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07-19-2019 12:14 PM
robm.UK Quoting Cobra: -

Just look for the term "white serial", this will save you tons of headache, there are very few online sites that sell white serial multiplexers, when you have a black listed SDS you cannot do anything with it.
According to some sources software gets updated occasionally when connected to internet, that includes black lists of SDS clones which Mercedes is trying to block, once your hardware (for example C4) gets recognized as black listed by your laptop updated software, your SDS will be "hardware black listed", it becomes junk, it will not connect to car and will give an error sign on its LCD, you can only reverse that by flashing a chip inside it after you de-solder place in a special flashing circuit and re-solder along with some other software changes (with no guarantee this will be successful), this is a lot of headache that can be prevented by getting a unique serial that is not what some junk cheap SDS, a unique serial AKA "white serial" is what you need especially if you have a shop and you are using it everyday.

I hope that helps
07-19-2019 01:29 AM
Photodude
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This is discussed in the long thread about SDS. Apparently updating Windows with the KB updates removes certain security holes in the system that allow the SDS crack to work, and an MBZ update kills the interface, permanently.

I haven’t got SDS. I use a legit Carsoft package, so I am only paraphrasing what I recall others have said in that loooong thread
Time permitting I'll test that… debunking a myth would be fun…

Worst case I'll have to clone again.
07-19-2019 12:36 AM
robm.UK
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...MBZ nuking my HD?..
This is discussed in the long thread about SDS. Apparently updating Windows with the KB updates removes certain security holes in the system that allow the SDS crack to work, and an MBZ update kills the interface, permanently.

I haven’t got SDS. I use a legit Carsoft package, so I am only paraphrasing what I recall others have said in that loooong thread
07-19-2019 12:13 AM
Photodude
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Also, my Dell D630 has an internal Wi-Fi network adapter, and to reduce power consumption I used Window's Device Manager to disable both it and the internal modem. Unexpectedly, now XENTRY loads in just a matter of seconds. I presume upon starting up the application was attempting to access the Internet in vain but no longer tries.
Interesting observation about Wi-Fi adapter. My D630 has it Enabled in Device Manager but I didn't bother to set it up so it shows as "wireless network unavailable"

DAS starts in 6-7 seconds, Xentry maybe 10 sec. I'll have to try and see if network setup has something to do with it.

BTW: I've read here on several occasions that "you Must Not be connected to internet while using chinese SDS", is there really something to it or just an urban legend? I asked my Chinese vendor and the answer was decisive… Not True. What can possibly go wrong… MBZ nuking my HD?

SSD vs standard HD… I think HD interface bandwidth only comes to play, significantly, when massive amounts of data are transferred… most other operations should benefit from SSD much faster read/write access speed regardless of SATA I, II or III.
07-18-2019 07:38 PM
bobterry99 I ran a hard disk testing program on my laptop's conventional hard disk and discovered that while sequential read/write operations are close to its SATA-150 throughput limit, random operations are just a tiny fraction of the limit. That suggested an SSD could enhance speed even though the Dell's SATA-150 interface would reduce the throughput of sequential operations to just 1/4 of their potential.

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You should still notice speed improvement with SSD, even with SATA-150 interface.
I just upgraded to an $18 SSD from Amazon, and like you stated, I do notice an improvement. With the SSD XENTRY took two minutes to load. I was wrong to question whether this was worthwhile.

Also, my Dell D630 has an internal Wi-Fi network adapter, and to reduce power consumption I used Window's Device Manager to disable both it and the internal modem. Unexpectedly, now XENTRY loads in just a matter of seconds. I presume upon starting up the application was attempting to access the Internet in vain but no longer tries.
07-07-2019 09:16 AM
MAVA Gentlemen,

It is not the one "I" recommend, but is the "Artic" recomended to ALL-The one on post 14

https://www.benzworld.org/forums/r12...iagnostic.html

I just too had too buy one when I needed one !!! I ran with this one, and................... others here did so too, and........................ they duplicated it with no problem, and so did I with no problem too...

Read the first 100 post....

For whatever reason it is the unit that out shines the others in reliability... Mine has not failed what-so-ever... I drag it everywhere. I do not treat it like some raw egg. It will sit the back of my cars for months - absorbing vibrations I guess from the road. Mine was been moved about 10k-15k miles, and it still works...

Again, get that one on post 14. Works like a charm...

Martin
07-03-2019 11:26 PM
BAHRAINI AMG
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I don't believe it's useless for any issue, though in some cases you want the ability to control different aspects of the engine with your diagnostic tool; e.g., the air pump, fuel injectors, EGR valve. I don't think your Actron 9690 does that.
My device identified the EGR valve issue.
06-29-2019 02:39 AM
Photodude
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Yeah, if only it was the simple matter of the software key, system clock, or CMOS battery... but trust me... it isn’t.
Actually, I think it is as simple as that.

I just went through… somewhat frustrating… process of activating EPC on my system, I followed the instructions. It didn't work…It would have been easy to blame "Chinese Lock" and give up.

All I can say… don't do what they say… do what they meant to say.

Anyway, I got it working.
06-25-2019 11:43 PM
bobterry99
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Especially starting the system and programs, maybe not so much when in diagnostic interface.
Maybe the way I use my PC makes an SSD less vital to me than for you and others.

My Dell boots to the Windows desktop in about 40 seconds. That's good performance, but when I launch DAS or XENTRY Windows spends three minutes loading "javaw.exe" and "java.exe" and other processes before I can use the program I selected. An SSD would reduce that time significantly; however, the three minutes isn't an issue for me, because when I'm finished with a diagnostic session I put Windows to sleep and plug the PC into its power adapter instead of powering it down.
06-25-2019 09:55 PM
Photodude
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My Star Diagnosis isn't sluggish, but I had considered using an SSD to greatly improve speed, since these can achieve data transfer rates of 500+ MB/s. But I discovered the Dell has an antiquated hard drive interface which limits data transfer speeds to just 150 MB/s. So this potential upgrade seemed analogous to buying a Ferrari F40 for driving around Manhattan Island.
You should still notice speed improvement with SSD, even with SATA-150 interface. Especially starting the system and programs, maybe not so much when in diagnostic interface. If you are interested I could shoot video for comparison.

Another advantage, perhaps more important than speed for this application is lower power consumption of SSD. With battery fully charged remaining run time increased from something like 2.5 hours with standard spinner HD to just over 4 hours with SSD.

Anyway, since I was always going to clone, choice between standard HD and SSD was no brainer.
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