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All Maine Maritime Academy students are required to have a Windows compatible laptop computer and printer.
For any other questions about the MMA Laptop Program please contact the MMA Help Desk, at 207-326-2240
Most new laptops are now bundled with both wired and wireless interfaces.
Many new laptops offer a CD/DVD-RW upgrade at an affordable cost.
JUMP/THUMB/FLASH USB DRIVE
LAPTOP FAQ's :
General: Students should view their laptops as more of a tool than a toy. While Maine Maritime Academy does provide student technicians who are available in the IT Shop in Leavitt Hall, professional hardware technicians are not provided. We urge you to choose a reputable vendor, purchase a four year warranty, and use your laptop in a responsible manner.
Ethernet Card: We use standard Ethernet 10/100/1000 cabling. If you are purchasing a new laptop it may be more economical to purchase an internal (built in) Ethernet adaptor. If you have an older laptop without an Ethernet adapter, a PCM-CIA adapter can be purchased. This is a thin PC Card that slides into one of the slots on the side of the laptop. Internal (built in) versions allow for the network cable to be plugged directly into the laptop. PCM-CIA cards frequently require the network cable be plugged in to a "dongle". The "dongle" plugs into the card, and the network cable plugs into the "dongle". While both styles work well, we find that dongles are frequently lost or broken and recommend the direct plug-in style when at all possible.
Warrantees: Many people overlook the warranty support provided by their laptop’s manufacturer, often because of the cost involved (which can be up to another $300 for four years). Often laptops come with a one year warranty. After that, if the machine has any kind of a failure you must pay to repair it. We strongly recommend the purchase of a four year warranty, which includes Accidental Damage Coverage, with a new laptop. The money you spend on the warranty is much less than what you may have to spend on common repairs, like a new LCD display or new motherboard.
Service: MMA's technical services for student computers is limited to student technicians who are trained to troubleshoot basic software problems and assist students in setting up service calls for hardware repair. Some vendors require that laptops be shipped back to the factory, while others require that laptops be taken to the nearest authorized service center. The closest authorized service center for most vendors is in Bangor or Portland.
Choose your vendor and service level carefully for the best experience in case of trouble.
Many vendors offer on site service for their products - here is how it works.
Backups: Protecting your data is important. The purchase of a CD/DVD-RW drive or Flash/Jump/Thumb USB drive can make backing up your data much easier.