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3116-t125_thumb_5383160247_67872163 14 Dec 2006 12:16am #1
offline rowal5555

Member since 29 Jun 2006

Member from Dunedin

Posts: 33

Greetings folks.
I am a newcomer to GrownUps, the world of superannuitants and computing. I bought my first PC about 18 months ago and it has rapidly become my main hobby.

There is a free version of just about anything you could want available on the web and one list where each programme has been tried and recommended by members is here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html.
There are a number of other really good sites, so if anyone is interested, I will post some of those too.

Cheers

5434-8748322057 14 Dec 2006 6:51am #2
offline condor

Member since 01 Sep 2006

Member from Spreydon

Posts: 43

Greetings Rowal5555 will check out the site and welcome to Grownups condor

3116-t125_thumb_5383160247_67872163 16 Dec 2006 7:20pm #3
offline rowal5555

Member since 29 Jun 2006

Member from Dunedin

Posts: 33

Not all programmes at these sites are free, but they are well worth a look.
For those of you who are pre XP, a good site is http://www.oldversion.com/, because newer is not always better.
Others are:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/
http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/
http://www.download.com/

Cheers

Blank 16 Dec 2006 11:09pm #4
offline tartanlassie

Member since 26 Mar 2006

Member from Hamilton

Posts: 269

rowal5555: Greetings folks.
I am a newcomer to GrownUps, the world of superannuitants and computing. I bought my first PC about 18 months ago and it has rapidly become my main hobby.

There is a free version of just about anything you could want available on the web and one list where each programme has been tried and recommended by members is here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html.
There are a number of other really good sites, so if anyone is interested, I will post some of those too.

Cheers


Hi Rowal: and welcome. Thanks for your info. Have had a quick look and will be following it through. Yes, indeedy, experience with the computer opens up so many horizons

Blank 27 Jul 2010 8:13am #5
offline Bror Dane

Member since 28 Sep 2006

Member from Papamoa Beach

Posts: 57

I am feeling extremely frustrated and annoyed with a situation of trying to download driver software from the Internet.



The problem is with a scanner called an OVT X 86 ‘Easypix Cyberscanner’ When I Google this, and add “Download Driver” there are dozens and dozens of offers to download the driver for free. But still every single site I came to said I had to download some software to check all my drivers. I have already done that 5 - 6 times, and still there is no invite to download the driver I actually need. I have to apparently pay for some registration fee before this can be downloaded. DO I HAVE TO MAKE THIS PAYMENT?



I have looked through page after page of hundreds of sites, and ALL seemed to have been hi-jacked by these commercial outfits which promise all but deliver nothing. About two tears ago I did download this driver, for a different computer, so I know it can be done.



I would have thought that by loading a new piece of hardware on to the computer it would search for the driver itself. I am using XP, and it does do the search, and even recognises the hardware as it comes up with the name OVT scanner, but it searches only on the PC hard-drive, but of course the driver is not there. It even starts to load something that looks like the OVT driver, but then stops with a message:







I thought there would be a way for the PC to search the internet for a driver and download it. Have these commercial outfits hijacked that facility or function as well?


The most promising site could be , but even that seems to be hijacked by the guys wanting to sell me stuff I do not want.



I wonder if it can be done at all. Can you help me?



Regards,



Adrian Muller adrianmuller@xtra.co.nz

17159-Midas___09 27 Jul 2010 8:51am #6
offline Cookybaby

Member since 24 Sep 2007

Member from Taupo

Posts: 2302

Hi Bror Dane,
Go to the manufacturers website, find the make and model of your scanner and update the driver from there.
99% of the sites on the net will let you do a scan for drivers for free, but then you will have to pay them to get it. Be very wary of these.
Always go the manufacturers site for drivers and they will be free.

What is your operating system?
Are you all up to date with updates and patches? Often you can go to Microsoft for an update that will fix the driver problem.

Cheers CB

Blank 04 Aug 2010 5:22pm #7
offline beachbum

Member since 05 Aug 2008

Member from Christchurch CBD

Posts: 725

There's not just free software out there but free operating systems too.

If you're sick of windows you can try out linux... and the great thing about this is you dont have to install it. It can be booted straight of a CD.

One of the speedy ones is called 'Puppy'.
It was intially put together by a retired computing consultant/lecturer type of chappy in aussie called Barry.

Its now taken over by a computing group ..so Barry can enjoy his retirement more. (Oh he had a small dog - hence the name.)

You can find out more here:
http://www.puppylinux.com/about.htm

It comes complete with software thought you can add additional programs if you wish.


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