Desktop: March 2013 Quarter Break Activities

The Desktop Services group has a number of upgrades planned for this quarter break (March 25-29). There will be PC and Mac upgrades in five of six lecture halls, full implementation of Windows 7 in the Open Access Labs and ECST Electronic Classrooms; Electronic Classroom Baseline(hardware) refresh, installation of LanSchool (to replace EagleVision) in some Baseline computer classrooms, minor PC operational changes in all Technology Enhanced Classrooms (TEC), and maintenance of Electronic Classrooms (EC), TEC and Service areas .

Lecture Hall Refresh

  • Five of six Lecture Hall PCs (currently Dell model GX755) will be replaced with Lenovo model E30 "ThinkStation" workstations with i5-2400 processors, 4 GB of RAM, and Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise operating systems. The list of available software can be found at /its/services/software/tec715soft.php.
  • Five of six Lecture Hall Macs (currently model iMac8) will be replaced with model iMac13 workstations with i5 Quad-Core processors, 8 GB of RAM, and Mac OS X 10.8 operating systems.

OAL and ECST Labs OS upgrade

EC Upgrade

  • The MUS 211 Electronic Classroom will have a Baseline upgrade from iMac8 workstations to iMac13 workstations with i5 Quad-Core processors, 8GB of RAM, and Mac OS X 10.8 operating systems.


TEC changes

  • The primary change to TEC computers is the new default display and projector resolution of 1024 X 768 pixels and the option for the instructor to change resolution down to 800 X 600 pixels by clicking an icon. When something is not visually discernable, students will be able to ask the instructor for a resolution change when necessary.

Equipment Maintenance

  • Given that dirt and dust are the prime enemies of electronic equipment, all ECs, TEC, and Service area computers, peripherals, and other related equipment are cleaned and tested every quarter during quarter break.