If you plan to bring a portable computer to Harlaxton, you probably have lots of questions viz power supply, printing, etc., here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about bringing notebook or laptop computers to Harlaxton College.
Absolutely - we encourage you to do so. Our computer labs are frequently busy, so having access to your own PC is a distinct advantage. Harlaxton has a campus-wide wireless network which makes connecting your laptop/notebook to network resources easy.
The most important thing to ensure is that the power unit for your PC is able to accept a 220-250 voltage power supply. Most portable PCs have an 'autosensing' power supply in which case there should not be a problem.
Look at the power supply unit, if it reads something like "100 - 240V" on it then it will accept a UK voltage supply. If you are unsure, check the manual or contact your dealer. Once the voltage is sorted out, and ignoring surge protection which is optional, the only other thing to worry about is the type of connector that goes into our wall sockets - you just need to buy a simple 2 pin US to 3 pin UK adapter.
There is no need to bring your own printer. There are two options: either connect to our network printers wirelessly; or connect directly to a standalone printer in the main computer lab. Printer drivers are available from the IT technician or via the Internet.
You need to be self sufficient is the direct answer. We cannot help you with software or operational problems, so I suggest you bring the relevant manuals unless you are very familiar with your equipment. If you have a hardware problem or malfunction you will need to take or send your equipment to a manufacturer's service centre - check with your computer manufacturer to find out where the nearest centre is to Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK. The nearest big cities are Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham.
Obviously, while you are sorting out the problems with your PC you can use the Harlaxton Computer Labs.
Easy - if you have a wireless adapter! We offer wireless access (802.11 b/g) throughout the College; if your laptop has built in access you are ready to go. If your laptop does not have wireless access built in, we have a small number of adapter cards we can loan for a small deposit. Also, a number of classrooms have standard (wired) ethernet connections which you are able to use outside normal class times.
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Last Updated: 24/08/2011 10:30 AM