Blackboard 9.1 Browser & Plug-in Assessment Tool
This page detects your browser, settings and plug-ins. This page provides access for testing plug-ins you may need to make your course(s) function properly.
Illinois Central College recommends using Mozilla Firefox with Blackboard.
You will see Warning icons until the pop up detection is completely done and the page is completely loaded.
While using Blackboard 9.1, if you are unable to view discussion postings, quiz windows, and download links, then you may need to disable pop-up blocking for your web browser.
Your Operating System:
If you see a fail or warning, icon review the official list of supported browsers and consider upgrading:
- Firefox (current version on release update channel) is the recommended browser for accessing Blackboard.
- Any Browser/ Operating system determined to be compatible with Blackboard will pass this check.
- Browsers identified as compatible have been partially tested by Blackboard, but should function.
- If you are using Internet Explorer 7 or earlier, it is not supported by Blackboard.
- Beta versions of any browser are not supported by Blackboard.
- Mobile/tablet operating systems are currently not supported by Blackboard.
- Be aware that bandwidth utilization affects how well Blackboard functions (especially when taking a test). If others in your home are utilizing the same internet connection for things such as Netflix, XBox, Video Streaming, etc... it may cause Blackboard to be slow.
Browser Settings for Internet Explorer and Firefox:
*Read this document on Optimum Browser Settings for Internet Explorer 7.0, 8.0 and Firefox 3.0(+) [PDF]
Test your browser for Java at the Java website. (will open in a new window)
Java is free software by the SunMicroSystems Corporation that is used to display some multimedia in a browser. Blackboard 9 also makes use of Java content for many of its elements. For all operating systems, the supported version is Java Standard Edition 6.
PC only: choose "Free Download"; you will probably want "Java Runtime Environment" or "Java for Windows" version 6.
Mac: Operating system includes current version of Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.
- DOWNLOAD http://java.com/en/ (click the "FREE" Java download)
Test your browser for Flash Player at the Adobe website. (will open in a new window)
Adobe Flash Player is free software from the Adobe company. It is used in many web pages to display animation. The most current version of the Flash player is the best choice. You may already have it on your computer, use the link below to test for Flash Player.
The Adobe Reader is free software from the Adobe company that is used in many web pages to display pdf (portable document format) files. It is best to use the most current version of the Adobe Reader.