Upgrading Java

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by thomasp, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. thomasp macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I am running OS92.1 on a G3 iMac. Often, when using Internet Explorer 5.1.7 and Mozilla 1.3, I will come across something that uses Java, and I won't be able to run the applet - it just refuses to load. These include IRC webchat utilities, internet connection speed checkers (the one at adslguide.org.uk works fine, but not at dslreports.com).

    I figured that the Java "thingies" on my iMac must be out of date. After checking www.java.com, I have absolutely no idea what I need to download and how I install these downloads. The only other download I found was for MRJ on the Apple website, but this requires 9.2.2...

    What do I need to download to make IE/Mozilla work properly online (I'm getting quite fed up with not being able to use Java apples on websites), where can I download them from and how do I install them?


    Thanks for the help
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    You have JVM 1.1.8, which is quite a ways back from 1.3.x or 1.4.x or 1.5.x. The latter isn't available for a Macintosh yet but there are no updates for Mac OS 9.x most certainly to bring it up to date. There was however a compatibility fix for Oracle databases.
     
  3. jamdr macrumors 6502a

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    The latest version of Java available on OS 9 is 1.1.8. If you want to upgrade, you will have to get OS X.
     
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    Ah, the joys of "write once, run anywhere"...
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

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    Just a note. MAC OS 9.2.2 is available for down to users of 9.x.x. I'd download it, which should include any and all java updates. However, as was said before, those applets are probabily from an even newer version. And as Apple does the development work for JAVA for Mac, they stopped making updates for 9.x.x a few years ago.

    TEG
     
  6. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Developers can still write for JVM 1.1.8, it just isn't very pleasant since there were a lot of enhancements in 1.2.x.
     
  7. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    unfortunately you'll find that even if you have the most up to date java version installed, you wont be able to run all of those programs.....a lot of them are poorly implemented and their creators don't bother to make sure they'll run on a Mac
     
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    That's true. I had something that crashed because it was written using Microsoft's Visual J++ and needed a Windows-only library. :eek:
     
  9. thomasp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the replies - I guess this is another reason to upgrade to 9.2.2.

    What does the 9.2.1 --> 9.2.2 upgrade fix (bearing in mind that I do not have OSX on this iMac, and I have no intentions of installing it on this computer - I'm getting a new laptop in about 6 months)?

    Also, a few years ago, I upgraded this iMac from its original 9.0.4 to 9.2.1 using the installer CD's that came with our G3 iBook. It was only a little while ago that I realised I shouldn't really have done this, as the iBook installer CD's are specialised for the iBook. Will I have any problems installing 9.2.2 on an iBook OS, running on a G3 iMac?


    Thanks again for the help :)
     
  10. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    You should be able to find 9.2.2 on Apple's support site but, of course, that's not going to help with the Java problem. As far as what it fixes, you'll have to take a look at the support documents, as it's probably been 4 years since that release was fresh for most of us now. :D
     

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