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Technology Guidelines

On this page you will find the RECOMMENDED and MINIMUM notebook specifications for computing at Old Dominion University. These specifications should be used as guidance for purchasing a notebook or bringing a computer you already own to campus.

How Does Your System Stack Up?

Click here to check your system to see if your software is up-to-date.

Note: This configuration test will only scan the current browser you are running. If you routinely use any other browser(s) to access University systems and resources we recommend that you also run the configuration check from those application(s).

Browser Check

Test Your Internet Connection Bandwidth

Recommended Specifications (Typical User)
Minimum Specifications
Operating System Windows 8.1 OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) (Windows 7 Home Premium or OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard)
Processor 4th Generation Intel Core i5 (2nd Generation Intel Core i3)
Video Card Intel HD Graphics (Intel HD Graphics)
Hard Drive 500 GB (Minimum 80GB to 120GB)
Wired Internet Any Ethernet card supporting 10/100/1000Gbps transfer rates (10/100Mbps)
Wireless Internet Any Wi-Fi card capable of supporting 802.11a or 802.11g or 802.11n
CD/DVD Drive Any Speed CD/DVD+/-RW
Recommended Specifications (Power User)*
Processor 4th Generation Intel i7 Quad-Core
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce

* Recommendations for systems that will run Adobe Creative Suite applications, engineering programs, and other graphic/video intensive applications.

Your computer system is like a car in many ways; it has to be properly maintained and cared for and it runs better when it gets a little TLC. Just like you wouldn't put diesel in a gasoline engine - some systems run best with certain software and hardware. So what do you need to make sure your on the right track?

System Software/Hardware Recommendations



Any anti-virus system is recommended; ODU provides
McAfee 8.8i for free. Here.

Productivity Suite

  • Microsoft Office 2013 (PC)
  • Microsoft Office 2011 (Apple)

Microsoft Office is recommended because it is the standard
on campus but any productivity suite that is compatible with
MS Office can be used.

Other Software


  • Physical - A security cable lock is recommended to keep
    your computer secure in public locations.
  • Software - Computrace Lojack for Laptops

Bandwidth Off-campus

1.5 Mbps is the minimum recommended upload/
download speed. Test your home internet speed:

Webcam & Microphone

Any Microsoft compatible webcam/microphone is
recommended if you will be participating in 2-way video
conference class meetings.

PC Operating System & Recommened Browser

Windwows Vista (32-bit) Windows Vista (64-bit) Windows 7 Windows 8
Internet Explorer 9 Internet Explorer 9 Internet Explorer 9 Internet Explorer 10
Firefox (latest version) Firefox (latest version) Firefox (latest version) Firefox (latest version)

Apple Operating System & Recommended Browser(s)

OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
OS X 10.7 (Lion)
OS X 10.8 (Moutain Lion)
OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
Safari 5.1 Safari 6 Safari 6 Safari 7
Firefox (latest version) Firefox (latest version) Firefox (latest version) Firefox (latest version)

Buying a Computer?

4 Key Considerations...

  1. Size & Portability: Make sure yoursystem is compact enough to travel well; it will log many miles with you.

  2. Value: What kind of system are yougetting for your money? Compare specifications, warranty, etc.

  3. Peripherals & Accessories: What else will you need to be up and running? Maybe a printer or wireless mouse? Visit the Monarch Techstore in Webb Center or visit the online store at www.shoptechstore.odu.edu for information and pricing on accessories, hardware, and software.

  4. Special Considerations: If you are declaring a major be sure to check with your department for special requirements or considerations before making a purchase.