Technology Requirements

The technology requirements listed below have been established to ensure success in navigating the George Fox University School of Professional Studies web sites for online courses.

Hardware: Computer Required

PC

(Windows-based computers)

MAC

(Apple-based computers)
Operating System
(Platform on which the computer is based)
  • Minimum: XP
  • Recommended: XP or Windows 7
Processor
(Interprets program commands and processes data)
  • Minimum: Pentium IV,  1 GHz
  • Recommended: Core 2 Duo, 1.8 GHz
Ram
(Space in which processor does its work)
  • Minimum: 512 MB
  • Recommended: 2 GB
Free Hard Drive Space
(Space in which data is stored)
  • Minimum: 5 GB
  • Recommended: 50 GB

  • Note: the speed of the processor and the amount of RAM space will influence how quickly the computer can perform.

Operating System
(Platform on which the computer is based)
  • OS X Lion
    • Minimum: 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Processor
(Interprets program commands and processes data)
  • Minimum: PowerPC G4, 1 GHz
  • Recommended: Intel 2 GHz
Ram
(Space in which processor does its work)
  • Minimum: 2GB
  • Recommended: 4 GB
Free Hard Drive Space
(Space in which data is stored)
  • Minimum: 20 GB
  • Recommended: 50 GB
  • Note: the speed of the processor and the amount of RAM space will influence how quickly the computer can perform.

Monitor Settings

(The screen display)
  • Color Minimum: 16 bit color
  • Color Recommended: 32 bit color
  • Resolution Minimum: 1024x600
  • Resolution Recommended: 1024x768

Peripherals

(Hardware that is not essential to process data, but can be added to a computer)

Minimum

Recommended

  • CD/DVD Player
  • Sound Card (Used for listening to media)
  • USB Port (allows plug-and-play connection between computer and peripherals)
  • Wireless Card or Adapter that supports bg and wpa encryption (allows computer to connect to networks, such as Wi-Fi and printers, through microwaves, rather than hardwire cables)
  • Microphone
  • CD/DVD (Read/Write on a CD or DVD)
  • Sound Card(Used for listening to media)
  • USB Port(allows plug-and-play connection between computer and peripherals)
  • Wireless Card or Adapter that supports bg and wpa encryption (allows computer to connect to networks, such as Wi-Fi and printers, through microwaves, rather than hardwire cables)
  • Web camera (Mic and camera can be used for web-conferencing)
  • Graphics card (see Second Life graphics card recommendations http://secondlife.com/support/sysreqs.php)

Software

Office Suite (Collection of software programs that enable computer to process word documents, spreadsheets, media presentations, e-mail communication, etc.)
  • Required: MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • In Microsoft Office ’97 or higher (2003 or 2007)
Browser (program that allows computer to connect to the World Wide Web)
  • Required: FireFox
  • FireFox is the browser of choice for FoxTale.
Plug Ins (auxiliary software programs that are based on a main program, like an Acrobat reader that enables computer to use a pdf file produced by Adobe Acrobat)
  • Required:
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • QuickTime
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • iTunes (http://www.apple.com/itunes/)
  • Java (http://java.com/en/)
  • Other plug ins may be required for specific courses.

You can purchase Microsoft, Adobe, and other software through the vendor, Techhead.org where you’ll receive an educational discount when you select George Fox University (OR) in the “Higher Ed” dropdown menu on the home page.

Backup/Storage

  • Recommend 8 GB flash drive to back up files (not recommended for archiving)
  • Recommend burning file to CD/DVD for archiving

Internet Connection

Speed (The speed at which data is transferred between the Internet and the local network/computer)
  • Required: Broadband (DSL, Cable, Ethernet)
Network Connection (Connecting the computer to a host that supports multiple computers)

Required for Portland Center face-to-face gatherings:

  • Wireless (card or adapter allows computer to connect to networks, such as Wi-Fi and printers, through microwaves, rather than hardwire cables)

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