How to tell if LAUNCH X431 Diagun III is clone or original

Launch is a trustworthy brand in OBD diagnosis field. There are so many Launch X431 clones, especially Bluetooth Diagun III flooding into the aftermarket. Here gives some tips on telling the original Launch X431 product from clone?

LAUNCH X431 Package Box


  1. Original X431 package box is bright yellow color, the clone one looks tarnished;
  2. The original X431 “LAUNCH” Logo flashes in bright red, while the clone one looks darker;
  3. Original Launch X431 package box is made glossy smooth, but the clone is roughly made.

Launch X431 Super 16-PIN diagnostic connector


  1. The original X431 Super 16-pin connector comes with Serial Number, but the clone does not;
  2. Original X431 Connector has bright QC mark, the clone look darker;
  3. Original connector’s screen print turns to grey, but the clone one is in black.
  4. The two lines below original 16-pin connector screen print marked in red, while the clone is in purple color.
  5. The SUPER 16-pin connector box has S/N mark, while the clone one does not.

NOTE: Please buy original LAUNCH X431 product from authorized dealer.

Benz Super MB SATR C3 DAS, XENTRY, WIS,EPC, ST Finder, Smart TAN code…

MB STAR Super MB STAR C3 Diagnostic system is the only online up-to-date tool for Mercedes Benz. Super MB STAR has the most diagnostic and programming software, vehicle models, functions and high-cost as well.

Software HDD version & Computer system:

Dell D630 format internal HDD 2015.05 (Dell D630 laptop Win XP)

IBM T30 format internal HDD 2014.05 (IBM T30 laptop Win XP)

External HDD fit all computer format 2015.01 (All computers O/S: Windows7/XP/VISTA/2000/Mac/Linux)

Update: One year free online (50USD/time 300 USD/year after that)

Video instruction:

Super MB Star C3 diagnostic system activation Video

MB Star diagnostic system SDS configuration on VMware

Super MB STAR C3 multiplexer software list:

DAS: the automatically Diagnosis Assistance System Workshop Information System Electronic Parts Catalog

ST Finder: Part location finder

STARUTILITIES: the movement management system and self-test

SD Media: Video and PDF lessons

PL 66.1: Price List tool to find out how much price by input the parts number

Xentry: New software released by Benz Company after 04/2009 by diagnosis new cars.

Smart TAN Code: Opened special function in DAS program with Smart cars 450/451/452/454

Developer model: Mercedes-Benz engineer mode, remove limitations and open more Special functions.

Benz Disassembly system: Video lessons to teach you how to remove each part from Benz cars with details order steps.

Other features:

FDOK Key Calculator (Optional)

Adjust truck Speed Limitation function (Top version only)

SBC Reset function (Top version only)

SBC Special function Password Removed (Top version only)

A/C, SRS Special function Password Removed (Top version only)

TV Activation function (Top version only)

Clean ASSYST plus Memory (Top version only)

W221 W216 Instrument Cluster AMG Style (Top version only)

Enable tank info & L/100KM into KM/L W211 (W203) (w221) and more (Top version only)

Airbag ECU unlock function (Top version only)

DPF Regeneration (Top version only)

No need password when you choose special function in DAS of W204 (Top version only)

Diagnostic W204 /W207/ W212 by DAS Directly (Top version only)

Start HHT Win from desktop icon directly, no need start from DAS.

Offline Coding key provide service. (Top version only)

Super MB STAR Diagnostic Software display:

USB KEY: Security USB Encryption






Super MB STAR C3 multiplexer support Mercedes Benz vehicle type: Benz cars, trucks, Sprinters, Vans, Smart, Cobus, FUSO, BHARATBENZ, FOTON, etc


NOTE: Above vehicle list displays are in the 2013.05 DAS and XENTRY software 2014 and latest 2015.01 version adds much more newer Benz models.


Developer model: Engineer mode, remove limitations and open more Special functions.

You have specific access authorization Development data.


Super MB STAR diagnosis system firmware PCB board:



CBAY 4D/46/48 key chip copy machine video and photo guide

CBAY hand-held auto key programmer created quite a stir in recent days not only because it’s smart designed but also the reasonable price and easy-to-use. We are not going to talk about the product information here. We just present some tested operation video and quick photo operations.

Quick user guide of the CBAY 46, 48, 4D auto transponder key programmer:

Steps to copy 46:

1. Press “OK” to decode
2. Make antenna close to coil
3. Insert and turn the key (collection)
4. Put original key into coil to decode
5. Put new key into coil to copy
Tested example:

Peugeot ID 46 transponder chip copy with CBAY key chip copy machine



Range rover remote control key ID46 chip copy


Chevrolet Cruze ID46 transponder chip copy



BMW 7 series CAS1 key ID46 chip copy


Honda Crosstour ID46 chip copy

Suzuki ID46 chip copy

Steps to copy 48 chip:

Press “OK” to decode, then put new key into coil to copy.
VW ID48 auto transponder key chip with CBAY key programmer


Steps to copy 4D chip:

Press “OK” to decode, then put new key into coil to copy.

Ford 4D 63 transponder key chip copy with Cbay hand-held device


CBAY-hand-held-auto-key-programmer-ford-4d-2We have copied many other models, like Kia K2, Mitsubishi, Great Wall etc with 46, 48, 4D key chip, for detail video instructions, please check here.

Free Download Xhorse MVCI Firmware Update Tool

Original Xhorse MVCI 3 in 1 is a high performance factory diagnostic scanner for Toyota, Lexus, Scion, Honda and Volvo. MVCI is compatible with Toyota, Lexus, Scion and the J1962 DLC3 connector.  Following is the free MVCI firmware update tool download and instruction.

X-horse MVCI 3 in 1 scanner Software version:

Toyota Techstream V10.00.028 (Europe Market Toyota)

Honda Version: V2.018  (America Market Honda)

Volvo  Version : 2010A  (No region limitation)

Language: French, Chinese, Spanish, Indonesian, Portuguese, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese

Operating system: Win XP ONLY

NOTE: Please choose area EUROPEAN when you installing the software. Then it will not ask you for activation code.

Xhorse firmware: V1.4.7, V2.0.1, V2.0.5, here is the free download resource for V1.4.7 Update Tool.

Free download Xhorse MVCI Update tool 1.4.7


How to Update X-horse MVCI Firmware?

First MVCI drivers must be installed and cable connected to PC

Press “Device Info” button to check current software and firmware information

Press “File Update” button

Select and open MIVCI firmware you already download


MVCI firmware update is in process


Update success


PS: How to tell if your X-horse MVCI scanner is clone or original?



Following are the similarities and difference among FVDI, VVDI and SVDI Abrites Commander diagnostic & programming interfaces.


SVDI, FVDI and VVDI (including original AVDI) ABRITES Commanders share the similar functions, including basic diagnostic, key programming, pin code reading, mileage correction, airbag reset etc.


  1. Activation

FVDI and VVDI software: No need activation,

SVDI software contains: VW/Audi software, BMW commander software and tag key tool software, BMW Commander Software needs activation. Please send SVDI abrites commander serial number to seller for activation.


  1. Language:

VVDI: English/Chinese

FVDI: English, Germany, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Danish, Czech, Chinese, and Bulgarian

2015 FVDI

SVDI: VW/Audi software support multi language, BMW commander software and tag key tool software covering English only. SVDI PSA software supports French, English and Turkish.

  1. Update

SVDI VAG command and VVDI could upgrade via email and that is to say, you could send me your serial number for update file if there is any new software.


FVDI: Before update, you need provide the FVDI ID first, we will check if the ID is in the update list which can be update by email, if not in the list, please send back the FVDI commander to us for updating. Users are required to pay the shipping fee.

2015 Fvdi 6.3 update video guide

  1. Vehicle coverage:

VVDI: VVDI covers VW /Audi vehicles

FVDI: VW/Audi, BMW, MINI, Benz, Smart, Maybach, Opel, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat, Alfa, Lancia, Renault, Porsche, Nissan, Infiniti, Toyota, Ford, Mazda, Jaguar, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Land Rover, Lexus and so on


SVDI can work on both car and truck, while FVDI and VVDI can only support cars.

  1. Conclusion:

VVDI is the best choice for VAG group. FVDI covers the most vehicles than VVDI and SVDI.  SVDI is the newest one at cheapest price and with versatile functions.

Free BMW Standard Tools 2.12 and installation

BMW Standard Tools is a group of software distributed by BMW Group that contains several interoperating applications and drivers, including NCS Expert, WinKFP, NFS, Tool32 etc. Following are the free download and detail installation instruction offered.

Software: BMW Standard Tools 2.12 (INPA, EDIABAS Toolset32, NCS-expert etc)

Hardware: K+DCAN cable, ENET (Ethernet to OBD) cable, ICOM a2+b+c emulator

Where can you get the BMW Standard Tool?

Free download BMW Standard Tools V2.12

Or get it in BMW ICOM Rheingold ISTA-D ISTA-P software HDD

Operating system: Win XP/Win 7

How install and setup BMW Standard Tools (SDT) step-by-step?

NOTE: We use INPA K+DCAN cable here.

Install BMW Standard Tools 2.12

1.First must install bmw_std_tools_2.12, go to the folder and launch bmw_std_tools_2.12 Standard_Tools_Setup_2.12.exe to start the installation.

2.Select language and press OK.


3.We are informed that the installation will begin on the computer and it is recommended to close all other existing applications. Press Next.


4.Accept the license and do next


5.The system will display BMW Standard Tools software information, click on Next to continue


6.Select the program components you want to install (no need driver). Press Next


7.Then the system will ask you if you want to change the locations of the data on your drive, leave it to default.

EDIABAS location:


NFS location


INPA location


NCS Expert location:


8.This part of the setup creates a folder in the start menu to gather all launchers


9.Data backup is optional. You can leave the box to avoid a warning message. Then it will create the icons on the desktop and in the Start menu.


10.You are asked to choose your interface type, STD: ODB for this procedure with K+ DCAN cable.


11.You are asked to choose the serial port to choose com1 and checked the USB box


12.The next program will bring the previous settings information, click “Install” to begin the installation process.


13.The installation is in progress.


14.If the file does not exist you will get a warning message like 4 times, for our 4 files made. Made just skip each time (The catch is can not be in the good order)



15.That installation is complete, select “No, I will restart the computer later” option and click on “Finish” button


16.Now we have to copy the files contained in BMW Standard tools v2.12 ENG 2012 in C: \

If you go into your hard drive you will find at the root folders:


– Ediabas


– NFS-Backup

In the folder BMW Standard tools v2.12 ENG 2012 there are 3 files to copy:


– Ediabas


Merged and replaced all when Windows asks you. Do not delete the files and then replace because you lack data and shall appear bugs.

Configure Cable

1.Installation is completed and we must configure our cable so that it is functional.

2.Connect your K+DCAN cable with computer, Windows will attempt to install a driver.

3.See in the start menu and right click on computer to manage to see this screen:


4.Then go into Device Manager to check if the INPA cable is well connected.


5.Right click and go to property and Driver tab.

Check The driver for Version

If this is not the case made to update the driver, search for a driver on my computer


6.Choose the folder location bmw std tools v2.12 ENG 2012 and select the folder K+DCAN Drivers


7.Windows installs the driver, check the driver version and Close.


In the port setting tab, go to Advanced. Check COM port setting. Here we set to COM1.

8.This is our port is configured there is no tested on the vehicle.

Install Rheingold

If your vehicle is recognized you can proceed to install Rheingold 3.**.**. (Latest Rheingold V2015.04 3.48.30 )

C: \ Ediabas \ Hardware \ OBD ODBSetup.exe start if you have an error launching Seriel port.reg and repeated.

Installation Rheingold

You must have BMW Standard INPA 2.12 with 5.0.6 and 7.3.0 to run Ediabas rheingold

Rheingold is provided in a version without installation.

Unzip the folder where you want and run it by going to:

testergui \ bin \ relase \ istagui.exe

You can make a shortcut on the desktop istagui.exe

Best Renault CAN CLIP Gold PCB with AN21355SC Chip

2015 Renault CAN Clip Diagnostic Interface V146 with Gold PCB and AN21355SC Chip is available in The top quality Renault CLIP designed with 2pcs CYPRESS AN2135/2136SC chip. Following is the PCB and software display.

Software version: V146

Language: French, English, German, Brazil, Danish, Spanish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Dutch, Portuguese, Romania, Sweden.

Update: via CD

CLIP CAN Renault Gold PCB display:

renault-can-clip-pcb-picrenault-can-clip-pcb-pic-2renault-can-clip-pcb-pic-3renault-can-clip-pcb-pic-4renault-can-clip-pcb-pic-5Super-Renault-CAN Clip-with-AN21355SC-Chip

Related document:

Renault CAN Clip V146 free software and set up guide:

Cheap BMW coding software, definition and function

A lot of cheap and power coding software for module coding, module updating, basic scanning etc has been penetrated into BMW market. Following lists some of the coding software and definition/function.

INPA (interpreter for test procedures) is older factory floor diagnostic software, designed to run test procedures. While INPA can be set for English User Interface, most of the Test Procedures, which can be difficult to find, are in German. It is distributed with BMW Standard Tools that implements EDIABAS to perform a host of functions related to testing/reporting/troubleshooting.


BMW Standard Tools – The software suite distributed by BMW Group that contains several interoperating applications and drivers, including NCS Expert, WinKFP, NFS, INPA, and others.


Datens – German for “data sets”. In this context, the term refers to various file types that contain information about the modules found on a given vehicle and how to code them. Datens are distributed as part of ISTA-P software releases, and are typically referred along with the version of ISTA-P they were distributed with. For instance, datens from ISTA-P 2.38 are informally referred to as “v38 datens”.

K+DCAN – subset of the K-line and CANBUS standard. This is the bus standard used by all the systems in BMW (and other late-model) vehicles to communicate with one another. Analogous to a LAN comprised of several computers which all communicate via a standard protocol. A K+DCAN cable is able to connect to an OBD II port and allow another connected device to communicate on the vehicle’s network.


EDIABAS Toolset 32 – Electronic Diagnostic Base System – A proprietary communication protocol/command set developed by BMW and implemented in all their vehicles. All proprietary BMW software uses EDIABAS to communicate with the vehicle.


Module – A standalone computer that performs one or more related, specialized functions in the vehicle. Modules are not centrally located; they are found all throughout the vehicle. Modules communicate with other modules and systems on the CAN network, and implement the EDIABAS standard.


NCS Expert – Software application distributed with BMW Standard Tools that can communicate directly with any module on the CAN network. NCS Expert can, among other things, read the configuration codes from modules and write new configurations to them.


WinKFP— WinKFP is for flashing/reprogramming modules. It will be able to update modules manually, but again, try to avoid it unless necessary. Updates usually contain only minor changes you’ll never really notice in most cases.


E-sys— BMW Coding software for F series. Come be work with BMW ENET (Ethernet to OBD) cable and ICOM emulator.

ISIS–(now known as ISPI) has multiple components to the workshop system. The main server is IBASE (or ISIS). This is the central repository and installation point of all the data.

ISSS–is Integrated Software Service Station. This facilitates the programming sessions and stores the programming data. ISTA/P invokes an available ISSS for a programming session.

BMW Rheingold— a new system for the diagnosis of BMW. Works with E and F series. Come to replace ISTA/D.

ISTA/D (aka Rheingold) is current dealership diagnostic software for all Exx and Fxx cars. ISTA/D is the replacement for older dealership DIS diagnostic software.

ISTA/P–is the replacement for older delaership SSS Program programming software.

ISTA/P & ISTA/D are designed to be used with an ICOM Interface emulator, and with full ICOM A+B+C, you can connect to older cars. The ICOM “C” Connection is for the older BMW ADS 20-pin round “Pacman” connector in Engine Bay. You can find versions of ISTA/D with an ICOM Emulator builtin, that allows you to use it with an ENET Interface for Fxx cars and a DCAN Interface for Exx cars. I don’t know for sure, as I do not do any Exx work, but I doubt ICOM Emulator would work for older ADS connector.v20154-rheingold-ista-d-for-bmw-icom-new-hdd-1BMW Scanner V1.4.0 BMW Scanner V1.4.0 PA-Soft intended to work with BMW 3, 5, 7 series, X3, X5 SUV and Z4 roadster cars. It is cable to access and code chassis, model, engine, gearbox and complete set.scanner-for-bmw-never-locking-1

Setup X-horse BMW Multi Tool CAS Plug to program EWS key

X-horse BMW Multi Tool is the first universal key programmer that can program both BMW CAS (CAS1, CAS2, CAS3, CAS3+ and CAAS4) and EWS key.

BMW Multi Tool key programmer alone cannot program EWS key, you need to connect it with a CAS PLUG. The CAS PLUG for BMW Multi Tool adds EWS function and some CAS possibilities.

CAS PLUG adapter:


1.Connect to device OBDII

2.Supply 12V voltage

3.EWS OBD line

4.EWS OBD line 2

5.7 Series CAS1/CAS2 plug

6.CAS3/CAS3+ plug

How to Connect EWS with CAS Plug:


How to Connect 7 Series CAS1/CAS2 with CAS Plugbmw-multi-tool-4How to connect CAS 3/CAS3+ with CAS Plug:



BMW Multi Tool: program EWS and CAS Key from EEPROM Dump

Before programming a BMW Key, you need to have a basic understanding of your BMW immobilizer system. BMW immo system can be generally divided into two categories: EWS and CAS.




How to tell your BMW is EWS or CAS immo?

  1. Year

1) 2000-2003/04 BMW 3-series, 5-series, 7-series with straight shank remote control key belongs to EWS system, like picture below.


Here is the EWS immobilizer ECU


2) 2004-2006 BMW 3-series, 5-series, Z4, X5, X3 belongs to CAS2 system. CAS2 and CAS3 immo ECU picture display as below. Another Straight shank remote control key (similar to Land rover key) with BMW logo, but in black color, belongs to CAS2 immo system as well.



CAS1: old BMW 7-series

CAS2: 2004-2006 BMW 3-series, 5-series, Z4, X5, X3

CAS3: BMW 3-series, 5-series before year 2010

CAS3+ BMW 3-series after year 2010

CAS4: BMW 5-series after 2010, BMW 1-series after 2011


  1. Car key type

CAS1 BMW 7-series should insert the smart card into the slot and press start key.

CAS2 is the straight shank remote control key

If BMW key needs insert smart card into the slot and press one key to start vehicle, all these keys are easier before CAS+., almost of them are CAS3.

CAS4 key no need to insert the smart card to slot, directly press Start button

For example, if your car id BMW X5 2009, it should be CAS3 system.

After confirm your immo type, the next is to pick up a proper key programmer. AK90 key programmer (for all EWS), AK300 key programmer, Car key master, BMW Multi Tool are all good options for BMW key programming. BMW Multi Tool is the most stable and recommended.

BMW Multi Tool key programmer is mainly designed to work on CA1, CAS2, CAS3, CAS+ CAS4. But it newly added EWS key programming if provided with CAS PLUG EWS adapter.


CAS1 write key

CAS2: requires demolition, write key after read data

CAS3 and CAS3+: no need demolition

BMW Multi Tool has two key programming options: File Make Key and Make Key online via OBD2.

1) File Make Key:

Select “File Make Key” tab,

Insert new CAS2 key into the CAS Adapter

Do not need to connect BMW Multi Tool with vehicle, only connects it with computer,

Select CAS2

Click Key learning

CAS2 key has been programmed

2) Make Key online via OBD2

Connect BMW Multi Tool with vehicle, then connect with computer,

Select Auto Detect, the system will automatically detect the protocol and type

Click Write EEPROM, then click Save to File…

Click Key Learning.

Then the system will display following message:

Make dealer key- using CAS Adapter (make key using CAS adapter)

Make dealer key-using ignition switch (Turn ignition ON/OFF)

The first way is frequently used.

Click Get Key Info, then the system will display key information. Select any key position number (KeyID3, 4,5)

Insert the new smart card into the CAS Adapter, click “Make Dealer Key-using CAS Adapter”

After that the system will display, select Add key, press Next

Make dealer key successfully.

Plug the original key form key slot, insert the new key into the key slot, the new key is ready to use, the remote can be activated as well.

Click “Synch DME-CAS”