Campus Computer Orientation for Students at Dickinson College

ResNet Information
Recommended Software
Dickinson's Campus Network
Your Accounts & Passwords
Library & Information Services Help Desk
Computer Viruses and Hoaxes 101
Network Folders Explained
Mapping to Y Drive - Windows XP, Vista, 7 , 8 & Mac OS X
Additional Resources

ResNet Information

The Library and Information Services has information for connecting your computer to our campus network on the Library web page under Technology Services.
For more information about computer help can be found off of the Resnet home page called the Resnet Service Annex .

Recommended Software

Windows (XP) or Mac O/S X or higher
Microsoft Office Suite
An anti-virus program

Dickinson's Campus Network

A network is nothing more than a collection of computers connected together for the exchange of data and sharing of resources. At Dickinson, there are several computers on the network called file servers , which provide storage space for the campus. Students have access to the Residential file server (ResServ or Y drive). You may access this server from your room, labs, the Library and micro- computer rooms. When you turn your computer on, the network login box appears, allowing you to connect to ResServ or Y drive.
All students also have access to a W drive, which is used for a personal web site with a quota of 150MB. This can be found on the Gateway, thru the NetFiles or it is automatically mapped on PC campus computers. This W drive can be accessed by anyone using the Internet since it is on a public server so DO NOT save or place private documents or files on this location that you don't want the world to see.

Benefits of Using ResServ or Y drive:

Storage space for papers and homework - Click here for quotas
Stored files are backed up nightly
Accessible from most anywhere on campus or thru NetFiles on the Gateway
Access to print services in Library and campus micro rooms

Library & Information Services Help Desk offers

Phone support call 245-1000 or extension 1000 on campus
ResNet instructions click here
Account and password-related problems - Password details click here.
Help with supported software
The Help Desk is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Library and Information Services Helpdesk is located in the lower level of the Library. You can email

Computer Viruses and Hoaxes tips

A virus is a piece of programming code that is usually hidden in a file. It is often designed to automatically spread to other computers once the infected file is opened. The most common way to get a virus is to open an infected email attachment, but you may also get viruses by downloading files over the internet or by using an infected diskette in your computer. The best way to protect yourself is by installing an anti-virus program on your computer and keeping it updated weekly.

Additional Resources

Library and Information Services has an On-line Tutorial page for more information.

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