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Hardware & Software

Hardware Requirements

PC

Minimum Requirements

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 1 Ghz Processor
  • 25 Gb Hard Drive
  • Reliable Internet Connection
  • Windows 2000
  • Virus Protection with latest definitions
  • Latest Operating System Patches
  • Laptop Speakers/Headphones

Recommended Requirements

  • 512+ MB RAM
  • 1.2+ Ghz Processor
  • 25 Gb Hard Drive
  • High Speed Internet Connection
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher
  • Headset / Microphone Combo
  • CD or DVD /RW Drive or USB Drive for backups

 

Macintosh

Minimum Requirements

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 500 Mhz Processor
  • 25 Gb Hard Drive
  • Reliable Internet Connection
  • Mac OS X
  • Virus Protection with latest definitions
  • Latest Operating System Patches
  • Laptop Speakers/Headphones

Recommended Requirements

  • 512+ MB RAM
  • 1.2 Ghz Processor
  • 25 Gb Hard Drive
  • High Speed Internet Connection
  • Mac OS X.3.6 (10.3.6)
  • Headset / Microphone Combo (Mac computers require a USB connection for a microphone)
  • CD or DVD /RW Drive or USB Drive for backups

 

Buy a discounted Dell laptop through Longwood (optional)

 

Software Requirements

Microsoft Office 2007 including:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Excel

Latest versions of:

  • Adobe Reader
  • Macromedia Flash
  • Windows Media
  • Real Player
  • QuickTime

Buy required Microsoft Office software (optional)

Recommended software downloads (free)

 

Web Browsers

Canvas does not support every possible Web browser version and operating system version configuration. Generally, safe browsers include Internet Explorer and Firefox for PC and Safari and Firefox for Mac. However, Google Chrome is the preferred Web browser for Canvas.

Often times, temporary problems can be solved by emptying a Web browser's cached files. If you encounter problems with a file the instructor is distributing, contact the instructor.

General functionality questions about Canvas can be referred to Longwood's User Support Services.