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MCLA is requiring that all freshmen come to campus with a laptop computer. The benefits are immense. Your laptop will provide you with more freedom to work on assignments and access the Internet from various buildings and even open spaces on MCLA's campus.
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==MCLA's Laptop Initiative==
  
Increasingly our faculty is providing class materials on-line and the campus now offers end to end wireless access for your convenience as a student. In addition, when you go home for breaks you can easily take your laptop with you.  
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MCLA recommends that all students have a laptop computer. The benefits are immense. Your laptop will provide you with more freedom to work on assignments and access the Internet from various buildings and even open spaces on MCLA's campus.  
  
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Increasingly our faculty are providing class materials on-line and the campus now offers end to end wireless access for your convenience as a student. In addition, when you go home for breaks you can easily take your laptop with you.
  
MCLA, along with a consortium of other state colleges, has negotiated an exceptional deal on a hardware/software package from Dell. For more details on the software and repair arrangements, see the Student Laptop FAQ.
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<font color=red size=4>ORDER SITE: http://www.dell.com/mcla</font>
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=='''Software Recommendations For All Students'''==
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Each MCLA student is required to install the following software which is provided to each MCLA student FREE of charge.
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[[Image:microsoft-office.jpg]] Microsoft Office ([[Install Office 365 ProPlus |Click here for instructions]])<br>
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Students are encouraged to have antivirus software installed on their laptop. MCLA provides free Sophos Antivirus licenses to students.
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[[Image:Sophos2.PNG]] ([[Install Sophos Antivirus |Click here for instructions]])<br>
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=='''Hardware Requirements For All Students'''==
  
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It is recommended that each MCLA student have a laptop. For those who choose not to purchase a program laptop and are bringing in a non-program laptop - it is important to ensure it meets MCLA's minimum hardware requirements.
  
The new package for Fall 2008 is available right now! Among the most significant changes, it increases the hard drive size and lengthens the all-inclusive warranty to 4 years. Ordering has begun as of 5/16/08 .
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*[[Laptop Minimum Hardware Requirements]]
  
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==<b>Why Purchase a Program Laptop?</b>==
  
Click here to go to a special MCLA-Dell Web site where you can configure and order laptops as well as learn about Dell financing options. The MCLA bundle will not be available through their regular Web site.
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*<b>Discounted Price</b>
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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has worked to secure a discounted price with Dell which is very competitive in comparison to similar business-class models that include similar software, warranty coverage and services.
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*<b>Meets all required specifications</b>
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The program laptop is specifically setup for the needs of a typical MCLA student with full support facilitated through the college. There are also options to upgrade the laptop's processor, memory and hard drive.
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More information will appear here as it comes available. Additional information about student computing can be found at our Help Desk site.  
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*<b>On Campus Support</b>
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While in attendance at MCLA, there will be no need to arrange any repair through Dell directly. The Computer Help Desk provides full support for software and hardware and will coordinate with Dell if need be. This is a service that is only provided for program laptops. The following shows a comparison of the services we can offer to students who own a program laptop rather then a non-program laptop:
  
Program Laptop Specifications for Fall 2008
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Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz Processor
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14.1" Wide Screen WXGA LCD
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2.0GB RAM
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<TD bgcolor=lightblue>Program Laptop</TD>
80GB Hard Drive
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<TD bgcolor=lightblue>Non-Program Laptop</TD>
25x CD-RW/DVD Drive
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Video Processor w/ 128 MBytes memory
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Intel 3945 WLAN (802.11a/g) miniPCI Card
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<TD bgcolor=lightblue>Virus Removal Services</TD>
10/100/1000 Gigabit4 Ethernet NIC
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<TD bgcolor=lightgreen>Yes, we can even restore them to their factory state - no charge.</TD>
56K v9.24 Internal Modem
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<TD bgcolor=yellow>Limited to viruses that can be removed by standard tools, no operating system reinstalls</TD>
Windows XP Professional ®
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<TD bgcolor=lightblue>Hardware Repair Services</TD>
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<TD bgcolor=lightgreen>Yes, usually 24/48 hours turn around - No charge if warranty is active. Limited to 1 accidental damage claim per year</TD>
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<TD bgcolor=red>No, user will need to seek outside repair service that can sometimes take weeks and be very expensive</TD>
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<TD bgcolor=lightblue>Loaner Laptops</TD>
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<TD bgcolor=lightgreen>Yes, loaners are provided upon request when laptop is in for service</TD>
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<TD bgcolor=red>No loaner service is available</TD>
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<TD bgcolor=lightblue>Software Support</TD>
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<TD bgcolor=lightgreen>Yes</TD>
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<TD bgcolor=yellow>Limited to core supported software only, no operating system reinstalls</TD>
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<TD bgcolor=lightblue>Internet Services</TD>
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<TD bgcolor=lightgreen>Yes</TD>
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<TD bgcolor=lightgreen>Yes, as long as laptop meets minimum requirements</TD>
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Warranty & Services
 
4 Year warranty for NBD on-site parts/labor
 
4 Year CompleteCare® Accidental Damage Service
 
4 Year theft tracking software (ComputracePro)
 
  
Additional Items
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25' CAT5 Network Cable
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*<b>Loaner Laptops</b>
MCLA Software Package
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Students who have program laptops will be offered a loaner laptop for the time their laptop is being repaired. This service is not provided to those students with non-program laptop.
(MS Office 2007, Sophos Anti-Virus)
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Go to the MCLA-Dell order site.
 
  
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*<b>4 Years Accidental Damage Service</b>
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Accidental Damage Service will repair your system if it is damaged by an accident not otherwise covered by the Limited Hardware Warranty, including: Electrical surges and screen breaks, Liquid spills, Accidental drops and falls. Service excludes theft, loss, and damage due to fire, flood or other acts of nature, or intentional damage. Customer may be required to return unit to Dell. Limit of 1 qualified incident per contract year.
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MCLA Student Laptop Guidelines
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==Related Topics==
  
  Minimum Specifications  Recommended Specifications 
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*[[Laptop Minimum Hardware Requirements]]
Processor  800 MHz or better  2.0 GHz or better 
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Memory  256 MB or better  2 GB or better 
 
Wired Network Card  10/100 baseT Ethernet  10/100 baseT Ethernet 
 
Wireless Network Adapter  802.11b/g  Integrated 802.11a/b/g 
 
Removable Storage  3.5 inch floppy and CD-ROM  Writable CD/DVD player
 
 
Hard Drive  10 GB hard drive space  60 GB hard drive space or larger
 

Revision as of 18:59, 21 June 2019

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MCLA's Laptop Initiative

MCLA recommends that all students have a laptop computer. The benefits are immense. Your laptop will provide you with more freedom to work on assignments and access the Internet from various buildings and even open spaces on MCLA's campus.

Increasingly our faculty are providing class materials on-line and the campus now offers end to end wireless access for your convenience as a student. In addition, when you go home for breaks you can easily take your laptop with you.


ORDER SITE: http://www.dell.com/mcla


Software Recommendations For All Students

Each MCLA student is required to install the following software which is provided to each MCLA student FREE of charge.

Microsoft-office.jpg Microsoft Office (Click here for instructions)

Students are encouraged to have antivirus software installed on their laptop. MCLA provides free Sophos Antivirus licenses to students.

Sophos2.PNG (Click here for instructions)

Hardware Requirements For All Students

It is recommended that each MCLA student have a laptop. For those who choose not to purchase a program laptop and are bringing in a non-program laptop - it is important to ensure it meets MCLA's minimum hardware requirements.

Why Purchase a Program Laptop?

  • Discounted Price

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has worked to secure a discounted price with Dell which is very competitive in comparison to similar business-class models that include similar software, warranty coverage and services.

  • Meets all required specifications

The program laptop is specifically setup for the needs of a typical MCLA student with full support facilitated through the college. There are also options to upgrade the laptop's processor, memory and hard drive.

  • On Campus Support

While in attendance at MCLA, there will be no need to arrange any repair through Dell directly. The Computer Help Desk provides full support for software and hardware and will coordinate with Dell if need be. This is a service that is only provided for program laptops. The following shows a comparison of the services we can offer to students who own a program laptop rather then a non-program laptop:

Program Laptop Non-Program Laptop
Virus Removal Services Yes, we can even restore them to their factory state - no charge. Limited to viruses that can be removed by standard tools, no operating system reinstalls
Hardware Repair Services Yes, usually 24/48 hours turn around - No charge if warranty is active. Limited to 1 accidental damage claim per year No, user will need to seek outside repair service that can sometimes take weeks and be very expensive
Loaner Laptops Yes, loaners are provided upon request when laptop is in for service No loaner service is available
Software Support Yes Limited to core supported software only, no operating system reinstalls
Internet Services Yes Yes, as long as laptop meets minimum requirements



  • Loaner Laptops

Students who have program laptops will be offered a loaner laptop for the time their laptop is being repaired. This service is not provided to those students with non-program laptop.


  • 4 Years Accidental Damage Service

Accidental Damage Service will repair your system if it is damaged by an accident not otherwise covered by the Limited Hardware Warranty, including: Electrical surges and screen breaks, Liquid spills, Accidental drops and falls. Service excludes theft, loss, and damage due to fire, flood or other acts of nature, or intentional damage. Customer may be required to return unit to Dell. Limit of 1 qualified incident per contract year.

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