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Hi as i normally only use Linux, i normally boot up a win7vm to any maintenance on my pcm etc. Ids & forscan work fine this way & i can access the pcm (with an openport) with no problems.

However Pcmtec detects the vm & will not work as it's "not supported". Can this be changed ? i'm happy to play around with it to try & get it working in my vm.

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We don't support VMs as we have had a few instances of people using bootcamp etc and soft bricking their PCM due to driver issues. Eg it would erase the PCM then time out on the flash write, then they had to source another computer to recover the PCM which left the customer in a bad position.

There have also been instances of people attempting to pirate the software using VMs.

For this reason we have VM support disabled.

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I have been using pcmtec on my dual boot MacBook Air (only laptop is have access to) using boot camp for nearly a year now and haven't had any issues so far, touch wood.

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To clarify using bootcamp and running Windows native works fine. I did this on my Mac a few years ago. Doing anything in a VM environment was where the drivers had issues so we decided not to support it (as well as the reasons @Roland@pcmtec mentioned).

Simply partition the disk and boot Windows native.

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I don't suppose you guys will ever support Linux ?, Windows sucks.

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haha, I agree. Unfortunately the motor trade wrote the specifications for J2534 specifically for Windows and then developed all the software based on that specification. 

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2 hours ago, Mee said:

I don't suppose you guys will ever support Linux ?, Windows sucks.

The drivers are the main reason we wouldn't, also 99% of automotive engineering software is also Windows based, so we find almost all of our customers have to use Windows anyway.

We actually did look into porting the openport driver to linux so that we could develop an android app, however flex fuel and the multi tune removed the need for linux support. As we use C#/WPF for the GUI it would mean even with a linux driver the UI would never work. Cross platform software is difficult to do properly without compromises unfortunately.

One idea that I have entertained is a web version of the software, that would definitely work on linux or even your phone! There is not really a business case to do it though.

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