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Greenhorn

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I need advice. my computer is not reading java properly. what can I do? any time i go to a place where there is java, i get a squere with a little x im the top left hand corner.
Dirk Schreckmann
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Dirk Schreckmann
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Have you downloaded and installed the Java SDK or JRE? What browser are you using? What version? What operating system are you using?
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I am using windows 98 , microsoft explorer, earthlink. where do i get those programs?
Dirk Schreckmann
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I'm not familiar with earthlink. Is it just a dial-up internet connection, or is it kind of like AOL and you do your internet browsing through it? What version of IE?
You may not need to download anything. Do you also plan on developing/programming in Java or do you just want to be able to run Java applications and applets?
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5.5 I think. I just want to run applications.
Dirk Schreckmann
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Assuming you mean Applications and Applets:
First, go to
http://www.microsoft.com/java/vm/dl_vm40.htm
and download and install Microsoft's JVM (the actual link is towards the bottom of the page).
That should enable your system to view and use Java 1.1 applications and applets.
Now, you have a decision to make. There is a newer version of Java - 1.4.0_01 as of this writing. It is available at
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4/download.html
You may want to download and install this newer JRE (Java Runtime Environment). I'd go with the all languages version, not the just english version. But you may not want to install it; or you may want to install it and know how to turn it off on occasion; or you may want to install it, turn it off, and know how to turn it on occassionally.
The problem is that if you don't have the newer version installed, then you won't be able to use any applets or applications written in/for Java 1.2 or newer. You might never run accross such an application or applet.
If you do have the newer version installed, you may on occasion run accross a Java applet, written for Java 1.1. or older, that doesn't perform correctly in the newer JRE. I think this is less likely to occur.
Personally, I installed the newest JRE and on a rare occasion I will turn it off when I stumble across an applet written for the older Java that won't perform in the newer JRE. You can toggle the use of the newer JRE on and off in Internet Explorer by going to Tools -> Internet Options -> to the Advanced tab -> scroll down to about the middle of the list where it says "Java (Sun) - use Java 2 for <applet> (requires restart)".
It's not a perfect situation. But that's how you can deal with it.
Did you get things working yet?
[ June 07, 2002: Message edited by: Dirk Schreckmann ]
 
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