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  1. #1

    Runescape grey screen

    Hey there,

    I've been messing around to try and play runescape (Java based) on my laptop. I run Lucid Lynx (in dualboot with vista) and have Java installed. Now I'm trying to get Runescape to work so I have even more reason to ban Vista completely.

    So I installed Java, and tried in firefox (3.6.6). It loads the log in, I log in, but then I get a grey screen with "applet started" in the status bar but nothing more.

    When that didn't work I did some googling and tried it with SeaMonkey(2.0.4) - same result. Would another browser help or is there something else wrong?

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    Linux User twoHats's Avatar
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    Hi - not familiar with runescape, but you might try some of the browser tools such as error console, and page source and troubleshooting info...
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  3. #3
    Most likely you have the knock-off version of Java, which is usually pre-installed by Ubuntu. Crank open your favorite package manager (I use synaptic) and do a search on 'sun'; to get the jre package. If you open a terminal, type java -version to see what your system thinks is java.

    wayward4now@iam:~$ java -version
    java version "1.6.0_20"
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_20-b02)
    Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 16.3-b01, mixed mode, sharing)

    You should see something like this. It's a common problem.

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    Getting a complete and correct installation of Java was difficult for me until I saw post # 14 here: (This crazy forum won't allow me to post the URL) Try "" with an http in fron of it.

    or You can get there by googling "easylinuxtipsproject/java", then open the first link provided about Oracle Sun Java.

    Works like a charm now.

  6. #5
    I did a complete Java install, installing the self-extracting package from If that's wrong then I don't know where to get the "right" java.

  7. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by CaffeinatedCthulhu View Post
    I did a complete Java install, installing the self-extracting package from If that's wrong then I don't know where to get the "right" java.
    Whoops! That run package plays merry hell with most distro's if you're not up to configuring all the links to enable it. It's a twisted ordeal. It's best to just use the sun-java .deb file (jre or both jre / jdk by installing the sun-jdk package) using your package manager. That will install all the dependencies and configure the links needed to make it run. Or, you can do it by hand and suffer the tortures if it fails. Make it easy on yourself! It always works and I run some pretty intensive java apps. I haven't hand installed java since I switched to Ubuntu and have never looked back. Ric

  8. #7
    I don't see the sun-jdk package in the list?

  9. #8
    Have you looked at the instructions found by googling "easylinuxtipsproject/jav"?
    If you open the very first option you will see a very detailed set of instructions to install java for Ubuntu. The jdk and ice tea plugin didn't work for me , but the instructions for jre did.

    I agree it shouldnt' be so hard, but this does work.

  10. #9
    look for sun-java6-jdk or just sudo apt-get sun-java6-jdk
    ...that should get you everything you could possibly need. As I mentioned if you install synaptic, searching for packages is ~way~ easier. I just entered "sun" in the search bar and it was right there at the top. sudo install synaptic
    ...and you'll be living the good life. Ric

  11. #10
    I think you're refering to the openJDK which is the knockoff. Installing sun-java6-jdk gets you both the sun-java jtk and the sun-java jre. It's not that much more disk space to install it all and be done with it. Ric

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