This is not a programming question, but there are no relevant Java App troubleshooting categories.
I am running several Java applications that seem to have there own JRE installed. One is the Zend Development Environment and another is the Sun ONE Server Console 5.2 for LDAP management.
When I installed the Server Console both applications began having a font display issue. It seems like the metrics are off completely now. Since I cannot upload screenshots, I will try to describe what is happening. All text in the apps is displayed about 10 pixels above there baselines. This stretches all buttons, labels, text fields, etc. This is annoying at best. At worst, it makes the applications unusable. In several cases it would seem that font metrics are not used, so the fonts are clipped to where you can only see the bottom few pixels of what is being typed.
I have seen no solution that is right on target. Some say modify the font.properties file. This doesn't explain why the Zend app worked fine before and starting having this problem after I installed the Sun app. Also, I am running the current jre 1.4.2_05 but that isn't really relevant either, because I cannot see how to force these apps to use a JRE other than the one that is installed with them.
Also, uninstalling does nothing. It seems that the problem infects a machine. The only way I have been able to get my Zend app to work properly again was to install it on a clean OS.
Please help. Give me anything you can think of.