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Chapter 25. DRIVERS, CHEATS, HELP, AND MORE > Finding Help for Routine Things

Finding Help for Routine Things

When you have specific questions or advanced questions, online forums are great. But unless you're involved in very basic forums, there are certain kinds of questions it's sometimes hard to ask: basic questions. Often forums and communities assume a critical mass of knowledge, or the dynamics of the group make it difficult to ask a basic question without getting razzed or causing controversy. But, of course, there are lots of beginners online. In addition to basic beginner questions, you may find you have lots of “routine” needs—looking for software drivers, say, or trying to get a handle on current virus alerts. And, of course, there's the gamer's need for cheats and walkthroughs.

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If you need to help someone with really basic computer skills—like, how to move a mouse around—try this site: http://northville.lib.mi.us/tech/tutor/welcome.htm. Library and university Web sites offer some amazingly good basic computer help. Try searching for the name of your hardware or software, and then modifying the search with site:edu or site:us. You can come up with some good stuff that way.



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