The web version of BERP requires the following computer resources:|
- Macintosh with PowerPC (preferred) or 68040 processor OR an IBM-compatible computer with Pentium (preferred) or 486 processor
- color monitor of 800x600 or better resolution (preferred) or with minimum 640x480 resolution
- 24mb or greater RAM (preferred); minimum 16mb RAM
- Mac OS 7.5.5 (preferred) or 7.1(minimum) OR Windows 95
- Netscape Navigator 3.01 or Netscape Communicator 4.01 (see below for more info on browser versions)
- ethernet network connection (best), 33.6 modem connection (preferred) or 28.8 modem connection (minimum)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 95 is not currently
supported for BERP, and almost certainly will not work due to the use of
for Macintosh indicates that this version should work with BERP, but if
problems occur, we recommend returning to Netscape. Be cautious about
using Netscape 4.02 for Windows 95, as it handles the Java applet
differently. We recommend that you stick with version 3.01 or 4.01
until further notice.
- Performance of BERP on the web will depend on the speed of your
network connection and your computer's memory and processor capacity.
Modem connections are likely to be quite slow, and we do not recommend
that you attempt to download the movies over modem connections.
- Currently, BERP performs much better in Windows 95 than on Macintosh
computers, due to Netscape's implementation of Java.
Recent testing suggests that Macs running Mac OS 8.0 will achieve better
Tips & Troubleshooting Suggestions
- We recommend that you set your Netscape disk cache higher than the
standard default, to at least 20mb-30mb if possible. If the Netscape
cache contains a previously-used slide, it will load faster the next
time you use that slide.
- BERP uses the Java programming language to provide interactive
slides. While we do not anticipate problems, it is possible that you
will occasionally have problems if Netscape or the Java applet run low
on memory. We recommend that you close other applications if you are
not using them, and make sure you save your work from other applications
(not a bad idea in any environment!).
- If BERP, or Netscape, crash, close Netscape and restart your
computer. Often this will resolve the issue. Sometimes it also helps
to clear your disk cache (use the button for this purpose located in the
Cache section of Netscape's preferences).
- Sometimes (generally on Macintosh computers) the following behaviour
will occur: after a period of use, the program loads the applet with
the structure list and text box displaying correctly, but the image does
not display. If the mouse cursor is passed over the image area, the
pointers will display, but still without the image. This appears to be
memory problem of some type. We recommend that you quit and relaunch
Netscape (and if necessary, your computer) if you encounter this