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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question please ask it at the FORUM

 

General and Contact information

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Q. How do I contact you?

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Q. Is there another site I can download from if this site is down?

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Q. Is BibleDatabase really free? What's the catch?

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Q. Which site should I bookmark?

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Q. What Kind of Hardware do I need to have?

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Q. How much space do I need available on my Hard Drive?

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Q. How does one get the Bibles/Dictionaries and stuff or do I have to download more?

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Q. How do I report a bug or a problem or contact you?

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Q. Will more Modules become available for BibleDatabase?

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Q. Some BibleDatabase and Modules are EXE files. How can I be sure they do not carry a computer virus?

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Q. Do I get support if something goes wrong?

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Q. What operating systems does BibleDatabase run on?

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Q. What does BibleDatabase look like?

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Q. Do I have to register BibleDatabase?

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Q. Can I be kept informed on updates to BibleDatabase?

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Q. To download all the BibleDatabase files takes forever. Is it not available on CD?

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Q. I'm having difficulty downloading the files. Will you email them to me?

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Q. How long has this site been around?

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Q. Why are revision Dates sometimes in the Future?

Q. I have a question which is not answered here.

Bible Related Questions

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Q. Why are the Greek Bibles the transliterated versions?

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Q. What about Bibles like the NIV, NKJV and others?  Are these available?

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Q. Will more Modules become available for BibleDatabase?

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Q. What is all this hype about Copyright?  

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Q. Are any of the BibleDatabase files subject to Copyright?

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Q. How accurate are the Bibles?

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Q. I'm having difficulty downloading the files. Will you email them to me?

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Q. I have a question which is not answered here.

Software Installation Questions/Errors/Problems

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Q. When I try to run BibleDatabase I get an error which says "Runtime Error 76. Path not found".

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Q. It is hard to exit from this program.  In order to do it, I have to do Ctrl+Alt+Del.

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Q. Can I install BibleDatabase to a drive other than my C drive?

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Q. How do I report a bug or a problem or contact you?

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Q. Some BibleDatabase and Modules are EXE files. How can I be sure they do not carry a computer virus?

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Q. What operating systems does BibleDatabase run on?

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Q. What about Windows XP?

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Q. I would prefer to have BibleDatabase in a Microsoft Access 2000 database format.

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Q. Do I have to register BibleDatabase?

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Q. Does BibleDatabase come with an uninstaller if I decide to remove it?

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Q. Why are some BibleDatabase files .EXE and not .ZIP files?
12 Q. I am a VB/Delphi programmer and would like to help. How do I get involved?
13 Q. After installing BibleDatabase to my D: Drive it won't see any of my modules. What now?

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Q. I have a question which is not answered here.
15 Q. The maps are huge.  How can I zoom out to reduce this so I can see them in better proportion?

Mailing List(s)

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Q. Is there a BibleDatabase Mailing list?

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Q. How do I subscribe to the Mailing List?

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Q. Can I be kept informed on updates to BibleDatabase?

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Q. I have a question which is not answered here.
Other Services
1 Q. How Come you offer Web hosting these days?

Q. Is there another site I can download from if this site is down? 
Yes. From Winsite,
Tucows and Simtel.

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Q. Is BibleDatabase really free? What's the catch?

A. No catch. BibleDatabase and all modules are FREEWARE. What we do ask of you if BibleDatabase has been of any use to you, is to practice what the Word says about giving. Remember the Widows and Orphans. Remember the poor and the destitute. Remember the lost.  When you drive your car or walk the City Streets, don't forget these.

"And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward." - Jesus.

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Q. Which site should I bookmark?

A This site [http://BibleDatabase.com or http://bibledatabase.com] as it is updated first. Winsite and Simtel are usually updated within 24 hours of this.

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Q. Why are the Greek Bibles the transliterated versions?

A. Presently BibleDatabase does not support Unicode and UTF (Universal Text Format). We are working on this and hope to release a version with Unicode support soon. Once we the software is available we will also make available many other Bibles in languages such as Greek, Hebrew, Chinese and others. If you are a VB programmer and would like to become involved as a volunteer please let us know.

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Q. When I try to run BibleDatabase I get an error which says "Runtime Error 76. Path not found".

A. This error dates back to Versions prior to 1.0.8 when something goes wrong during the initial install. It has been fixed. Please download the latest copy of BibleDatabase and try again.

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Q. I have this problem with BibleDatabase:  it is hard to exit from this program.  In order to do it, I have to do Ctrl+Alt+Del.

A. There are a number of chores the software must complete on shutting down. This takes some time on older computers.

Tip. If you have an older Computer, click (in BibleDatabase) "Tools" then "Options" then "Misc". From here you can disable the temporary folder clean-up executed during program shut down. This should help. (You can then either manually delete the temp files c:\Program Files\BibleDatabase\Scratch\ from time to time or you could periodically just switch this option on).

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Q. Can I install BibleDatabase to a drive other than my C drive?

A. Yes. Just remember that you will have to install all subsequent modules to this drive as well. To help with this task you can use the Module Folder Tool.

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Q. Is there a BibleDatabase Mailing list?

A. The mailing list was replaced by the Message board in 2003.

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Q. How do I subscribe to the Mailing List?

A. The mailing list was replaced by the Message board in 2003. 

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Q. What Kind of Hardware do I need to have?

A. As with any Software, the bigger and faster your PC is the faster it will run. A Pentium II with 64M of RAM and an AGP (Advanced Graphics Port) video card is recommended (but not essential) and 800*600 Screen resolution or better (although BibleDatabase will work at 640*480). However, BibleDatabase does run fine [albeit a bit slow!] on a 486DX-100 (this is a pre-Pentium class machine) with a 256K ISA screen card and 16M RAM.

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Q. How much space do I need available on my Hard Drive?

A. For the software you need about 15MB free space (the download file of 4.5MB plus another 10MB once the files have all been uncompressed - if you are running short of space, you can delete the downloaded files once installed). In addition, you will require approximately 8MB for each full Bible or Commentary (3.5MB for Bible Portions). For the Maps you will need about 15MB. If you download all the BibleDatabase modules, you will require about 2,000MB of free Hard Drive space.  

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Q. How does one get the Bibles/Dictionaries and stuff or do I have to download more?

A. Each "thing" in BibleDatabase requires a module. For example, if you want another Bible you must download it and install it.

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Q. How do I report a bug or a problem or contact you?

Please go to the FORUM (preferred) or the Old Help Desk. Fill in your question and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Q. Will more Modules become available for BibleDatabase?

A. Yes. There are many versions of the Bible, in as many languages, as well as a host of Bible Dictionaries, Commentaries, Study Notes and other Biblical material in the Public Domain. As these are adapted for BibleDatabase so they too will become available as modules.

If you know of a resource for a particular Bible not currently part of BibleDatabase, please let us know and we will check it out. If it is possible, we will include it as a module.

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Q. What about Bibles like the NIV, NKJV and others?  Are these available?

A. We regret that presently you can't download these Bibles as they are Copyrighted.

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Q. What is all this hype about Copyright?  

A. Unlike the common street definition of copyright, meaning to "copy-right", many of the modern day translations of the Bible are actually protected by International Copyright law. For example, the NIV, NKJV, NASB, NLT are all subject to Copyright. This means that we may not make them available to the general public (you in this case) without permission from the Copyright holder [Zondervan for example]. This generally means paying a large sum of money ($10,000!) to the copyright holder once off, AS WELL as a distribution fee for each copy distributed. As Bible Database is FREEWARE on the one hand, and we do not have the money to pay the Copyright holders on the other, these translations are not available for download at the present time. Should there be a change in this status we will immediately make them available. For a more complete discussion on this subject please refer to the WEB FAQ.

If we have mistakenly made material available which is Copyrighted and should not have, please advise us and we will rectify it immediately.

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Q. Are any of the BibleDatabase files subject to Copyright?

A. Yes. Some files on these pages are subject to Copyright [not by us but by the Authors/Translators of the work]. This means if you download the file you must abide by the terms of the Copyright or you may not download them. Where a file is Copyrighted the terms of the Copyright holder are printed next to the download link. Please respect these terms. If you do not we may be forced to remove the material by the Copyright holder.

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Q. BibleDatabase and most Modules are EXE files. How can I be sure they do not carry a computer virus?

A. We can never be 100% sure a virus is not contained in an EXE file. However, it is extremely unlikely. All BibleDatabase files are scanned with the pro version of AVG's antiviral software [kindly donated by this fine company]. If you don't have a good antiviral package, we strongly recommend this software from AVG - they also have a version which is 100% free!

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Q. Do I get support if something goes wrong?

A. Yes. You can contact us anytime with questions [or suggestions for improvement] about BibleDatabase once you have downloaded the software. Support is free too.

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Q. What operating systems does BibleDatabase run on?

A. BibleDatabase has been tested on the following Operating Systems:

    Windows 95 (OSR 2 or later),
    Windows 98,
    Windows ME,
    Windows 2000,
    Windows XP

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Q. What about Windows XP?

A. BibleDatabase works with Windows XP.

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Q. I would prefer to have BibleDatabase in a Microsoft Access 2000 database format.

A. Go to the BibleDatabase 2000 site. Please note that fewer modules are available for the Access 2000 version and the Access version is no longer being updated.

NOTE TO DEVELOPERS: The program file on the BibleDatabase 2000 site is a compiled MDE file. If you would like the MDB file with full source please contact us and we will give you the download URL. Please note that NO SUPPORT IS OFFERED FOR THIS (Although originally written in a hurry, the VBA code is at least commented in most places :-) )

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Q. What does BibleDatabase look like?

A. See the Screen Shots .

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Q. Do I have to register BibleDatabase?

A. Not any more. We used to limit the functionality of the software until it had been registered [free] but due to the number of daily registration requests [there were over 1 million copies of BibleDatabase in circulation in March 2002] we have stopped this.

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Q. Can I be kept informed on updates to BibleDatabase?

A. Yes. You can join the mailing list anytime. It's free and you can unsubscribe at any time if you change your mind.

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Q. To download all the BibleDatabase files takes forever. Is it not available on CD?

A. Yes. There is a link from the main page as well as the software download page.

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Q. Does BibleDatabase come with an uninstaller if I decide to remove it?

A. Yes.

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Q. Why are some BibleDatabase files .EXE and not .ZIP files?

A. Many of the folk downloading the software are not computer gurus [like you] and either do not have a program like Winzip or do not know how to use it. Having the files as self installing executables, alleviates this problem. However, for those trying to download from the office, we know that many Network Administrators prevent the downloading of .EXE files over their networks for fear of computer viruses. This is unfortunate and unnecessary as virtually all viruses these days are in the form of either VB script or Macro viruses which are not .EXE files anyway. The only remedy here is to download from home.

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Q. I'm having difficulty downloading the files. Will you email them to me?

A. Generally, the answer is no. We receive hundreds of email per month and this is simply not possible.

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Q. How accurate are the Bibles?

A. The source text for Bibles used in BibleDatabase come from many different places. The scope of this FAQ the place for a full discussion on this as virtually each text has a different source. Suffice it to say, we have taken utmost care to ensure the source texts are of the highest quality and accuracy. We highly recommend you download the Translation Notes module if you have questions on this topic.

If you do discover an error in a module please let us know and we will rectify it as soon as possible.

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Q. How long has this site been around?

A. BibleDatabase 2000 [the MS Access version] has been available since around March 2000. This site has been in existence since around March 2001.

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 Q. Why are Revision Dates sometimes in the future?

A. The Bibles and software for BibleDatabase are distributed over many servers. Each time an update is made, however trivial, files must be uploaded and relocated from more than one place. This takes time. The dates shown in the HTML files are the target dates for the availability of whatever is is that is dated. In most cases we are able to complete the uploading and relocating of files a day or so before the target dates and this is why you often see a "Last revise DATE" where DATE may be tomorrow or the following days date.

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Q. I have a question which is not answered here.

A. Once you have downloaded BibleDatabase please feel free to contact us with your question/s and we will try to answer. Alternatively, you may post your question on the Message Board.

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Q. I am a VB/Delphi programmer and would like to help. How do I get involved?

A. Please contact us. We appreciate all the help we can get. We are currently looking for people to help with Tech-Support as well as the rewriting of an entirely new version of BibleDatabase.

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Q. After installing BibleDatabase to my D: Drive it won't see any of my modules. What now?

A. If you install BibleDatabase to the default directory you should have no problems. However, sometimes it may be necessary to install BibleDatabase to a drive other than the C: drive. For example, you may wish to do this if your C: drive is almost full. By default BibleDatabase expects to install the software to C:\Program Files\BibleDatabase\ while it creates a top level module folder in C:\Program Files\BibleDatabase\Modules\.

Beneath the Module folder it creates all the other folders required for the various Modules. E.g. C:\Program Files\BibleDatabase\Modules\Bibles, C:\Program Files\BibleDatabase\Modules\Commentaries, C:\Program Files\BibleDatabase\Modules\Names\ etc. When you install a Module (which you download from this site) it will automatically try to install to the default location just described unless you tell it to install it elsewhere.

Assuming you originally installed BibleDatabase to something like D:\XYZ\, BibleDatabase will expect to find the Bibles in d:\XYZ\Modules\Bible\. If it does not find a Bible in this folder it will not run and you will get the message No Bible found. There are a few ways to correct this problem:

  • Move the Bibles (and other modules) from their default location in C:\Program Files\BibleDatabase\Modules\XXX (where XXX is the type e.g. Bible, Commentary, Prayers etc) to the new location (D:\XYZ\Modules\XXX in this case)
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  • Use the Module Folder Tool (separate download) to accomplish this if you are having difficulty.

  • Edit the Registry keys for BibleDatabase or delete the entire key and run the software again. Caution. This option is only for advanced users.

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Q. The maps are huge - a small detail takes up all the screen.  How can I zoom out to reduce this so I can see them in better proportion?

A. The maps are standard JPEG files. You can open them in your favorite image viewer and set the scale to whatever you want or you can resize them in BibleDatabase itself (see Help by pressing F1) - up to you :-) Also, Irfanview is a good FREE image viewer. You can get it from HERE. The maps are in the folder C:\Program Files\BibleDatabase\Modules\Maps\

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Q. What's the deal with the Web Hosting? Why are you guys doing it?

A. When this site started off we had no idea how it would grow! God has been amazingly faithful and between this site (BibleDatabase.org) the Bibleforums Message Board and the Online Bibles site we are now getting well in excess of 2,000,000 hits per month (June 2004). We have to pay for these resources. We now require 3 dedicated servers to keep it all going. That's right, 3 servers, not 3 websites! It costs us thousands of $ each year to cover these costs.

You may have noticed some advertising on our sites - initially we had no advertising. However, as the popularity of the various sites has grown we have been forced to allow some advertising to cover costs. Historically, asking for donations has not worked. We receive very little each year from this - less than $100 per year. (A $100 btw, covers our cost for a few days).

So, to answer the original question. The simple answer is "To keep the BibleDatabase sites alive". Without the revenue from the hosting we would simply close down. We therefore appeal to you to support BibleDatabase by getting a Website from Webnet77 if you need one. If you don't need one that's fine too. You can still help in many ways. for example, you can help by

  • Telling your family and friends, your colleagues at work,

  • Advertise Webnet77 by telling others in Chat rooms, on Message Boards, Guest Books etc,

  • Put a Webnet77 banner or text link on your website if you have one and link it to http://webnet77.com

  • Support Online Evangelism.

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