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Public Computer Clusters


To report a problem with a public computer, send an e-mail message to Be sure to include the name and number of the computer (usually located on a white sticker on the front of the computer), the location of the computer, and a general description of the problem.

If You Leave

If you need to do something that will cause you to be away from this computer for more than five minutes, take your things with you so that someone else can use the computer. There is approximately one public computer for every 60 students at Dartmouth, so you need to make the computer available for others to use in your absence.

Save Your Work

Do not leave your only copy of a document on a public computer. The next person to use the computer can delete your file(s) and you will not be able to retrieve it. Additionally, as part of general maintenance, public computers are periodically reset to a default state. All files saved by public computer users are deleted and can't be retrieved.

For information on where you can store your documents on a networked server, see Using a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Program. It is advisable to carry an external USB device with you so that you can save all your work to the device instead of the public computer. External USB devices can be purchased at The Computer Store located in the basement of McNutt.

Last Updated: 2/7/13