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    System Requirements
 

We recommend the following specifications as a MINIMUM if you only plan to display JPEG images as backgrounds to your songs. If you are planning on displaying video loops then you must use a more powerfull system as indicated below.

In addition to SongBase software you might consider having PowerPoint on the machine in case you host a worship band that uses PPT and has their own songs done in PPT. Also, PPT is great for doing sermon notes although SongBase does work for that too.

   OPERATING SYSTEMS

-Windows XP Home, XP Pro Service Pack 2
-Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
-Windows Vista
-Internet Exporer 6.0 (our Vista upgrade is required for I.E. 7.0)
-Windows Media Player 10 (or 11)

   Minimal Laptop for still images

Virtually any Laptop system purchased within the last 3 years

1.3 GHz P4 CPU (absolute minimum)
512 MB RAM
Built-in DUAL HEAD video card 64 Meg RAM
5400 RPM hard drive 20 GIG or more
R/W CDROM Drive for backups
Windows XP Home

   Minimal Desktop - for still images

Virtually any modern Desktop system purchased within last 3 years

2.0 GHz P4 CPU or AMD 2800 or 1.8 GHz Duo Core Intel
512 MB RAM
DUAL HEAD video card 64 Meg RAM ATI Radeon 7000 or Equal
7200 RPM hard drive 20 GIG or more
R/W CDROM Drive for backups
Windows XP Home, Pro or Vista

   Minimal Laptop - for Movie Loops

2.0 GHz Dual Core CPU with L2 cache = 1024 Bytes per core (not 512)
1024 MB RAM (1 Gig) - 2 Gig is preferred
DUAL HEAD video card 128 Meg RAM (accellerated gamer card)
5400 RPM hard drive 100 GIG or more
R/W CDROM Drive for backups
Windows XP Home, Pro or Vista

   Minimal Desktop - for Movie Loops

1.83 GHz Dual Core CPU with L2 cache = 1024 Bytes per core (not 512)
1024 MB RAM (1 Gig) - 2 Gig is preferred
DUAL HEAD video card 128 Meg RAM (accellerated gamer card)
7200 RPM hard drive 100 GIG or more
R/W CDROM Drive for backups
Windows XP Home, Pro or Vista

   Projector(s)

You may need 2 - most churches of 500+ do require 2 projectors (sometimes 3).
Get a name brand unit with a minimum of 3000 ANSI Lumens with a
high contrast ratio like 1000:1 or better. Use a light meter to determine your true needs
because the projector is going to be the most expensive part of your system.
SONY SANYO PANASONIC HITACHI NEC VIEWSONIC are all good
but cost more than the generics. Bulb life is very imortant
and you should be getting 2000 hours at least. Bulbs are $400 to $500.
Do not let unauthorized users move or use the projector. I know of several horror stories of how the youth department ruined a projector or two. One dropped the unit and didn't tell while the other plugged the cable into the wrong port and cooked the circuit in the projector.

   Projector Installation

Use only a **CERTIFIED** installer for ceiling mounted installations. Your insurance company will demand to see a certificate if the there is an accident. A certified installer will assure you of proper procedures and materials
   Projector Cable

Always use highly shielded cable and get an amplifier or booster if you are
using more than 80 feet of cable.
  Projection Screen

You might think highly reflective glass beaded white is best but it's not. You should look at getting a matte white screen especially if you are ever going to display movies. The reason is for truer color and broader viewing angle. Silver-grey screens shift the color to the blue end and make flesh tones turn green while white glass beaded screens shift to the red end of the spectrum.

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