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Reminder: New Minimum Technical Standards Take Effect January 1, 2002

Publication Date: September 27, 2001

Author: General Manager: SFA Student Channel

Summary: Reminder: New Minimum Technical Standards Take Effect January 1, 2002


Posted on September 27, 2001

TO: All Destination Points

FROM: U.S. Department of Education

RE: Reminder: New Minimum Technical Standards Take Effect January 1, 2002


The Department wishes to remind all schools of the new minimum PC hardware and software requirements that will take effect on January 1, 2002. Schools will be required to meet these new minimum technical standards for the 2002-2003 award year.

The new PC hardware requirements taking effect on January 1, 2002, include the following:

1) IBM or fully IBM-compatible PC with a Pentium 800 MHz processor or comparable;
2) 128 MB RAM or more;
3) 20 GB hard drive or more;
4) 56K modem (that meets or can be upgraded to V.90 standard);
5) Windows 95 keyboard;
6) Microsoft compatible mouse;
7) Laser printer capable of printing on standard paper (8 ½ by 11);
8) 24x CD-ROM drive or higher, with sound board;
9) 3.5" / 1.44 MB Diskette Drive and 3.5" High-Density double-sided diskettes; and
10) Monitor and video card capable of Super Video Graphics Adapter (SVGA).

The software requirements taking effect on January 1, 2002, include:

1) a 32-bit operating system (Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft 2000 or Microsoft ME); and
2) an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that supports a 56K modem connection or higher.

Schools also must have Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 4.01, Service Pack 2 or higher, or Netscape Navigator Version 4.73 or higher.

Supported networks include Windows NT or Novell networks. Schools should also have a dedicated phone line for data transmission.

You can obtain more information on the new technical minimum standards and how to interpret them on the Department's IFAP web site (ifap.ed.gov). At the main IFAP page, click Electronic Announcements (under Most Frequently Visited Publications), choose the year 2000, then scroll down to the 11/29/2000 posting, titled "Analyzing your SFA Computing Needs to be more Productive and Save Money."

If you have any questions regarding the new technical minimum standards taking effect January 1, 2002, please contact CPS/WAN Technical Support at 800/330-5947 or via email at CPSWAN@NCS.COM.

Last Modified: 09/26/2001