Down the rabbit hole of car repair
Q I recently purchased a car repair manual. When I extracted the .rar file, it contained dozens of .vmdk files. I cannot open these files on my MacBook. Can you tell me how I can view them? David Campbell A I think I have found the site you bought it from – it’s emanualonline.com, right? For some extraordinary reason these manuals are distributed as disk images for VMware virtual machines.
It looks as if the developers created their manuals using some kind of multimedia player that runs on Windows XP. Rather than port this to modern versions of Windows or OS X, they have simply created a virtual XP environment around their media player. To use it, you’ll need to download the VMware Fusion app from their site, plus the key to use it, from emanualonline.com/faq/Mac- Compatibility.html. This will let you open the .vmdk file which will create a virtualised Windows XP desktop with a file on it called Quick Start Guide. You are supposed to click on this to read the instructions for actually loading up your manual content. And if that sounds like a descent into madness, that’s because it is. At haynes.co.uk you can get car manuals for just about every make and model in a much more sensible PDF format.