T.O.V.A. 8 System Requirements

Please read these system requirements carefully. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Computer Requirements

The T.O.V.A. 8 requires a computer that has:

  • An x86 or x86-64 processor running at 1 GHz or better
  • 512 MB of RAM memory
  • Minimum of 1 GB hard drive space
  • USB port (on the PC, not via an external hub)

The T.O.V.A. 8 requires a display that:

  • Is equal to or greater than 10 inches (measured diagonally)
  • Supports 1024 x 768 resolution and
    • Precision Testing Environment (PTE) setup requires a graphics card and screen that supports VESA video mode of 1024 x 768 x 16-bit.
    • External A/V (EAV) setup requires:
      • An external display with a standard VGA connection
      • External speakers with a standard 3.5 mm stereo plug.

Operating System Requirements

The T.O.V.A. 8 can run on the following operating systems:

Windows Requirements

  • Windows XP (32-bit, SP2 or better)
  • Windows Vista (all versions)
  • Windows 7 (all versions)*
  • Windows 10 systems upgraded from Windows 7

* The Skylake, Kaby Lake, and probably later lines of Intel processors do not support the BIOS video extensions that we use for precise timing. As a result, the current PTE will not boot on systems that have them, including Windows 7 systems.

This includes, but is perhaps not limited to, the following models:

  • HD Graphics 510
  • HD Graphics 515
  • HD Graphics 520
  • HD Graphics 530
  • Iris Graphics 540
  • Iris Graphics 550
  • Iris Pro Graphics 580
  • HD Graphics 610
  • HD Graphics 615
  • HD Graphics 620
  • UHD Graphics 620
  • HD Graphics 630
  • Iris Plus Graphics 640
  • Iris Plus Graphics 650

Other notes:

  • Windows "10 S" only runs Windows Store applications and will not run the T.O.V.A.
  • Windows 8 and 10 systems may require Internet access to install the .NET Framework.
  • Most "netbook" and many "ultraportable" laptops do not meet the screen size and resolution requirements and thus will not work with the PTE.
  • We don't recommend Toshiba Satellite or Satellite Pro laptops because of their often incompatible designs.

For a more in depth explanation of Windows 8 and 10 compatibility, please click here.

Mac Requirements

Other notes:

  • 2015 generation (and later) MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMacs are not supported with the PTE.
  • 2015 generation (and later) MacBooks are not supported because they lacks standard USB ports.
  • iMac users must use a USB keyboard or mouse (not a wireless keyboard).

Linux Requirements

  • Linux installations are only partially supported; please inquire for more information.

External Audio/Video ("EAV") Setup Requirements

EAV setups allow the user to administer the T.O.V.A. without rebooting.

  • Requires an external VGA monitor, as on a desktop computer.
  • Requires external speakers with a standard 3.5 mm stereo plug for the auditory T.O.V.A. test.
  • A VGA video port on the host PC is recommended.

Precision Test Environment ("PTE") Setup

The PTE setup allows administering the T.O.V.A. test on a computer without an external monitor, such as a laptop. This requires rebooting the computer into the T.O.V.A. 8 PTE.

  • Requires a graphics card that supports 1024 x 768 x 16-bit video mode.
  • Bluetooth keyboards and mice are not supported. For example, this means that the wireless keyboard shipped with the Apple iMac will not work.
  • Mac systems require a boot CD or flash drive.