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Chapter 7. Do-It-Yourself Program Instal... > Does Your Computer Have What It Take... - Pg. 68

Do-It-Yourself Program Installation Guide 68 Does Your Computer Have What It Takes? Before you buy any program, make sure your computer can run it. The minimum hardware and software requirements are printed on the outside of every software package. Here's what you need to know (later in this chapter we'll discuss how to gather this information): · Computer type--Typically, you can't run a Macintosh application on an IBM-compatible com- puter. If you have an IBM-compatible computer (commonly called a PC ), make sure the appli- cation is for an IBM PC or compatible computer. (Some programs include both the Macintosh and PC versions on a single CD. Macintosh computers can run some PC programs, but PCs can't run Macintosh programs.) · Operating system--Try to find applications that are designed specifically for the operating sys- tem you use. Although Windows Me can run applications designed for Windows 98, Windows 98 might not be able to run some Windows Me programs very efficiently. If your computer's running Windows NT or 2000, it probably won't be able to run programs designed for Windows Me. · CPU requirements--CPU stands for central processing unit , which is the brain of the computer. If the application requires at least a Pentium III processor but you have a Pentium II processor, your computer won't be able to run the application effectively. The name or number of the chip inside your computer should appear on the front of your system unit, but if you purchased a used PC that the previous owner upgraded, the sticker might be wrong. Hold down Alt and double- click My Computer to display the System Properties dialog box, and look under Computer for the processor type. · Type of monitor--Here are the monitor types from best to worst: · SVGA (Super VGA)