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Hardware and Software Requirements

We recommend the following hardware and software requirements to run Blackboard and other learning technologies that may be incorporated into your online units at Curtin.

These requirements refer specifically to your computer hardware. Remember, it’s okay if you satisfy or exceed the “Recommended” settings. “Minimum requirements” are meant for basic use of Blackboard. If you require any additional plug-in software applications, always check with the appropriate vendors as the “minimum requirements” may change. You should also check with your instructor for any other hardware/software requirements specific to your course.

Windows

Recommended Requirements

  • Operating System: XP, Vista (32 & 64 bit), 7 (32 & 64 bit)
  • Processor Speed/Type: 800 MHz Intel Pentium III processor, or equivalent/better
  • CPU Memory: 256 MB of RAM
  • Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Internet Connection: Any high-speed connection (e.g. Cable Broadband or DSL)
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 500 mb or greater
  • Audio (Sound) Card: 24-bit sound card
  • Video Card: 64 MB VRAM with True Color (24-bit or 32-bit)

Minimum Requirements

  • Operating System: XP
  • Processor Speed/Type: 400 MHz Intel Pentium II processor, or equivalent
  • CPU Memory: 64 MB of RAM
  • Monitor Resolution: 800 x 600
  • Internet Connection: 56 kbps Dialup Modem
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 50 mb
  • Audio (Sound) Card: 16-bit sound card
  • Video Card: 16 MB VRAM with 65,000 colors or 16-bit

Mac OS

Recommended Requirements

  • Operating System: OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Processor Speed/Type: Intel, PowerPC G4 or PowerPC G4 867 MHz or faster processor or better
  • CPU Memory: 512 MB of RAM
  • Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Internet Connection: Any high-speed connection (e.g. Cable Broadband or DSL)
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 9 GB or greater
  • Audio (Sound) Card: 24-bit sound card
  • Video Card: 64 MB VRAM with True Color (24-bit or 32-bit)

Recommended browser

We recommend that you use FireFox to access Blackboard.

How to determine your browser version?

Please follow these quick steps;

  1. Open your browser
  2. On the Menu Bar, select “Help”
  3. Select “About (Name of Browser)”, e.g. About Explorer, a screen will appear with your browser information

Supported browsers and operating systems

Use this link to check the compatibility of your operating system and browser.
Please note that Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. JAWS for Windows 11 and 12 were used during accessibility testing.

Blackboard requires third party cookies to be enabled. By default, third party cookies are enabled in all supported browsers. If you encounter any problems, please refer to the information below to enable cookies in your browser.

Find out how to enable cookies for:

By default, Java scripting is enabled in all supported browsers. Please refer to the information below for instructions on how to enable Java scripting on your browser.

It’s sometimes necessary to download a plugin or viewer to read documents when they are posted using software that you do not have. For example if a lecturer posts an assignment created using Microsoft Word and you do not have Microsoft Word, you will most likely not be able to open the document. Don’t panic. Below is a list of free plugins and viewers that let you open documents created in the most popular formats.

Adobe Acrobat Reader – View and print PDF documents.

Adobe Flash Player – Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.

Adobe Shockwaver Player – Shockwave player provides access to some interactive elements including 3D games, interactive product demonstrations, and online learning applications.

Microsoft Office Viewers – View and print Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations.

Quicktime Player – Play many different audio and video formats including QuickTime movies.

Real Player – Play streaming audio and video including RealAudio and RealVideo.

Real Player (Mac OS) – Play streaming audio and video including RealAudio and RealVideo.

Windows Media Player – Play audio and video including Windows Media.