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IT Help Desk
Kansas State University
214 Hale Library
Manhattan, KS 66506
800-865-6143 (toll-free)
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Minimum system requirements

Computers brought to K-State should at least meet the following minimum system requirements. These requirements also meet the minimum requirements for the use of Second Life.

2012 - 2013 minimum system requirements for currently owned PC or Mac

Operating system

Windows XP, Service Pack 3, or newer; Vista, Service Pack 2, or newer; or Mac OS X 10.5 or newer

Processor (CPU)

1 GHz Pentium III or Athlon or newer; or 1 GHz Intel or newer for Macs

Monitor and video card
  • LCD 1024x768 resolution or higher
  • Video card:
    • Windows XP: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or newer, or ATI Radeon 8500, 9250 or newer, or Intel 945 chipset
    • Windows Vista: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or newer, or ATI Radeon 9500 or newer, or Intel 945 chipset
    • Mac: ATI Radeon 9200 and above, or ATI Radeon X Series, or NVIDIA GeForce 2, GeForce 4
Memory (RAM)

1 gigabyte or more

  • Required: K-State antivirus software. Available via free download or the CatPack.
  • Recommended:
    • Basic office suite (word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation) such as:
      • Microsoft Office 2003 or better for PCs or Microsoft Office 2003 or better for Macs.
      • Free tools, like OpenOffice, that are compatable with Microsoft Office file format.
    • Tool with the ability to read and create PDFs, such as CutePDF Writer, PDFCreator, or Adobe Acrobat Professional.

At least one of the following is required - check with staff where you will be living to determine what type of connection is available:

  • Ethernet card: for on-campus, residence hall, and broadband access
  • Wireless card: 802.11a/g recommended for wireless access on campus