Computer Requirements  

Most online courses at Rio Hondo College use a program called Blackboard to provide password-protected access to online courses via the Internet. Online courses at Rio Hondo require an Internet connection.  Blackboard courses require modern computer hardware and a supported web browser. While courses are designed to accommodate slow dial-up modems, broadband (DSL and Cable) Internet connection speeds are recommended. 

Computers for Rio Hondo College student use are available at the Rio Hondo College District Computer Lab.

Computers for Rio Hondo College student use are available at the Rio Hondo College District Computer Lab and at various other sites on campus. Go to http://library.riohondo.edu/ and click on “ON CAMPUS COMPUTERS” for more information.

If you are taking a course using Blackboard system, please read on to ensure that your computer is ready to access your course before the term begins.

For all browsers you will need to have JavaScript, Java, Cascading Style Sheets, and Cookies enabled and pop-up blockers turned off when using Blackboard. Please make sure to run the Browser Diagnostic Test to make sure your computer is configured correctly to run Blackboard.

In order to participate in an online class from home, your system will need to meet the following operating system and browser requirements.  Computer hardware capable of running these operating systems should have no problems accessing Blackboard.


Blackboard Compatible Browsers
Minimum Computer Requirements
Suggested Software Packages

 

Blackboard Compatible Browsers

Term Definition
Certified fully tested and supported
Compatible key application areas tested
Provisional future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support.
Unsupported either impossible or not tested. 

Windows Operating System

IE 10 IE 9 IE 8
Windows XP (32-bit)* Unsupported
by Microsoft
Unsupported
by Microsoft
Compatible
Windows Vista (32-bit) Unsupported
by Microsoft
Certified Compatible
Windows Vista (64-bit) Unsupported
by Microsoft
Compatible Compatible
Windows 7 (32-bit) Compatible
Certified Compatible
Windows 7 (64-bit) Certified
Certified Compatible
Windows 8 (32-bit) Compatible Unsupported
by Microsoft
Unsupported
by Microsoft
Windows 8 (64-bit) Certified Unsupported
by Microsoft
Unsupported
by Microsoft

 

Firefox
(ESR)
Firefox
(Final Release Channel)
Chrome
(Stable Channel)
Windows XP (32-bit)* Certified Compatible Compatible
Windows Vista (32-bit) Certified Certified Compatible
Windows Vista (64-bit) Certified Compatible Compatible
Windows 7 (32-bit) Certified Certified Certified
Windows 7 (64-bit) Certified Certified Certified
Windows 8 (32-bit) Certified Certified Certified
Windows 8 (64-bit) Certified Certified Certified


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Microsoft Internet Explorer 9

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 
Firefox (Final Release Channel)
Firefox 3.6
Google Chrome (Stable Channel)

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Mac OSX Operating System

Safari 6.0.3 Safari 6.0.1 Safari 5.1 Safari 5.0
Mac OSX 10.6 Unsupported
by Apple
Unsupported
by Apple
Certified Certified
Mac OSX 10.7 Certified Certified (10.7.5) Certified Unsupported
by Apple
Mac OSX 10.8 Certified
(10.8.3)
Certified (10.8.2) Certified Unsupported
by Apple

 

Safari 4.0 Firefox
(ESR)
Firefox
(Final Release Channel)
Chrome
(Stable Channel)
Mac OSX 10.6 Compatible Certified Certified Certified
Mac OSX 10.7 Unsupported
by Apple
Certified Certified Certified
Mac OSX 10.8 Unsupported
by Apple
Certified Certified Certified

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Safari 5.0 for Leopard
Safari 5.1. for Snow Leopard
Safari 5.1 for Lion
Firefox (Final Release Channel)
Firefox 3.6
Google Chrome (Stable Channel)

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Minimum Computer Requirements

These requirements refer specifically to your computer hardware. Remember, it is OK 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.

PC/Windows Macintosh
Operating System Windows XP, VISTA, Windows 7 MacOS 10.5,  10.6,10.7
Processor 400 MHz Intel Pentium II processor, or equivalent 300 MHz PowerPC G3 processor
RAM 64MB 64MB
Free Disk Space 150MB 50MB
Internet Connection

56 kbps Dialup Modem

56 kbps Dialup Modem
Monitor Resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Audio (Sound) Card 16-bit sound card 16-bit sound card
Video Card 16 MB VRAM with 65,000 colors or 16-bit Virtual memory turned on and allocated to at least 64 MB

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Suggested Software Packages

PC/Windows Macintosh
Internet Browser

Windows XP

  • Internet Explorer  9.0, 8.0
  • Firefox 8.0, 3.6
  • Google Chrome 

Windows Vista

  • Internet Explorer  9.0, 8.0
  • Firefox 8.0, 3.6
  • Google Chrome
Mac OS X
  • Safari 5.1,5.0, 4.0
  • Firefox 8.0, 3.6
  • Google Chrome
Video
Player
PDF file Reader Acrobat Reader Acrobat Reader
Word Processing, Spreadsheet, and PowerPoint Microsoft Office Recommended or any that allows you to save documents in rich text format Microsoft Office
Recommended or any that allows you to save documents in rich text format
PowerPoint Viewer

If you don't have PowerPoint. It allows you to view and print PowerPoint slides. - Freeware

If you don't have PowerPoint. It allows you to view and print PowerPoint slides. - Freeware
Antivirus If you are enrolled in an online class, you should maintain current anti-virus protection. When you send a file, or when you open a file sent by someone else, a virus may be present without your knowledge. Several reasonably priced anti-virus software packages are available. Two good antivirus protection software are Symantec and McAfee. You can also use AVG, a free and reliable antivirus software If you are enrolled in an online class, you should maintain current anti-virus protection. When you send a file, or when you open a file sent by someone else, a virus may be present without your knowledge. Several reasonably priced anti-virus software packages are available. Two good antivirus protection software are Symantec and McAfee.
Spyware Anti-spyware and anti-adware packages are highly recommended. A suggested freeware package is Ad-Aware SE. It is designed to provide advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components. Anti-spyware and anti-adware packages are highly recommended. A suggested anti-spyware package is MacScan.
Firewall A firewall is essential for DSL and cable modem users. It increases security for any computer connected to the Internet, including dial-up connections. A firewall is essential for DSL and cable modem users. It increases security for any computer connected to the Internet, including dial-up connections.


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