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System Requirements

Computer Desktops and Notebooks

To help ensure any desktop or notebook you purchase is compatible on Point Park University’s network and with University-related the student service systems, the minimum and suggested specifications are listed below for both PC and Macintosh computers.

  • Please note that Pointmail and PointWeb are primarily designed for a Microsoft Windows platform and Internet Explorer 7.x or higher. Blackboard 9.1 only works properly in the Firefox browser; use of other browsers is not recommended.  Firefox is a free download, which may be obtained from www.getfirefox.com.

Minimum Requirements for PC / Mac Desktops or Notebooks

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 / OS X 10.6 or higher
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
Video Memory: 128MB or higher
RAM: 1GB
Hard Disk Space: 80 GB or higher
Wired Ethernet Adapter: 100MB
DVD-ROM

  • Wireless Ethernet adapters and wireless network hubs/switches are not supported in dorm rooms. Wireless connections are only supported in designated areas on campus.
  • Some instructors may require use of a floppy disk drive. External USB floppy drives are available from various resellers.
  • Please note that different academic classes may have a different set of computer or software requirements.

Suggested Requirements for PC / Mac Desktops or Notebooks

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 / OS X 10.6 or higher
Processor: Intel Core i3
RAM: 2GB
Video Memory: 256MB or higher
Hard Disk Space: 150 GB
Wired Ethernet Adapter: 100/1000MB
WiFi Capabilities
DVD-ROM / CD-Burner

Additional Technology Requirements

High-Speed Internet Access*
WebCam / Video Conferencing Capabilities*
USB Headphone / Microphone*
Up-To-Date Antivirus Software
Access to Microsoft Office 2007 or Equivalent Office Productivity Suite**

*Requirement for any students enrolled in on-line and / or hybrid courses.

**Must be able to create and open files in the standard Microsoft Office 2007 or greater formats (e.g., .DOCX, .XLSX, .PPTX, etc.).