CARSOFT International's PC Scanner for Mercedes Contact Information: A product review by: Bruce Bonebrake Managing Editor at BAT AUTO CARSOFT International B-3500 Hasselt - Belgium Tel. +32 / ( 0 )11 / 24 23 46 Fax +32 / ( 0 )11 / 24 23 47 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org (the MB package includes the Software, Diagnostic cable, OBDII Adapter Cable, the User Manual and the FREE Hotline) I recently had the pleasure of performing a product review on CARSOFT International's PC Scanner Package for Mercedes. At first glance of the package contents, the obvious attention to quaility was evident by the superb quaility of the leads, and the module assembly. The OBDII lead and the lead for Digital Diagnosis, are actual OEM style connectors, so no breakout box is required. There is also a lead set for the older analog systems used in the Mercedes vehicles. Our test vehicle is a "pristine condition" 1988 Mercedes 300SEL. The vehicle owner, Ted Burleson, provided the test vehicle. Thanks Ted!! Your the best!! The first step was installing the software on the laptop. The laptop used for the review is an IBM Thinkpad 760EL, Pentium 133. The software is a single CD, and the install will take mere minutes. The CARSOFT system is a Windows system, and the laptop has Windows '98 2nd Edition installed on it. After the software is installed on the pc, the software will require activation. This was a very simple task. I emailed CARSOFT and the activation code was quickly emailed back to me. The laptop display will need to be set at 800X600 for the text and chart screens to display properly. The 760EL has a XGA display set at 1024X768 and the graphics and text were EXCELLENT as you will see in this review. Connecting the scanner to the laptop took about 2 minutes. All that is required is to connect the pc cable (included) to the 9 pin serial port of the pc. The picture on the left, and the rest that follow, are actual screen shot's within the help section of the CARSOFT program. As you can see the graphics are excellent. The three types of Diagnostic Plugs used on the Mercedes vehicles, are shown on the illustration. The 1988 300SEL is equipped with the 8 PIN Diagnostic plug. The connection for the 8 PIN connector used on the vehicle, is clearly displayed, including the cable connection to the CARSOFT interface module. Here is a screen shot of the breakdown of the 8 terminals of the Diagnostic Connector on the vehicle, including the three leads of the scanner cable.