Loaner Laptops

The Library has seven 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.

Information re: 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 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.

About The Laptops

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
Model - Hewlett-Packard EliteBook 8440p
Display and Graphics - 14" diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768); NVIDIA NVS 3100 with 512 dedicated gDDR3 video memory
Hard Drive - Size: 250 GB, Speed: 7200 RPM
Memory - 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Processor - Intel® Core™ i5-520M Processor (2.40 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Wireless card - Intel Centrino® Advanced-N 6200 (2x2) 802.11 a/b/g/n
Optical Drive - DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL with LightScribe

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

Software
All laptops are running Windows 7 SP1 64-bit with Office 2010 32-bit. The browsers Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome are installed.

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.

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.

How often should I save my documents?
Ask yourself "How much work do I want to recreate?" If you're copying/pasting a great deal of information or working within a long and complicated document, you'll probably want to save often.

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?
Yes, the PC does have a modem. A phone cable is not provided. The Library carrels are not wired for phone access.

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.