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Computer Purchases

Description: 

All devices and customization options are available through Alpha Financials within the hardware punchouts (Dell, Apple, other). Prices reflect pre-negotiated discounts.

For model and specification recommendations, please use see Current PC Models and Current Mac Models (redirect to the Campus Bookstore catalog).

What do I need to get this service?

Current UC Merced Faculty or Staff who have access to Alpha Financials for University business.

Do you need to be set up as an approver? Review the Oracle Toolkit or contact your CAO for more information. 

 

What is included?

OIT provides recommendations for computer hardware devices and peripherals.

Current PC Models

Current Mac Models (redirects to the Campus Bookstore catalog, otherwise refer to the Apple punchout in Alpha Financials)

When is support available for this service?

Self service is available 24x7.

How long does it take to get this service?

This is a self-service option and is available 24x7.

How do I stop or change this service?

Review the Oracle Toolkit, or the DFA ServiceNow or contact DFA.

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Desktop Support Guidelines

The Downtown Campus Center (DCC), ACS, and SRE conference rooms are all HDMI video only.  Be sure your computer has an HDMI port otherwise refer to this chart for the required adapter:  

Apple:

  • iPhone: Lightning to HDMI or Lightning to VGA
  • iPad Mini: Lightning to HDMI or Lightning to VGA
  • iPad: Lightning to HDMI or Lightning to VGA
  • iPad Pro (1st & 2nd Generation): Lightning to HDMI or Lightning to VGA
  • iPad Pro (3rd & 4th Generation): USB-C to HDMI or USB-C to VGA
  • MacBook (2015 or later): USB-C to HDMI or USB-C to VGA
  • MacBook Air (2017 or earlier): Thunderbolt to HDMI or Thunderbolt to VGA
  • MacBook Air (2018 or later): USB-C to HDMI or USB-C to VGA
  • MacBook Pro (2015 or earlier): Thunderbolt to HDMI or Thunderbolt to VGA
  • MacBook Pro (2016 or later): USB-C to HDMI or USB-C to VGA

Windows Laptops:

  • If the computer has an HDMI port, it can connect to any non-VGA room
  • If the computer has a DisplayPort, it will need a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter
  • If the computer has USB-C, they will need a USB-C to HDMI

Microsoft Surface:

Surface computers are no longer using Mini-Display ports. Follow USB-C guidance. MS makes their own version of video adapters for their devices, but generic ones should work just as well.

VGA:

If a computer needs to connect to analog (VGA), we are recommending against HDMI or DisplayPort to VGA adapters as they are unreliable. Instead, use the USB-C port or USB-A port and get a VGA adapter that connects to those.