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Free Drivers, Dll's
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Find DLL's
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Introduction
Locate and download your missing dll, driver or Bios upgrade for free.
To receive free technical support on any computer-related problems, please visit this page.
 
Find DLL's
What is a DLL?
'DLL' is an abbreviation of 'Dynamic Link Library'. A DLL file can be part of a program or of the Windows operating system. When you miss a certain DLL, or have the wrong version of a DLL installed on your computer, your system can crash or behave strangely, or a program might fail to function.
Solution: download the right DLL and install it on your system!
5Star Support
DLL File Downloads
Hundreds of common and not so common DLL files for free download.
DirectXDownload page for Microsoft DirectX dlls.
DLL BaseFree Windows DLL Files.
DLL WorldDLL-files for download, organized by filename.
DLL-Download.netWindows DLL's for download, alphabetically sorted.
DLL-Downloads.comDll's, ocx files, drv files + tech support.
DLL-files.comDLL-files for download organized by filename.
DLLlab.comFree download of Windows DLL files.
The Dynamic
Link Library
Recommended! Very large and well-organized DLL download site. Also has a large collection of OCX, SYS, VXD and INF files.
Visual BasicTo run applications created with Visual Basic, you need at least one of these vbrun dlls.
www.afreedll.comDownload and restore missing .DLL files
www.dlldll.comFree Windows DLL Files.
 
Find Drivers
What is a driver?
A driver is a program or dll that controls a device, e.g. a printer, CD-writer, keyboard or a soundcard. If your system does not contain the correct driver for a device, the device will not function at all, incorrectly or your computer might crash.
Downloading the correct driver might solve the problem.
Bravofiles.comDevice drivers and software utilities ordered by category and vendor.
c't drivers serviceUseful site with many links to hardware/download Websites of manufacturers. Language: German.
CDROM-drivers.comCd-rom, cd-rw, and dvd drivers.
CNet Download.comA large listing of Windows drivers.
Driver Pit.comFiles listed alphabetically and by hardware type.
DriverFiles.netDrivers listed by device type. You can also search for a driver using a keyword.
Drivers KitLarge hand-picked database of hardware drivers for free download.
Drivers Planet25,000 driver-downloads by over 500 manufacturers.
DriverStock.comA large collection of drivers categorized by manufacturer and hardware type.
DriverZoneDriver-downloads categorized by hardware type.
Input-Drivers.comDownloads for Mouse, keyboard, and other input devices.
Lost companiesThe company which created your hardware component might no longer exist. This page lists companies which went out of business or have been acquired by another company.
Modem-Drivers.comDownloads for Modems, organized by company.
Network-drivers.com
nodevice.comExcellent download site for Windows drivers.
PCDrivers.comLarge site, listing the most up-to-date driver-downloads.
Soundcard-drivers.com
StorageDrivers.comScsi, ide, drive, tape backup, and other storage related driver-downloads organized by company.
techno-worldFree drivers, firmwares and bios upgrades for download.
The Driver ForumOnline discussionforums, for driver hunters to ask about, discuss, and share device-driver files of all types.
Treiber-Archiv.deUseful site with many links to driver sections of the Websites of manufacturers (German).
UpDriversFree device drivers for Windows and BIOS upgrades.
USB-Drivers.comUSB device downloads organized by company.
WinDrivers.comYou need to sign up (which is free) for unlimited access to device drivers, anti-virus updates, security patches, etc.
 
Find Bios upgrades
What is a BIOS?
The BIOS (= 'Basic Input Output System') can be considered the "startup" software for your PC. It also controls several important functions, like input/output, and without it your PC will not run. A bios upgrade can be advantageous if you experience device compatibility problems, or other more general non-tracable errors. When everything seems to cause problems on your computer, think of a BIOS upgrade. See also this Wikipedia article.
Most systems allow you to update the BIOS by running a small program you can download freely. To find the software that can upgrade the bios for you, you usually need to know which motherboard is inside your computer.
Bios-drivers.comBios updates organized by company.
Bios CentralLarge PC Bios site with lots of information.
Wim's Bios PageExcellent site with bios information, updates, bios numbers, bios utilities, FAQ, reports, etc.
The Flash Bios siteSite about PCs BIOS flash upgrades.
The Bios Web'A source for PC ROM Bios'.
 
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Companies
3Com
Alliance
Allied Telesis
AMD/ATI
Asante
Avance Logic
Brother
Canon
Cirrus Logic
Cisco/Linksys
Creative Labs
D-Link
Dell
Diamond
Fujitsu
Hercules
Hewlett Packard
Intel
Kingston
Konica, Minolta, QMS
Lexmark
Matrox
Novell
Okidata
OpenGl.org
Panasonic
Panasonic (2)
Sony
Turtle Beach
Xerox
 
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