What are the specifications I should look for when purchasing a new computer?
What follows is a list of the basic system requirements that need to be met for a student's computer to be connected to the Internet via the campus network (ECnet). Meeting these requirements also increases the likelihood that a student's machine will be fully supported by Eckerd ITS.
Minimum PC Configuration Desktop or Notebook
Pentium class 4 processor or higher (Intel/AMD)
Min. 2 GB of RAM
80 GB hard drive
DVD/DVD-RW drive or CDRW
Microsoft Windows XP or newer
Full version of an anti-virus Program; that is, not a trial version. (required)
Minimum Apple/Mac Configuration Desktop or Notebook
Intel-based desktop (iMac and MacPro) or notebook (MacBook/MacBookPro)
1.83Ghz processor or higher
2 GB of RAM
80 GB hard drive
Combo Drive or Super Drive
OS X (Ten) Tiger or higher
Software we recommend for use on campus (not supplied by Eckerd):
Microsoft Office 2003 for Students and Teachers/Office Home and Student 2007
Microsoft Office for Mac (Student and Teachers Edition)
Free spyware utility programs: Ad-Aware, Spybot, and Windows Defender
Free anti-virus programs: Sophos anti-virus (supplied by Eckerd), free version of AVG anti-virus (download).
Students will be required to supply the network cable from the computer to the network wall jack. Depending upon the location of the computer and the network wall jack in the dorm room, they will need a 10' - 50' RJ45 network cable. It is also suggested that students obtain a USB flash drive of at least 512MB for temporary backups. The bookstore will have a supply, but try to bring this with you. It is also suggested that an extended warranty be purchased for your PC or Mac. Most manufacturers only give a 1 year warranty on their products.
Students will be supplied an e-mail account for official Eckerd College communications. This e-mail account MUST be actively monitored by current students.
The Information Technology Services staff will be assist students who require help connecting to the campus network. Please feel free to email or call Eckerd ITS at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 727.864.8318 if you have any questions.
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