There are a wide variety of computer configurations successfully running OptiShot.
To ensure that it will run on your computer, you need to meet certain minimum requirements.
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
In order to run OptiShot your computer must meet these minimum requirements. If your computer meets the requirements, you should have no problem running OptiShot.
- Windows® Vista, 7 or 8 (latest service packs)
- Graphics Card: 256MB Adapter RAM with OpenGL 2.0 support and the latest Video Drivers (no more than 18 months old)
- 3GB Hard Disk Drive Storage
- 4GB RAM
- USB 2.0 port
- DVD Drive
- Internet connection for software updates and Platinum course delivery
We are constantly improving the visual experience of OptiShot. As such, we take advantage of the latest advances in graphics technology. To have the best experience, you should ensure that your computer has the latest video drivers.
Video Drivers are files that tell the computer how to talk to your graphics card. Please follow this link to learn How to Update Video Drivers.
FINDING YOUR COMPUTER'S SPECS
To determine if your computer meets these minimum requirements, follow the steps below.
- Windows® 8
- Click the Windows key on your keyboard.
- Type in msinfo32.exe and hit ENTER
- Windows® Vista and Windows® 7
- Click Start
- Type in System Information and hit ENTER
Here you can see exactly which version of Windows you are running. Also, down the list on the right, it will tell the amount of RAM you computer has. Remember, you need a minimum of 2 GB.
Double-click on Components on the left to open that list, then click on Display. You can now see details about your video card. In the list on the right it will show you the amount of Adapter RAM your video card has. You need a minimum of 256 MB.
When you click on USB on the left, you can see all of the USB ports your computer has. If any of them have the word Enhanced in their name then you meet the requirement of USB 2.0
Finding the OpenGL capabilities of your video card is a little more difficult. If you are purchasing a new computer it will have OpenGL 2.0 capability. However, if you want to check if your existing computer does, there are two ways to do this.
In the first method, follow the first step in the Update Your Drivers instructions to get the Manufacturer and Name of your video card. Then use the links at the bottom of that page to go to the manufacturer's website and look up that card. In the specifications it should tell you what version of OpenGL it supports.
The second method is to download the OpenGL Extensions Viewer.
This is a third party application. Although we believe this application to be trustworthy, Dancin' Dogg cannot be held liable for your usage.
Go to the Realtech Website, be sure to select Windows as your operating system, then click the Download button and Save the file to your computer.
Once the download is complete run the installation program.
After installation, when you run the program it will clearly show you exactly what version of OpenGL your graphics card can support.
Remember, the minimum is Version 2.0