I'm trying to teach myself to use notepad and the command prompt rather than always using an IDE. I double checked where my file was but still can't deploy the javac Hello.java (as example). I tried to look at help by typing Java but get this error:
Error: could not open 'C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_01\lib\i386\jvm.cfg'
Would anyone have any ideas on what I'm doing wrong?
I think it's a great idea for you to use a text editor and the command line. Personally I dislike NotePad, though. You should check out TextPad which is a much more powerful text editor without being a full-blown IDE. Now on to your question:
I have not seen that error before. Have you checked to see if the file it mentions actually exists on your system? It will also help if you can tell us what you did that caused this error. You should also post the code of your Hello.java example even though it's not likely the cause of the problem. This will just help us make sure we understand exactly what you are doing.