Personal Computing Support

CSSD provides support for your personal computing experience at the University through the Technology Help Desk and our support teams including  Student Technical Consultants, Academic Consultants, and Campus Computing Lab Consultants.

Software Installation and Configuration Support

Windows or Mac

  • CSSD will help you to install and configure software on your computer. This support is provided for software currently available through Software Distribution Services (SDS) if you have a valid license and the software on media such as CD.

    If you obtained software from sources other than SDS or have software which is no longer supported by the vendor, CSSD will make a best effort to support the installation and configuration of this software if you have a valid license and the software on media such as CD.
  • CSSD does not provide hardware support for computers, printers, scanners, gaming consoles or other peripheral devices. However, we will assist you with the installation and configuration of these devices, including downloading manufacturer device drivers. CSSD does not provide functionality support for hardware products.
  • CSSD will help you to configure connections to PittNet and Wireless PittNet.

Linux

Software Application Support

CSSD will make a best effort to answer your questions concerning the functionality of software programs offered by Software Distribution Services. We can answer many questions on commonly used software applications. However we do not have the depth to provide expertise on all software applications. For specialized software, such as engineering and statistical analysis programs, enrolled students should seek assistance from the faculty member teaching the course.

If you need assistance with software, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357].

Support for Computers on UPMC's Network

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) provides computer consulting support for University of Pittsburgh faculty. Some University faculty members,particularly those in the Schools of the Health Sciences, may be provided with network service by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Although CSSD will provide consulting support to these faculty members, it is important to note that CSSD is unable to troubleshoot problems on the UPMC network. These issues must be referred to UPMC for resolution.

UPMC network security standards substantially differ from those of the University, in part due to the mandates of legislation including the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that controls electronic access to patient information. In order to ensure that all such data is protected, these controls are extended to the entire UPMC network, including service that UPMC provides to University faculty. The UPMC central IT organization is the only agency that has sufficient information about the necessary security configurations to effectively diagnose and resolve problems experienced by its network users, including those of University faculty who may or may not be utilizing UPMC-supported application programs.

CSSD will provide consulting service in order to resolve computing problems reported by University faculty, regardless of whether the University or UPMC provides network service. CSSD will refer the problem to UPMC for resolution if it determines that the problem is a network issue for which UPMC bears responsibility.