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Requirements for Computer and Internet Connectivity
December 10, 2008 (published) | July 27, 2016 (revised)

These charts show the minimum requirements for your computer system and Internet connectivity to assure that the software used for VIN and VSPN real-time CE courses and rounds function properly for you. Please refer to the General Notes if you have questions or concerns.

FOR WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS
Element: Operating System
*Minimum Required: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista with SP2 (SP: Service Pack)
Note: Vista is not recommended, but it may work satisfactorily. If your computer uses this operating system, please contact Wally at 1.800.846.0028 x127 for a trial session before registering for VIN and VSPN CE courses.
Recommended: Windows 8, Windows 7
Upgrade: Requires purchase of Operating System upgrade
 
Element: Processor
Minimum Required: 1Ghz Dual-Core Processor or equivalent
Recommended: At least the required processor speed
Upgrade: Requires hardware purchase
 
Element: RAM (Random Access Memory), main memory used by the processor
Minimum Required: 2 GB
*Recommended: 4 GB RAM or more
Upgrade: Requires hardware purchase
 
Element: Internet Connection
Minimum Required: Broadband
Recommended: Broadband - 1Megabit
Upgrade: Requires hardware and service upgrade from your Internet service provider (ISP)
 
Element: Color Video Card
Minimum Required: 16-bit color video; monitor capable of 800 x 600 resolution
Recommended: At least minimum resolution of 1024 x 768
Upgrade: Requires new video card and, possibly, a new monitor
 
Element: Reader
Minimum Required: Adobe Acrobat Reader - v. 10.1.4 or higher
Recommended: Adobe Acrobat Reader most recent 
Upgrade: Download Adobe Acrobat Reader
 
Element: Flash Player
Minimum Required: v. 11
Recommended: v. 22 or higher
Upgrade: Download Flash Player
Note: It may be necessary to uninstall the Adobe Flash Player before installing the new version. If your first attempt at installation fails, please go to the Adobe Self Service page for assistance.
Note: Anything earlier than the latest version has security risks. Upgrading to the latest version is especially important if the computer you are using contains client or financial information.
 
*Element: Browser Setting 1
*Minimum Required: Must be JavaScript-enabled
Recommended: Same as required
Upgrade: N/A
 
 
*Element: Browser Setting 2
*Minimum Required: Must have pop-up blocking disabled for www.vin.com and www.vspn.org
Note: Do not block pop-ups by disabling JavaScript.
*Recommended: Same as required
*Upgrade: N/A
 
Element: Browser (select one)
Recommended: Chrome - most recent version
  Download Chrome
   
Minimum Required: Firefox - most recent version
*Recommended: Firefox - most recent version (auto-updated)
Upgrade: Download Firefox
 
*Minimum Required: Internet Explorer v. 9
Recommended: Internet Explorer most recent version
Upgrade: Download Internet Explorer
 
*Minimum Required: Opera v. 15
Note: Do not use Opera with Vista OS.
*Recommended: Opera - most recent version
Upgrade: Download Opera
 
*Minimum Required: Safari - most recent version
*Recommended: Safari - most recent version
Upgrade: Download Safari
 

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FOR MAC OPERATING SYSTEMS
Element: Operating System
*Minimum Required: MAC OS X (10.8 or higher)
*Recommended: At least the required Operating System
Upgrade: Requires purchase of Operating System upgrade
 
*Element: Computer Model
Note: The listed computer models have processors, RAM, and video cards that meet the minimum requirements.
*Minimum Required: iMac (Intel, G4, G5 series), iBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mini Mac (Intel, G4 series), Mac Pro (Intel, G4, G5 series), IPhone 4G (limited to chat only)
*Recommended: A model that meets or exceeds the specifications of the computers listed above
*Upgrade: Requires hardware purchase
 
Element: RAM (Random Access Memory), main memory used by the processor
Minimum Required: 4 GB RAM
Recommended: At least the required amount of RAM
Upgrade: Requires hardware purchase
 
Element: Internet Connection
Minimum Required: broadband
Upgrade: Requires hardware and service upgrade from Internet service provider (ISP)
 
Element: Color Video Card
Minimum Required: 16-bit color video; monitor capable of 800 x 600 resolution
Recommended: At least minimum resolution of 1024 x 768
Upgrade: Requires new video card and, possibly, a new monitor
 
Element: Reader
Minimum Required: Adobe Acrobat Reader - v. 10.1.4 or higher
*Recommended: Adobe Acrobat Reader - with auto-updates
*Upgrade: Download Adobe Acrobat Reader
 
Element: Flash Player
Minimum Required: v. 11
*Recommended: v. 22 or higher
*Upgrade: Download Flash Player
Note: It may be necessary to uninstall the Adobe Flash Player before installing the new version. If your first attempt at installation fails, please go to the Adobe Self Service page for assistance.
Note: Anything earlier than the latest version has security risks. Upgrading to the latest version is especially important if the computer you are using contains client or financial information.
 
*Element: Browser Setting 1
*Minimum Required: Must be JavaScript-enabled
Recommended: Same as required
*Upgrade: N/A
 
 
*Element: Browser Setting 2
*Minimum Required: Must have pop-up blocking disabled for www.vin.com and www.vspn.org
Note: Do not block pop-ups by disabling JavaScript.
*Recommended: Same as required
*Upgrade: N/A
 
Element: Browser (select one)
Minimum Required: Firefox - most recent version
*Recommended: Same as required
Upgrade: Download Firefox
 
Minimum Required: Internet Explorer - this browser is no longer supported.
Recommended: Select a different browser.
Upgrade: N/A
 
Minimum Required: Opera v. 9.50
Recommended: Opera v. 9.50 or higher
Upgrade: Download Opera
 
*Minimum Required: Safari v. 6.2
Recommended: Safari v. 6.2 or higher
*Upgrade: Download Safari
 
iPAD INSTRUCTIONS
Please see this document for use of iPads with Unity  http://www.vin.com/doc/?id=5614129
 

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GENERAL NOTES

Contact support@vin.com or 1.800.846.0028 x 127 if you are not sure whether your computer system meets the minimum requirements, if you are uncertain how to find the information you need or what technical terms mean, or if you have difficulty with software upgrades.

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