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Technology Integration Services

 Haslam College of Business

Laptop Requirements for Macintosh Users

Minimum Macintosh Specifications

These minimum specifications are for all students in the Haslam College of Business except for the Physicians Executive MBA Program (PEMBA). PEMBA students should contact the PEMBA program office for computer specifications if you have not received them as part of your admissions packet. Undergraduates, graduate students and full-time MBA students who have further questions may contact Technology Integration Services by email at haslamhelp@utk.edu. Working Professional MBA students may contact Fosey Abidi at fabidi@utk.edu.

Processor Speed

MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air system with 2.2GHz or higher Intel-based processor. Your Mac must be an Intel-based model and run Windows either in Apple's free Boot Camp utility or virtualization software such as Parallels or VMWare Fusion. Note that Parallels or Fusion and Windows 7 or 8.1 will have to be purchased separately in addition to the purchase of the computer.   The entry model costing $999 supports Windows 7; all other models will only run Windows 8.1

See point #1 below under the "Important Purchasing Information" section for guidance when purchasing your processor speed.

Memory (RAM)

Between 4GB and 8GB RAM.

Hard Drive

512 GB or larger.

Network Capability

Wireless (Internal or External)  --  “N” is required.
Wired Lan (Internal or External).

CD-ROM

Only one model in Apple's laptop line has a built in CD.   If you wish to read, play or burn CDs and DVDs you will need to purchase an Apple USB SuperDrive at a cost of $79.

Operating System

Mac OSX 10.9 or higher (required to run Windows)

You must also run Windows either in Apple's free Boot Camp utility or virtualization software such as Parallels or VMWare Fusion. Note that Parallels or Fusion (one only) and Windows 7 or 8 will have to be purchased separately in addition to the purchase of the computer. Windows software can be purchased from the Bookstore Technology Center – 865-974-2930. You will need a Windows partition in order to use Microsoft Excel macros and Microsoft Access which are not available in the Mac version of Office.

Warranty Maintenance

Safeware accidental damage protection--purchase from Computer Store for $279 if the price of your laptop is less than $2000.   Safeware coverage for laptops costing more than $2000 is $374.

Batteries

One laptop battery is required.

Video RAM

Must be capable of 1024 x 768 resolution.

Web Browser

Safari 8.0.6 or Firefox 37.0.2.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Haslam College of Business Technology Integration Services. The best way to contact them is via email: haslamhelp@utk.edu.


Important Purchasing Information


  1. The specifications given here are minimum recommendations. Any upgrades that you can afford at the time of purchase will only increase the likelihood of keeping your computer throughout your entire program at UT.
  2. When working with your vendor make sure to get the restore CD/DVD and keep it with you at school. If your brand of computer does not come with a restore disk and has a “make your own” option on setup, DO NOT skip this process. Always keep your restore CD/DVD with you so that it can be accessed quickly if a restore is required. Backup & Recover Manager are an option on the Dell online store. Please be sure to choose this option if you order your computer from Dell online. Also purchase a driver CD if possible.
  3. Back up your work. Purchase a USB external hard drive, Flash drive or burn your files to CD/DVD periodically. This will save you from last minute disasters that have been experienced by previous UT students – lost papers and even lost thesis chapters because they did not back up their work.
  4. We strongly recommend that you purchase your hardware and software from the university Bookstore Technology Center (click on a vendor name on the right to get pricing). They know our program requirements, and their prices are competitive. Big box electronics stores are notorious for selling students the wrong operating system. Other software is available to students at no cost via the online software distribution site.

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