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Date registered: Jan 2003
Vehicle: 1992 300CE Sportline
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MB Service Library Index
The MB-USA Service Library series of CDs, previously listed, were a compilation of each model's various service manuals, for the models that were available in North America, eg, the chassis manual, the engine manuals, the A/C manuals, etc. They just took the shop paper manuals and photocopied each page and converted them to PDF files. Then they farmed out the building of each model's Service Library CD-rom to a computer company. This company built an index system based on Flash technology, that tried to tie all of a particular model's manuals together on one or two CD-roms.
The CDs were/are problematic in several respects. They were extremely slow when you tried to navigate around on them. To speed them up, you could copy them to your hard drive, but they still didn't work very well, as they (the Flash aspect) weren't especially designed correctly to operate this way. If it was a 2-CD set, sometimes some manuals were on one CD and other manuals were on another, and the two CDs had no way of transferring or linking over to the other.
Often, the Flash didn't link correctly at all. For instance, if you had a W126 350SDL and it had an ASD rear differential, the CD software did not allow you to link to the ASD tasks. Even when you could get to the correct jobs, the system they used made it quite cumbersome to find things.
Also, some of the jobs have updates or technical bulletins, and while these were on the CDs, they were difficult, if not impossible, to find.
Another problem of some of the CDs was that they expected a certain version of Adobe Acrobat/Reader installed on your computer (as well as the Adobe Flash program). If you had a later version, it didn't work. Some of them insisted you install version 3 of Reader before it would proceed. You can imagine how well that would work when we are at version 8 today.
Many of the CDs would only work on certain versions of Windows. Trying to run them on Vista or even XP wouldn't work. None of them worked properly on the Mac OS or OS X, or Unix systems, or Linux systems. (This is also a problem with WIS and with EPCnet - a serious shortcoming in my view.)
So I created my Indexes. I started with the W124 and the W123, because they were the CDs (and cars) that I owned. I created indexes that were completely HTML based. No Flash involved. I had several folks help me with the tedious task of typing the job names out of each job file (usually the file name was just the job number or even just a sequential number). I created simple HTML pages that grouped and linked the jobs together. It was a lot of coding - I probably have several thousand hours into this project - and I am no coding wizard, that's for sure.
Being HTML, they will work on any OS platform, using the browser of *your* choice and operating system of *your* choice - Windows (any version), Mac OS, Mac OS X, Unix and Linux. If your computer can run a simple HTML browser and read a PDF file, you can use my Index. You copy all of the CD files onto your hard drive, and away you go. No linking problems, much higher access speeds, and you can quickly find what ever you are looking for.
And I've constantly updated some of the Indexes thru the years. For instance, the W126 and W124 Indexes have the related Maintenance tasks listed on the same page as the Service tasks, ie, on the Group 20 Cooling System page, in addition to the Group 20 service jobs, you'll also find the cooling system maintenance jobs, plus maybe some service bulletins and information articles.
Hope this helps explain the history and purpose of my Indexes. I'll be glad to answer any questions anyone has or help with installation (there is a instruction ReadMe file with each download).
I apologize for hijacking this thread.