Technology Guide : Hardware Requirements

Windows 95/98/2000/XP or ME Operating Systems will not be supported on the University network. Windows 8 is the newest Operating System offered by Microsoft. You are encouraged to purchase extended warranty and maintenance on your computer.

Minimum Acceptable Desktop PC Configuration

Windows 7 or 8 operating system
2GB of RAM
120 GB hard drive
1.67gHz or higher processor clock speed
Intel Core or AMD Athlon/Duron class (or compatible) processor
2GB of RAM or more
Four year complete care warranty

Recommended Desktop PC Configuration

Windows 7 or 8 operating system
500GB Hard Drive (16 GB available hard disk Space (32 bit) or 20 GB (64 bit))
2.33 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
4GB RAM or more
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Five year complete care warranty

Minimum Acceptable Laptop PC Configuration

Windows 7 or 8 operating system
2 GB Ram
80 GB Hard Drive
2.3 MHz or higher
Wireless Card
24 x CD ROM Drive or better
Laptop lockdown device (recommended)

Recommended Laptop PC Configuration

Windows 7 or 8 operating system
4GB of RAM or more
250 GB Hard Drive (16 GB available hard disk Space (32 bit) or 20 GB (64 bit))
2.33 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Five year complete care warranty

Minimum Acceptable Mac Configuration

OSX 10.6
64-bit Intel CPU
2 GB RAM
80 GB of Available Hard Drive Space

Recommended Mac Configuration

OSX 10.9
2.6GHz Dual-core Intel CPU
6 GB RAM
256 GB Hard Drive

School of Pharmacy Students

Students entering the School of Pharmacy pay a technology fee that covers the cost of a notebook computer.  Please call the School of Pharmacy at (757) 727-5071 for detailed information.

What to Bring to Hampton

Before leaving for Hampton, pack your computer in its original packing material, if available, along with the purchase agreement, warranty information, and software CDs. In addition, bring all manuals and operating system information. All of this will help you, should your computer need to be serviced while at school. Copies of applications and utilities will also be helpful. Please note that you should consider adding your computer to your homeowner's insurance policy in the event that your computer is lost or stolen.  Since the Helpdesk does not venture into the dorms for service calls, we recommend bringing a rolling suitcase large enough to transport your desktop computer to the Helpdesk office, located on the 5th floor of the Harvey Library.

Hampton University computers do not support local file storage. If you plan to work on and save documents on university computers, a USB memory stick is recommended. These can be purchased from most stores that sell computers or computer peripherals as well as the Hampton University E-store.

Computer Repair Plan

You should have a repair plan in place in case problems arise.  Your hardware owner's manual should have a section dealing with repairs.  Your plan should include the telephone number to call, and the address to which the computer must be shipped.  You should keep the original packing materials for this purpose. 

Power Protection

If you are planning to purchase a desktop computer, it is important that you also buy a surge-protector/uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to provide electrical protection for your computer.  An electrical surge could damage your machine; a power outage could cause loss of data.  Surge-protector/UPS manufacturers who offer warranties should be strongly considered.  This added measure of protection is required. 

Data Storage Devices

You will need to have some method of saving documents created in the ATM lab. There is no CD or DVD burning in the lab. Therefore, if you plan to work on and save documents from one computer to another, you are required to have a USB memory stick. You may visit the HU E-Store for pricing and availability.