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Technology Requirements

Computer Requirements

Computers are a rapidly changing technology, so recommendations made today will seem antiquated tomorrow. The recommendations that follow are only a starting point, a computer professional or technician will be able to make the most of your computer investment by tailoring your system to your personal needs.

Buying a New Computer?

If you are looking to buy a new system with taking courses from Oklahoma State University and/or GPIDEA in mind, the system should have these minumum features:
Recommended System Requirements 
Pentium® 4 at 2GHz or higher 
512 Megabytes of RAM or more
40 GB hard drive or larger 
Windows® XP 
Broadband Internet Connection or 56k modem as a minimum
Sound card and speakers 
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives

Already have a Computer?

If you already own a system and want to know if it will work for Oklahoma State University or GPIDEA courses, you will need to meet these minimum requirements:
Minimum System Requirements 
Pentium® II 1.5 GHz
128 Megabytes of RAM 
Windows® 2000 or XP
Video at 800x600 at 256 colors 
Modem with a minimum transfer rate of 56 Kbps. 
Sound card and speakers 
CD-ROM drive 

Older Systems may be functional, but their poor performance may impair your educational experience.

What do I need in order to do the coursework for a World Wide Web Course?

You need Internet access and an e-mail account, both of which can be obtained through an Internet service provider.

When do I need to acquire access to the Internet? 

You should have your modem, e-mail address and Internet access in working order before the beginning of the course.

Contact Information

Interim Coordinator, Distance Education Support Services
Elizabeth Whitfield 

Great Plains IDEA Graduate Programs Coordinator
Shiretta Ownbey, Ph.D.

Oklahoma State University
101 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-9531