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Drivers Driver Download Site

Drivers are basically small programs or pieces of 'code' that allow services or equipment (like printers, digital cameras, scanners) to run on your machine. If you purchase a piece of equipment from new the 'drivers' are normally included on a disc found in the box. This disc will usually be easy to install - just pop it in the CD-Rom drive!


Sometimes you will need to UPDATE your drivers, or download them from the manufacturer's web site. It sounds complicated but it isn't really. FIRST, make sure you know the maker, name and model number of your printer, scanner, or other piece of equipment. Then go to the maker's web site and look for a link saying 'downloads' or 'drivers'. Go to that page and follow any instructions you find there. With any luck you'll be able to download a file to your computer. SAVE it to a location of your choice (the desktop, maybe). RUN (click on it) the file and it should give you instructions as to what to do next. You may have to re-start your computer to complete the process.


Manufacturers to make them better, faster, or to add on new functions often update drivers. A rule of thumb is unless your equipment NEEDS new drivers, and is working well, don't update the driver. If you have updated your 'operating system' (Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP etc) then you may well need to download the latest driver.



ATI (Radeon)


Canon UK


Epson UK



Hewlett-Packard UK









Via (Hyperion)


For other makes or companies go to Google and type in the maker's name...


Backing-Up Data  

Most people store lots of information on their computers. Thats what computers are good at! BUT, sometimes a computer will crash due to a virus, a hardware fault, or a failed hard-drive. At this point your data IS at risk and we often find customers in despair having lost addresses, accounts and valuable documents. Sometimes it is possible to restore data. But not always. So what can you do?


The key to this is to remember to regularly BACK-UP data. Put simply, this means having copies of your files in a different location - most usually OFF the machine on a disc or on a different drive altogether! Floppy discs are great for small files. For larger files try CD-R discs. You may also think about installing a second hard drive (although this is liable to be infected by a virus attack too), or a stand-alone data storage device.


There is software available to help make this boring task take up less of your time. Some software specialises in AUTOMATING the task. Other programs are able to back up entire drives, or back-up individual files only. For advice, call us, or pop into the shop!


Symantec Norton Ghost

Viruses !!  

Viruses, 'trojans' and 'worms' are the terrifying names attached to small programs or 'code' that are able to infect your computer - sometimes with awful consequences. Viruses are sometimes made with the specific intention of 'doing' something nasty. Some viruses are like garden pests - annoying but not lethal. Others can damage your machine or your data quite badly.

Viruses can be transferred to your machine from another computer by disc. Increasingly they are downloaded from the internet by attaching themselves to downloaded files, or spreading via infected e-mail.

Protecting against viruses is fairly easy, however, if you install anti-virus software. There are several well-respected software packages available at reasonable prices. What IS important is regularly checking that your anti-virus software is up-to-date. This is because new or modified viruses are appearing all the time requiring that your software have the latest information possible. Most recent software packages automatically update themselves when you go online!



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