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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Technical Requirements

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System Check

You may need to run a system check to ensure that your computer system is properly configured for the web courses. It verifies your browser version, browser settings, and display settings on your computer.

Computer Requirements

Before you access your course on D2L, your system and software should meet the following minimum requirements.

Type Components Requirements
Mac User Operating System
  • OS X (10.x+)
Office Suites
  • Microsoft Office: Office 2004 or later
  • Standard Version includes at least Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • OpenOffice (free download)
Windows User Operating System
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7
Office Suites
  • Microsoft Office 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, or later
  • OpenOffice (free download)
Common to both Mac and Windows Internet
  • Internet connection via Internet Service Provider (MSN, Charter, EarthLink, NetZero, etc.)
  • 56 kbps modem, DSL or Cable access
  • Internet Explorer 7.x or 8.x
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.x or higher
  • Safari 4.x or higher
Browser Plug-ins
  • Java
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Real One Player
  • Flash Player
  • Must have ability to check email

(if used in course)

  • Monitor capable of 1024 X 768 resolution
  • Sound Card and speakers/headphones
  • CD drive, DVD Drive, or CD-RW drive

Browser Requirements

Browser Win32 Mac OS X Linux
Internet Explorer 8.x X    
Internet Explorer 7.x X    
Mozilla Firefox 3.x + X X X
Safari 4.x + X X  


Download free programs and players

  • PowerPoint Viewer 2003 - If you do not own the PowerPoint program, this viewer will let you view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions.
  • Excel Viewer 2003 - Open, view, and print Excel workbooks, even if you don't have Excel installed.
  • Word Viewer 2003 - View, print, and copy Word documents, even if you don't have Word installed.
  • Visio 2003 Viewer
  • Visio 2002 Viewer
  • Works 6.0 Converter for Works and Word Users - The Works 6.0 Converter allows you to convert word processor documents created in Microsoft Works 6.0 to Microsoft Word and other Works programs. Specifically, this converter works with Works 2000, 4.5, and 4.x, and Word 2002, 2000, and 97.

For Macintosh:

  • Mozilla Firefox for MAC users. If you are using a Mac and have experienced problems with Desire2Learn, we suggest using the Firefox browser.  Firefox is most compatible with D2L and will give you the best results.