Java won't load and Java's "test your install" fails

I've read the answers out here to most of the Java issues that sound like mine and don't see the answer.

Here's the situation: I have XP SP2 that I've loaded from CD - full, Professional version.  I've then installed all critical updates as well as downloaded/installed Windows VM.  Then I went to and loaded the most recent version of Java.  It refuses to work.  When I go to Java's own "test your install" it comes up with the red "X".  I've followed all their instructions w/o success.  I've reinstalled manually, I've checked all browser and Console settings.  I've even gone down the Advanced settings sitting side-by-side with a PC that loads just fine - I can not find anything wrong with the settings.  The only thing I can see is the PC that works has an older version of Java along with the upgraded version.

It makes no difference if I stay with IE6 or upgrade to IE7 - neither will work.

I'm open to suggestions, please.
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Roedy Green's page is very good for troubleshooting problems with trying to run applets, but you're right, you don't need to pay attention to the suggestions for maintenance scripts that he gives.  Did you try to run either of the applets that he gave in the links?  To help you skip the information on the page that you didn't want, here are the links:

Plain applet:
This tests functionality similarly to how you used the "Test Install" button mentioned in your post above.

Signed applet, with info about your Java installation:

It is most likely that you have not installed Java correctly or have not turned on the right permissions to run Java in your browser.  It's usually easier to debug this in Firefox, but you can use IE for your debugging, too -- certainly the permissions for running Java are different in each one.

>>I have no Proxy's and it makes no difference whether I have Symantec or not.

Okay -- as long as you're sure, then it's the Java install or the permissions in your browser.

So try the signed applet link above, and follow the suggestions on the page for making the applet work, if it doesn't.  If that doesn't help, post again:
* Firefox version (or IE version, if you're using that)
* Java version (or the URL you used to get Java from Sun)
* URL for the Java applet which didn't work in your browser
* Output to the Java console when you tried to display the Java applet
andy1645Author Commented:
Here is a Console dump.  
load: class snifferSimple.class not found.
java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: snifferSimple.class
	at sun.applet.AppletClassLoader.findClass(Unknown Source)
	at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(Unknown Source)
	at sun.applet.AppletClassLoader.loadClass(Unknown Source)
	at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(Unknown Source)
	at sun.applet.AppletClassLoader.loadCode(Unknown Source)
	at sun.applet.AppletPanel.createApplet(Unknown Source)
	at sun.plugin.AppletViewer.createApplet(Unknown Source)
	at sun.applet.AppletPanel.runLoader(Unknown Source)
	at Source)
	at Source)
Caused by: open HTTP connection failed.
	at sun.applet.AppletClassLoader.getBytes(Unknown Source)
	at sun.applet.AppletClassLoader.access$100(Unknown Source)
	at sun.applet.AppletClassLoader$ Source)
	at Method)
	... 10 more

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check your proxy settings, its failing to load classes.
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"objects" is probably right.  Along that same line, it could well be your Norton AntiVirus, if you have it installed and running.  The Internet protection, in particular, prevents a lot of things from working.

However, if it's really related to your JRE, then this troubleshooting guide from Roedy Green is very good:

Try the applets he lists for testing.  If they work, then your installation is good at the basic level.
andy1645Author Commented:
Sorry, guys, that site gets into scripting and I know nothing about classpaths or anything else having to do with scripting.

I've now reimaged the machine to a basic XP SP2 and am running Mozilla Firefox with the same result.  It launches the Java icon in the taskbar (when I go to a site that requires Java) but fails to work.  I have no Proxy's and it makes no difference whether I have Symantec or not.

Sorry for putting this in the wrong zone.  I have no idea the difference between the Java I need to run certain programs/sites and Java scripting.

Bumping points up a little - while I am a novice at scripting I do know PC's pretty good and believe I've covered the standard bases with this.  All the Console and Control Panel settings have been covered and it makes no X when I verify on Java's site and failure when I go to a Java-enabled website.
andy1645Author Commented:
On the first one from Java all 3 (bubble, Bi-Direct and Quick) have a red "X".

The signed applet doesn't appear to have any errors/problems.  Do you want me to copy/paste anything here?  I am now using Mozella and of course I've set the browser to use the Java plugin.  As I said before, the icon does show up in the taskbar the first time I go to a Java enabled website but it just doesn't work

I'm in with Admin rights, of course and my browser doesn't appear to have any unusual restrictions.
andy1645Author Commented:
I just saw that I'm supposed to see an applet in the window.  I don't.  Instead this is what's there:

browser = sun.plugin
browser.version = 1.1
file.separator = \
java.class.version = 50.0 = Java Platform API Specification
java.specification.vendor = Sun Microsystems Inc.
java.specification.version = 1.6
java.vendor = Sun Microsystems Inc.
java.vendor.url =
java.version = 1.6.0_03 = Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM = Java Virtual Machine Specification
java.vm.specification.vendor = Sun Microsystems Inc.
java.vm.specification.version = 1.0
java.vm.vendor = Sun Microsystems Inc.
java.vm.version = 1.6.0_03-b05
line.separator = [binary chars: 0x0d 0x0a i.e. CrLf, \r\n]
os.arch = x86 = Windows XP
os.version = 5.1
path.separator = ;
If you mean that you went to the link for the signed applet above, and what you posted was what was in the window, then it worked for you.  That's what it displays -- info about your browser's Java installation.

So the good news is that Java applets can run in your browser.  The question now is why the Sun applets won't run for you.  The key might be the "open HTTP connection failed" message.

This Sun forum has a few suggestions for fixing it:

Zonealarm has been mentioned as causing this problem as well.  You said you are sure you aren't using a proxy, but surely you have a firewall?

Do you have MSN on your machine?  There is a note on one forum about a conflict in jars somehow between what MSN loads and what the browser is trying to use.

I've been googling for applet and "open HTTP connection failed" -- there are a lot of people with the problem, and most of them report that they've solved it by re-installing the Sun JVM after upgrading the OS or browser.  Developers have to do more work, but you're not in that situation.

andy1645Author Commented:
In the end it DID turn out to be environment.  I was at my work using their wireless and apparently there's something in the router that does not allow Java to run but as soon as I went wired it works fine.
It's good to hear that it was the equivalent of a proxy after all -- that trips up a lot of people.

Glad you found a solution.
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