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Carsoft software help!!! Please!!!

Hi, Ive just bought some mercedes diagnostic software off ebay shown here im using it a usb to RS232 cable because i dont have the right port on the laptop, i can load the software up and everything and it all seems like its working but it always comes up with something like "module not built in or not responding" does anyone know how i can get around this please? I'm using it with the 38 pin cable on a E230 W210 model,many thanks
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I'm having the same problem on my w210 E230 s well. I think the problem might be the software is not cracked to work with K-line. Is there a separate crack for K-line or am I looking in the wrong direction?

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Hi, Gizmo. If you do a search you will find lots of posts on this topic.

Most of the time it is the adapter, many, many things designed for a dedicated COM port don't play well with USB adapters.

Get a PCMCIA to COM adapter and those seem to work well.

That said I don't know what you mean about K-line?

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Hi, thanks for your reply. What I meant by the K-Line is that my interface came with a pirated copy of the Carsoft 7.4. On the readme it said:

"Software is tested with original interfaces and cloned interfaces, this is not a K-line crack !"

Now I'm assuming my 1996 Mercedes E230 UK Spec is most probably a K-line as I definitely know that it is not a CAN system and assuming that it is K-Line as the softwares not working.

I've read that other people have tried PCMCIA Serial port and have the same problem. I know the 38 pin cable supplied is a cheapy version as it has only 3 wires connected to the pins (I opened it up). Therefore I can understand if it does not connect to ABS, Airbag, EPS and other systems, however looking at the Carsoft Pinouts, it looks like that it is connected to the HFM (ECU) line.

No have I got a faulty ECU or is the Software not good enough or is it a matter of the serial port being a USB converter cable. I'm in between whether I should spend more money on a decent 38pin cable and a PCMCIA serial port card or just to give up as my budget is very limited.

Any advicewould be great even if thre is an alternative software out there that I can use on the Mercdes Multiplexor, that would be brill. Thanks.

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Make sure your Carsoft is reading the right com port.
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Only sure fire solution is to use it with a laptop with a built in RS232 port, e.g. an OLD, no ancient, laptop. I knew there was a reason I kept that old laptop!

PCMCIA RS232 port is hit and miss. I sometimes works on mine but not predictably.

USB-RS232 adapter is miss and hit. It might work sometimes if the phase of the moon is right and you made the right sacrifices to the PC Gods.

Mine has all the K-Lines pins connected and a muliplexer box that connects the approriate pin to the RS232 port

humm... wonder if OP is still around, post is 2 years old!


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I never was able to get it to work. I think it may have not been compatible with that model year or model. In the end I sold the interface and got rid of the car as I was without a car for too long. Thanks you guys for all your help and keep this thread open as it may help others even though not me.
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