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Beginners guide to getting started with SDS

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Hi Guys,

OK, so your new package arrives ..............

Once you've un packed it all, and made sure it's all there, what next ?

Plug Lappy into charger, the Battery likely needs it.

Get a Coffee and Popcorn ...........

Read on, be patient before booting it up, wait for it, wait for it, wait for it ...................

SDS can be a steep learning curve for some guys, a lot of which can be because the translations from German to English are, well, to put it mildly they are, ahem, [email protected]@rdised, ahem, because the student or whoever it was who translated it all did not have a clue what was what on a motor car !!

One has to remember that a lot of main dealer software is a bit clunky and old fashioned, you will use a lot of your keyboards F1 F2 F3 etc, or you can click on the F1 etc Icons at the bottom of the Screen, sometimes, a single or double click, on a listing, for example ME 2.8 after doing a "Quick Test" will take you into that ECU !!

"Quick Test", now that's a fine example of bad translation and means an "all modules scan" ................ On a fully loaded S Class quick is the last thing it is ................ Go make a Coffee lol

I did a brief guide, took some (poor) Screen Photo's this morning to help you guys.

Here goes:-

Do this in your lounge, well away from the Car.

Mux and Leads may or may not need to be plugged in to lappy to have a little play with SIMULATOR, which is a good place to start, lot's including myself have found this un necessary .....

Plug in Your Mux to Laptop, and Diag Lead to Mux, as above, then boot it up, and once the HDD light has stopped flashing simply double click on "DAS Sim" Icon which should take you here ....

Select what you are working on (Cars) ....

Now Select what particular Car , which takes a few steps ....

LHD or RHD ....

Exact Model ....

Now we're ready we can either do a "Quick Test" to scan the whole Car, or just access a single system if we know where we want to go ....

Ignore the last 2 options here you'll not use these they are for MB Reception / Office use etc and need Online Subscription.

When the Quick Test is done you will see a list of all Modules that are present (without going too into depth this is worth a good look, if any are missing it is indicating a problem) .....

Now, click and highlight ME 2.x and either double click it, hit F3 on the Keyboard, or click on the F3 Green Tick Icon, this will ask you to confirm you have read the Health and Safety Blurb, select yes

Now it takes you into the ME ECU and lists all the options you can play with ....

When you are new to this I suggest you stay the heck away from "Developer" and "Initial Start Up" !!

"Actuations" (switches stuff on and off for testing), "Actual Values" (= Live Data) and "Control Unit Adaptations" (= Version Codings etc) can be used initially with care, you can always back out using F1 if you think you might be about to FUBAR ;)

Make a note if playing with Version Codings, then if you don't get the result you expected, you can re set it to where it was !! Screen Shots are useful in your early days
Everything can usually be un done but Developer can be a bit naughty if you actuate something when you shouldn't !!

Click on Fault Codes and next you will see any Codes and descriptions, (I'm not sure in Simulator) but when connected to the Car, if you double click a fault code it takes you through steps to check / diagnose in likely order. You will notice in this Simulation there is millions of fault codes, well no surprise there, there really isn't a Car connected

To Erase Codes, look for a Pencil Eraser hit that and it will ask you to cycle ignition, in SIM there is a button (red arrow) but on Car obviously you need to cycle the Ignition Key following the on screen prompts, (don't just click off and straight back on), wait until SDS says "switch Ign on" !!

This is as far as I went today, plenty for you to take in

Also the SIM I did was on my "Old" C3 Based Machine, on which, in SIM mode I have never got the "Ignition On / Off" box to work, I have heard others say the same !!

There is I hope plenty for you to take in right now, but I hope this will help you guys get started.

Apologies if I've told anything that is obvious, Grannies and Eggs springs to mind ;) , but I tried to imagine this thread as if someone has absolutely no knowledge at all of diagnosticamabobs lol

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