and programming of electronic units due to the backlog of the software data level in the device, from data in the electronic control units of the car.

Already at the end of 2014, at most dealerships, almost all of the previously used Star Diagnosis Compact4 with SDConnect DoIP multiplexers were almost completely removed. Instead, dealers received Xentry Kit kits, which include the latest Xentry Connect multiplexers and Xentry Tab tablets from Panasonic. Tablets are custom-made, although they also have a “civilian” version – the Panasonic Toughbook CF-D1, somewhat inferior in terms of battery life to the original Xentry Tab, but it has a much more powerful configuration.

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MB Star Diagnosis Coding Out ABC on Mercedes R230 Cars

MB Star diagnosis DAS software can code out ABC, here is the example on code out Mercedes SL65.
NOTE : the instruction here only for R230s (not any W215, W216, W220, W221)

To do this, you need a MB Star diagnosis SD Connect C4 with Developer mode. Hook up SD Connect diagnostic system to your car and when it reads your car, select Control Units, pick Information and Communication and you will see ICM :

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After ICM, you will see Control Unit Adaptions :
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From there, choose the year of your model :
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From there, select Special Equipment
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Select ABC :

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1 Then go to the drop down tab and change it from PRESENT to NOT PRESENT, and click F3.
2 After that, turn off the car, with the doors closed.
3 Wait 1-2 mins and start the car back up (no more ABC codes and no white or red lights).

Download 2017.5 Xentry DAS for MB SD Connect (Good source, 100% works)

Multilanguage 2017.5 Xentry is confirmed to work with MB SD Connect C4 to cover the latest 12V/24V Mercedes Benz cars, buses, trucks, Sprints, Smart
(from 1989 to the 2017 year).

2017.5 Benz diagnostic tool Xentry DAS free download:
Not available yet, if yes, would like to share here.

Good source to download 2017.5 Xentry DAS:
Xentry 2017.5 in 256GB SSD running onDELL D630 (Win7 works)
Xentry 2017.5 in 500GB HDD running onDELL D630 (Win7 works)
Tips:
1) Don’t download anything to the software, don’t update anything of the software, otherwise the software will break down.
2) WIN7 does not support HHT-WIN! Post-2015.12 software cannot support HHT-WIN!
So far, Mercedes bus diagnosis & programming can be done via DAS only, NOT Xentry.
3)Once you take out software from laptop, it needs re-activation even if  you install it onto the same laptop.

The tested working APP with newest version and features (Confirmed)
D-A-S / Xentry 2017.05: 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
W-I-S net 2017.01: 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.
EPC.net 2017.01: Electronic Parts Catalog
ST Finder: Part Location Finder options: 2008 and 2016
STARUTILITIES: the movement management system and self-test
SDMEDIA 2014
PL71: 2016 Mercedes software with PL70

D-A-S / Xentry 2017.05 functions works:
All electric system Diagnostic
Reading trouble code
Erasing trouble code
Live-data
Adaptation
Component testing
Maintenance
Information consultation
Component location diagram
Wiring diagram
Flash code- not work

D-A-S / Xentry 2017.05 works on multi-systems:
ENGINE
AUTO-SPEED
AIRCONDITIONAL SYSTEM
SRS
ABS
ASR
MPL
GM
Bz ORIGINAL ANTI-THEFT
DASX SYSTEM
KEYZESS GO SYSTEM
OBD-II SYSTEM

Seeing is believing, here attach operating pictures:

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MB Star Diagnosis Coding Out ABC on Mercedes R230 Cars

MB STAR Diagnostic Tools software can code out ABC, here is the example on code out Mercedes SL65.
NOTE : the instruction here only for R230s (not any W215, W216, W220, W221)

To do this, you need a MB Star diagnostic SD Connect C4 with Developer mode. Hook up SD Connect diagnostic system to your car and when it reads your car, select Control Units, pick Information and Communication and you will see ICM :

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After ICM, you will see Control Unit Adaptions :

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From there, choose the year of your model :

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From there, select Special Equipment

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Select ABC :

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Then go to the drop down tab and change it from PRESENT to NOT PRESENT, and click F3.
After that, turn off the car, with the doors closed.
Wait 1-2 mins and start the car back up (no more ABC codes and no white or red lights).