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Computer/Software Requirements


Suggested Computer/Software Requirements

  • USB port (minimum of 2)
  • 1GB or higher processor, Pentium II
  • 512 MB or more RAM
  • 150 MB available on hard drive
  • CD-RW drive or CD-RW/DVD combo
  • Cable modem or Broadband internet connections
  • Sound card with speakers or headset
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7
  • Web Browsers:
    • Internet Explorer 7.0 or above
    • MAC OS 10.5 or above
    • Firefox 3.5 or above
    • Safari 4 or above
  • Productivity: Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook)
  • Documentation: Adobe Reader
  • AntiVirus: Symantec Norton Antivirus

An instructor may require you to view a document or work on an activity in which you do not have the necessary plug-ins. Many of them are free and can be downloaded from the following sites:

Adobe Acrobat Reader
Lets you read PDF files: http://get.adobe.com/reader
Microsoft Word Viewer
Opens up Word documents without having to download them:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=4
Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer
Let's you view PowerPoint slides instead of having them download to your machine:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=13
RealPlayer
Plays real streams and other streaming formats: http://www.real.com
Windows Media Player
Plays asf files and other streaming formats:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/search.aspx?q=media+player
Adobe Shockwave Player
Enables viewing of animation and interactivity on your web browser: http://get.adobe.com/shockwave
Adobe Flash Player
Enables viewing of animation and interactivity on your web browser: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer
 

Network Connection

  • Broadband (DSL or cable modem) connection is strongly recommended for wired connection. Large size files may take considerable time to download through dial-up. Therefore, dial-up is NOT recommended for internet courses. If you have America Online (AOL), minimize the AOL browser. Use Internet Explorer to access Blackboard.
 
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