Recommended Student PC Configuration
DO I NEED MY OWN COMPUTER?
On the Staunton campus, having your own computer in your residence hall is not a requirement, but many students find if it convenient to own their own.
On the Fishersville campus there are no computer labs, so owning your own device is required. The type of device is up to you. See below for the minimum PC recommendations.
Most students find it more convenient to own a laptop due to ease of portability. An additional advantage of a laptop is that you can take your laptop all across campus to access the wireless internet.
COMPUTER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STUDENTS (2015-2016)
We recommend laptops because they take up less space and their mobility allows you to roam the campus. Laptops can also be brought to class for note taking.
If your system do not meet these minimum computer system requirements you may not be able to connect to the MBC Network.
Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
with the latest Service Pack and patches installed.
Windows Firewall must be turned “on”
Updated Virus Protection
2.8 GHz dual core processor faster processor
4 Gb or more memory (8Gb if running 64 bit software)
300 GB Hard Disk or larger
10/100/1000 mbps Ethernet Network Card
802.11 b/g/n wireless card
Mac OS X installed (10.8 or higher).
Updated Virus Protection
Other Options You May Want
a USB jump drive (for transporting files back and forth around campus)
10′ to 15′ Cat-5 Ethernet cable (if you live in Spencer you’ll need a 30′ cord)
a surge protector
a personal laser or inkjet printer
a personal scanner
CONNECTING YOUR PC to the MBCNet
Rules of the Road – the MBC Acceptable Use Policies
You are REQUIRED to READ the Acceptable Use Policies and Guidelines regarding use of MBC facilities, network ID and email accounts.
Connection to the MBC network is a privilege, not a right, and subject to compliance with all the specifications of the Acceptable Use Policy. Use of the Mary Baldwin computer network implies your acceptance and compliance with all rules, policies and regulations!
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Mary Baldwin provides resident students fast network and Internet access from all residence hall rooms through a wired Ethernet connection. There is one connection per student. You will need to bring your own Ethernet cable. 10′ to 15′ is usually good. If you live in Spencer you’ll need a longer cord – about 30 feet.
MBC also provides wireless access to all students that have a valid student account. All Mary Baldwin buildings on both campuses are covered with wireless access. While the wireless connection can be convenient, OIT recommends that you use a network cord when you can, as it is faster and more reliable than wireless.
To connect to the campus network your device must have a wireless network adapter, or a wired network adapter with a Category 5 connection cable. It must also have an up-to-date web browser. If you have a device that does not have browser capabilitiy you will not be able to connect it to the MBC network. The browser is required to authenticate to the network.
In order for a student to access the MBC network, you will need to authenticate through a special web page. When you connect you are re-directed to the authentication page. You enter your MBC Username and your MBC PIN.
Note: Students are not allowed to “extend the network” by connecting additional hubs, routers, switches or personal wireless access points to the MBC network.
GETTING HELP FOR YOUR PC
Owning your own computer can be a real challenge. While it is definitely handy to have a computer available whenever you need it, it can be difficult to keep it running without problems.
The support provided by OIT is limited to assisting students with connection to the network to the MBC network. We assist students who are having problems connecting to the web, e-mail and to their network drives on the file servers. We can also assist with many of the instruction technology software products the college uses. Other hardware and software problems will need to be referred to an authorized vendor.
Sources of technical support available to students:
Your Fellow Students: Often your fellow students are the best and fastest source to help you resolve computer problems.
Your Computer Vendor: When you purchase your computer you should also receive some level of technical support. Be certain you know what this is at the time of purchase and obtain the appropriate phone numbers.
Local Computer Vendors: Many local computer stores provide expertise in resolving hardware and software problems. Be sure you agree to a flat price or price per hour before signing any service agreement.
KEEPING YOUR PC UP-TO-DATE
UPDATE YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM REGULARLY: Believe it or not, even brand NEW PC’s operating systems are out of date. Microsoft and other software vendors generally release updates to their operating systems on a weekly or monthly basis. These updates are extremely important to keep your system operating properly and to protect your self and other campus network users from the latest virus, worms and network attacks. Get in the habit of checking for OS updates weekly or monthly.
ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE!! Before you even begin thinking about what type of computer to use start thinking about Anti-Virus software. In the university community it is easy to get a computer virus. Computers in the classrooms and labs are protected against virus infections but they will not scan your portable USB drive for viruses.
* WARNING * – Any Vulnerable or Infected computers found on the MBC Network will be disconnected immediately, and will remain offline until the computer is properly updated and patched by the user, and they can prove their PC is no longer a threat to the campus community. This policy is for the protection of other students and the MBC Network.