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Old 02-28-2021, 03:20 PM
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Need a new FSM W126

Since Adobe Flash is gone, I can no longer read the CD versions of the FSM I have been using. Is there some "work around" to be able to still read those files?
What sources are there now for W126 Shop manuals? I see even MB took it off their website.

I bought the one on the "emanual" website. It is trash. It is the same CD manual but it runs under Oracle Virtual Machine which I think, itself, runs under Windows XP and the resolution is terrible. I contacted their tech help and they finally said they could do nothing--" its an old manual". Also--cannot print inside the Virtual Machine.
So if anyone can tell me how to improve the resolution of the Virtual Machine copy i have I would be very grateful.

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Old 02-28-2021, 05:37 PM
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I was able to save some of it as a PDF before it went into the abyss of the internet. Let me see if I can upload it somewhere for download.
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Old 02-28-2021, 05:50 PM
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I zipped my manual and will try to attach it here. Not sure if it will work.

Well, I tried twice to download a zipped file. Did not work. Will try something else.
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:11 PM
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I appreciate the attempts. Let me know if either of you can get it posted. I could PM you my email, if that would help.
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:57 PM
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If it is like the CD/DVD FSM programs I have (w115, w124, w140, r129, w211), the actual documents are just pdf files. What you need is the table of contents and listings to know which pdf file to look at. Another alternative is to install an older version of an alternate browser (e.g. waterfox, opera) from before 2020 and find a copy of flash from back then for the browser to use. Works for me when I still need to run some local flash files.

w124-zone.com used to provide an html version of the w124 pages, before it went away (it was a downloadable zip file of html pages, at least).
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:59 PM
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Actually, quickly checking my w124 CD, it has an old copy of flash in there to install. Might completely uninstall current flash (so no leftover stuff telling it to self-destruct), then just try installing flash from the cd. Still will need an older browser to allow it to run, though.
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1993 Jeep Cherokee [XJ] (acquired 12Apr14)
2007 MB E320 Bluetec/CDI [W211.022/642.920] (acquired 10Oct18)

-- Deceased...
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:08 AM
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Actually, quickly checking my w124 CD, it has an old copy of flash in there to install. Might completely uninstall current flash (so no leftover stuff telling it to self-destruct), then just try installing flash from the cd. Still will need an older browser to allow it to run, though.
Would that have to run on a computer with no internet access so that Adobe cannot block out Flash? Maybe its time to hit up the local GoodWill for a $5 computer.
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Maybe its time to hit up the local GoodWill for a $5 computer.
This is pretty much exactly what I did. Up until late last year, there was a loophole that you could exploit to enable Flash and would run the CD's perfectly. That loophole is now closed. I picked up a $5 Dell P4 tower on a 50% off weekend from a "Junque Shoppe" that now runs the FSM and a small library of other reference materials in the back corner of my work area.
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This is pretty much exactly what I did. Up until late last year, there was a loophole that you could exploit to enable Flash and would run the CD's perfectly. That loophole is now closed. I picked up a $5 Dell P4 tower on a 50% off weekend from a "Junque Shoppe" that now runs the FSM and a small library of other reference materials in the back corner of my work area.
The CD has Flash on it. If I had an older computer with an earlier operating system and no internet, would the program run?
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I zipped my manual and will try to attach it here. Not sure if it will work.

Well, I tried twice to download a zipped file. Did not work. Will try something else.
Adrain (tyl604) was so nice to sent me the Manual and I'm able to open it on my old 2008 Macbook Pro using Firefox without connecting to the internet. Even the index works like it should.

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Recent releases of the various browsers have a kill switch programmed in. The versions of Flash for the past six months or so have a kill switch built in. If you use versions of each from before mid-2020, and disabled updates for both, you should be fine, I think.
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1993 Jeep Cherokee [XJ] (acquired 12Apr14)
2007 MB E320 Bluetec/CDI [W211.022/642.920] (acquired 10Oct18)

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The CD has Flash on it. If I had an older computer with an earlier operating system and no internet, would the program run?
Yes it will. This is exactly how I have Ye Olde Dell set up. Everything on the CD is self-referenced, so no connection to the Internet is required.
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Looks like I will be visiting the local Good Will.
Thank you, all!
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Old 03-24-2021, 12:32 PM
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Unfortunately unable to post it here, but the 126 Maintenance Manual is available on the fivehundredE board.

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