Please help! Java on mac

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  1. xander-101 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys, would really appreciate some help, I have a mac OS X 10.5.8 and my java is not working, I have tried enabling it in safari preferences, software updates, I tried to download new versions of java from the internet but nothing is working,
    What can I try?

    Thanks alot,

    Alexander
     
  2. macagain macrumors regular

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    What does "not working" mean? Open a terminal window and type "java -version" (without the quotes) and hit return. What do you see? if you get the version etc., then it's all good... if not, what do you get back?
     
  3. xander-101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When i say it's not working i mean I can't use websites which need java for me to download files, some games, Ect

    I have attached pic of what happens when i type that.

    Thanks for responding, this has been really bugging me

    [​IMG]
     
  4. dbrewer80221 macrumors regular

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    No, don't type java -version into the search box...

    Type it into a Terminal window.

    Open Terminal.app. It's on your hard drive --> Applications --> Utilities

    Then type it.
     
  5. xander-101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When I tried it typed this for me,


    [​IMG]
     
  6. dbrewer80221 macrumors regular

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    That is completely normal

    Have you ever used a terminal before? The grey bar is your cursor. All that junk before it means you were automatically logged on localhost (your computer) as xanda (yourself).

    You need to type in what I told you to...
     
  7. xander-101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, No i haven't used terminal before, I typed what you said and this came up..

    [​IMG]
     
  8. dbrewer80221 macrumors regular

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    Much better

    Now, I'm assuming you're on mac os 10.7 (lion). Your java is out of date.

    Run software update (available in the apple menu) and install the latest version of java.
     
  9. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    In the very first post he says he's on 10.5.8
     
  10. xander-101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Have already done that, Everything is updated,
    I am on Mac OSX 10.5.8
     
  11. dbrewer80221 macrumors regular

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    Ah, yes. Sorry.

    It's 3:15 in the morning here and I just spent the last 8 hours backing up an as400.

    Another thing op can check is to make sure Java didn't get disabled in Safari (the flashback Trojan removal software update disabled java)

    Check this post out for instructions on how to check to see if java is disabled: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5241
     
  12. xander-101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Have already done this, no avail
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Again, that doesn't apply to 10.5.8, only Lion.
     
  14. xander-101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone have any ideas?
    I DO NOT need information about lion!!
     
  15. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Can you give us a concrete example of a site that does not work and the exact error/what you see? The "can't use websites which need java for me to download files, some games" is pretty vague.

    You have Java 1.5. This is probably the most up to date version available for your OS. If the sites/games need a newer version of Java you may simply be out of luck.

    Another thing to try is enabling the Java console (Java preferences in Utilities) and seeing if there are any errors there when you try and use Java
     
  16. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Run Java Preferences.app. Post a screen shot of its "General" tab-pane.

    Post an example URL to a website that requires Java. Go there in Safari. Post a screenshot of the window that should be showing the Java applet but isn't.


    Java Preferences.app is located in your Utilities folder. You can also see it in the screen shot of the search you posted. It's the first item.
     
  17. xander-101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Examples!

    Hey guys, I have attached an example of a site that doesn't work, a screenshot of that site and what happens when i try to open java preferences,

    A site:
    http://snipmp3.com/

    When i go onto the site:
    [​IMG]





    Java preferences

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. xander-101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey, thanks,
    How do i get to system on mac osx 10.5.8??

    Cheers mate,
    Alexander
     
  20. dbrewer80221 macrumors regular

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    It should be right on your Hard Drive, when you open it up. It should be one of the folders listed there.
     
  21. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    Don't remember. I have an SL machine at home - only Lion at work. If I remember, I'll take a look when I get home tonight.
     
  22. xander-101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've found it, all of the folders in there have the icon as those little light blue folders apart from 1.6 which looks like a document logo, it said to decompress the file that i downloaded, how do i do that?, I have 2 of them both with logos that re documents with zips on, one is a ZIP and one is TAR,

    Thanks
     
  23. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    So there are two different recommendations in that thread. Try the less invasive one first:

     
  24. xander-101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still nothing im afraid, exactly the same error message :(
     

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