I am trying to get access to a PC's serial ports from a signed Java applet, using the Java 1.2.2 plug-in for IE5 and the Java Comms API v2.0. I have copied the win32com.dll, comm.jar and properties file to the appropriate places for the right runtime environment on the client PC, and granted all permissions to applets signed by me. In the applet, I use getCommPortIdentifiers to get an enumerator, then use this to obtain all available serial ports. However, when the applet is loaded, the following error is reported when I execute the hasMoreElements() method of the enumerator:
"Caught java.lang.NullPointerException: name can't be null while loading driver com.sun.comm.Win32Driver"
The same code works fine when run as an application. The security setup is definitely having an effect, since I also try to read from a local file - this fails as expected when the applet is unsigned (and the comm port stuff raises a different seurity-related error, too) but succeeds when the applet is signed. Perhaps I have missed something else though.
If anyone has any ideas on how to proceed, I would be glad to hear them.