Monday, 25 April 2011

OKI C3300 Windows 7 & 8 driver Problem

OKI C3300 Windows 8 - Drivers

The only driver published for the C3300 id for 32 bit windows 8. Server 2012  and windows 8 64 bit are not supported. Please see OKI's compatibility tables.

OKI did have driver so say for windows 7 and even these were riddled with problems. So it may be worth trying the below fix, on windows 8.

One solution may be to try to set up as a network printer (if you have the C3300n) model, as this way you only need very basic drivers, and no software (like status monitor).

OKI C3300 Windows 7 - Driver Problem

If you are running windows 7 with an OKI C3300 then there is a chance you may be able to get it to work.

I have had various "spoolersv" errors whilst running an OKI C3300n on windows 7.

Solution: Install oki c3300n vista drivers and then go to install folder and find only application in that folder, its called OPHGLDCS (sort the window by file type to bring to top).

Then right click on this app, select compatibility tab and select vista on the drop down box.

Restart the computer.

Should be OK.

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Good and Bad customer service

Good and Bad customer service

My Experiences of bad customer service

First Group: Bus crashed in to my car, entirely the bus drivers fault, the bus driver apologized and we exchanged details, First group tried to blame me on no less than 3 occasions for causing the accident, then after they admitted guilt they withheld payment from my insurance company, and so now I am involved in that claim as well. (15/03/10: Received cheque in settlement for damage, approximately 1 year! After incident)
Inland Revenue: Despite being an employee for three years rather than self employed the HMRC keep sending me a tax return, I ring them up and tell them, they keep telling me to submit a tax return, I send them a recorded letter saying please look at my p60 for the year, and they send me three £100 fines one after the other. Then six months later I get a cheque for £300 in the post.
From these two examples I can say that the most annoying thing is not being listened to, the second is being forced to play the “game” according to the other party’s rules, and third being presumed guilty / in the wrong, with no hope of explaining otherwise.

Good Example

My Dad lets a house in Wessex waters territory with a drain that has got bunged up a number of times over the last 6 – 7 years. It’s turned out that the blockage was due to an obstruction the main Wessex sewer, and so my dad wrote in to Wessex Water to explain and they sent him a cheque for £200, based on the time he had spent clearing the numerous blockages, this was based on my Dad’s word and nothing else. Martin was saying that Wessex water are market leaders with a “will do” attitude I like the sound of that!

Martin mentioned about the checks that the directors of Wessex water used to make on operations centers, he said this was good as it increased the bond between management and work force, I must say though I may find that good or bad depending on the temperament of the manager in question. If they were bossy / arrogant type, may actually damage work ethic, obviously it could work well if the manager was the proactive, caring type.

Is Windows 7 worth an Upgrade?

Is Windows 7 worth an Upgrade? - Yes

1 - Hardware support is good.
2 - Lots of built in features that used to require additional software
3 - Not that system heavy runs fine on a 6 year old machine, with 1.5 gig of ram.
4 - You can turn off / on pretty much any feature you like

Is Windows 7 worth an Upgrade? - No

1 - It is just any operating system so you don't look at it very much
2 - Functionally it is no different to XP
3 - It is not faster than XP. I cant vouch for Vista
4 - You may loose the use of some older programs
5- Some hardware is not supported (NVS 280)

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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Two (2), Three (3) or Four (4) PC Monitors

Two (2), Three (3) or Four (4) PC Monitors - Intro

I have recently added a third monitor to my PC, and my opinion is. . . . two is an optimal number for most uses. Although 4 may be appropriate if you work from 2 or more apps / programs on a regular basis.

Two (2), Three (3) or Four (4) PC Monitors - 3 Monitors

I'll start with my least favourite.

Two monitors gives you the option to read from one screen whilst writing at another, whilst three monitors. . . I am convinced this is harder to use. My theory is that with 3 monitors arrange in a line, as below, means that you are constantly moving you eyes, from far left to far right, skipping over the centre screen somehow feels slightly disorientating, but with 2 or 4 monitors (4 monitors arranged 2 x 2), you do not have this.

Two (2), Three (3) or Four (4) PC Monitors - 2 Monitors

Two screens can be organised as a reference screen and a doing screen, perhaps a third screen can be used for outlook or other mail clients, but that is a lavish use.

3 Monitors - Sub-Optimal

Hardware requirements are considerably more expensive and complicated for a three monitor system, for example many graphics cards support dual monitors, not many support three, in fact you will probably have to opt for a four head card which are fairly expensive, although 2nd hand ones can be purchased on ebay for not much money $40 / £20.

Ultra mon software is a great addition to improve workability with 3 monitors.

I was told that I could not run pci and agp graphics cards simultaneously in the same machine, this is wrong you can. I am currently run a single monitor agp graphics card, and a dual monitor pci card simultaneously, with no glitches what so ever, they work seamlessly.

Two (2), Three (3) or Four (4) PC Monitors - 4 Monitors

Since publishing this I have switched to 4 monitors mounted 2 x 2, this maintains the symmetry of 2 monitors whilst proving the extra space required, for a multitude of open windows.

Typically i reserve top left for mail client, top right for file browsing, bottom left for reading, bottom right (primary) for writing.

Smaller monitors for the top two work OK, with larger ones for the bottom two.

Two (2), Three (3) or Four (4) PC Monitors - Advantages

You can massively increase your productivity using multiple monitors. The biggest change is using 2 monitors as an upgrade for 1. Even most laptops can support an extra monitor. Although you may need to add a key board and mouse to provide comfortable work station, as seen below.

Two (2), Three (3) or Four (4) PC Monitors - Hardware

2nd hand monitors are very cheap on ebay. perhaps $50 / £30 a piece. Pay attention to the connector type most older monitors are VGA which is fine for standard resolution work.

For office work look for NVS 285, or NVS 300 cards which are passively cooled (silent, support 2 cars per head and fit in the the PCIe slot in you PC.

NVS280 cards are fine if you are running XP but there are no drivers that work for these if you are using vista or windows 7.

Again double check that all the connectors are the same. You need to check the video card will fit in you PC, and that the video card will connect to your monitors. The above mentioned video cards come with a "spillter" cable for either VGA or DVI, so be careful to get the right one.

There is also the NVS 400 which will support 4 monitors.

The NVS 300 will run some retro games quite well.

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