Missouri Baptist University uses Blackboard 9 for its online courses. The following hardware and software are the minimum specifications to work with the application. Please pay close attention to the minimum requirements and the supported operating system and web browser configurations below. If your computer does not conform to these specifications, you can expect to have problems accessing Blackboard.
Platform: Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7; MacOS X
Software: Microsoft Office (recommended), Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player (required for some content)
Hardware: A modern processor (1GHz Pentium III/Athlon or newer, or Mac G4/Intel or newer), 256MB of RAM, 512MB – 1 GB+ recommended; 5GB of free disk space
You MUST also have the latest version of Java from Sun Microsystems (Windows users especially).
Helpful Links: You can download the required software for free at the following sites:
Modem: 56K (Cable or DSL strongly recommended)
Note for AOL Users: The AOL browser is not compatible with Blackboard. This is a known issue with AOL’s software that affects all AOL users who try to access Blackboard, thus it is completely outside of our control. If you use AOL for your Internet service, follow these steps to access Blackboard:
Supported Operating Systems and Web Browsers for Blackboard 9:
Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
|Internet Explorer® 8||Internet Explorer 7||Firefox 3.6||Firefox 3.5||Firefox 3.0|
|Windows® XP (32-bit)||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Certified||Compatible|
|Windows Vista® (32-bit)||Certified||Compatible||Compatible||Certified||Compatible|
|Windows Vista (64-bit)||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible|
|Windows 7 (32/64-bit)||Certified||Unsupported||Compatible||Certified||Compatible|
Apple® Mac OS® Operating System
|Safari® 4.0||Safari 3.2||Firefox 3.6||Firefox 3.5||Firefox 3.0|
|Mac OSX 10.5 “Leopard®”||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible|
|Mac OSX 10.6 “Snow Leopard®”||Certified||Unsupported||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible|
Sun Java™ Runtime Environment 6 is the only supported version of Java for Windows users. You can download it here. All users should visit this site to make sure that they have the latest version of Java for their computer.
Other Important Notes:
In the above tables, the following designations may be used: