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    Unhappy Linux Browsers & Java

    I'm running OS 11.2, KDE 4.3.4, and have the current Java Run Time Environment installed.

    I'm having the following Java problems in Firefox, Opera, & Konqueror:

    Java works, mostly, in Firefox -- except for a couple of Java Chat Rooms that I need for work. The chat rooms load, start, then lock up. We do live support, so this is a show stopper for working at home on a home built Micro$oft free computer.

    Java does not work in either Opera or Konqueror at all. The JRE is installed, both browsers have the right directory in their setup, but Java does not work. I've gone through everything I can find on the Java site & the browser sites to solve this, but nothing helped. Followed all the steps, everything's there, but still nothing.

    I've heard there are a lot of problems getting Java working in 64-bit, so I'm wondering if changing over to 32-bit is needed to clear these problems out? Can I load the 32-bit JRE and use that?

    Java works fine in Windows (of course), but my home machine does not have Windows and I really don't want to have to pay Micro$oft just so I can work from home.

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    Smile Re: Linux Browsers & Java

    There is more than one type of Java. I would go into YaST>Software Management and search on Java. You should be using the Sun version of Java and get rid of any other versions. I have java-1_6_sun, java-1_6_sun-alsa and java-1_6_sun-plugin loaded, no other "open" or "compatible" versions should be present that have java in their name.

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    Default Re: Linux Browsers & Java

    Quote Originally Posted by jdmcdaniel3 View Post
    There is more than one type of Java. I would go into YaST>Software Management and search on Java. You should be using the Sun version of Java and get rid of any other versions. I have java-1_6_sun, java-1_6_sun-alsa and java-1_6_sun-plugin loaded, no other "open" or "compatible" versions should be present that have java in their name.

    Thank You,
    Thanks for the reply, and for reminding me of something I didn't mention.

    I have the same Sun Java packages installed as those you listed.
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    Lightbulb Re: Linux Browsers & Java

    I only use Java in Firefox, which does work OK for me. Do you think the problem might be Firefox and not Java? You can download User Agent Switcher version 0.7.2 from:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/59

    You can use this program to change the version of Firefox reports to something from Microsoft. I use it in combination with a a Quicktime Script and a Mplayer Plugin in Firefox to play iTunes movie Trailers, but it might help in your case.

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    Default Re: Linux Browsers & Java

    You sure that all other Java package are uninstalled?

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    Default Re: Linux Browsers & Java

    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    You sure that all other Java package are uninstalled?
    Yes, that was the first thing I checked. Nothing on the system but the Sun Java that in the repos.

    Also: I'm using Firefox 3.6.3, and Opera 10.10. Current version of Konqueror for KDE 4.3. There are no errors in the system logs that I can find, and nothing shows up when I start any browser from a terminal window.
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    Talking Re: Linux Browsers & Java [Solved]

    Found a solution to the problem I was having with Java apps not working. It's a bit extreme, but now I don't have to pay for a license to install Windows on my Micro$oft free home PC.

    Steps are as follows:

    1. Your data files & home dir are backed up, right?

    2. Wipe out OpenSuse 11.2 x64 bit.

    3. Install OpenSuse 11.2 x32 bit.

    4. Java apps work fine now -- even with the OpenJDK! I haven't even installed sun-java yet and everything works.

    I made the 64-->32 bit switch partly because I needed to re-partition a drive anyway. Did the change over and every thing works fine. It even cleared out a sound bug I've been trying to kill for over a month. Your mileage may vary, use at your own risk, etc.
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    Default Re: Linux Browsers & Java

    i also ran 64 for a while (in 2005) and found it just too much trouble
    to put in and keep up with all the 'workarounds'..

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    Default Re: Linux Browsers & Java

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    i also ran 64 for a while (in 2005) and found it just too much trouble
    to put in and keep up with all the 'workarounds'..

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    Comparing to what it was like in 2005 is no use. Even by then there were workarounds to get Java working in a 64bit environment. It's been ages that I found trouble with Sun's JRE.

    Simply changing to 32bit IMHO is the easy way out, and a choice to regret as soon as you start converting video, do computational heavy things.
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    Default Re: Linux Browsers & Java

    Knurpht wrote:
    > Simply changing to 32bit IMHO is the easy way out, and a choice to
    > regret as soon as you start converting video, do computational heavy
    > things.


    i agree i took the easy way out (and i do that often--note holding on
    to 'easy' (and stable, reliable, dependable) 10.3 with 3.5)..

    but, when the day comes i do converting video and/or other
    computationally heavy stuff i'll probably get tired of waiting for
    stuff, and back to 64 i'll run..

    probably i'll dual boot between an 'easy' 32 for text/browsing and a
    'necessary' 64 for video and nuclear weapon design/effects studies.. ;-)

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