Computer Setup

UAB's Department of Instructional Technology recommends the following for optimal performance of Blackboard Learn on your computer. If your computer is not set up correctly, you will experience errors in feature functionality.

    1. You should use a browser that is fully certified by blackboard.  Check for supported browsers here. To learn how to check which version you are using click here.
    2. You should have the recommended version of Java installed.

NOTE: Multiple versions of Java installed on the same computer can cause errors to occur. It is highly recommended that you remove all Java versions and only have the UAB-recommended version of Java installed.

To learn how to check your Java version click here.
To learn how to determine and remove multiple versions of Java click here.
To learn how to install Java click here.
To learn how to turn off automatic updates click here.

  1. Disable all pop-up Blockers. To learn how to disable your pop-up Blocker click here.
  2. Your Microsoft Office must be up to date with the latest patches. To learn how to check and update Microsoft Office click here.
  3. Plug-ins that must be installed: RealPlayer, Adobe Reader, Flash Player. To learn how to check for Plug-ins click here.
  4. You must Accept/Run the Security Certificate when prompted at logon. To learn how to Accept/Run Security Certificates click here.

Sunflower Asset System

Computer Hardware Ordering

February 18, 2013

Dell Home-Use Purchases

Dell Products for UAB Students & Faculty/Staff Home Use

Through UAB's relationship with Dell, many products are available to students (and parents on behalf of students) and faculty/staff for purchase for home use.  Check this page often as Dell regularly provides notices of sales and discounted items and they will be posted here.  Remember, these are Dell's prices and are not negotiated by UAB, but simply discounted offerings that Dell is making available to the education community. You will need the UAB Member ID provided below. 


Member ID: US116018898

Phone Dell's sales team: 800-695-8133

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