Mobile Tradition CD Installation tip & tricks

Written by z Sunday, 08 January 2006

There are some known issues with this CD, especially when using windows XP on machines with more than 512 megabytes of RAM and certain versions of Acrobat Reader.

  • If you see "system error &80004005 (-21.....) unspecified error" or similar you may need to downgrade to downgrade to Acrobat 6

  • MatthewCervi says "Are you using Acrobat 7.0.x? I've found that you have to use the 6.0.x tree from Adobe otherwise you get that error. Currently I have 6.0.4 installed on my system. "

  • If you see the infamous "runtime 2004 Not enough memory" you are likely running too much ram.

This modifies boot.ini to give two windows configurations you can choose from upon bootup. One is restricted to 512 mb of ram while the other is the full ram configuration. You should backup your boot.ini file before messing around with it, and you should alter your existing file rather than copying and pasting this file over. For example, your system MAY NOT have the same boot partition as the example below.


Aug 22 2004, 3:13 pm show options

Newsgroups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support

From: "Tklop" < T...@discussions.microsoft.com > - Find messages by this author

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 16:13:01 -0700

Local: Sun, Aug 22 2004 3:13 pm

Subject: Re: Software will not run with more than 512MB RAM installed

Hey, fellow posters:

I figured it out!

This doesn't solve the compatibility issue, but it's a good work-around!

Thanks to some kind help from "Jim" on the "Software - Other Software" board

over at Dell Support (where I also had posted my problem).

I modified the boot.ini file as follows:


[boot loader]



[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP

Professional" /fastdetect


[boot loader]



[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP

Professional" /fastdetect

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP

Professional 512MB" /fastdetect /maxmem=512

I modified the file by copying the line beneath [operating systems] and

pasting it as a new line below. Next, I added the switch "/maxmem=512" to

limit the operating system from using more than 512MB. Next, I modified the

text for the second OS line to indicate the lesser RAM configuration.

Works perfectly!

Thanks again!


  • Running the program without the CD - from jgerry2002

To run the BMW repairs without needing the CD do this:

1) Install the program and get it working using the tips above

2) Copy over the PDF and PICS folder over to a location on your C:. In my case I chose to put it in with the ETK/ETM files in the BMW95 folder, C:\bmw95\pics and C:\bmw95\pdf

3) Open bmw.ini in C:\programme\BMW (assuming default install path)

Edit this section which will point at your CD-ROM





Change these lines to the path on your C:\ (Its NOT case sensitive)





Now the Repair manual does not need the use of the CD-ROM. Perfect for setting up on a small laptop for use in the garage.

We'll add more tips as they come up. Please reference the Forum Post

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