INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Recommended Computer Specifications for Students

When bringing your personal computer on campus, we recommend the specifications listed below.  Listed below the recommended specifications are the wireless cards that have been tested and are known to work without any problems.  This list will updated as we test more wireless cards.

Recommended Specifications

 

Feature

Minimum Recommended

Preferred (if applicable)

Rationale for Recommendation

Processor Intel Core Duo processor (2.00 GHz) (Windows/Mac) Intel Core Duo processor (2.4 GHz) (Windows/Mac) The latest Windows operating systems and applications written for it will require advanced processors to be used effectively.
Memory 2GB 4GB Memory demands for Windows 7 will require at least 2 gigabyte (GB) of memory.
Hard disk 120 GB 250 GB This allows for storing of files from classes on the computer.  A backup solution is also recommended for storage.
Optical drive CD-RW/DVD Recordable (burns/reads CDs and DVDs) DVD-RW Recordable (burns/reads CDs and DVDs) Recordable DVDs are more capable for backing up and transporting today’s larger computer files.
Networking Built-in LAN 10/100 (Ethernet) for all systems; wireless for laptops (Windows: 802.11b/g/n; Mac: Airport Extreme) Built-in LAN Gigabit (Ethernet) for all systems; wireless for laptops (Windows: 802.11n; Mac: Airport Extreme) Wireless (802.11 N) is available in all residence halls.  Please do not bring any personal routers to campus as this will interfere with available wireless.
Video RAM 128 MB 256 MB Windows Vista and 7 will require advanced graphics capabilities at a minimum of 128 MB.
Operating system Windows Vista, 7; Mac OS 10.4 Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.4 or Higher Windows 7 is the preferred operating systems on campus for students
Software Microsoft Office, Anti-Virus Software Microsoft Office, Anti-Virus Software Every laptop should have anti-virus software for protection in addition to all the latest security patches
Warranty 4Year Limited Warranty 4Year Warranty with Complete Care The warranty will cover the hardware in the laptop for 4 years in the case of any problems.  Complete care covers accidental damage as well as defective parts.


Wireless Cards Tested

 

  Windows XP SP2 Windows Vista Windows 7 Mac OSX
Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN

Supported

Supported

Supported

 N/A

Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG

Supported 

 Supported

Supported 

 N/A

Intel Pro/Wireless 2915ABG

Supported

Supported

Supported 

N/A 

Dell TrueMobile 1300 MPCI

Supported 

Not tested

Not tested

N/A

Intel Wireless WiFi 4965AGN

Supported

Supported

Supported

N/A

Intel Wireless WiFi 3945 ABG

Supported

Supported

Supported

N/A

Dell Wireless 1397 / 1510 Half Mini Card

Supported

Supported

Supported

N/A

Intel WiFi Link 6250

Supported

Supported

Supported

N/A

Intel WiFi Link 5000 series

Supported

Supported

Supported

N/A

 

Last Updated: 6/26/15