Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true
(Acts 17:11)

Latest version:
1.31n Dec 29,'08 Logo

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Installation

  1. Where can the latest LcdBible be downloaded?
  2. What is the file size of the download?
    LcdBible is optimized for quick and easy download by people who may have slow, unreliable, and/or expensive Internet connectivity. The Starter Kit is only about 1.4 meg (about equivalent to a floppy disk). This compares to the typical 8 to 16 meg Starter Kits of other Bible freeware and commercial vendors. It is actually feasible to download the LcdBible Starter Kit with a 9600 baud POTS modem in a 3rd world country.

    Once you have installed the Starter Kit, updates of just the software are very small, typically about 400kb. LcdBible
  3. What is the procedure to download and install?
    • Click on this Starter Kit link (or the Download link on the left side of this web-page)
    • Click on Run if your browser has a security warning such as
      Do you want to run or save this file?
    • Click on Run if your browser has a security warning such as
      The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?
    • Click on the Continue button of the actual installation window to accept the License Agreement (LcdBible uses the minimally restrictive GPL 1.1 open license).
    • Click on the Install button to accept the default installation directory of:
      C:\Program Files\CrossWire\The SWORD Project
    • LcdBible will actually install itself.
    • A Mini Tutorial will be shown to help get started. Read this and then click on the OK button.
    • LcdBible will actually launch (load) and get started by showing an initial Tip of the Daywindow. Click on the Close button to dismiss this window.
    • LcdBible will then start by showing Genesis 1 of the World English Bible (WEB).
    • You are encouraged to read through and follow the tutorial
      Start + Programs + LcdBible Folder + Tutorial
  4. Is LcdBible really free?
    Yes. LcdBible is completely free (no charge). The developer has been abundantly blessed and wants to give something back. There are no expirations, ads, spies, function limits, etc. (this would make LcdBible non-freeware by purist definitions). There is no pro version for sale that has additional features (this would be shareware try before you buy).
  5. Does LcdBible contain spyware or adware?
    No. All of the source code for using The CrossWire Bible Society's resources is available for anyone to study or use. This pretty much eliminates the chance for mal-ware within the code. LcdBible
  6. What kind of problems could be encountered?
    Hopefully, few or none ... but Y)our M)ilage M)ay V)ary
    • If you updating LcdBible from version 1.2x or earlier, the font of the first displayed chapter could be extra small or extra large. This can usually be resolved by selecting a different chapter.
    • Superscripted verse number may not display correctly if you are using Windows 95 or Windows 98. These came with a version of RichEdit that has problems with some of the formatting that LcdBible uses. It is possible and recommended to download and install a more recent version of the RichEdit control.
    • Similarly, the RMB (right mouse button) may not work correctly with Win9x systems in the TextViewer. This prevents the find from selected text from working, and requires use of the Options Dialog to change the font-size. Sorry.
    • LcdBible could get confused if you close LcdBible and then uninstall (delete) the Bible translation you were viewing. LcdBible attempts to restart where you left off. LcdBible
  7. Is there a version of LcdBible for Linux?
    No. See The CrossWire Bible Society
  8. Is there a version of LcdBible for the Macintosh?
    No. See The CrossWire Bible Society
  9. What Bible translations are available for LcdBible?
    As of Oct, 2005, ver 2.10p can detect and use the public domain AKJV, ASV, BBE, KJV, Websters, WEB, and YLT Bibles.
  10. Is the [NASB | NIV | NKJV | NLT | etc.] available for LcdBible?
    No. The publishers of these Bibles restrict usage and/or charge a significant licensing fee.
  11. Is the [AMP, ESV, God's Word, KJ21, LITV, MKJV, MSG, TEV | etc.] Bible available for LcdBible?
    Not yet. The publishers of these less well known Bibles tend to be less restrictive than the publishers of the best known Bibles noted above. They have made their Bible texts available to other freeware websites, but with reasonable limitations to protect their intellectual property. We will endeavor to obtain permission to make some or all of these Bibles available for use by LcdBible.
  12. What is the minimal hardware configuration that LcdBible runs on?
    Official minimum: Pentium 233, 32 meg DRAM, 640*480 video
    Observed to work (slowly): 386 laptop with 16 meg DRAM and compressed hard drive (double-space)
    LcdBible is possibly unique in that it is actually quite usable on dinosaur equipment. LcdBible
  13. Will LcdBible work on a computer with Windows 95 installed?
    Yes. Let us know if you have problems with BerBibleUpdate.exe, however.
  14. Will LcdBible work on a computer with Windows 3.x installed?
    No.It's a 32 bit application.
  15. Does LcdBible contain worms, cookies, etc.?
    No. It is very well behaved in that it is self-contained, with no files installed into any System directories (such as C:\Windows). It does not suffer from, or contribute to, dll heck.
  16. Does LcdBible have a well behaved uninstaller?
    Yes. All registry entries are removed, as well as all files in the installation directory.
  17. Are updates well behaved?
    Yes. LcdBible keeps track of the directory to which it was installed, and subsequent updates use this as the default. As of ver 2.10p, there are no files modified by the end-user, so it is a non-issue that something like notes would get lost or overwritten. LcdBible can detect if a vpl has possibly gotten corrupted, and provide guidance on how to fix.
  18. What license restrictions, if any, does LcdBible have?
    LcdBible uses the Mozilla 1.1 license. This conforms to the Open Source Initiative and imposes negligible restrictions on the user, other than the developer being able to control changes. Anyone may freely distribute LcdBible, but there are limits on being able to change the actual code and still call it LcdBible. Specifically, LcdBible is not GPL or public domain. LcdBible
  19. What protection is implemented for restricted, copyrighted Bibles?
    None yet. The next release will have password protected, SCOP encryption.
  20. How to I check for updates?
    There is a Help + Check-For-Update function that will send an e-mail to our attention. However, the easiest way is to check the homepage.
  21. Can I give LcdBible away to other people?
    Yes. Please do.
  22. Is LcdBible available for sale from e-Bay?
    We haven't seen this, but it could happen. The Mozilla 1.1 license does not prohibit this. LcdBible might be included with other software on a CD, perhaps. It would be very unlikely, however, if the version for sale had features or advantages beyond the free version.
  23. With which operating systems does LcdBible work?
    Win95, Win98, WinMe, WinNt4, Win2000, WinXp
  24. Does LcdBible work on or with pda's?
    No, but it is on the roadmap of enhancements. The design philosophy for LcdBible isn't that different from The Zen of Palm Development to have a simple application that loads very quickly. LcdBible
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