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    Default Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    Around 2009 I believe this game called "Motherload Unlimited 2" used to simply run on any computer with java installed. It is an executable java file that you can find here (I uploaded it just then, I didn't make it): https://www.sendspace.com/file/gft4m8

    I heard about java being all blocked up due to security reasons or something these days so I thought maybe that that the reason it won't run? So I got windows XP up in a virtual machine along with an old version of java yet this app still won't run, just gets a white screen with menu options at the top and thats it.

    Is there any reason I can't seem to get this to run?

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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    If its an applet, some browsers no longer support the java plugin. For the browsers that do support the plugin, there is now a requirement by the java program to set security levels from an icon in the Control Panel.

    Can you give the versions of the OS, browser and java that you are using?
    What messages are given in the browser's java console?

    If you have the jar with the applet classes, there are ways to run that applet as an application.
    See this thread: https://www.java-forums.org/java-app...plet-work.html
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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    This game never ran inside a browser, always it's own separate window. When running in windows 7 around 2009-2011, it just ran with no problems... Double click it, click play, type in your name and boom it works. I've tried running it on virtual machines in Windows 2000, vista, xp and 7 and now it just doesn't run on any os with any version of java. It just opens with a blank white screen (after it has been whitelisted/approved via the control panel) with a context menu strip at the top. You can hear the music too if you tick the music box but it;s like it's not actually drawing the game to the screen. Do you get anything when you run it?
    Last edited by AstralPhaser; 02-05-2017 at 01:01 AM.

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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    OK, if it is not an applet and is an application that runs from a jar file, maybe there are some error messages available to help see what is wrong.

    Open a command prompt window, change directory to the folder with the jar file and enter:
    java -jar <TheJARfilename>.jar

    If there are any error messages on the command prompt window, copy them and paste it here.

    Do you get anything when you run it?
    Sorry, I don't download and execute things from 3rd party sites.
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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    This is what I got:



    So yes, there does appear to be errors for some reason but I never got them in the past (only the past few years this app hasn't run properly).

    Edit: I went here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1...refs-root-node
    That fixed the first error message but the second error message didn't go away. Any advice?
    Last edited by AstralPhaser; 02-05-2017 at 02:33 AM.

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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    Thanks, did that but I still get the second error message about the " domain names" thing and so on.

    What is the next step from here?

    Thanks for your help so far.
    Last edited by AstralPhaser; 02-05-2017 at 03:03 AM.

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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    No idea how to fix that. The String: " domain names" is being passed to the parseInt() method which requires a numeric value and throws the exception shown in the message when its argument is not numeric.
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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    But why would have this app worked in the past and not now, on multiple physical computers and operating systems with all different versions of java? Could modern graphics cards be the issue. The game works, you can hear it, up and down arrow keys make sounds, but there is nothing visual, just white.

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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    No idea.
    Where does the String: " domain names" come from?
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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    No idea, I didn't make this application. This also happened with the first game the guy made for a browser as well. It runs for a few moments (1 minute tops) before crashing when you do something. Both these 2 separate things ran fine in 2009 but now they don't work at all which makes me feel that Java is just dying. It doesn't seem to be around much anymore and java apps don't work like they used to (same files).

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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    You said:
    I got windows XP up in a virtual machine along with an old version of java yet this app still won't run,
    Do you remember when the program did run OK?
    What OS and what version of java?
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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    It worked on Windows 7 and with the latest version of Java in 2009. I already tried getting a windows 7 virtual machine up and downloaded a 2009 version of java from oldversion.com yet still, it doesn't work. That's why I believe it's hardware related as opposed to software related. I remember even being able to run this on my windows 7 computer with a windows 2000 virtual machine. Yet NOW things don't work so maybe modern hardware is the issue?

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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    Does the program connect to a site on the internet? Is that site still running?
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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    It connected to a server for the sole purpose of high scores, but it wasn't necessary at all, just a small feature that didn't serve an important purpose.

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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    Have you tried contacting the guy that wrote it?
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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    Alex doesn't really exist publically anymore. I was the one who created the fan site here... That kinda died years ago as well: http://12padams.wixsite.com/motherloadunlimited

    The original creator and website disappeared around late 2010 and haven't been seen since.

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    Default Re: Why won't this app/game run anymore?

    I suspect you'll need the source code and a programmer to get it working.
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