Diversity of Fishes
Technical Requirements for AMNH Professional Development Courses
In order to maximize your online experience while accessing the resources developed for this course, please go over the following checklist.

1) We recommend the following computer system specifications for optimal performance on this Web site.

Mac OS (Click on your desktop, then the Apple icon on the upper left corner of your screen, and then About This Computer to view this information.)

  • a PowerPC processor-based Macintosh computer
  • at least 64MB of RAM
  • Mac OS 7.5.5 or later
  • CD-ROM drive
  • at least a 56K modem (or other Internet connection)
Windows
  • a Pentium-based PC or compatible computer
  • at least 64MB of RAM
  • Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT 4.0 system software
  • a sound card and speakers (if you have working speakers, you have a sound card)
  • CD-ROM drive
  • at least a 56K modem (or other Internet connection)
2) Internet Browsers
We recommend that you use no internet browser version earlier than Netscape Navigator 4.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0. (When you launch, or start the browser it tells you what version you have. Or, when your browser is open: On a Mac, click on the Apple icon on the upper left corner of you screen, and scroll down to 'About Netscape' or 'About Explorer'. On a PC, once your browser is open, go to 'help'', then to the 'About Netscape' or 'About Explorer' item at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
  • On a Mac, click on the Apple icon on the upper left corner of your screen, and scroll down to 'About Netscape' or 'About Explorer'.
  • On a PC, once your browser is open, go to Help, then to the 'About Netscape' or 'About Explorer' item at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

If you don't have the required version of one of the Internet browsers, click on one of the two links below to download now.

3) Plug-ins
To take advantage of all the video and animation resources created for this course, you need to install a number of plug-ins and players.
  • Plug-ins are programs that are installed directly into the Plug-ins directory of your Internet browser. Plug-ins are loaded into memory each time the browser is launched and are ready to handle each file requiring them.
  • Players are individual programs that operate independently of your browser. The player is automatically launched when the browser encounters a file that requires it.
The plug-ins and players required to properly view our materials can be downloaded free from the Internet. The free links are usually hidden at the bottom of the page. Just follow the instructions on the corresponding Web site. Depending on your browser preference and whether you're using a PC or a Mac, the "download" icon for the plug-in will show up on your desktop - you'll have to open it to install it. In some cases, the plug-ins will load themselves automatically.

For downloads and technical assistance, click on the following:


Note: You need RealPlayer to view any course video from the internet. You need QuickTime to view video on the CD-ROM.
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