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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

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College Computer Specifications

College computers are purchased and upgraded so as to meet or exceed minimum hardware and operating system specifications. The current specification is:

Desktop

Windows XP Professional operating system
1.7 Gigahertz Processor
20 Gigabyte Hard Drive
512K of memory (RAM)
17" Monitor
CD Player with Read/Write Capability
Floppy Drive
Keyboard & Mouse
Sound Card & Speakers

Laptop

Windows XP Professional operating system
1.3 Gigahertz Processor
20 Gigabyte Hard Drive
512K of memory (RAM)
14.1" Monitor
CD Player with Read/Write Capability

This baseline specification is reviewed by the Director of Information Technology on an annual basis to determine whether the existing standard is sufficient to run current software. The Associate Dean for Administration and Research approves changes to the baseline specification. When a change is approved, the Director of Information Technology will identify computers that fall below the new baseline and will publish an upgrade schedule.

Upgrades are funded out of the Information Technology budget. Occasionally a faculty or staff member might need special hardware beyond what is offered during the upgrade process. The Information Technology department will be happy to order extra hardware and install it as part of the upgrade, but individual departments and offices will need to provide funding for these extras.

The College does not support the Mac standard, though any individual can use whatever computer platform they feel comfortable with. Once the College establishes hardware and software standards, we put our training resources into providing support for this standard so we cannot guarantee support for other choices that individuals make. Similarly, if you choose to purchase a second computer, such as a laptop, the IT department will be happy to assist with upgrades but your department or office resources will need to be used for this upgrade.

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