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Old 10-18-2019, 10:58 AM   #101
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I bought a complete Star C3 system from www.obdstore.co.uk last year. It has worked flawless and helped me a lot in servicing and repairing my van. The MD Tony is also very serviceminded. Highly recommended.
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Old 10-20-2019, 10:16 PM   #102
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Any advantage to getting a C4 or C5 over a C3 if I only have a T1N? It seems from these forums getting a ready to run system including laptop with an SSD is the way to go unless I want more headaches. Expecting to follow Dennis's suggestions.

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Old 10-24-2019, 04:23 AM   #103
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For my 2007 Dodge Sprinter, it sounds like I don't want to go with a C3, and that a C4 is better. Am I understanding that correctly?

Would a C5 offer any more or less than a C4 for this older van? It looks like the prices are about the same.

Also, I'm reading conflicting opinions on the version vintage for older vans, and for Dodge vans... e.g. 2015.05 vs V2012.11

(BTW, what exactly is that version number for...MB Star firmware? Xentry software? Something else?)

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Old 10-24-2019, 04:43 AM   #104
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And finally, one aspect that is getting very little discussion here...I am super uneasy about booting up a laptop with software and operating system of questionable origin. If it's isolated and not on my wifi network, I guess I'm not too worried. Do these insist on Internet connectivity to run? Can I just say Nope to wifi settings?

If not, at least I can put it on a guest wifi so it can't see my other goodies. At least, not so easily.

What's the consensus on the data safety of these laptops, as well as the scanners?
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Old 10-25-2019, 03:05 AM   #105
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And finally, one aspect that is getting very little discussion here...I am super uneasy about booting up a laptop with software and operating system of questionable origin. If it's isolated and not on my wifi network, I guess I'm not too worried. Do these insist on Internet connectivity to run? Can I just say Nope to wifi settings?

If not, at least I can put it on a guest wifi so it can't see my other goodies. At least, not so easily.

What's the consensus on the data safety of these laptops, as well as the scanners?
It would take a pretty gnarly BIOS level piece of malware to permanently screw up the laptop. Worst thing that happens is that your laptop is too new and it blue screens when it tries to boot. In that case, take out the hard drive and put the original one with your existing working Windows/Mac/Linux/Android/whatever people run these days back in.

My recommendation is not to connect it to the internet at all as you run the risk of it phoning home to Mother Mercedes and disabling the software due to improper/cracked activation. My software did not come with any network drivers and has only been run offline. When I wanted to install display drivers, I installed them from a USB stick.
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Old 10-30-2019, 07:45 PM   #106
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Thanks. I didn't realize you could run it completely offline. Sounds like you bought a drive, not a preconfigured laptop. I hadn't considered that... Sounds a bit safer, perhaps.

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Old 10-30-2019, 08:14 PM   #107
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Thanks. I didn't realize you could run it completely offline. Sounds like you bought a drive, not a preconfigured laptop. I hadn't considered that... Sounds a bit safer, perhaps.

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I figured that a drive alone may not work in a particular different laptop and Windows will want to go to the internet for drivers. I've read stories about effort getting it up and running. I figured a preconfigured used laptop that I never connect to the internet is reasonable enough. Both a drive or a preconfigured laptop could contain malware. A seller that has been in business for a while is likely to not have malware, just because they value their reputation and it is in their best interest to send things out clean.

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Old 11-05-2019, 02:39 AM   #108
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Ive run my c3 successfully on a Toughbook CF-31 offline using Windows XP, using a serial port for years. When I want to use the laptop for anything else....I swap hard drives and run Windows 10.
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Old 11-12-2019, 03:50 AM   #109
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Hi I bought a C3 from Chen (OBD in aliexpress) a year ago. I couldn't conect to my sprinter and Chen told me to use com2.....long story short I got busy until this week my gl320 broke down. I try to connect on com2 but still getting an error.
Chen was nice enough to conect to my computer, and says C3 is working but for my Sprinter I would need a C3 24v or a C4???
Really mad right now, I specifically told Chen I was buying form him because he was recommended at Sprinter forum but apparently he sold me a C3 that doesn't work for Sprinter.
Does anyone know what cars can a C3 12v be used on?
I feel completely cheated at this point.
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Old 11-12-2019, 04:02 AM   #110
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I had an issue when I got mine awhile ago. I did get all my money, by ‘reselling’ to another of their customers in the states.
Then I got the other version- but I’m not convinced I needed that version. I recall an issue with the com ports, but I’ll have to go back and see if I made a post or some notes on it.
I was not very pleased with ordering one specifically for a Sprinter- then said I had to get something else. It is NOT a 24V vehicle, so I don’t see why it would need it.
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