Required Hardware


The Easy Way: We do it for you!

We recommend Dell Computers and, after discussing your particular needs we will be happy to configure a computer or network expressly for your office and save that information in a shopping cart on Dells web site. After we give you the necessary info, you can logon to Dell via Resource/Links section of our web site, retrieve the cart and purchase the computer.


The Hard Way: You Do It Your Self!

The most basic requirement is that you computer be able to run Microsoft Windows, preferrably Windows 2000 Professional. Our software will NOT run on Dos, Windows 3.x, or Windows for Work Groups.

The computer should have at least a 500Mh Pentium III micro processor, with at least 128Mb of Ram (more is always much better), and at least a 5 gigabyte hard disk. It should support multimedia (have a sound card, speakers, and a CD-ROM), and have at least a 17 inch monitor and display adaptor that can display at least 65 thousand colors (High Color at a resolution of 1024 x 768). The computer on which the database is located must have some means of backing up the database, for example a ZipDrive.

If your going to have more than one work stations (most of our users have 3) each computer must have an Either Net card (NIC), and should be connected via Category 5, 10Base-T cabling and a multi port Hub

HardWare Summary
Minimum Recommended
Processor 500Mhz Pentium III Faster
Memory 128 Mbytes 128 Mbytes
Hard Drive 4 Gigbytes More than 4
Floppy Drive 3 1/2 Inch 3 1/2 Inch
BackUp Zip Drive Zip Drive (250 Mb)
NetWork Interface Card 3Com 3C905-TX (100/mbs) 3Com 3C905-TX (100/mbs)
CD-Rom Drive 4x CD-Rom Drive DVD 2x Drive
Sound Card & Speakers Windows Compatible Windows Compatible
Monitor 17 Inch 19 Inch
Video Card 256 Color 800x600 65K Color 1024 x 768
Printer Windows Compatible * HP LaserJet 4050 *
Modem 56K Baud Hayes Compatible DSL if Available
Key Board & Mouse Windows Compatible Windows Compatible

* The Printer must be able to print within ¼ inch of the Left, Right, and Top edges and within ½ inch of the bottom of an 8 & ½ by 11 inch sheet of paper. The printer must also support downloadable TrueType Fonts.

The HP LaserJet Printers, HP DeskJet 890c, and Epson 800 are examples of printers meeting this requirement.

Why a 17 inch monitor?

One of the most frequent request we've had is to display more information at the same time. To do that takes a bigger screen. Most of the new windows will be sizable. so the bigger your screen the bigger you can make the window, and the more information you can see at once. The 1024 x 768 resolution means that the monitor/display adaptor combination can display 1024 dots of light (pixels to the cognoscenti) across the screen and 768 pixels down.

The High Color capability means that photos of people, teeth, gums, x-rays etc will look normal. The next lower setting (256 Color) really does not provide enough shades.

Multimedia, in an office? On a business computer?

Yes for several reasons. (By the way multimedia capable means that the computer has a CD-ROM Drive, sound card, and speakers).

First, its hard to find a computer that is not multimedia capable. Second, In order to get the most out of your new system, you need to learn how to use it. Instructions will no longer restricted to simple text, but will include multimedia presentations (video clips with sound tracks). Third, the CD-ROM is very rapidly becoming the standard way to load new software onto your computer, and if fact that's how we will load you existing data onto the new computer. Your computer must have a CD-ROM.

A bit more about the network components

The Category 5, 10Base-T cable has become the standard network cable. Lots of contractors know about it and can install it for you. It looks a lot like the cable we used with Xenix, i.e.. like Telephone cable with that little clip on the end ... except it has 8 wires instead of 6. The Category 5 part of the specification means that the cabling can handle high speed networks (100 Mb per second). There are two network speeds: Fast (100Mb/Second) and not fast (10Mb/Second). To do the Fast stuff you must have Category 5 cabling, Fast Ether net Cards, and a high speed Hub. If any of these aren't up to snuff, you've got a Not Fast network. Yeah, you guessed right Fast Hubs and Network cards are more expensive. Even if you decide on Not Fast, make sure the cabling is Category 5.

The 10Base-T cabling is so common now that there are a variety of attractive wall plugs (kind of like phone jacks) that the cabling contractor can use.

The network should be setup like a star, with the Hub in the middle; not like a daisy chain.

What about printers?

Any printer that works for windows works for me. Each printer is normally hooked to one of the work stations via a parallel cable (20 ft max), and each can be shared by others on the network.


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