I have had a laptop for quite some time, do I need to buy a new one?
In most cases the educational applications you need for the computer practicals will also work on an older laptop. You can check at home before the start of the computer practicals whether the required educational applications actually work on your laptop. If the necessary educational application doesn’t work properly on your old laptop, you can borrow a laptop for the computer practical from the Facilities Centre in the Educatorium and Koningsberger building. Laptops can be loaned for one day at a time.
Can I take part in a computer practical with any kind of laptop?
In principle any laptop that runs Windows 10 (preferable) or Windows 7 is suitable for taking part in the computer practical. You can also use a Mac for the computer practical. There is however no guarantee that the necessary educational applications will run on every laptop (for example older laptops). So make sure you test this on your laptop before the computer practical.
How can I check whether my laptop is suitable for my computer practicals?
If you have your Solis-id and password, you can prepare your laptop for use of MyWorkplace (see the instructions). If you start an application at MyWorkplace and you see 'HTML5client' in the URL bar of your browser, then Citrix is not properly installed. If you do not see 'HTML5client', this means your Citrix is properly installed. If you need to install software on your laptop yourself for a specific course, we advise you to test this software before the first computer practical.
Can I use a tablet or smartphone for my computer practicals?
No, it is not (yet) possible to take part in the computer practical using a tablet or smartphone.
Can I also use a Mac for my computer practicals?
Yes. Most of the software you will use for the computer practicals is available via MyWorkplace. You can use MyWorkplace with a Mac as well as a Windows laptop. However, for specific courses you will need to run local software on your Mac. Sometimes this software is only available in a Windows version. In this case you will need extra software on your Mac to be able to run Windows applications (a Windows licence in combination with either Apple’s 'Boot Camp' or virtualisation software such as Parallels (available via Surfspot.nl).
How can I check that my laptop meets the recommended specifications?
You can check the hardware and software specifications of your laptop under the systems information. How to find this varies per operating system. In Windows 10 for example, go to the Start Menu and select 'System Information', then 'System'.
What should I do if my laptop doesn’t meet the recommended specifications?
All educational applications available in MyWorkplace can be used on all computers. We advise that you test any software that you need to install for your course yourself, before the computer practical. If the necessary educational application doesn’t work properly on your old laptop, you can borrow a laptop for the computer practical from the Facilities Centre in the Educatorium and Koningsberger building. Laptops can be loaned for one day at a time.