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Posts Tagged ‘java’

Gray boxes when viewing Java applets

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Do you find you get gray boxes when you're looking at a web page with a Java applet (such as the Companies Office or JavaTester)?

You know you have the Sun JVM installed correctly, there are no traces of the Microsoft JVM, the plugin exists, but you can't see it in either Firefox or IE?

I had this problem for some time, and have finally found the cause - I have a custom transform for deploying Java, which turned off automatic updates, set the default JVM, etc, and also accepted the EULA.Β  As of about 1.5.0 Update 6,Β  setting EULA to 0 means that the JVM looks for EULA.DLL, doesn't find it, and silently dies.

Don't set the EULA property to 0 anymore. Ignore it.

You also used to be able to turn off the Automatic Updates in the properties table, but you can't any more.Β  You have to edit the MSI to run a registry script as the last action, and even then there are reports that Java will create the links on first-run.Β  I don't want my workstations getting a pop-up message saying Java will update when I carefully select the version to deploy, thanks Sun!

More random unfixed bugs: Big gray box on Java websites

Monday, June 26th, 2006

One of the reasons I wanted to start blogging was to draw attention to random bugs that I've found and either only worked around or not fixed.

Today's bug-that-I-hoped-was-fixed: in the Sun JVM on Windows XP, 1.5.0.06 (Update 6) or higher, if you try and go to a website that embeds Java, and get a big gray box instead of usefulness.

It is not fixed in 1.5.0.07. In fact, it is marked WONTFIX. It would be fixed if Java was open source software, or if Microsoft and Sun were still friendly, co-operating companies. Unfortunately, neither of these things are currently true. Apparently Microsoft will address it in a cumulative update, sometime, if they feel like it. (Maybe it will be fixed in WinFS? *sting*)

Resolution: downgrade to 1.5.0.05. And cry a little.