If your computer does not have the proper hardware, Blackboard 9.1 may run slowly or may not run at all. Prior to using Blackboard 9.1 on your computer, compare your current system configuration with the system requirements below.
Operating SystemWindows Vista (32-bit) or Windows 7 or OS X (10.6)
Processor1 GHz or more Ram2 GB or more Hard Drive40 GB or more Hard Disk Space Available20 GB Internet Connection5 Mbps download speed
Adapter for Ethernet connection (LAN), or a wireless adapter (Wi-Fi) OtherSound card and speakers
Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. JAWS for Windows 14 and 15 were used during accessibility testing.
Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats
Windows Media Player, QuickTime, or RealPlayer
Run the Blackboard browser checker tool to make sure that your browser has the necessary specifications for using Blackboard.
Your browser must be configured properly as follows:
Cookies must be enabled.
Pop-up windows must be enabled.
At a minimum, you will need three browser plug-ins to use Blackboard 9.1: Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, and the latest version of Sun JRE 6 - Java Runtime Environment plug-in (Windows Operating System only). Blackboard 9.1 will not run properly if you are using an incompatible version of Java or if you have multiple versions of Java installed. (You may need additional plug-ins if the course you are taking includes multimedia elements.)
To download and install the current versions of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, and the Java plug-in (Windows Operating System only).
The tables below provide information on which browsers and operating systems are supported for use with Blackboard 9.1
Firefox (Final Release Channel)
If the computer you are using has a compatible browser, you still may be able to use parts of Blackboard 9.1. However, you may also experience problems, especially when completing quizzes and tests or using chat and the Virtual Classroom. For the best performance, please use a certified browser and operating system when using Blackboard.
Blackboard 9.1 requires that your Web browser conforms to certain standards. If you have an out-of-date or unsupported browser, you will need to download either a certified version of your current browser or a different certified browser before attempting to log into Blackboard 9.1.
Note to America Online (AOL) users:The AOL browser is not compatible with Blackboard 9.1. However, you can use your AOL Internet connection with one of the web browsers listed above for your operating system to access Blackboard 9.1.