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Optimal Computer System Specifications for Academic Online Courses

To be successful in your online course, you must have access to hardware and software. Below you will find hardware and software recommendations for an online course. Also check with your Instructor for any course-specific hardware and software requirements.

Desktop / Laptop Support

Recommended Browsers

The following Internet browsers work best with the current desktop version of Desire2Learn 10.3.

Please go to https://onlcourses.tridenttech.edu/d2l/systemCheck to see if your computer passes the Required Systems Check.

NOTE:  Although an Internet browser may not pass the System Check, it still may work. We stongly recommend using the browser versions listed above.

* In order to locate your Internet browser version, click on "Help" from within that browser's menu bar.

Tablet Support for Desktop Web

Recommended Browsers

The following Internet browsers work best with the current desktop version of Desire2Learn 10.3.

  • Android Browser (newest)

  • iOS Safari (newest)

  • Microsoft Surface Internet Explorer 10

  • Playbook Browser (newest)

Hardware Recommendations

Windows Intel®  Dual-Core or higher
RAM: 4GB or higher
Operating System: Windows 7 or higher
Macintosh Intel®  Core 2 Duo processor or higher
RAM: 4GB or higher
Operating System: Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 or higher
Hard Drive Size 500 GB
Internet Connection Requirements DSL or Cable
Mobile Tethering is not supported
Printer Recommended
CD-ROM Recommended - Some courses use textbooks with CD-ROMs and DVDs
Sound Card Recommended - With speakers / headphones
Monitor 15" monitor (at least 1024x768 resolution recommended)

 

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