To ensure you can fully participate in your online course, your computer should meet the following minimum standards.
|Hardware \ Platform||Apple Macintosh||Microsoft Windows|
|Operating System||MacOS 8.6||MacOS X 10.2 Jaguar||98 SE or ME or NT4 w/SP6||2000, XP, or newer|
|Processor Speed/Type||300 MHz PowerPC G3 processor||800 MHz PowerPC G4 processor, or better||400 MHz Intel Pentium II processor, or equivalent||800 MHz Intel Pentium III processor, or equivalent/better|
|CPU Memory||64 MB of RAM||256 MB of RAM||64 MB of RAM||256 MB of RAM|
|Monitor Resolution||800 x 600||1024 x 768||800 x 600||1024 x 768|
|Internet Connection||56 kbps Dialup Modem||Any high-speed connection (e.g. Cable Broadband or DSL)||56 kbps Dialup Modem||Any high-speed connection (e.g. Cable Broadband or DSL)|
|Free Hard Disk Space||100 MB||500 MB or greater||100 MB||500 MB or greater|
|Audio (Sound) Card||16-bit sound card||24-bit sound card||16-bit sound card||24-bit sound card|
|Video Card||Virtual memory turned on and allocated to at least 64 MB||Virtual memory turned on and allocated to at least 128 MB||16 MB VRAM with 65,000 colors or 16-bit||64 MB VRAM with True Color (24-bit or 32-bit|
Your instructor may require that you are able to post and download files in particular formats. The most commonly used file formats in SOU's online courses, as well as links for dowloading the readers/players are listed below.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view any PDF files. It is available as a free download. Be sure to install the program after downloading it.
Microsoft Office Products
Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel- To create and/or edit Microsoft Office files, you will need the Microsoft Office Suite. If you do not have this already, it is available for purchase from the SOU Bookstore for an academic price.
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack
The Compatibility Pack allows you to open, edit, and save files in Office 2007 format using Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003 (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
Microsoft Office Viewers
If you do not have Microsoft Office Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you can download free software that will allow you to view, print, and copy documents created in these programs.
We recommend you use a current web browser. You may download the latest version below.