Date registered: Sep 2009
Vehicle: 2004 ML55
Location: South Africa
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MB Star Diagnostics from China. Beware!
I have bought the Star diagnosis unit from china/hong kong for 550USD. My findings of the unit however are terrible. I ordered it without the laptop as I already have the correct notebook. The unit I received looked very professional as you can see in the pictures! It even looks like an original Actia unit, but it isnt!I could not get this cheap chinese knock off to work. I wasted more than a full weekend on this without any comms going to my car.
The preinstalled hard drive I received was also full of virusses. I had to remove these and repair windows to get it going. There was no keygen for the WIS and DAS software. After many hours of searching I eventually found a keygen on some dodge russian site... which worked! After that I could get the WIS and DAS started but I could not get the star unit to communicate with my com port 2. Again after many hours spent, my computers com port 2 tested fine, I've tested it with other hardware using com 2 which works like a charm. I've even triend an external USB-2-serial converter. Without any luck. If you plug the star unit into you car the Green LED lights up on the star, so that works. When I try the compact port tester it gives random errors. (its only when you plug out the unit from your com port that you dont get random errors but just the same error )
Conclusion: So any one that wants to import these knock off units from china. BEWARE. You are going to waste a lot of time and effort for nothing. Not even to mention the money.