Armstrong Atlantic State University Savannah Georgia.

Information Technology Services

Technical Requirements for Student Computers


The minimum computer requirements for Armstrong’s online and blended programs are provided below.

  • Operating System: A Windows operating system is recommended. Windows XP-Service Pack 3, Windows Vista – Service Pack 2, or Windows 7- Service Pack 1 ( ; Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
  • Processor: At least 1 GHz recommended 
  • Memory: At least 512 MB of RAM recommended
  • Disk Space: At least 1 GB free disk space is required for software installation
  • Internet: Students must have regular access to the internet to connect to courses offered through Armstrong’s online and blended programs
  • Internet Browsers:  Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari are preferred browsers for Desire2Learn. Internet Explorer is not recommended.
    • For fewer problems during the semester, disable automatic updates on your computer and do not update your browser or Java until the semester is over. 
    • Mac Users: D2L supports Intel-based Macs. If you are using Safari, you should disable its pop-up blocker when using D2L. To disable the pop-up blocker, click Safari in the menu bar and uncheck Block Pop-Up Windows. Failing to disable the pop-up blocker may prevent you from completing some tasks in D2L, such as compose discussion board messages.
    • System Check
  • Compatibility Check: If you have already downloaded and installed the recommended internet browser, use this link to run a compatibility check .
  • Minimum Bandwidth: 512 Kbps (DSL, Cable, or Satellite high speed connection)
  • Plug-ins: The following plug-ins are required for online and blended programs: Adobe Reader, Java, QuickTime Player, RealOne Player, and Windows Media Player. Note: These plug-ins are available free of charge from the sites
  • Software: Microsoft Office 2007 or greater is required
  • Anti-Virus Software: Updated anti-virus software strongly recommended
  • Sound Card, Microphone, and Speakers: A working sound card, speakers, and microphone required
  • Monitor: A minimum 800 x 600 resolution required; 1024 x 768 resolution recommended
  • Disk Drive: A CD-Rom drive required
  • Printer: Laser or inkjet printer

It is recommended that all students configure their computer prior to beginning their courses. Check the configurations of your computer here.