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Hardware and Software Requirements

  • CPU: 1.0 GHz single core/dual core processor or greater
  • Operating System: Windows XP SP2 or greater, MAC OS X 10.3.9 or greater
  • RAM: 512MB  (1GB or more recommended)
  • Internet Connection: High Speed/ Broadband (DSL, Cable)
  • Hard Drive: 60 GB hard drive
  • Sound Card: Standard, with speakers or headset
  • Removable Media: USB Flash Drive - CD-DVD Drive
  • Printer: Ink Jet or better

Software Requirements


In addition to the computer operating system software, the following software is required a word processor, web browser, and audio/video player.

  • Word processor - The standard used at Samuel Merritt is Microsoft Office , which has Word as its word processor. Word 2007 or later is needed for compatibility with faculty and other students and for all needed features. We recommend the following components of the Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Web browser. Either Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or Mozilla Firefox 3.5+ is acceptable. Safari is supported for Mac computers only.
  • Antivirus software. McAfee or Norton is recommended.
  • Additional programs are needed to enable viewing and sharing of files (often called plug-ins).
Available Software Downloads