System Requirements

The following minimum hardware and software requirements are necessary in order to access an online class through UTRGV’s current version of Blackboard. Individual instructors may have additional requirements for specific classes. Be sure to check your course syllabus and discuss technology needs with your instructor as early in the class as possible.

System Requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating System Windows 7, 8, 10
macOS 10.8, 10.9, 10.10
Windows 7, 8, 10
macOS 10.8, 10.9, 10.10
Processor 1 GHz processor 2 GHz or faster processor
Memory 512 MB of RAM 2 GB of RAM or higher
Monitor Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768 or higher
Free Hard Disk Space 5 GB of free disk space 20 GB or higher of free space
Internet Connection Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps. Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a speed of 4 Mbps or higher
Internet Browser** Respondus Lockdown Browser, Chrome 49+, Edge 20+, Firefox 48+, Internet Explorer 11+, and Safari 9+ Respondus Lockdown Browser and Chrome
Java Java is required to use Blackboard. You can download or update Java from the Java website.
Macromedia Flash Player Flash is required to play videos within the Blackboard system. You can download Flash from the Adobe website.

Students are required to have regular, reliable access to a computer with a stable broadband Internet connection. Any system older than 4 years may not have the processing power to work with our current version of Blackboard and its components.

All UTRGV networked computers are configured to use Blackboard and will have most software needed to complete online coursework. If additional software is needed on a UTRGV lab computer, please contact the administrator of the lab for assistance.

If your computer is publicly accessed off campus or is loaned to you, you may be prohibited from downloading files or software.