This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
The MS Java VM is problematic. It's frozen at the JDK 1.1.4 level so it does not have Swing, Collections, New IO and many other features. There are numerous incompatibilities with newer API's. The security model changed a great deal between Java 1.1 and Java 1.2. Have you checked the Java console? I'll bet you are getting a security exception.