Operating System

This page collects all the information we have about specific operating systems we deal with and the challenges we will likely come up against with them.

Common tasks

Things you should know how to do on various operating systems.

  • Taking Screenshots in Windows and Mac OSX
  • Configure language setup in Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OSX
  • => Map a network drive - can someone write this article?


All Windows-OS-specific problems and tips should either be here, or be linked here.

Common problems


  • 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

  • Wireless set-up: 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.

If you're having trouble configuring wireless, 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. --Petar


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 problems are hardware compatibility (drivers etc) and software compatibility. Both of these are improving steadily and a solution to the user's needs can often be found through a good old Google search.

Ubuntu 8.04 on the Middlebury Network



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