Down the rab­bit hole of car re­pair

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

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.

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