Operating System

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Space to enter info specific to OS version. How to map a drive? Other?? --Burt, Nate 20:43, 17 July 2008 (EDT)

For tips on language setup on various OS's, see Languages


OS Freezing? See Windows Hangs Before or After Login


XP only


  • NTLM vs. NTLM 2: Vista defaults to a specific network security protocol and, by default, won't accept anything older than that. You can change this: go into the registry editor (needs admin privileges), navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa, set the DWORD variable "LmCompatibilityLevel" to value 1 (create the variable if it wasn't there), then restart the computer and you should be able to connect to our servers as you can on XP.

Mac OS X

Leopard 10.5

  • For some reason, setting up wireless to connect to midd_secure can be very iffy at first. Even with the right settings it will sometimes "remember" PW/settings it shouldn't remember. Play around with it and if you don't have any luck after a couple tries, turn off the Airport then turn it back on, then try again.
    • What should the settings be set to?
      • Don't follow the current instructions we have. What should work is clicking on the Airport icon, selecting "midd_secure", entering your username and password, then accepting the certificate. Sometimes it is necessar to visit System Prefs => Network => Airport => Advanced => last tab => Delete all instances of "midd_secure", then try again... No firm steps for now. --Mitrevski, Petar 23:09, 11 August 2008 (EDT)

--Hunt, Christopher 09:14, 18 July 2008 (EDT)


Really, really old versions of Mac can NOT run the newest version of Safari. DO NOT upgrade to the newest version of Safari unless you're sure it will be compatible with the version of Mac.


Call me an optimist but I foresee more and more Linux OS on campus each semester. What will we be dealing with?

  • Asus Eee subnotebook - has a specialized version of Xandros Linux customized for small screens and light portable usage. Has basic web programs, basic office programs, etc. Registering it on the network: does it have Eth port to go wired? Mac address can be found somewhere in the computer settings windows. Ask Haseeb.
  • Ubuntu, on various systems - so far I have seen 4 users using Ubuntu Linux, all on Dell laptops, all slightly (but not necessarily very) tech-savvy people. Ubuntu has a massive amount of community-generated documentation & support available, search for problem solutions w/ Google.

OS features:

  • Virus problems virtually nonexistent.
  • Very stable.
  • Biggest problem is often hardware compatability (drivers etc). This is improving steadily.

Windows program compatibility

  • If user needs to use Windows applications but doesn't have Windows available, check the WINE application database[1] to see if that program is known to work well in WINE. WINE is an open source Windows compatability layer and has Linux and Mac installers available.

--Hunt, Christopher 09:00, 18 July 2008 (EDT)

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