|The Blackboard login page displays "Page Not
Found" or "URL Not Found" or "system unavailable."
Problem: When a user goes to
https://clpccd.blackboard.com/, there is a "Page Not Found", "URL Not Found" (view
sample screenshot), "This system is momentarily unavailable"
or other error message.
Possible causes: This may have been caused by recent
server maintenance; also, the user's computer is not set to
periodically clear cache.
Clear your browser cache. No matter what browser you have, you can find the steps
at how to clear cache. (NOTE:
far this problem has largely been reported by those who use the
Safari browser on a Mac. We recommend using
Firefox with Blackboard even for Mac users.)
|Still having login or Blackboard display
problems? Try these options...
Clearing your browser cache.
- Try using a different browser. We currently recommend only
Mozilla Firefox for use with Blackboard.
More problems have been reported with Blackboard when the MS
Internet Explorer browser is used.
- Also, AOL is not compatible with Blackboard. If
you use AOL as your ISP, minimize your AOL browser window and open
up Firefox to use Blackboard.
- Try using another computer.
- Try a computer in one of Chabot's labs (in the Library or Room
- Test goes blank? Make sure to
turn off the pop-up blocker.
|I'm enrolled in a course, but there is no link to it when I login to Blackboard.
||Not all instructors use Blackboard sites for their courses. For example, you may be enrolled in one class that has a Blackboard site and two classes that do not.
If your instructor never mentions a Blackboard course site, most likely your course does not have one.
I hide Blackboard course sites that I took in previous semesters?
- Login to Blackboard and make sure you are within the My
- Click on the pinwheel icon in
the upper-right corner of the My Courses module:
- Uncheck all of the boxes to the right of each course that you
want to hide.
- Click Submit.
Please note that the above steps only affects the display of courses
on the My Institution tab. All of the Blackboard course sites that you
have been enrolled in in the past two years will continue to display on
the My Courses tab.
|I need to check a grade from
a course I took last semester. How do I get into the course Blackboard site?
||You will not be able
to login to Blackboard to view a past course if your instructor has made
the course Bb site unavailable. Most instructors make Blackboard sites
unavailable to students shortly after a course has ended. For questions
regarding a course you took in the past, you should
contact the instructor.
I can enter my Blackboard course site, but there is no Course Menu or links to view course content. Where did everything go?
||If you can enter a Blackboard course
site but you are unable to view/access links to course content, most
likely the Course Menu is hidden. The Course Menu, which contains the
links to Announcements, Syllabus, Course Materials, Assignments, Tests,
Exams, etc. (menu items may differ with each course section) may be
hidden/collapsed. To expand the course menu, click on the little arrow
on the left side of the screen.
|Hidden Course Menu. Click on the arrow to
expand the Course Menu
||Course Menu displayed (after clicking on
|How do I clear my browser's
||Browsers will normally clear
browsing history at regular intervals, but sometimes you may need to
clear it manually to address an issue.
Click here to view the steps for clearing cache for most browsers.
|The font/text size of my browser is too small.
The most common cause of text that is too small is that somehow your browser's text gets set to a size other
than medium. Assuming that you're using the Mozilla Firefox browser
(which is the recommended browser for accessing Blackboard), try one or
both of the
- Click View from the top menu
- Click Zoom In (or click on Ctrl +) until the desired text size
You might also try the following;
- Go to the Tools menu
- Select Options
- Select the Content tab
- Under Fonts & Colors, choose the font size you prefer.
You may also need to refresh your browser (click the refresh button).
I copied and pasted text from Microsoft Word into Blackboard's
text box editor (in an assignment or a discussion board post) and the
formatting is all messed up.
The Text Box Editor, which is used in many places throughout
Blackboard (Assignments, Discussion Board, Assessments), can have an
issue when copy/pasting from a word processing program such as Microsoft
Word. While you may only see the text that you pasted, you are also
copying the fonts (and if any, hidden html code). The hidden fonts/codes
are what causes the display issues.
To ensure that your content displays as you would like, your best bet
is to copy/paste your text into a format-free program such as NotePad
(PC) of TextEdit (Mac) and then copy it back from NotePad/TextEdit into
the text box editor in Blackboard. You should then be able to edit the
text using the text box editor menu. Here are the steps:
- Copy your text from Word (or whatever program you are using)
- Paste your text into a format-free program such as NotePad (PC)
of TextEdit (Mac).
- Select all of what you just pasted into NotePad or TextEdit, and
copy it back into the text box editor in Blackboard.
- Format the text using the text box editor menu.
|I copied and pasted text from Microsoft Word into
Blackboard's text editor. When I click submit to view it all of my
quotation marks have turned into UPSIDE DOWN question marks.
||Copying and pasting text from Microsoft
Word into Notepad (PC) or Text Editor (Mac) will rid the text of any
extracted code or special characters before pasting it into Blackboard. (NOTE: All formatting (bold font, italics, etc.)will be
lost in this process.)
In Word, the default setting for quotation marks and apostrophes is
something called "Smart Quotes." This
setting replaces "regular" quotes with the
curly quotes. When you paste text into Bb, the text editor converts it
automatically to HTML to be viewed on the Web.
Since Blackboard's text editor doesn't know what to do with "smart
quotes, it replaces each "character" with a question mark. There is also
a setting that converts two hyphens (--) into a long dash. If you do a
lot of copy/pasting from Word you can turn off the "smart quotes"
For existing text, you'll have to use Find and Replace (from the Edit
Menu) to change the "smart quotes" to "straight quotes" for the changes
to take effect.
- In Word, go to the Tools menu--Autocorrect.
- Click the Format as you Type tab.
- The first box is "Straight Quotes" with "Smart Quotes." Uncheck the
- Optional: Uncheck the hyphen/dash box.
Sample of the problem: Every time
for each student or include "unterminated string constant").
Try one of the following:
- You may be using an older browser that may not be able to handle
Java properly (such as an older AOL browser). We recommend
for use with Blackboard, for both PC and Mac users. If you are
using an old version of Firefox, we recommend that you upgrade to
the latest version.
- If you access Blackboard from an Apple mobile device, however,
such as an iPad or iPhone,
you will need to use the
- You may need to install Java on your computer, particularly if
you are not able to open the Virtual Chat in Blackboard. You can
download Java from the
Plug-in Download Links page.
- Turn off script debugging. To do this:
- Go to the Tools menu.
- Select Options.
- Go to the Advanced tab.
- Check "Disable Script Debugging."
- Try using a different browser; we recommend
for use with Blackboard (although if you access Blackboard via an
Apple mobile device, such as an iPhone, you will need to use Apple's Safari browser.
If none of the above options work, you may need to take your next
quiz/test/exam in the
|I am not receiving email from my instructor
or other Blackboard students in the class. Why?
The default email
associated with your Blackboard account is your Zonemail. You have the
option to change the email address associated with your Blackboard
account, or forward email sent to your Zonemail to a personal email
account. To find out how to access your Zonemail or view other available
options, please go to How
To Login to Blackboard
and scroll down to Step 3, "Verify Your Email
|When I try to access the Discussion Board (or another area), I get
"Internal Server Error" message.
If you encounter the Internal Server
Error message, the most probable cause is that there is a temporary
glitch in the system (sometimes due to heavy system-wide usage). The
error message is usually only temporary and you should be able to view
the area within a few seconds (you may need to click on other areas
or refresh your browser).
However, if the error message continues to display, please try one
or more of the following:
- There may have been an interruption in your internet service.
- Logout of Blackboard.
- Close your browser. (You may also want to restart your computer.)
- Reopen your browser. A "Page Not Found" message in your browser
may mean that there is no internet connection; check with your
internet service provider for assistance).
- Login to Blackboard.
- Clear your cache settings.
- Do you tend to close your browser without clicking on
the LOGOUT button? If so, this may be another cause of
the "Internal Server Error" message. This is due to persistent
cookies set by the application. Please do the following
to clear the cookies and temporary files in order
to login again.
- In Internet Explorer, go to the Tools menu and select
- If not already selected, click the "General"
- In the area "Temporary Internet Files,"
select Delete Cookies and Delete Files.
- If you continue having trouble viewing pages or file
in Blackboard within Internet Explorer, please update
your Internet Explorer browser. Updates can be found at
? Try using another browser. See Browser
and Operating System Requirements (PDF). Note that
while not listed on this document, Mozilla Firefox appears
to work as an option as well.
|I can access the Discussion
Board, but I am having problems posting my responses.
Problems and their causes vary, but
check both of the items below:
- Are you having this problem? When you submit a posting,
do you receive the message: "Database Error; A database
error has occurred. Unable to process the request."
Solution: This may be caused by posting too much
text in the subject field. Students who had this problem were copy/pasting
their entire post in the subject field, when it should have been
copy/pasted into the main text box.
- Are you having this problem? When sending a reply,
I do not get a message window. So when I try to reply, a window
pops up and says "type a message."
Solution: Various computer settings can cause problems
for using various tools in Blackboard, including the text editor
box in the Discussion Board (the box where you type in your response).
One workaround is to
turn off the
text editor, which means you won't be able to do such things
as change the text color, but it should prevent problems.
If any of the above does not resolve the issue, try using a
different browser. View options to download
here for more details about the Visual Text Box Editor and
|I am having problems opening/saving a
|| Most likely, you are trying to open a document created
in Office 2007, when your computer only has Office 2003 or earlier. Since
Office 2007 programs typically creates files in docx, xlsx, and pptx
format, Office 2003 and earlier versions cannot read these files. If you
do not use Office 2007 but would still like to ensure that you can read
Office 2007 files, you will have to install the Compatibility Pack from
Microsoft. The Compatibility Pack can be downloaded at this
link and then follow the instructions below to install it.
All the Chabot campus computers should have the converter installed
already, so any campus computer will allow you do this
More details and a workaround for this problem are provided by
Northern Illinois University.
|How can I prevent pop-up blockers from causing problems?
The pop-up blockers in some Web browsers
and Internet service providers may treat a Blackboard test or message
in a Discussion Board forum as a pop-up. Examples may include a test
that opens up in a new window, or, Blackboard now has a Save button
for each question in an Assessment and a Save button after the last
question for Assessments that show all of the questions at one time.
As you answer questions, and click the Save button next to a question
to save the answer for that particular question, a small pop up window
will appear. To prevent problems, try one or more of the
steps for permitting pop-up content from your Blackboard course
|Will Blackboard work if I have popup protection software running?
|| Pop-up protection software can interfere with Blackboard
functions. A pop-up blocker can also prevent Blackboard opening from the
link found on the BCC homepage. The protection can prevent quizzes or
virtual chat sessions from opening fully and cause a variety of errors.
The most common error is the link or browser appearing as though
it is not responding or not opening at all. The next is
Microsoft Internet Explore closing with an error message. Keep in mind
there may be more than one pop-up blocker installed. Pop-up blockers can
be found in such applications as the Google toolbar, Symantec firewall
and Internet Explorer. For more on this issue, go to
When I take a quiz/test/exam, the elapsed
time on the bottom status bar does not display.
When I take a quiz, the timer takes up the entire screen.
In Mozilla Firefox (the only browser we currently recommend for use with
Blackboard), you can have the elapsed time (quiz timer) display again by changing the settings
This problem occurs when the user is using the Internet Explorer
version 8 browser. For this and other reasons, we recommend
Mozilla Firefox browser instead with Blackboard.
- From the menu bar, select Tools.
- Choose Options.
- Click on the Web Features tab.
- Check the box marked Change status bar text.
|I'm trying to take a quiz, but when I access
it I get a message that the quiz is already in progress.
What do I do now?
|| Check for popup blockers on your computer. If your
instructor set up the quiz to open in a new web browser window, it
may be that Blackboard is trying to open the quiz but cannot since you
have a popup blocker on your computer. If this is the case, the
next time you click the quiz link Blackboard will report that the quiz
is in progress. You can ask your instructor to reset your quiz
and then disable your popup blocker in order to take the reset quiz.
Also, if you clicked on your "back" button for any
reason, Blackboard could think that you stopped taking the quiz.
Then when you go back to the quiz link, Blackboard thinks
you already took the quiz. You can ask your instructor
to reset your quiz so you can try again.
There is a green exclamation point in the Gradebook instead of a score for my assignment/quiz. What does this mean?
|| A green exclamation point usually
means that all or a portion of the quiz/test/exam/assignment needs
grading by the instructor and/or they have not yet submitted a grade
for your assignment. First, check to see whether your instructor has
communicated when you can expect to view your grade. If the expected
time has passed, you may want to contact your instructor.