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Computer and Information Technologies

Laptop or Desktop

There are a number of places on campus where students with laptops can connect to the Hollins network as well as the internet. Laptops provide the  convenience of portability and take up less space in the dorm room. Hollins University Strongly recommends that all students bring laptops.

Software

Hollins University uses Windows XP Professional, Windows 7Professional, and Office 2007 Professional in the labs.  We will be selling Office 2007 Professional Plus, Macintosh Office 2010, and Windows 7  at checkin for $100.00. Only Windows and Macintosh operating systems are supported at this time.

Recommended Computer Hardware Configuration

The computers in our labs do not have 3 1/2 floppy drives.  Therefore we recommend that students use  a jump drive (flash drive) to move files between our network and other locations not on the network.  We plan to sell jump drives with the Hollins logo at check-in.

PCs

Hollins University strongly encourages all computers to run Windows 7Professional or Ultimate. Older operating systems still supported are Windows Vista Business or Ultimate and Windows XP Professional. All older versions of Windows (95, 98SE, ME, 2000, NT) are NOT compatible with our network and are not supported by our Help Desk.
  1GB RAM minimum
Any 10/100 Ethernet card  (a.k.a.  network adapter, network interface card)
Category 5 or 6 10/100 network cable with RJ-45 connectors (14 feet is adequate for most dorm rooms).    These are not typically included when you buy a new computer.
  Hollins University recommends AVG Anti-Virus. You can learn more about AVG or purchase it here. There is a free version available here. Our Help Desk can also install the free version of AVG on campus.


Dell deal: Through a special relationship Hollins has with Dell, you can purchase or lease Dell equipment at discount prices.  If you wish to contact Dell by phone, call (888) 973-3355.

Hollins has also teamed up with Apple for some excellent Mac deals.
 

 

Mac Computers: 

Hollins is predominately a PC campus.  A limited number of Macs are available . Following is the configuration we recommend for students bringing Macs to campus in Fall 2010. 

MAC Configuration
Mac OSX  Version 10.4.1 or later
1 GB RAM Minimum
Any 10/100 Ethernet card  (a.k.a.  network adapter, network interface card)
  Category 5 or 6 10/100 network cable with RJ-45 connectors (14 feet is adequate for most dorm rooms).  These are not typically included when you buy a new computer.
  Apple Airport for the wireless "hotspots"

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CONTACT
Brad Oechslin
Manager, Instructional Technology
Hollins University
Roanoke, VA 24020
(540) 362-6020
boechslin@hollins.edu