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Computer Lab Hours
General Computing Labs for Students
Special Computing Labs for Students
Residence Hall Computing Labs for Students
Lab Computer Software
Lab Computer Software Configuration Management
Automatic Software Maintenance

For additional information, please contact the computer Information Center.

Computer Lab Hours

 

General Computing Labs for Students

Building Room Hours
Leahy 117 Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
McMahon 301 Mon - Fri 7am to 11pm (during non-class hours)

 

Special Computing Labs for Students

Building Room Hours Open to:
McMahon 212 Mon - Fri 9 am - pm Modern Languages
O'Boyle G001 Mon - Fri 9 am- 5pm Production Courses and Media Students
O'Boyle 215 Mon - Fri 9 am-5 pm Education Majors
O'Boyle 325 Mon - Fri 9 am-5 pm Psychology Majors
Crough 124 open 24x7 Architecture Majors
Marist 131 Mon -Fri 9am -5 pm
Sat -Sun 11am- 5pm
Library Science Majors (Closed until further notice)
Gowan 104 Mon - Fri 9 am - 5 pm Nursing Majors

 

Residence Hall Computing Labs for Students

Building Hours
Millennium South open 24x7
Regan open 24x7

 

Lab Computer Software

All computer labs have a standard set of software available. Our Guide to Software on Campus Computers page explains the software that is installed on computers in every lab. Some labs have additional software installed.

Lab Computer Software Configuration Management

Most lab computers have a software configuration management feature that works to keep the computer in good working order. Each time the computer restarts, its configuration is returned to a known good state. Anything that was changed or stored on the local hard drive is removed.

This means that you must not store your files on the local hard drive of lab computers, as the files will be removed when the computer restarts.

Instead, you should store your files in your Cardinal Mail Google Docs area, or on removable storage such as a USB flash drive. Students may purchase USB flash drives in the CUA Bookstore or at any computer or electronics store.

Automatic Software Maintenance

Lab computers that employ software configuration management, including those in the Leahy Users Area, undergo automatic software maintenance for a two hour period between 3:45 and 5:45 am. This allows operating system updates to be installed, antivirus patterns to be updated and other software changes made. You cannot use the computer while maintenance is being performed.

Several minutes before the maintenance begins, you will receive a pop-up warning message. When you receive this warning message, you must immediately save your work to your Cardinal Mail Google Docs area or to your removable storage device, as the computer is about to restart for maintenance. If you stored files on the local hard drive of the lab computer, those files will be lost.

The best practice is to always work from your Cardinal Mail Google Docs area, or use a removable storage device; and never store files on the lab computer hard drive.

Microsoft Windows computers in the Leahy Users Area perform automatic software maintenance either from 1:45 to 3:45 am or from 3:45 to 5:45 am daily. Please check the signs in the Users Area to determine the schedule for the computer you are using, and plan your computer work accordingly.