Great news!! Online Wiring Diagrams will now work without flash!

Today, I learned that the author of the online Mazda MX-5 shop manual has updated the site he hosts, so that flash is no longer required to view the wiring diagram images, so I again fixed the links to that great resource. If you are going to use that resource, you need do no more.

It turns out, he simply decided to embed ruffle , a flash player emulator . So I looked it up to see if I could incorporate that into our Fiat Service Manual USB, and I’m hoping that we need only load the ruffle build into the built-in website. The alternative method I chose for now was to load the ruffle extension into my default browser – Chrome is currently my choice, but there are also extensions for:

I can now click on my offline Mazda MX-5 shop manual, and all is well again, even using Chrome (example in top photo). My favorite feature of Mazda’s interactive (that’s why flash player was required) wiring diagrams, is that they show the current flow starting at the battery, through the respective fuses and switches, until the desired operation has been completed. As an example, for power windows > the effect of activating the start button and the respective switches (ie window down <short tap>, window auto down <long press>, window lock, etc.). You won’t find that feature from Mopar TA!

To familiarize yourself with the process, you can watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRkcOsmMZd0 . However, the easiest way to install Ruffle on Chromium-based browsers such as Chrome, Edge, Opera, and Brave is through the Chrome Web Store. The easiest way to install Ruffle on Firefox is through addons.mozilla.org.

Note that if a thumbnail copy is displayed that is too hard to read, just right-click and select “full screen display”.

Here is my MOPAR Tech Authority Wiring Manual using Chrome, pointing at the Wiring_Information.html file in the Wiring Diagrams folder (I’m not sure that it didn’t work prior to my installing the ruffle extension though).

6 thoughts on “Great news!! Online Wiring Diagrams will now work without flash!

  1. lol You got me! In regards to the wiring diagram site, absolutely a two thumbs up event.

    My challenge with the MOPAR Tech Authority documentation isn’t so much Flash, as it is that they’ve somehow managed to hard code in the requirement that it run using the IE browser.

    For the time being (at least), I can still open the MOPAR TA documentation using IE, and everything is still working okay, even though this desktop I’m using no longer has Flash installed on it. Eventually MS will come down with a heavy-handed update that will purge Internet Explorer from my machine, and then I’ll have to resort to using an old laptop to access the documents.

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    • Well, I’m able to pull up my MOPAR Tech Authority Wiring Manual in Chrome, so I don’t know that it is locked down that tight. Try entering the path to your files, as I have done.

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      • Okay, well now I feel stupid, and I’ll happily admit to it. lol

        I had always been doing the “right click” on the file and “open with” … some other browser… scenario; which never worked. I even had a buddy try to modify the code to redirect a “double click” launch to a different browser.. without success. But using the path to the launch file also works in Edge, and… Firefox!!!! This could well be the best tip I’ve been given in 2022. Thank you so much. Now MS can go ahead and purge my IE anytime they want to. Crisis averted!!!

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  2. Cal, you may have been correct after all regarding IE being required for the Mopar TA Service Manual (vs the Wiring Manual). ruffle takes care of the flash issue, but not the hardcoding for IE. The Mazda manual is now good though for just about everything but the engine and manual transmission.

    My favorite feature of Mazda’s wiring diagrams, is that they show the current flow starting at the battery, through the respective fuses and switches, until the desired operation has been completed. As an example, for power windows > the effect of activating the start button and the respective switches (ie window up, window auto up, etc.).

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  3. Yup, a somewhat sad day in MOPAR TA document owner land. I was getting ready to create bookmarks for all four of my purchased documents, but the 2017 Wiring Manual is the only one of the four that allows me to use any other browser by pasting in the drive location of the launch file.

    With the 2019 version, and unlike the other manuals, you can’t open it from a copy on your hard drive… it will only open from the USB fob it was delivered on. It has an executable file that does some sort of license validation before allowing the file to be opened from the fob. For the two model years of service manuals I posses, the IE requirement is hard coded into the “default.htm” file that’s used to launch them. I can clearly see where they’re doing the check for four other browser apps and assigning them a value that will trigger a block, but that’s where my feeble skills end. I have next to zero experience with html coding, and my futile attempts to muddle with the content resulted in at least getting it to allow me to click on the button to open the manual… and then a blank page.

    So no joy in Mudville. But, as you noted, we can access the Mazda electrical manual online (and own own 2017 version of the manual locally, if we purchased it).

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