OTC Online Computer Requirements

Computer Requirements for Online Courses

 Hardware Minimum Requirement  Recommended 
Processor Speed/Type 2 GHz 2.7 GHz processor, or better
CPU Memory (RAM) 1 GB of RAM 4 GB of RAM or greater
Monitor Resolution 1024 x 768; color 1280 x 800; color
Video/Sound Card 16 MB VRAM with 65,000 colors, 16-bit sound card 64 MB VRAM with True Color (24-bit or 32-bit), 24-bit sound card
Internet Connection 1.5 mbps cable, satellite, or DSL 3+ mbps cable, satellite, or DSL
Printer   Graphics-capable; inkjet or laser; color
Accessories Speakers Headset with microphone, or speakers and microphone
Software Minimum Requirement Recommended

Operating System

  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8.1
  • Mac OS 10.5 or higher
Note: Linux and Unix users are not currently supported.
Word Processing Microsoft Office viewers for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (see links below) Recommended: Microsoft Office Suite 2013
Virus Protection Updated virus protection software such as McAfee or Norton Anti-Virus
Anti-spyware Updated anti-spyware protection such as Spybot S&D or Lavasoft Ad-Aware
Firewall Firewall settings (if applicable) should be set to allow access to all OTC and Blackboard sites

Internet Browser (Microsoft and Apple Operating Systems)
Recommended Browser: Latest version of Mozilla Firefox (Available for free download at http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/)

Browser Settings:
  • Java-enabled
  • Cookies enabled
  • Set to "Check for new versions of stored web pages every time I visit this page"
  • Pop-up blocker disabled

Plug-ins  & Other Software: Recommended version:
Java Java Standard Edition 5 (1.5.0_12);
Java SE 6 Runtime Environment or higher
Adobe Reader Version 9 or higher
Adobe Flash Player Version 10 or higher
Adobe Shockwave Player Version 10 or higher
QuickTime Player Version 6 or higher
RealPlayer Version 2 or higher
Windows Media Player Version 6 or higher

Browser Plug-ins

Office Software