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What to bring

Technology Checklist

Before you come to campus:

  • Verify that your computer is running Windows Vista or better. For Macs, run OS X 10.6x (Snow Leopard) or better.
  • Configure your computer so that it has automatic Windows updates enabled. Update all Macintosh software. 
  • If you have shared folders on your computer, make sure they contain no copyrighted material (such as songs, pictures or movies). Computer shares are discouraged due to the nature of spreading viruses. Google Drive is encouraged for sharing files for collaborative work and personal file storage.
  • Remove all malware from your computer using MalwareBytes.
  • Run Stinger to remove most common viruses.
  • Using your antivirus software run a complete virus scan on your computer and remove any found viruses. If you do not have virus protection, install the free Microsoft Security Essentials.
  • Pack your computer.
  • Pack all of your computer's documentation.
  • Pack a CAT-5 Ethernet cable or better (12-20 foot length recommended).
  • Pack the power cables and AC adapters for all of your hardware.
  • Pack a surge protector/power strip.
  • Pack the technical support telephone numbers for your hardware and software manufacturers.
  • Pack blank CD-RWs/DVD-RWs (optional).
  • Pack your mass storage device (optional).
  • Pack USB and Firewire cables (optional).
  • Pack your printer (optional).
  • Printer cable (if you're bringing a printer). Campus Wi-Fi printing not supported. 
  • Pack extra paper, toner or ink for your printer (if you're bringing a printer).
  • Pack your scanner or digital camera (optional).
  • Pack a notebook lock (recommended).
  • Pack all of your software's installation discs. Pirated copies are not acceptable.
  • Pack all of your software's CD/product keys for re-installation.

Once you arrive on campus:

  • Activate your Otterbein network and Gmail account (you can also do this before you arrive on campus). Be sure to write down a password hint should you forget your password.
  • If you're living in a residence hall, plug the Ethernet cord into the wall jack or use wireless.
  • Connect your computer to the network; start up your computer and start surfing.
  • Visit the computer labs.
  • Practice logging on to OZone (single sign-on to all other resources) or the second way to navigate - individually to Blackboard, Banner and Webmail via the main page and the Resources link in the upper right corner.
  • Familiarize yourself with Google Apps and Google Drive.Use Google Drive to practice storing and sharing files in the cloud.
  • Check out your Otternet page located in the A-Z index of OZone. Check out the resource links your list of classes with pictures and names of your classmates!

/Student Help Desk 

Roush Hall Basement 

Mon.-Thurs.: 8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Fri.: 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 
Sat.: 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sun.: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Summer: M-F, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed Weekends

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