Recommended Computer Specifications


Page Last Updated: Thu May 14 19:57:04 EDT 2015   

   

Planning to purchase a new computer?  Already have a computer and just need to see if it will work on campus?  Be sure to check the tables below for the recommended minimum specifications.  Your system must meet these minimums in order to be eligible for connection to the USCA network (PacerNet).

We recommend either Windows 7, Windows 8 or Mac OS X.  However, we do also provide limited support for Windows Vista.  Although other operating systems (such as Linux) may work with the campus network, they are not directly supported by Computer Services or the Computer Services Help Desk.

Windows XP is no longer supported on campus since Microsoft dropped support for it on April 8th, 2014.

You are welcome to attempt using your system on campus if it does not meet these specifications, but we will be unable to assist you with troubleshooting or configuration.

2014/2015 Suggested Specifications
for New Computer Purchase

The following are the recommended minimum specifications for new computers connecting to the USCA network:

Macintosh

  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4 GB RAM 
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • OS X 10.7 (Lion) 
  • Gigabit Ethernet (Standard on all new models, except MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina Display)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n 5GHz on laptops
  • AppleCare Protection Plan
  • Bag to protect laptop, if applicable
  • 120 GB Backup Storage

Windows
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core i3 Processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (Standard on most models)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n 5GHz on laptops
  • Extended warranty plan, including accidental damage coverage, for expected life of computer (Note: The 3 Year Enhanced Support plan is recommended for Dell systems.)
  • Bag to protect laptop, if applicable 
  • 120 GB Backup Storage

 

Personal Printers for Use on Campus

Students are welcome to bring personal printers for use in their dorm rooms.  However, these printers should not be used wirelessly.

Connecting to personal printers wirelessly can cause connection issues for other devices in the area.  As a result, any printer with active wireless connections found on campus will be disabled.

Simply disabling the wireless and connecting your computer using a USC cable is sufficient to avoid any issue.

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk for assistance.

 


Tablets Recommended
for Use on Campus

Type

Operating System

Works on USCA wifi?

iPad

iOS

YES. PacerStudent and PacerGuest.

Kindle Fire

Android

YES. PacerStudent and PacerGuest.

Nook Tablet

Android

LIMITED. PacerGuest only.

Android Tablets

Android

YES. PacerStudent and PacerGuest.

Kindle and Nook eReaders

Kindle/Nook

LIMITED. PacerGuest only.

(Many of the recently released Android tablets will likely work with USCA's wifi network, but have not yet been tested by Computer Services.  You are welcome to bring your untested Android tablet by the Help Desk for assistance in attempting to connect, but we are not able to recommend a specific tablet or guarantee connections.)

Suggested Specifications for USB Flash Drive

Component

Minimum

Suggested

Storage Size

1 GB

at least 4 GB

Speed

USB 2.0

USB 3.x

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