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Best practice when purchasing a Netbook to use with SOLO 6, SOLO 6 standalones and/or University Editions
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10th of October, 2011

Make sure your Netbook purchase is powerful enough to run the software programs that you want to use with it.

We recommend a Dual (or more) core computer processor and receiving a trial Netbook from the seller or manufacturer to install SOLO 6, SOLO 6 standalones, and/or University Editions to see if there are any performance issues prior to making a multiple Netbook purchase for school, home, or personal use. Netbook computers were initially designed for low performance use, i.e. browsing the internet, checking email, etc. Remember, if you install on a trial Netbook, to remove any software programs you added to the Netbook before returning it to the seller and/or manufacturer.

The text-to-speech engine uses a lot of computer processor resources. Netbooks were designed for low performance software program use, like checking email or browsing the internet.

You also want to take into consideration all of your other software program RAM needs on the Netbook; we recommend at least 2 GB of RAM, but again, it depends on your overall software program needs. See below for an example:

*A system running Windows XP SP3 - 32-bit - would need the following amount of RAM:
Windows XP SP3 needs 64-128 MB
Office 2007 needs 256 MB
Anti-virus needs 512 MB-2 GB
SOLO 6 needs 512 MB-2 GB
You would need a computer system with at least 1.5 GB (minimum) - 4.5 GB of RAM (recommended)


*A system running Mac 10.6 would need the following amount of RAM:
Mac 10.7 needs 1 GB 
Office 2011 needs 1 GB
Anti-virus needs 512 MB-2 GB
SOLO 6 needs 512 MB-2 GB
You would need a computer system with at least 3.0 GB
(minimum) - 6 GB of RAM (recommended)

We also recommend, consulting with your IT department when making any software or hardware purchases to make sure that your home or school computer network is capable of running the software that you are excited to purchase and use right away.

Click here for the System Requirements for SOLO 6, SOLO 6 standalone products and University Editions.


NOTE: SOLO 6, SOLO 6 standalone products and University Editions were tested using Intel® computer processors (due to availability.)

NOTE: Customers who have Laptops/Netbooks with the AMD Athlon™ MV-40 computer processor have reported sluggish processing in regards to the Acapela Speech engine used by SOLO 6, SOLO 6 standalone products and University Editions. Translation: The AMD Athlon™ MV-40 computer processor is not strong enough to run the Acapela Speech engine. We recommend choosing Custom installation and unselecting the Acapela Speech engine (text-to-speech functionality will be removed.) or upgrading the cpu to a dual core (or more) processor.

*RAM needs are dependent on the overall computer program/application needs of the user. The examples provided are suggestions. The RAM data used in the examples was information pulled from word processor, anti-virus, and operating system vendors (as of 10/10/2011).


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