Loaner Laptops

The Library has 10 laptop computers available for loan.

Who May Borrow
Anyone with a valid UCHC Library barcoded ID may borrow a laptop.

The circulation period is 3 days. The circulation period may be renewed if there are no other patrons waiting for the laptops.

The patron will be required to sign a "Laptop Borrower's Agreement" outlining the patron's responsibilities if the laptops (or its parts) are not returned. The Agreement also states that the patron will abide by the UCHC IT Computer Use Policy.
Please be aware that use of the laptop is on a "self-service" basis. Printed instructions are provided to help you connect the cables and operate the laptop. Refer to the instructions for assistance.

Some procedures may be different than those followed at your desktop, notably logging on and saving documents, please be aware of these.

Library staff is not available to provide software application (Word, Excel, etc.) support. Utilize the "Help" menu in the application or refer to books in the library (see library catalog) regarding that application.


Medical and Dental School Students

Medical and Dental School students should contact the Computer Education Center for issues regarding their laptops. If a loaner laptop is required while the student's laptop is being repaired, the loaner will be provided by the CEC. If demand for loaners exceeds the CEC supply, CEC personnel will direct the student to the Library Circulation desk to obtain a loaner laptop.

Loaner Laptops for Etesting
First and second year students should contact Christine McNally at the HOME office (x2602, AM019) to reserve a laptop if their own laptop is malfunctioning to the extent that it cannot be used to take the exam.

Third and fourth year medical students can contact the HOME office (x2602, AM019) if the request is made in advance. Third and fourth year dental students should contact the Computer Education Center if their laptop cannot be used for etesting. The CEC has a limited number of etesting laptops available so please only request one if your laptop is malfunctioning.

Although the Library's loaner laptops include the Questionmark etesting software, they are not set up with the optimal etesting configuration. The options listed above are best when borrowing a laptop for etesting.

About The Laptops

Laptop Data
The profiles will be deleted each time a laptop is returned to the library. Any documents created on the C:\ drive must be saved to external media prior to returning the laptop.

Encryption
All loaner laptops use encryption.

First Time Login-
This is a UCHC IT Security requirement.
You must use a wired UCHC network connection to log onto the laptop using your UCHC username, password and domain.
If you do not complete the above steps, you will not be able to use the laptop.

Subsequent Logins –
After the first wired login, you do not have to be connected to the UCHC network to use your username, password and domain to log into the computer.


Hardware

Note: Important hardware change for use of external projectors or monitors - this laptop does not have a traditional VGA port vga image. Available ports: HDMI connector, mini DisplayPort connector and USB 3.0 connectors. The Library has HDMI cables available for check out. Ask at the circulation desk.

DellLatitude E7440 Ultrabook with the folllowing specifications:
8GB (1x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3L Memory
Internal English Backlit Dual Pointing Keyboard
Intel Integrated HD 4400 Graphics,
14.0 FHD (1920x1080) Wide View Anti-Glare WLED-backlit
128GB Full Mini-Card Mobility Solid State Drive
Primary 4-cell 47W/HR Battery
4th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4600U Processor 2.1 GHz,
Intel Wireless 7260 Driver
Intel Core i7-4600U Processor Base with No Smart Card Reader
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11ac/a/b/g/n 2x2 +
Bluetooth 4.0 LE Half Mini Card
65W AC Adapter, 3-pin
External USB 8X DVD+/-RW

They do not have a 3 1/2 inch floppy drive. If a floppy drive is required, it must be checked out separately.

Software

Installed Software
Software Name
Version (minimum version - may have been updated)
Windows 7
64-bit, SP1
Microsoft Office Professional Plus including Access, Excel, Infopath Designer, Infopath Filler, OneNote, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Sharepoint Workspace, Visio, Word
2010, 32-bit
Internet Explorer
9, 32-bit and 64-bit
Mozilla Firefox
33.0.2
Google Chrome
38
Java
8_25
Adobe Flash
15.0.0.189
Adobe Shockwave
12.1.3.153
Adobe Reader
11.0.09
Aperio Imagescope
12.0.1.5027
Citrix Online Plug-in
12.3.0.8
Cmap Tools
5.0.6
Microsoft Silverlight
5.1.30514.0
Questionmark Secure Browser
5.3.0.4
QuickTime
7.76
Real Player Cloud
17.0.14
VLC Media Player
2.1.5
SPSS and other software -
SPSS and other software is available through the Skybox - VMware software loaded on the laptop. This provides access to Storrs' vPC which allows you to use programs in a virtual setting. A NetID is required.
See the Skybox folder on the laptop for more information and links. List of programs available - http://skybox.uconn.edu/software/ .

FAQs

How does encryption affect the way I use this computer?
Laptops require a UCHC username, password and domain to login.

First Time Login-
This is a UCHC IT Security requirement.
You must use a wired UCHC network connection to log onto the laptop using your UCHC username, password and domain.
If you do not complete the above steps, you will not be able to use the laptop.

Subsequent Logins
After the first wired login, you do not have to be connected to the UCHC network to use your username, password and domain to log into the computer.

Can the next person using the PC see my documents?
When the PC is returned to the Library any profiles will be deleted. Any changes made to the machine will be reversed. It is critical to save documents to other media prior to returning the laptop.

Can I install software on this PC?
Using your own UCHC username will give you standard user rights on the laptop, not administrator rights. You will not have the ability to install hardware and software that requires administrator rights.
You should test the laptop prior to any event, presentation, etc. to be sure that all necessary hardware and software is installed and working as needed.

Can I email from this PC?
You may view or send email through internet email access.
The logon location for UCHC Domain e-mail is: https://itowa.uchc.edu/.
Note: https://itowa.uchc.edu/ is not accessible from the UCHC Guest wireless network, but it is accessible from UCHC WiFi.

Can I print from this PC?
Yes, if you are connected to the network at the Health Center you may print from the Library's public color and black & white printers. The standard UnipriNT charges will apply if you choose to print to these printers.

Can I save to a USB drive (or other media) or the hard drive?
Yes. The profile on the laptops will be deleted when returned to the Library so save documents to other media before returning the laptop.

Can I do word processing on the PC?
Yes. Microsoft Office 2010 32-bit is installed on the laptop. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Are the programs on the PC compatible with my data?
All laptops are running Windows 7 SP1 64-bit and Microsoft Office 2010 32-bit.

What about access to other programs, like SPSS?
Through the Skybox - VMware software loaded on the laptop you can have access to Storrs' vPC, which allows you to use programs in a virtual setting. A NetID is required.
See the Skybox folder on the laptop for more information and links. List of programs available - http://skybox.uconn.edu/software/ .

Can I "dial out" using this PC?
No, the PC does not have a modem.

Which Internet browser should I use?
Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome are installed on the laptops. If you encounter a problem viewing or printing with one browser, try another.

Can I use CDs / DVDs on this PC?
Yes, an external USB DVD is provided with the laptop.