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Hi guys,

I bought a copy of ServiceBox off eBay which came as a 3 disk dvd set. I've attempted installation on a fresh and clean installation of Windows 8.1 and the third disk keeps getting stuck in a loop going nowhere at step 12 of 13. Unbelievably frustrating that despite following the vendors instructions to the letter, it keeps hanging at the last hurdle.

Either I'm doing something wrong (highly likely), or the disk is muntered, though I can't see any damage/scratches.

Not looking for a resolution as such, rather others experiences of installation.

Thank you kindly


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ServiceBox is really meant for Windows XP. It's old school stuff. Mine is in a VM of Win XP and needed no installation, but I have never tried to install anything on Win 8 as it's a horrific OS. Can you use Win 7 even? Ideally I would have spun up a VM of windows XP and installed it there.

Did it not have the option of a VM from the vendor? Also you must not have any internet connected during the install or when using it.

A VM on Virtualbox or VMware Player is easy as can be run on any OS, any version of Windows or even Linux.

Try this VM version: (download all of them, no password required)

Part 1 - https://mega.nz/file/o1VSmLSI#dmoLi8ZrTy...xKxmDBtXDM

Part 2 - https://mega.nz/file/kw1mHaab#ctzG-bI9Oa...8vJwwo91ZY
Part 3 - https://mega.nz/file/gsVQjLYb#Bru7P3OBWo...kYvroJdtGU

Part 4 - https://mega.nz/file/45VE3LKY#EMtOrG1eW7...A63JkY43V8

Part 5 - https://mega.nz/file/8kcimRjS#GxcU0tjIQ6...WnAZJzrYHU
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No option for VM from the vendor. He just sent 3 dvd disks with what appeared to have the raw program exe files for a conventional installation? This is the guide note I was sent.

I'm downloading those links you posted now. Are they the actual service box program, but resident within VM? Do I need to setup a VM first on virtualbox/VMware and install Win XP on the VM, then run whatever has been downloaded from within that VM?

Sorry to be an askhole, as you've already gone over this before    

The biggest issue I've had is the fact I have a Macbook pro that's from 2011 and ended up Bootcamp-ing it with Windows 8 because VMware for Mac is not supported anymore for High Sierra Mac OS. To compound the problem, Windows 10 is also not supported, so having to piss with the cock I've got to coin a phrase

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God I know as much about a Mac as I do about molecular crystallography...and that's nowt mate.

The download should combine and unzip to a virtual disk file, *.vdi or *.vdmk - the first one is Virtualbox and the second is VMWare Player. Either way the instructions differ. VMWare Player you browse to a vdmk file, open it, answer "I moved it" when asked - then click play. It runs, after that only clicking play is required to run next time.

Virtualbox needs installed itself, then you select add virtual machine, set 2gb of ram and use existing hard disk file...you guessed it, the vdi file. Choose the defaults and click through to ok. Then select the VM in the left side, and click run.

Either way this should be a virtual machine you're downloading in itself but as above the method of running it depends on the type in the download (searched that one out for you. No idea if it's the same one I got from eBay or not)

Download it, unzip, tell me the file extension and I'll help from there. Or buy one for under a tenner on eBay that IS a VM version and it will be easy to use.

Depends on the Mac carry on of course. Can you not install an older version of Virtualbox or VMware Player for Mac? Or use Wine to run win 7 or 10?
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(07-05-2023, 09:03 PM)Zion Wrote:  God I know as much about a Mac as I do about molecular crystallography...and that's nowt mate.

The download should combine and unzip to a virtual disk file, *.vdi or *.vdmk - the first one is Virtualbox and the second is VMWare Player. Either way the instructions differ. VMWare Player you browse to a vdmk file, open it, answer "I moved it" when asked - then click play. It runs, after that only play or required

Virtualbox needs installed itself, then you select add virtual machine, set 2gb of ram and use existing hard disk file...you guessed it, the vdi file. Choose the defaults and click through to ok. Then select the VM in the left side, and click run.

Either way this should be a virtual machine you're downloading in itself but as above the method of running it depends on the type in the download (searched that one out for you. No idea if it's the same one I got from eBay or not)

Download it, unzip, tell me the file extension and I'll help from there. Or buy one for under a tenner on eBay that IS a VM version and it will be easy to use.

Depends on the Mac carry on of course. Can you not install an older version of Virtualbox or VMware Player for Mac? Or use Wine to run win 7 or 10?
when you say the download of the 5 separate .rar files should combine, do you mean for me to unzip the 5 all selected at once within WinRar, with the result being that it will create the .vdi file automatically as a result? the reason i ask is that each file ive downloaded has not merged to create any .vdi file, just 5 individual .rar files

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You unpack only one file (the main / first one) with Winrar and the rest of the archive sections will be automatically unpacked, to create a folder with the VDI and support files inside it. I'll download this one and have a look at what's in it.

Edit; it takes no time to get the first one but then they want you to wait 5 hours to download the next file - so I have to give up for now. I have the version from eBay and this looks the same so here are the instructions from that version:


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.pdf   ServiceBox Instructions.pdf (Size: 700.13 KB / Downloads: 12)
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(08-05-2023, 10:01 AM)Zion Wrote:  You unpack only one file (the main / first one) with Winrar and the rest of the archive sections will be automatically unpacked, to create a folder with the VDI and support files inside it. I'll download this one and have a look at what's in it.

Edit; it takes no time to get the first one but then they want you to wait 5 hours to download the next file - so I have to give up for now. I have the version from eBay and this looks the same so here are the instructions from that version:
Yeah, 5 hours was a pain to say the least. I ended up downloading each one from different IP's to get around that hurdle. Thank you for your help

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No worries! Did it go the way I said? Fingers crossed for you, the VM is way easier for everything.

One of the lads on here a while back suggested it and he was spot on, works better than installing from scratch.
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(09-05-2023, 07:03 AM)Zion Wrote:  No worries! Did it go the way I said? Fingers crossed for you, the VM is way easier for everything.

One of the lads on here a while back suggested it and he was spot on, works better than installing from scratch.
I've got it up and running on VM ware, but I can't seem to find anything to do with the service info, or parts diagrams, torque settings etc. It just appears to be electrical drawings and schematics?

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