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Supported Hardware

Computing Services consulting staff are prepared to assist any Dartmouth student, faculty, or staff member with any of the hardware listed below. We have experience with and resources available to provide support for all of these.

You may choose to use hardware not found on this list. In fact, many other items are available for purchase through The Computer Store. Other groups on campus may also provide support for hardware you choose to use.

Note: Due to limited resources, we generally do not provide support for hardware older than four years, not on the list below, or for non-English versions of operating system installations. We also do not support hardware no longer supported by the manufacturer or pre-released (alpha or beta) versions of any computer hardware.

Class of 2018 Minimum Hardware Requirements

The minimum hardware requirements for the class of 2018 are as noted below. We believe that starting with a computer that meets these minimum requirements will enable students to have a useful computer for their four years at Dartmouth.

Macintosh Computers

  • Processor: 2.3 GHz Dual Core Intel I5 or higher
  • RAM: 4 GB or more
  • Operating System: Macintosh OS X 10.9 or higher

Windows Computers

  • Processor: 2.3 GHz Dual Core Intel I5 or higher
  • RAM: 4 GB or more
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Professional or higher

Apple Macintosh Computers

Note: All Apple systems should meet the minimum requirements of an Intel processor, 2.3 GHz processor, and 4 GB of memory. These specifications are the minimum necessary to run the oldest supported operating system. However, to have a better computing experience, we suggest you consult us prior to purchasing a computer by contacting the IT Service Desk at 646-2999, sending e-mail to help@dartmouth.edu, or calling your department's IT support office.

  • iMacs
  • MacMini
  • MacBook
  • MacBook Pro
  • MacBook Air
  • Mac Pro

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Windows Computers

Note: All Windows systems should meet the minimum requirements of an AMD or Intel processor, and 4 GB of memory. These specifications are the minimum necessary to run the oldest supported operating system. However, to have a better computing experience, we suggest you consult us prior to purchasing a computer by contacting the IT Service Desk at 646-2999, sending e-mail to help@dartmouth.edu, or calling your department's IT support office.

  • HP dc and Pro series desktops.
  • HP workstations
  • Dell OptiPlex desktops
  • Dell Latitude laptops
  • Dell Precision workstations
  • Dell XPS laptops

Note: We do not recommend netbooks as a primary computer

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Personal Information Managers

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Printers

  • Epson and HP inkjet printers
  • Xerox and HP laser printers
  • Dell laser printers
  • Ricoh multi-function copiers are supported directly through Ricoh

Note: Personal printers with built-in wireless capability are not recommended for wireless use on campus.

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Networking

  • Any factory-installed networking cards for supported hardware
  • Apple external USB Ethernet

    Apple Time Capsule, Airport Extreme and Express base stations are not supported and are not allowed on the campus network, but may be purchased for home use.

    Note:
    We do not support the installation, configuration or troubleshooting of any home networks or services, including dial-up, DSL, cable modem or satellite provided by Internet Service Providers (ISP) outside Dartmouth. If you are having a problem connecting to the Internet from a location other than Dartmouth's network, you will need to contact the Help Desk of the company that is providing that connection for you.

    Also, Computing Services recommends you confirm an ISPs ability to support your computer model and operating system before you enter into an agreement with them. Be sure they are familiar with the Macintosh, Windows, or UNIX operating system on your computer and can help troubleshoot connectivity problems you may have when trying to connect to their network.

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Monitors

  • Any flat panel display

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Storage Devices

  • External storage devices (hard drives, removable media and flash drives)
  • Apple external USB superdrive (MacBook Air only)

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Last Updated: 5/20/14