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I am considering buying a STAR diag system. I have a Dell D630 (M2300) laying around. What are my best options? This will be used primarily on a 2009 E63. Specifically, I am going to replace headlights (transfer buffered data), want to program NTG2.5 to enable backup camera, maintain AIRMATIC, and perhaps, other mods. I think I will need the Developer mode. Any guidance is appreciated.
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I got this one with a dell SSD https://www.aliexpress.com/item/RS48...739411763.html
The option is not there for an SSD but if you messge him he will add it for $30. Unfortunatly the price is already $40 higher than when I bought it two weeks ago. Then I bought a used D630 with 4gb ram but no HD off ebay for $65.

This week I have:
  • Disabled rear O2 sensors
  • Disable secondary injection pump
  • Disabled EVAP
  • Disabled my broken pano roof, now I can still use the shade with no chance of accidentally cracking open the glass
  • Disabled annoying keyless go reminder ding
  • Raised in gear idle by 75 RPM
  • Raised speed limiter to 300 km/hr
  • Corrected tire size
  • Disabled side and interior mirror auto dimming (my stupid windows are so dark I cant see out them at night already)
  • Browsed EPC, and WIS for funzies.
So needless to say, it works great haha. I have not however done any of the stuff you are looking to do :-P
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:17 AM
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Update 1 to my own post:
Thanks for the responses. I researched online, and I think narrowed down the choice between the C4- ($480) and C5-based kit ($463), all cables and SSD Win7 with pre-loaded Xentry v2019.03 (DTS+Vediamo). I have a Dell D630 (M2300) already. I do not envision the online SCN connection. Probably only need offline Diag and Dev modes. Does this approach make sense? Am I missing anything?

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I am considering buying a STAR diag system. I have a Dell D630 (M2300) laying around. What are my best options? This will be used primarily on a 2009 E63. Specifically, I am going to replace headlights (transfer buffered data), want to program NTG2.5 to enable backup camera, maintain AIRMATIC, and perhaps, other mods. I think I will need the Developer mode. Any guidance is appreciated.
drothen You are making some useful changes. I won't mind experimenting after I address the main needs.

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Any STAR gurus know how to disable the CD changer drawer via STAR? I can't find anything that will do it. I've disabled several "CD Changer" options and it doesnt actually disable the drawer. The motor gears are slipping on mine and every time the car starts up it clicks until I pull on it to put some friction on the gears.
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Any STAR gurus know how to disable the CD changer drawer via STAR? I can't find anything that will do it. I've disabled several "CD Changer" options and it doesnt actually disable the drawer. The motor gears are slipping on mine and every time the car starts up it clicks until I pull on it to put some friction on the gears.
Not possible. Unplug or fix.
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Not possible. Unplug or fix.
That's what I was afraid of, thanks.
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Can I use star to watch boost and/or IAT while i'm driving?
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Hi, how do i code a speedometer on a w211??
i have been trying, but it wont work

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Any STAR gurus know how to disable the CD changer drawer via STAR? I can't find anything that will do it. I've disabled several "CD Changer" options and it doesnt actually disable the drawer. The motor gears are slipping on mine and every time the car starts up it clicks until I pull on it to put some friction on the gears.
i can get you a CD changer for $25-40. Easy swap. Pm me
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i can get you a CD changer for $25-40. Easy swap. Pm me
Chest Rockwell got me all taken care of with a new motor/limit switch. I got it swapped out and it's running like a top. Thanks anyways though botha.
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:05 AM
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Can I use star to watch boost and/or IAT while i'm driving?
You can watch real time parameters, but I don't know which ones exactly. I'll dig around a little and let you know what I find a little later.
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[QUOTE=drothgeb;7734771]

This week I have:
  • Disable secondary injection pump
  • Disabled EVAP
  • Raised in gear idle by 75 RPM
  • Corrected tire size

Drothgeb, can you let me know

what’s the purpose of disabling SAI pump & EVAP? I have LTH and no cats.

Why raise 75 RPM? I’ve done 82TB and heard raising 50 RPM.

When correcting tire size, do you get limited options on size to choose from or can you curtail to your specific sizes?

Let me know will ya, thanks.
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He raised the idle speed to avoid CEL because the software is most likely ****ty. Most 82 mm modded cars have the unmetered air fault and some managed to fix it by raising the idle speed. If a tuner knows what he’s doing there is no need for it.
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He raised the idle speed to avoid CEL because the software is most likely ****ty. Most 82 mm modded cars have the unmetered air fault and some managed to fix it by raising the idle speed. If a tuner knows what he’s doing there is no need for it.
thanks Mack!

Any advantage for shutting SAI & EVAP?

And can you update your specific tire size or just have limited choices to chose from in SDS? When I log in, I was only able to pick from generic stock sizes.
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Any advantage for shutting SAI & EVAP?

And can you update your specific tire size or just have limited choices to chose from in SDS? When I log in, I was only able to pick from generic stock sizes.
You have to understand. Uneducated people follow trends like lemmings until the end of the cliff. There they fall and die. Same in the automotive world. One person starts a trend (removing cars, SAI, resonators, air filters,...) and these lemmings follow without knowing what they actually do. There is no advantage of disabling things just because. There are good reasons why engineers put parts in a car and use them. Daimler and every other manufacturer looks to save money on every part. Daimler calculates part prices down to 5 decimal points. That is 10,000th of a Dollar. If they could avoid putting SAI or EVAP parts in in the first place they would have done it. If you want to violate current law then disable anything you want. Just live with the consequences.

About your tire question, you can only select what’s given in the drop down menu.
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You have to understand. Uneducated people follow trends like lemmings until the end of the cliff. There they fall and die. Same in the automotive world. One person starts a trend (removing cars, SAI, resonators, air filters,...) and these lemmings follow without knowing what they actually do. There is no advantage of disabling things just because. There are good reasons why engineers put parts in a car and use them. Daimler and every other manufacturer looks to save money on every part. Daimler calculates part prices down to 5 decimal points. That is 10,000th of a Dollar. If they could avoid putting SAI or EVAP parts in in the first place they would have done it. If you want to violate current law then disable anything you want. Just live with the consequences.

About your tire question, you can only select what’s given in the drop down menu.
Thanks Mack, I agree! not doing SAI&EVAP. I just read people doing things without explanation. Just want to verify prior. GOOD info!!!!
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You have to understand. Uneducated people follow trends like lemmings until the end of the cliff. There they fall and die. Same in the automotive world. One person starts a trend (removing cars, SAI, resonators, air filters,...) and these lemmings follow without knowing what they actually do. There is no advantage of disabling things just because. There are good reasons why engineers put parts in a car and use them. Daimler and every other manufacturer looks to save money on every part. Daimler calculates part prices down to 5 decimal points. That is 10,000th of a Dollar. If they could avoid putting SAI or EVAP parts in in the first place they would have done it. If you want to violate current law then disable anything you want. Just live with the consequences.

About your tire question, you can only select what’s given in the drop down menu.
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He raised the idle speed to avoid CEL because the software is most likely ****ty. Most 82 mm modded cars have the unmetered air fault and some managed to fix it by raising the idle speed. If a tuner knows what he’s doing there is no need for it.
Hi Mack! Thanks for speaking for me but feel free to **** off and allow me to respond to MSG as you are talking out your *** and making sure to include what appears to be some passive aggressive **** talking as well. Folks are here to learn not just get talked down to by some **** sucker who thinks too highly of himself. Kick rocks dick head.

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This week I have:

  • Disable secondary injection pump
  • Disabled EVAP
  • Raised in gear idle by 75 RPM
  • Corrected tire size

Drothgeb, can you let me know

what’s the purpose of disabling SAI pump & EVAP? I have LTH and no cats.

Why raise 75 RPM? I’ve done 82TB and heard raising 50 RPM.

When correcting tire size, do you get limited options on size to choose from or can you curtail to your specific sizes?

Let me know will ya, thanks.
Hey brotha, rear O2 disable was obviously due to cat delete/LTHs, secondary air injection disable was to be able to block off the secondary air tubes and remove the giant pump just to the right of the heat exchanger. My plan is to fit another intercooer pump in that location and potentially fit another hx or water tank in that spot. I will know more this weekend when I get the front end ripped apart again and get a get it out and see what I can fab up. EVAP disable was for some personal trouble shooting I'm doing due gas spitting back during fuel fill some times. It might just be due to the filler neck design as I've read lots of reports of people having this issue depending on what kind of pump nozzle they are using but I wanted to see if disabling evap left the vent valve in the open position and would fill better. Be careful messing with EVAP, can result in fuel system not keeping prime and tough starts. The idle increase is not related to my 82mm throttle body, my throttle angle is 1.6-1.7 at idle with no leaks. I've been chasing down an electrical gremlin that's been in the car since well before my 82m upgrade, I've had multiple alternator failures and while monitoring voltage it has a tendency to dip into the low 13s while in gear and stopped (at a stop light, drive through, etc). This was an attempt to keep in gear stopped voltage steady at 14 (other trouble shooting was in progress trying to trace out a high resistance connection some where at the same time). Between raising the in gear idle and cleaning/reconnecting and checking for stay voltage drops across every wire I can get my hands on I think I've got it sorted as my voltage is rock steady 14.2 now doesn't matter what the cars doing. Anyways, all of it is really for my own personal trouble shooting and/or plans that I didn't plan on getting into here, just trying to point out the stuff that I was able to do easily in STAR.

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drothgeb, thanks for the info! Just got my scan tool and what you’ve mentioned on things you coded gives me ideas on its capabilities. Very Helpful!!!!

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TB angle should be between 1.9-2.2 Degrees at idle speed. Anything less and your ME starts to compensate. So there is the first clue.

Check your regulator for the voltage drop. Especially when you’re at a stop, idling and the SBC pump comes on.

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TB angle should be between 1.9-2.2 Degrees at idle speed. Anything less and your ME starts to compensate. So there is the first clue.

Check your regulator for the voltage drop. Especially when you’re at a stop, idling and the SBC pump comes on.
1.9 to 2.2 per what? DAS says <1.1 is unmetered air.
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1.9 to 2.2 per what? DAS says <1.1 is unmetered air.
I just read it again. You’re correct. I misread it.

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Can I use star to watch boost and/or IAT while i'm driving?
Yes, looks like both MAP sensor and IAT can be viewed real time in the ME controller. Here is a PDF of all the available values (this is through the simulation though, actual available values may be a little different).
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You can watch real time parameters, but I don't know which ones exactly. I'll dig around a little and let you know what I find a little later.
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Okay so I got carried away with experimenting with adjusting the ride height of my car and I dropped my car way too (literally looks like all 4 shocks are completely deflated) and now I can’t get the car back to normal ride height. Whenever I go into the “inflate” options I get a “connection error 8.6000” or something like that. I doubt this helps but I’ve attached my voltage levels from before touching anything.

After I couldn’t raise the car, I ran a test on my airmatic compressor via DAS and it’s only putting out 8.6bar and according to the computer a healthy pump puts out q
14-16bar. Do you think this could be part of my issue?
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Comm. error has nothing to do with a faulty piston ring in your compressor.
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