[Athen] about "minimun" req for RAM

Robert Beach rbeach at kckcc.edu
Tue Jan 22 12:44:29 PST 2008

One thing I would recommend is take the highest requirement and double it. Many times these system requirements are made based on systems running very minimal programs, mainly just the assistive tech and the OS. When you start throwing in networking, Office, maybe some internet, and try to do any multi-tasking, you quickly drag the system down to nothing.

Just as a rule, I always order new AT machines with 4 GB of ram and minimum 100GB hard drive, fastest processor our IT folks will purchase, high-end non-integrated sound cards (yes it does make a difference with DNS), and high-end non-intigrated video card. Oh yes, 20-inch monitors, but it sometimes cuts me down to 19 or even 17 inch.

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: (913) 288-7671
Fax: (913) 288-7678
E-mail: rbeach at kckcc.edu

>>> "Weier, James A." <JWeier at stlcc.edu> 1/22/2008 1:52 PM >>>


Here is the minimum system requirements for the Dragon Naturally
Speaking Professional 9.0 version:

Here is the minimum system requirements for the Dragon Naturally
Speaking Preferred 9.0 version:

(I don't know which version of DNS you will be using so I gave both
minimum system requirements to you).

Here is the minimum system requirements for the Kurzweil 3000 version

Here is the minimum system requirements for Inspiration:

As far as the Text-Help minimum system requirements is concerned, which
software specifically? Here is the link to the website:
http://www.texthelp.com/page.asp (Do you mean BrowseAloud, Read & Write
Gold???) Anyway, here's the minimum system requirements for Read & Write
Gold from Text-help: http://www.texthelp.com/page.asp?pg_id=10104

Basically, give the links to your IT dept. and they will see the proof
of the RAM, CPU, Hard Disk space, etc. requirements for the software in
question. This is all your IT dept. would need to know to be able to
setup your computers correctly. Hardware-wise.

James A. Weier
Adaptive Tech. Specialist/Access Office
St. Louis Community College
3400 Pershall Road
Ferguson, MO. 63135
314-513-4162 (voice)
314-513-4876 (fax)
jweier at stlcc.edu

There are three basic types, the wills, the won'ts, and the can'ts. The
wills accomplish everything, the won'ts oppose everything, and the
can'ts won't try anything.
-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Catalina Colaci
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 1:10 PM
Subject: [Athen] about "minimun" req for RAM

Hello, everybody
Is anybody around who is working with adaptive technology in a post-sec
environment and can help bridging the communication gap between a coord
of services and the computer support people (who are overworked already
with the "standard" applications)?

We are having a problem getting the message across the computer-people
in our institution regarding the technology needs.
At the moment we have 2 stand-alone computers -not linked to a server-
one has internet access, the other does not.
We need to be able to run on the same computer -if possible-
Dragon 9
Kurzweil 3000 version 10
A scanner

We explained that the minimum RAM requirements for Dragon 9 are 1 GM,
for Kurzweil between 300 MB to 500+. We ended up with 512 MB in each and
huge problems of computers freezing up on an on-going basis . We got one
computer upped to .99 GB (I did not know they made that denomination)
but we were told that we should use only Office and Dragon in it, then
in the other only Kurzweil, well, you get the picture.

Our problem seems to be a communication one, the techies are asking us
expressly HOW MUCH RAM we need in each computer... we said more than
1GB, and towards 2 GB and we are asked "WHY"/"Where did you get the
info", etc.

Thanks in advance for your attention... If my message is not clear -I
love technology but I do not talk the talk-, please ask me for more
Thanks again

Catalina Colaci
Learning Assistance Centre
Support Services for Students with Disabilities

Yukon College
Yukon Territory

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