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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Laptop standards (SSH)

Laptop standards (SSH)

Use the minimum specifications table below as a guideline when acquiring a machine for your 2021-22 courses. These specifications are recommended for successful Ontario Tech University software usage. 

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Windows PC Mac
Operating system

Windows PC

  • Windows 10 64-bit (Pro edition is preferred)
  • Windows 10 must have the latest updates installed

Mac

Mac OS version 10.11.6 or higher with Windows 10 installed in a VM or via Boot Camp (Pro edition is preferred). 

The new Macbook with an M1 chip is not currently supported due to its inability to run Windows.

Processor type

Windows PC

Intel: Core i5, i7, i9 with 1.5Ghz or greater

AMD: Ryzen 5, 7, 9 with 1.5Ghz or greater

Mac

Intel: Core i5, i7, i9 with 1.5Ghz or greater

Memory

Windows PC

Minimum 16GB RAM

Mac

Minimum 16GB RAM

Hard drive

Windows PC

Minimum 250GB, 50GB of available space (SSD recommended)

Mac

Minimum 250GB, 50GB of available space (SSD recommended)

Graphics card

Windows PC

Intel Integrated Graphics or better

Mac

Intel Integrated Graphics or better

Wireless network card

Windows PC

Card supporting wireless N

Mac

Card supporting wireless N

Virus protection

Windows PC

An up-to-date Antivirus client is required. Windows Defender is included with Windows 10 at no additional cost.

Mac

Antivirus is not required.

Headset

Windows PC

Wired or wireless headset with microphone (or working laptop microphone)

Mac

Wired or wireless headset with microphone (or working laptop microphone)

Webcam

Windows PC

A webcam is required.

Mac

A webcam is required.

Additional requirements

Windows PC

  • Ontario Tech projectors support VGA and HDMI only. If your machine does not have a supported display connector, you may be required to purchase an adapter.
  • A machine with an Ethernet adapter is preferred.

Mac

  • Ontario Tech projectors support VGA and HDMI only. If your machine does not have a supported display connector, you may be required to purchase an adapter.
  • A machine with an Ethernet adapter is preferred.
Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring a Macbook?
Yes, you can bring a Macbook but it must have an Intel chipset. The new Macbook with an M1 chip is not supported. The Macbook also must have Windows installed as some software used at Ontario Tech only runs in Windows.

Why are Macbooks with an M1 CPU not supported?
Macbooks with an M1 CPU do not yet support running Windows. There is an early build of Windows that works on the M1 but it is not compatible with all software used in your program. It also can only be run using a paid application called Parellels which Ontario Tech does not currently provide.

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