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.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?
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.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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It takes MB Xentry software and a multiplexer to interface between your PC and the OBDII port. Read all the post in this thread and you will learn a lot.Is there a reference, or can someone please comment on what hardware / software combination is required for the following on a 2016:
PSM - development and programming
Vehicle coding - Adding J51, changing HZ9 to H12, speed limiter removal, etc.
Flashing ECU code
I'm sorry, but if you guys work on Sprinters a lot, and don't know the deal about the countdown..... then you might reconsider and not work on them for people.At my shop we work on a lot of sprinter vans, if anyone on here has knowledge of how to get them out of “countdown” state would you please contact me
It takes MB Xentry software and a multiplexer to interface between your PC and the OBDII port. Read all the post in this thread and you will learn a lot.
As for the speed limiter..... I do not believe that Xentry can completely remove the speed limiter without having a VIN specific file to load into Xentry software that in turn unlocks the ability to REMOVE the speed limiter for that VIN only. If your van is doing anything less than 82 mph as a top limit, then it can be adjusted up to 82 mph using Xentry WITHOUT THE VIN SPECIFIC FILE. But 82 MPH will be the top limit unless MB Germany issues you a custom VIN specific file for the dealer to use with their Xentry software to remove the limiter. You can go to a MB dealer and they can request this service for you from the MB mothership, to remove the limiter. Some dealers know this.... some don't. Yet you have to prove that you are not using the van for commercial purposes. Basically you have to show that it is titled and registered in your name as a personal vehicle and/or RV. It also is not a cheap venture, as the dealer will charge you the shop labor to communicate with MB Germany regarding such. I've heard this can be as much as a grand or so by the time they're all done. They have to work with MB Germany extra sometimes to get it completed, which runs the labor up more.....
Might be easier to have an ECU tuner company to remove the speed limiter for you. Probably a lot cheaper and less hassle.
what is the exact software , i have 2007 dodge sprinterJust thought I would share some things I have done with my Chinese Clone MB Star C3. I am finding that this tool is leaps and bounds better than the iCarSoft scanner. Of course, it is more money.
I purchased it from Chen at the store "OBD" on aliexpress. Chen's english is much better than the others I tried. He gives very fast support (using the aliexpress message system). Usually within minutes. Others had a 24hour turn around, which was a royal pain. Support starts at about 8PM. He can use VNC to access your computer and fix any issues.
I purchased a full unit (C3 multiplexor, cables, CF19 laptop with preloaded Xentry/DAS software) for $600USD. If I was to do it different, I would have gotten an SSD. Bootup and Xentry startup is SLOW. Like 10 minutes slow.
Here I set the wheel size, because the speedo was not reading correctly.
Florida Van Man has recently acquired a 2008 Dodge Sprinter equipped with the OM642.993 and 722.908 transmission. We previously purchased a C3 to communicate with our T1Ns, but I have been unable to get it to communicate with the NCV3. Will we need to purchase the C4 to communicate with our new NCV3?
Your C3 should be able to communicate with the 2008 Sprinter. Are you sure that you choosing the right options? Should be CDIFlorida Van Man has recently acquired a 2008 Dodge Sprinter equipped with the OM642.993 and 722.908 transmission. We previously purchased a C3 to communicate with our T1Ns, but I have been unable to get it to communicate with the NCV3. Will we need to purchase the C4 to communicate with our new NCV3?