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Technical Requirements

The following requirenments refers specifically to your computer system configurations including basic hardware and plug-in information. Your system must meet minimum requirements to be able use Blackboard. It's OK if you satisfy or exceed the "Recommended" configurations.

You should also check with your instructor for any special hardware and software requirements specific to your course.

 

Windows

Macintosh

  Minimum Recommended Minimum Recommeded
Operating System Windows 98 SE or ME Windows 2000, XP (SP 2 ) or Vista MacOS 9.1 Mac OS X version 10.3.9 or better
Processor Speed/Type 500 MHz Intel Pentium II Processor 900 MHz Intel Pentium III, processor or better 500 MHz Power PC G3 processor 900 MHz PowerPC G4 Processor, or better
Memory

64 MB of RAM

512 MB of RAM or greater 128 MB RAM (more is preferred) 512 MB of RAM or greater
Free Hard Disk Space 100 MB 500 MB 100 MB 500 MB
Monitor Resolution 800x600
15" Monitor
1024x768
17" Monitor
800x600
15" Monitor
1024x768
17" Monitor
Internet Connection

56.6 Kbps Dialup modem

Any DSL or Broadband connection or better )

56.6 Kbps Dialup modem Any DSL or Broadband connection or better
Audio 16 bit Sound Card and Speakers or Headphones 24 bit Sound Card and Speakers or Headphones 16 bit Sound Card and Speakers or Headphones 24 bit Sound Card and Speakers or Headphones
Video 16 MB VRAM with 65, 000 colors or 16-bit 64 MB VRAM with True Colors (24-bit or 32-bit) Virtual memory turned on and allocated to at least 64 MB Virtual memory turned on and allocated to at least 256 MB
Supported Browsers Internet Explorer 5, 6, 7
Firefox 1.5, Firefox 2.0
Firefox 1.5, Firefox 2.0
Safari 2, Safari 3
Browser Settings JavaScript must be enabled
Cookies must be enabled
Allow pop-up
JavaScript must be enabled
Cookies must be enabled
Allow pop-up
Plug-ins and Viewers

Java Plug-in 1.5.0_07 ~ 1.6.0
Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 or later
QuickTime Player 7.2 or later
Windows Media Play 9.0
PowerPoint (2003) viewer
Flash Player 9.0

Java Plug-in 1.5.0_07 ~ 1.6.0
Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 or later
QuickTime Player
PowerPoint (1998) viewer
Flash Player 10

Attention AOL Users:
Blackboard does not support AOL browser, to access Blackboard you must use an alternate browser, follow the steps below:

1. Connect to AOL as you normally would
2. Minimize the AOL browser window
3. Next, launch a supported browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox
4. Connect to Blackboard at http://blackboard.bloomfield.edu

More information on how to configure your browser and other plug-ins can be found on the Blackboard Support Site, under Technical Requirements: http://titan.bloomfield.edu/facstaff/ctlt/bb_support/technical.html


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