RealPlayer System Requirements

Windows System Requirements
The RealPlayer 5.0 is designed to work in all Windows environments, though RealFlash and Full Screen Video features are only available on Windows 95/NT. The following table explains which hardware is required for specific Windows operating systems. Note that different hardware is required for playing video and audio files.

Full screen video requires Microsoft DirectX tools and recent video drivers. Your machine may already support full screen. RealPlayer 5.0 will tell you if you need DirectX or new video drivers, and take you to the full screen help site.

Note: Windows NT users should use the 32-bit RealPlayer or RealAudio Player.

Requirement Audio Video & Animation
Minimum CPU 486/66 DX Pentium
Operating System Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 3.1*, SCO Unixware 7
Minimum Modem/Network Connection 14.4 modem 28.8 modem**
RAM 8 MB 16 MB
Hard Disk Space 2 MB 2 MB
Video Card not applicable 256 color***
Sound Card 16-bit sound card with a Windows driver
Internet Connection SLIP or PPP connection to an Internet Service Provider, or an Ethernet or LAN connection
Winsock**** A TCP/IP Protocol Stack (Winsock or equivalent)

*RealFlash animation not available on Windows 3.1
**28.8 modem users can access 56K and higher clips with Buffered Play (automatically activated when clip speed is higher than connection speed). There will be a longer wait time before the clip will start playing.
***256 color video card or greater required for video algorithms.
****If you are using Windows 95 and you have a 16-bit winsock (winsock.dll), you must use the Windows 3.1x (16-bit) version of the RealAudio Player 3.0.

To use the Windows 95 (32-bit) RealPlayer, use a 32-bit winsock such as the winsock that comes with Windows 95 (wsock32.dll).

Supported Windows Browsers
To get the most benefit from the RealPlayer, it is recommend that you have a World Wide Web browser installed. The following World Wide Web browsers are currently supported:

Netscape Navigator
Microsoft Internet Explorer
America Online
AIR Mosaic (Internet In a Box)
Cello WWW Browser
EINet WinWeb
Internet MCI Navigator
NCSA Mosaic
Spyglass Mosaic and Enhanced Mosaic
Quarterdeck Mosaic
NetCruiser 2.0 or later
NetManage WebSurfer (version 4.6)

Macintosh System Requirements
The RealPlayer 5.0 is designed to work on the Macintosh PowerPC. Macintosh 68040 users should download RealAudio Player 3.0. The following table explains which hardware is required for specific Macintosh machines.

Requirement Audio Video & Animation>
CPU 68040 or faster PowerPC
Modem 14.4 modem 28.8 modem*
RAM 8 MB 8 MB
Hard Disk Space 2 MB 2 MB
Video Card not applicable 256 color video or greater required for to playback video algorithms
Internet Connection SLIP or PPP connection to an Internet Service Provider, or an Ethernet or LAN connection
Connection Speed Depends on the Encoding Algorithm, mimimum speed is 14.4 Kbps. It is recommended that you have at least a 28.8 Kbps connection.
TCP/IP Apple's Open Transport Recommended

*28.8 modem users can access these clips with Buffered Play (automatically activated when clip speed is higher than connection speed). There will be a longer wait time before the clip will start playing.

Supported Macintosh Browsers
To get the most benefit from the RealPlayer, it is recommend that you have a World Wide Web browser installed. The following World Wide Web browsers are currently supported:

Netscape Navigator
NCSA Mosaic
Microsoft Internet Explorer
NetCruiser 2.0 or later
MacWEB

Unix System Requirements
The RealPlayer 5.0 is designed to work in many Unix environments. The following table explains which hardware is required for specific Unix operating systems. Note that different hardware is required for playing video and audio files.

Requirement Audio Video & Animation
CPU SPARC 5, Ultra SPARC
Indy,O2
Linux/Pentium
SPARC 20, Ultra SPARC
Indy,O2
Pentium 90
Operating Systems Solaris 2.5, Irix 6.2-6.3, Linux 2.0
Modem 14.4 modem 28.8 modem
RAM 16 MB 16 MB
Hard Disk Space 2 MB 2 MB
Video Card not applicable 256 color video card or greater required for to playback video algorithms; 8-, 16- and 24-bit color supported; 24-bit color mode recommended
Sound Card Solaris requires native sound card;
Irix requires native sound card;
Linux requires 16-bit sound card with Open Sound System Sound Driver 3.5.4 or greater.
Internet Connection SLIP or PPP connection to an Internet Service Provider, or an Ethernet or LAN connection