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Set up DAS Xentry on MacBook Air VMware

Here is the DIY tutorial on set up Mercedes-Benz MB Star diagnostic DAS Xentry software on MacBook Air. 

 

Note:

We are not responsible for the damage. Many thanks to turbo97se who provided the VMware Images.

 

Many of us have been struggling using trusty old HP laptop to run DAS.  It is super slow because it runs a virtual machine of MB Star SD Connect C4 diagnosis DAS Xentry… it would take 5 minutes or more just to boot the virtual machine! I have tried a couple of times to migrate to a new laptop but the newer ones don’t have serial. I have tried several USB to serial adapters but the only one that works is the FTDI. I then fought with a couple of settings to get it to work. I thought I would do some screenshots and mini-tutorial on how to make this work. I am using a Macbook Air, but some of the instructions apply to windows machines.


1. Install the FTDI driver Latest drivers here: http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm
2. Install VMWARE - Mine was VMWARE Fusion
3. Open Virtual Machine file. I recommend copying it to your local drive if you have space. It is about 65GB.
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4. Start the Virtual Machine
5. Plug in the FTDI cable and you will see the screen below:

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6. Select connect to Windows. You may need to install the drivers in Windows. Mine installed automatically without installing drivers on the virtual machine.

7. In the virtual machine select control panel -> system as shown below:

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8. Go to Ports (Com & LPT) and select communications ports and disable all active serial ports.
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9. Select the USB com port. Go to advanced and set the port to port 2.

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Special thanks to turbo97se who provided the VMware Images.

MB SD C4 2016.03 Solid drive SSD package released

Mercedes Benz MB Star diagnostic software XENTRY / DAS for MB Star C3 or MB SD connect C4 always get nice reputation in terms of diagnostics and programming functions. But these days, more and more people began to complaint about its terrible running, especially for the running speed. And here, obdii365.com offers the MB SD C4 diagnostic system with software SSD (solid drive) version.which will work like a charm to help you get rid of your disappointment.

 

First, HDD vs SSD

This will help learn that why to run XENTRY /DAS with SSD; that is, the benefit of star software.

Item PP02 PP03
Stands for 2016 Xentry DAS in Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 2016 Xentry DAS in Solid State Drive (SSD)
Speed HDD has higher latency, longer read/write times, and supports fewer IOPs (input output operations per second) compared to SSD. SSD has lower latency, faster read/writes, and supports more IOPs (input output operations per second) compared to HDD.
Heat, Electricity, Noise Hard disk drives use more electricity to rotate the platters, generating heat and noise. Since no such rotation is needed in solid state drives, they use less power and do not generate heat or noise.
Defragmentation The performance of HDD drives worsens due to fragmentation; therefore, they need to be periodically defragmented. SSD drive performance is not impacted by fragmentation. So defragmentation is not necessary.
Components HDD contains moving parts – a motor-driven spindle that holds one or more flat circular disks (called platters) coated with a thin layer of magnetic material. Read-and-write heads are positioned on top of the disks; all this is encased in a metal cas SSD has no moving parts; it is essentially a memory chip. It is interconnected, integrated circuits (ICs) with an interface connector. There are three basic components – controller, cache and capacitor.
Weight HDDs are heavier than SSD drives. SSD drives are lighter than HDD drives because they do not have the rotating disks, spindle and motor.
Dealing with vibration The moving parts of HDDs make them susceptible to crashes and damage due to vibration. SSD drives can withstand vibration up to 2000Hz, which is much more than HDD.

 

Then, Xentry SSD vs. Xentry HDD (Dell D630)

Engineers at obd365 test the two types of SDConnect C4 software on Dell D630 laptop. And here, data talks.

            SSD VS Common HDD in terms of running speed
(we test it on our DELL D630 PC)
  4G SSD 4G HDD 1G SSD 1G HDD
boot time about 1min 30 Secs about 4 min about 3 Min 15 Secs about 5 Min
shutdown time about 20 Secs about 50 Secs about 22 Secs about 2 min
time to use Xentry test
one vehicle module
about 2 min 25 Secs about 3Min 27 Secs about 4 Min 28 Secs about 5 min 7 Secs

 

Our engineer has tested the 2016.3 SD connect c4 SSD on Dell D630 laptop,running fast.

Model: B245

Purpose: do a quick test on all control unit

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http://blog.obdii365.com/2016/03/29/mb-sd-c4-ssd-runs-faster-then-hdd/

Activate MB Star 2016.03 DAS Xentry on Win8

Mercedes Benz MB Star diagnostic MB SD Connect C4 2016.03 DAS Xentry comes with 500GB Win7 HDD and Win8 HDD. Here is the instruction on MB Star DAS, Xentry,EPC Windows 8 activation.

 

Software version: V2016.03
Operating system: Win 7 64-bit/Win 8 (No Windows XP!!!)
Multi-languages: Chinese; English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish & Turkish.
MB SD C4 Win8 HDD format optional: Dell D630/External

 

2016.03 MB SD C4 software including:
1.D-A-S / Xentry 2016.03
2.W-I-S net 2015.09
3.EPC.net 2015.09 : Electronic Parts Catalog
4.ST Finder 2008:Part location finder
5. STARKey : manager the startkeys
6, SDMEDIA 2014
7, PL70

 

How to activate 2016.03 MB Star SD C4 DAS/Xentry on Win8?
Send to us this
Hardware ID XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX
LAN-ID XXXXXXXXXXXX
HW-ID XXXXXXXXXXX APPID XXX
XENTRY
Open StartKeyCenter software on desktop
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COPY HW-ID:XXXXXXXXXXXX & APP-ID:XXX r
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Obd365.com engieer will send you back the Startkey. Paste the Startkey and activate Xentry.
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Run Xentry
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DAS
Run the software “Get Hardware ID ” , copy the generated hardware ID to our dealer for the license.reg file.
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Run file”license.re
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EPC
Open EPC&WIS.net
Login with User : admin password: 12345
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Click “Server” ->“Edit the access authorization ”
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Send us the Lan-ID , We will give you a new startkey. Paste the new startkey
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Run EPC.net
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MB SD C4 Lower Mercedes W211 Air Suspension

This is the star diagnostic tutorial on lower Mercedes Benz cars, with MB SD Connect c4 diagnostic tool. Here takes W211 as an example.

 

Model:

Mercedes W211

 

Tools used:

MB SD C4

Dell d630 with Windows XP system

 

Tutorial on lowering the car via picture:

Model series selection: 211

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This is the main menu

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Then go to Functions performed by more than one control unit

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Then Chassis / Chassis

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Then Level adjustment

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Then Suspension

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ATTENTION:

Here is where people have problems, they just go to actuations and then lower it, IT WILL NOT STAY LOWERED this way, you have to go to initial startup

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Then Initial startup with manual settings input for new control unit/ Level Calibration

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Then F2

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Here you will see a screen that shows the voltages which correspond to the height of the vehicle. they must be within the given ranges in the left hand column. use the + and – buttons to lower the car(In the screenshot I am in the car with a friend in the back seat, so that is why it is at 3.27, it should not exceed 3) Then hit F2

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Enter in these inclination angles and if the car is within the voltages supplied in the page before, the car will accept the new lowered setting, if not it will reject it.

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Done!

 

Hope this helps out a few MB brothers.

http://blog.obdii365.com/2016/01/31/lower-mercedes-air-suspension-with-mb-sd-connect-c4/

A long review on China Clone MB Star C3

After months of searching, I finally took the risk and bought one of the China clone MB STAR C3 diagnostic system at a price of $345 with $50 shipping cost to my place, the cheapest I could found. The scan tool was shipped by DHL, arrived to me in 7 days.
When I opened the box I was very surprised and very impressed in the quality and the amount of contents. The MB Star C3 multiplexer unit itself is a very heavy duty all aluminum enclosure with tough rubber end caps and real nice polished aluminum connector ends. It came with several cables and a connector, including:
1x 16pinOBD II cable
1x 4pin cable
1x 38 pin cable
1x 14pin track cable
1x COM cable
1xRS232 to RS485 Cable
1x Serial adapter cable
1x Z-TEK USB1.1 to RS232 Convert Connector
I was very impressed with the quality of all the cables. None of it looked cheap at all.
Software Installation:
I have an old XP desktop, 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.
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.
This worked!
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 MB star diagnostic 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. 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 troubleshooting 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 lose 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 was not sure what was real or just logged from an old occurrence so I deleted all the codes, and 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.
So in conclusion the Chinese system I ordered 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.
Here are some screen shots from the software:
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http://obdscanner.blogspot.com/2016/01/china-mb-star-c3-scanner-and-xentry.html

Mercedes MB SD Connect 4 DAS/Xentry 2015.12V updated

Mercedes Benz MB SD Connect Compact 4 Star diagnostic DAS/Xentry software has newly updated to V2015.12 in obd365.

Supported Star diagnostic systems:
SP100-D: Best MB SD Connect C4 2015.12 With WIFI for Cars and Trucks
SP100-B:  Cheap MB SD Connect 4 2015.12 With WIFI for Cars and Trucks

 

1. Newest software version: V2015.12
2. Update some Benz System data like:
205/231/414/230/169/453/215/222/164/639/246/461/124/163/207/242/447/211/129/454/
203/204/172/251/170/452/219/166/221/638/202/
220/240/212/197/415/245/208/450/463/117/216/176/210/451/209/218/463/636/
171/168/199:Xentry
3. Fix bugs.
4. Support 2 operating system, Windows XP (Dell D630 & external hard drive) and Windows 7 64bit (external HDD)
MB SD Connect 4  Win 7 HDD DAS/Xentry software  display
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 MB SD Connect 4  Win XP HDD DAS/Xentry software  display
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Note
2015.12v Benz SD C4 Win XP Dell D630 internal HDD support WIFI and HHT software 
Win XP external HDD support HHT software, but without WIFI wireless diagnosis
Win 7 external HDD does not support WIFI nor HHT.
(HHT is the old diagnostic software for Mercedes Benz pre 1998. Mercedes 1998 up uses DAS/Xentry. Original Xentry Connect C5 cannot support HHT.)
V2015.12 Star diagnosis  Software Language:
English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Chinese
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V2015.12 MB STAR SD C4  Functions:
1.1989~up to now Car, Bus, Truck, Sprint, Smart ;
2.All electric system Diagnostic;(Do not include flash code)
3.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

 

V2015.12 MB STAR SD C4 Testable System:
ENGINE
AUTO-SPEED
AIRCONDITIONAL SYSTEM
SRS
ABS
ASR
MPL
GM
Bz ORIGINAL ANTI-THEFT
DASX SYSTEM
KEYZESS GO SYSTEM
OBD-II SYSTEM

 

V2015.12 MB SDConnect 4 Software Includes:
1. D-A-S / Xentry 2015.12 : 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 2015.12: 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 : Electronic Parts Catalog
4. ST Finder 2008:Part location finder
5.  STARUTILITIES : the movement management system and self-test
6. SDMEDIA 2014
7. PL69

 

PS. Best quality MB Star C3 Pro multiplexer (Item No SP117 only) software released to 2015.12V as well. If you need new HDD/SSD go for MB Star C3 software 2015.12V

Star diagnosis SDConnect 4 Toolkit-DCDI_eErrorCode=204

When I try to get the  MB SD Connect Compact 4 clone diagnostic tool to communicate with Mercedes and Dell D620. The mb sd c4 unit marked 21.

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On the cover is a blue 9! And all the WLAN configure is missing. Then I tried to change it to 21.

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But got an error- SDconnect Toolkit-Administration-DCDI_eErrorCode=204 (204)

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I have tried this with brand new batteries but still it fails.

 

Ps. OS version: 2.3.20130523

CSD version: 0.00.20100330

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tray icon:

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SOLVED….

Reasons for Error 204:

Star diagnosis SDConnect 4 unit is still not configured correctly.
What I did for this:
1. Make sure you have applied blacklist fix to your Xentry/Llist folder (fixed cal.sli)
2. Punt 6 fully charged AA batteries into your SDunit.
3. Power up the SD unit (connect to a car or 12v OBD source)
4. On the Sdunit Press “Power button” twice till you see “Delete configuration” and then do it. Atfer that you shoud see Name “00”.
5. Connect SDunit and laptop by green LAN cable.
6. Set IP address in Local area connection properties 172.29.127.119
7. Go into SDtool kit and configure your SDunit again. Choose any number from the list. For WiFi connection set IP 192.168.2.111.
file for more detailed reference

http://mhhauto.com/attachment.php?aid=104195

Note: Images are old but principals are the same.
Also, need to run firmware update

MB Sd c4 multiplexer 2.30 firmware update guide

MB SD connect C4 Error File not found Fixed

I get my MB SD Connect 4 Star diagnostic system worked fine 2 months ago and I connect to the wifi and I can’t open xentry no more. And the Windows Script Host shows Error: File not found.

My DAS is the 2014.09 version.

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And I was told the activation code was lost.

Then I tried to activate the Mercedes software.

But when I went to open starkey manager, it won’t open and I can’t put the new keys.

With the help of a nice bro on a forum, he told me that my software was broken and need to get a new software 2015.09 for my SD C4 mux.

Finally, my MB SD C4 came to life again.

 

Star diagnosis SD Connect 4 plus Dell D630 

What MB Star Diagnosis Developer Mode can do

This is the instruction on how to use Super mb star c3 Developer Mode to update the speed limited in a gasoline, how to add rear airbags to the AB control module and how to add fog lamps to function as a cornering aid. Hope this help you all.

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Upgrading the speed limited in a gasoline (ME-series controller) engine control unit
Log on to DAS, connect to the car, select:
Control Units -> Drive -> ME-SFI 28 -> Development Data.
Then select the Control Unit Adaptations -> Explizite Kodierung

 

Adding rear airbags to the AB control module
Control Units -> Body -> Airbag (AB) -> Development Data -> Control Module Adaptations -> Variant Coding -> Fahrzeugausstatung Kodieren
(the last menu entry can be slightly different in various module variants)

Select the drop-down list in the field Airbag Hinten Rechts and Airbag Hinten Links – set to YES. Back up to the main Airbag menu, reset the fault codes, cycle ignition, reset fault codes again and cycle the ignition for 2nd time (this step is very important).

 

Adding fog lamps to function as a cornering aid
Select Body, then Driver Side SAM -> Development Data -> Control Unit Adaptations -> Variant Coding -> Abbiegelicht set to ON (“ja”).

Then go to the Passenger SAM (if present, for example in 211/219 model series) and similarly, perform the same coding in the second SAM unit. I have found that quite often cars manufactured prior to year 2003 have the relevant cornering lights option available in the left sam, however right sam is missing it. Not a big problem since these are readily and cheaply available from the second-hand market.

 

NOTE: with long-time tests on Mercedes Benz vehicles, super mb star c3 multiplexer is  better than MB SD connect 4 diagnostic system, in terms of Dev. mode.

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