Browser and Platform Check
CalculusQuestTM makes use of several features which add quality to the expedition but which currently place some limitations on the browsers and platforms which can be used to view these pages.
supports all fo the features needed.
- NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR VERSION 2.0 OR HIGHER
What to do ...
If you do not see a message above telling you that your browser is fine, then read the instructions on updating your browser below.
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Netscape will run just fine on older Macintoshes and on any PC which can run windows. HOWEVER, THERE ARE DIFFERENCES IN THE WAY DIFFERENT COMPUTERS DISPLAY THE "SAME" COLOR. These differences are caused both by local monitor settings, by the machines "color lookup table", and by differences in the operating system.
We use colored text and various colored backgrounds throughout CalculusQuestTM. This adds a lot to readability and helps you tell where you are in the course at any given time. But it is not much help if you are looking at black text on a black background, or even if the nice pale yellow we intended is a jarring bright lime green on your screen.
Sadly, we do not know how to get around this problem. We have used colors which are common to PC's and Macintoshes, but colors still come out "wrong" or not at all on older PC's running older versions of Windows. Colors like light blue come out black(!) on several UNIX platforms.
If the machine you are using misrepresents colors in a way which does not make the pages unreadable or unbearable, our best advice is to live with it. If your pages are unreadable and you have no viable alternative computer access, please get help!
The One-Lane Information Highway
If you are an OSU student viewing our pages from the Residence Hall Network, you are sharing a 10 MEGAbits per second connection to our server. That's 10,000,000 bits, or about 1,000,000 characters per second. Even though this is shared across campus, it is very fast. If, by way of contrast, you connecting via a modem or from a remote site, it can take a long time for complex graphics to load. CalculusQuestTM Pages avoid large image files and should not present a problem to remote users.
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Updating your browser
obtaining Netscape Navigator are in the CalculusQuestTM GUIDE BOOK
which is available in the OSU BOOKSTORE or from
off-campus instructors. But with the mountain majestically
filling the horizon and the expedition about to leave, this
is no time to dilly-dally over arcane instructions!
Here are some immediate options:
- Call the consulting desk in Kerr Library at
Oregon State University. The number is (541) 737-3474. - AND/OR
- Go to the consulting desk in Kerr
Library and ask for the materials and instructions
needed to run Netscape. If you plan to get a
copy of the needed software on floppy diskettes, call first
and ask how many diskettes you will need and be sure to
bring your own pre-formatted diskettes. - OR
- Download the latest version of Netscape onto
your machine. You should not try this unless
You own the computer or have permission to install software
on the computer.
- You either have a fast connection or
something interesting to do while the software is
- You are confident that you know how to
install new software or that you can follow the directions
for INSTALLING NETSCAPE given in the GUIDE BOOK.
NOTE: You are responsible for obtaining
required texts, material, and supplies in all University
courses. We can offer assistance, but the ultimate responsibility for
insuring that you have adequate access to course remains
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