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Microcomputer Teaching Laboratory - 220 JCH



33 Dell Optiplex computers. Each computer has an Intel Core 2 Duo 3.33 GHz processor, 22” flat panel display, 160 GB disk storage, 4 Gb RAM, and a DVD+/-RW drive.


All computers in the lab are networked using Ethernet cabling, Windows 7, and a file server located in room 216A. The file server has a Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.8 GHz processor, 2.5 Tb of disk storage, and 4 GB of RAM. The server enables users to share files and have centralized printing capabilities.


There is a Dell laser printer connected to every computer via the network. Usage of the printer is through a university based pay system, visit Hokie Passport for setup. The cost is $0.10 per page.


  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • ESRI GIS software
  • SAS
  • Various compilers
  • Erdas Imagine
  • Other miscellaneous software

File storage

Users are allowed to store files on either the local hard drive of the computer they are working on, or the network "Home" folder. However, periodically the local and network drives are deleted of all files. Graduate students that have large storage needs may apply for a user account on the CEARS laboratory server, which can be accessed from the Microcomputer Teaching Laboratory. This will allow them a password protected storage area that is backed up nightly.

Microlab hours

Spring and Fall semestersSummer semester and breaks
Monday 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.Monday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Tuesday 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.Tuesday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Wednesday 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.Wednesday 8:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.
Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

After hours access

After hours access is available to faculty, staff, and graduate students using our card reader entry system. See Lon Weber to be enrolled so that you may have after hour’s access.

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