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Technology Requirements


Required


  • Processor: Dual-core processor or better

  • Memory/RAM: 4 gigabytes or more

  • Hard Drive: 250 gigabytes or larger

  • Headset: required for Adobe Connect synchronous meetings. USB headset preferred. 

Recommended


  • Several USB flash drives for transporting, transferring and backing up your files

  • External Hard drive which meets or exceeds your hard drive capacity (for backups)

Required Network Access


  • Internet access: Broadband speed (DSL or cable)

Required Software


Operating System Software:

  • Windows: Windows 7 (Professional, Ultimate, or Home Premium) preferred

  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.6 or newer preferred 

Office Suite Software:

  • Windows: Microsoft Office 2010 preferred but 2007 is acceptable

  • Macintosh: Microsoft Office 2011 preferred but 2008 is acceptable

  • Tool to read and create PDFs: e.g., CutePDF Writer, PDFCreator, or Adobe Acrobat Reader

Antivirus Software:

  • Symantec Antivirus software is available FREE to ESU students via http://techsite.emporia.edu (click on Students > Software > Symantec Anti-Virus for Home Use; you will be prompted to log in using your ESU credentials–be sure to precede your ESU username with “esuad\“)

Other Recommendations


  • Netbooks and tablets typically do not have the processing power of a standard laptop or desktop computer, so they are not recommended.

  • Choose a laptop or desktop which has USB ports and audio jacks that are easily accessible.

  • Use a backup program such as Windows Backup or Mac OS Time Machine with an external hard drive to ensure file recovery in the event of a system malfunction.

  • Plug your computer into a surge protector or uninterruptible power supply.

  • See our recommendations for safe browsing to avoid viruses and trojans (because even antivirus software doesn’t catch everything).

Please contact SLIM TechCircle Support at slimhelp@emporia.edu, if you have any questions about SLIM’s technology requirements.