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Thumbs up Got My MB STAR C4 Diagnostic Tool Today!

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DHL Couriers arrived at the door this morning with the MB STAR C4 Diagnostic package.

The great news is that the cost of import duties, CDN sales taxes, and handling fees by DHL were only a total of $28.15 USD. I was expecting a lot more.

Everything was extremely well packaged by the seller.

The first thing I immediately noticed was the high quality of the cables... very thick and heavy-duty. The connectors were also of very high quality.

I inserted the HDD (hard disk drive), with the pre-loaded MB STAR software, into the DELL D630. It booted up into Windows XP flawlessly.

One thing I found was that the MUX needs to be connected to the DELL D630, otherwise the laptop gets a window pop-up and warning message that the "Connection Has Failed". So, when you are doing simulation DAS exercises on the laptop, or simply cruising through EPC, STAR Finder, etc., you should still have the MUX connected

There are lots of software programs that are included with this baby:

1) DAS Simulator
2) Xentry Simulator
3) STAR Utilities
4) WIS
5) EPC
6) Key Dongle
7) SD Media
(applicable for SL R230's and later, plus all other late model vehicles. Provides videos and PDF files on repairs, and How To's)
8) Team Viewer
9) XENTRY AKT
10) DAS-offline Tools
11) Support Tool
12) STAR Finder 2009
(locates all the parts of your vehicle and gives a picture of it, too. Includes R129)
13) DAS
14) Xentry



I have included a few pics of the cables, MUX, etc., plus a few screen shots of SD Media, and STAR Finder (from internet pics) to give you a very minor sampling.

This MB STAR C4 system is AWESOME!

Oh, and last point..... there are no AAA batteries required for this C4 version of the MUX..... it's powered from the vehicle's 38-pin or 16-pin OBDII socket.


That's it for now.... I need to delve into this system further.

God Bless, Arctic
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Now all we need is a cable that will reach to Texas!
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Nice ! After you get the bugs worked out, I see one of those bad boys in my future !
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Given the success others are having I'll likely snag one myself. Leaning towards the full package including new laptop.
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HHT-WIN is a bit clunky though, have you tried it yet Arctic?

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HHT-WIN is a bit clunky though, have you tried it yet Arctic?
James:

Now that the MB STAR C4 has arrived safely, and is up and running, I had to email the supplier the Hardware I.D., and they will be sending me back the specific "Key" with instructions on how to activate DAS and Xentry.

Should have this in the next 24 hours.

I'm blown away by the depth of the other programs, and the strength of what this system can do. It's incredible what Mercedes-Benz packed into their Star Diagnostic System.

One thing I did learn by "surfing" within the C4's realm, is that the MUX needs to be attached to the laptop (but not necessarily to a vehicle) at all times, even when using simulation programs, etc., otherwise a "Pop-up Window" and Warning Message appears on the laptop screen advising that the "Connection Failed". When the Warning appears, the only way to remove it from the screen is to reboot the Program.

I feel like I'm back at university, and taking my Engineering courses all over again. This is such a blast!

It will be wonderful to service the SL500, ML320, and the ML350 with this C4 system.

Once I get the program activated, I'll try out the HHT on the SL500 and see how it performs, and post my experience for you.

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Yes HHT is clunky, but it's the older system. Still reliable though, and does what it can.

DAS comes with a HHT simulator, and you should be able to use that assuming the seller did their homework and HTT activates properly and gives no error codes.

Also, be very careful with developer mode.....and learn German....it helps a lot.
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How much did this cost?

Someone has to figure out a way to emulate this, I'm sure it's not hard.

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