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What are the requirements for students bringing a computer to campus?

Basically any up to date computer will work with our systems. Mac or PC? That is only a matter of user preference and accessibility. 


Detailed minimum specifications: 

Operating System: MAC OSX+, Ubuntu Linux, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8

Must have latest Updates. Other OS's may be able to connect, but are not supported by the HelpDesk.

Processor Speed: Pentium 4 2ghz (or equivalent) or better.

RAM (Memory): 1GB.

Hard Drive Space: 500MB free.

Network Card: 10/100 or Gigabit Ethernet.


New Computer Recommendations:

Desktop or Laptop 

Processor: AMD Athlon x2 or Intel Core 2 Duo or better.

RAM (Memory): At Least 4GB.

Warranty: (recommeded) 3 year or better with accidental damage protection. See vendor for details.


  • SMU Provides Mcafee anti virus. You do not need to purchase any anti virus protection.
  • Microsoft Office and other programs can be purchased at academic pricing through

a number of vendors, one of which is

  • Alert: Servers are allowed only with permission from the iT Department.






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