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  1. Computer (PC and Mac) and Connectivity Requirements
  2. Be sure you are using a supported browser. They are free downloads.
    • PC Users: Internet Explorer 8.0 or Firefox 3.x or above.
    • Mac users: Download Firefox! Mac users must be running OSX 10.3 or above. Be sure to download the Mac OS X/English version.
  3. Configure cookies, JavaScript, pop-up blocker.
  4. IMPORTANT note for AOL Users! Do NOT use AOL's browser.
  5. NOTE: Do NOT open more than one browser window while being logged into the system. It is easy to log yourself out of one and get logged out of the others, losing what you were working on - assignments, tests, etc. When it's time to submit your work, you will be prompted to log in.

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

Computer and Internet Connectivity 
Requirements (PC and Mac)

The Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) is an Internet-based application capable of running on a minimal computer setup so long as it is running a recent version of a properly configured browser and a more recent computer.

General System Requirements

  • Screen resolution set to 1024 X 768

  • PC's should be running Windows XP, Vista, or 7

  • Macs should have OS X 10.3.X or above

  • System should have at least 512 Ram (for faculty/authors, 1G is preferred)

  • 56K minimum is required. DSL or Cable strongly advised.

You must have regular, reliable Internet access (minimum 56K modem) for satisfactory performance. Many courses require high-speed connections for interactive multimedia such as PowerPoint, Digital Video, etc. If your connectivity is slower than a 56K modem, you might experience frustration with slow response.

 

 
 

PC Supported Browsers
(Browser Requirements)

The recommended web browsers for PC users are Internet Explorer (IE) 8.0 or later and Firefox 3.0 or later versions. Other web browsers are not supported and may not function properly.

Both browsers are available as free downloads:

Get IE 8.0      http://www.discover.msn.com/get/download-ie8-optimized-for-bing-and-msn-3/

*Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 SP2* is supported but we recommend upgrading to IE 8.

 
     
 

Macintosh Supported Browsers 
(Browser Requirements)

Recommended Browser

The recommended Web Browser to use with Sakai for Mac users is Firefox. Firefox requires OSX.3 or higher. Firefox is available as a free download. Click on the link to download Firefox.

NOTE: Internet Explorer and Safari are not supported browsers for the Mac. Safari works well for viewing materials, but you won't be able to use the editor for items that need to communicate with the system, such as discussions, tests & quizzes and assignments.

Netscape, Opera, and other browsers that are not listed here are not supported. Please stick with FireFox.

 

 
 

Browser Tune Up - IE and Firefox
Enable Javascript and cookies, and disable pop-up blocking

You should perform the following adjustments to optimize your browser for use with Sakai.

1. Enable Java & Javascript

You will need to perform the following adjustments:

Internet Explorer
  1. From the Menu, select Tools
  2. Select Internet Options >> Security >> Custom level
  3. Scroll down to Scripting (near the bottom of the list)
  4. Select 'enable' for Active Scripting
  5. Click OK
  6. Continue on to Step 2: Enable Cookies as listed below

 

Firefox - PC
  1. From the Tools menu, select Options
  2. Click on the Content icon
  3. Make sure the Enable Java and Enable Javascript checkboxes are selected
  4. Be sure Block pop-up windows is NOT checked
  5. Continue on to Step 2: Enable Cookies as listed below

 

Firefox - Mac
  1. From the Firefox menu, select Preferences
  2. Click on the Content icon
  3. Make sure the Enable Java and Enable Javascript checkboxes are selected
  4. Be sure Block pop-up windows is NOT checked
  5. Continue on to Step 2: Enable Cookies as listed below

 

2. Enable Cookies

You will need to enable cookies in order to log in to Sakai and maintain sessions (not get logged out).

Internet Explorer
  1. Select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu
  2. Click on the "Privacy" tab
  3. Manually slide the bar down to "Medium" (3rd up from bottom) under "Settings"
  4. Click "OK"

 

Firefox - PC
  1. From the Tools menu, select Options
  2. Click on the Privacy icon
  3. Check "Accept cookies from sites
  4. Click "OK"

 

Firefox - Mac
  1. From the Firefox menu, select Preferences
  2. Click on the Privacy icon
  3. Check "Accept cookies from sites
  4. Close window

 

 

3. Disable Pop-Up Blocking for Sakai

While using Sakai, you may have to download and open files. If you are using pop-up blocking software, you may not be able to do this. You will need to disable pop-up blocking. Pop-up blockers work in the background while you browse the internet. When they detect a pop-up window that may be an unwanted advertisement, they automatically close the window. This can prevent Sakai from performing properly.


Depending on your pop-up blocking software, you may have to set the Sakai CLE URL (https://ecampus.southalabama.edu) as an allowed site,

OR you may need to disable the pop-up blocker while using the Sakai CLE. 

To disable pop-up blockers for Sakai:

a) Search your hard drive for any software with "pop-up" in the name. Disable it or set the Sakai CLE URL (https://ecampus.southalabama.edu) as an allowed site.

b) Pop-up blocking functions are included in some anti-virus, internet security, personal firewall, and browser programs. Disable the relevant setting in the program or set the Sakai CLE URL (https://ecampus.southalabama.edu) as an allowed site. If you don't set the latter, you may not be able to open documents or see instructions that get loaded in pop-up windows.

Examples of programs that include pop-up blocking functions include the following:

Note : Click the links to read configuration information. If there is no link, refer to the Help in the affected program in your computer's related application to learn more about how to disable pop-up blocking.