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Frequently Asked Questions: System Requirements

  1. What are the system requirements for the programs?
  2. What type of operating system is needed?
  3. Do I need any third-party software to use your products?
  4. What graphics capabilities are needed?
  5. What sound capabilities are needed?

1. What are the system requirements for the programs?

Merit programs use 5 to 8 MB RAM. The hard disk usage on most programs is between 32 and 75 MB.

The programs use many shared components. On average, each additional program installed will take no more than 5 MB hard disk space.

A few graphics-intensive programs will add an additional 55 MB.

2. What type of operating system is needed?

Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Macintosh computers may run the software using Virtual PC or other Windows-emulation programs.

3. Do I need any third-party software to use your products?

When delivered on a CD-ROM, Internet Explorer 4 or higher, is needed to install the software, but not to run it. Adobe Acrobat Reader (included on the CD-ROM) is required to view and print manuals.

4. What graphics capabilities are needed?

The programs require a minimum 800 x 600 pixel screen display. Also, with computers that do not have a dedicated graphics card, it may be reguired to increase the computer's page file or virtual memory.

5. What sound capabilities are needed?

The Merit Text Talker runs under Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows Vista and Windows 7 and uses the pre-installed version of the Microsoft Speech Application Interface Version 5 (SAPI 5). SAPI 5 may be freely downloaded and installed from Microsoft's web site.

The Merit Text Talker requires 450 MB of hard disk space and 20 additional MB of RAM.