How to use SDconnect C4 + XentryDAS on Macbook Pro

I’m running Xentry/DAS 2018.05 (not OpenShell) on my MacBook Pro together with SDconnect 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 Star Diagnoses, 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.

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.

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

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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).

Top 5 Reasons to Get SKP-900

Recently we have found clone SKP900 Auto Key Programmer rushed into in the aftermarket. The clone ones are quite similar to the original one, so how can you tell the original SuperOBD SKP900 auto key programmer from the clone? Here obd2tool provide you 7 main differences to identify the clone.
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Top 5 Reasons to Get SKP-900:
1. Supports TOYOTA G Chip and H Chip
2. Supports all key lost
3. No need pincode when programming keys for many vehicles
4. No tokens limitation. You can program as many cars as you want
5. Can read pin code by OBD2 for many vehicles, only a few vehicles need to get pincode from local 4S shop or other places

Mercedes benz star scanner is a very popular auto scanner in the market. However,Many customer are confused to choose when they want to buy one, because there is four version of mb star:Mercedes Benz star c3,MB STAR C4, Benz Star SD Connect Compact 4 C4 and super C5 Star. So now,i will summarize their similarity and difference,hope it will helpful for customers to choose.

Similarity:
1.Benz star C3/C4 and MB star sd connect c4,Super MB Star c5 use same software.
2.For the hardware, Benz star c3/C4/C5 is same function in diagnosing.

Difference:
1.For the functions, MB star c3 and c4 are almost the same,benz star c4 can do all the works what C3 does and it is the replacement of Compact C3.
Just benz star c4 size is small and weight is light,much convience and the anti‐interrupting ability is better.
One more thing, as customer feedback, the advantage of c3 is can do trucks best.