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Open Office won't recognise Java


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sweetdave

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I have just (yesterday) installed Open Office 3.0. I wanted to use the 'Family' add-on, which keeps track of birthdays, etc.

On attempting to use it, it says I need Java Runtime - and won't go any further.

I have Jave 2 Runtime Environment SE v1.4.2_12 (as shown on Add/Remove Programs). Is this not the 'Java' that Open Office requires?

A few other applications have stumbled over not finding Java, but they were trivial, and when repeatedly downloading Java failed to satisfy them, I gave up on them. But I really would like to get Open Office working properly.

Any ideas, please?
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I presume you mean this Add-On:
http://extensions.se...ect/addressbook

This is nothing more than a standard OpenOffice database, it doesn't need or use Java.

Can you provide a link to this Add-on of which you mention please?
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Thanks for replying.

Something in OpenOffice seems to need Java. I started to experiment with Database - (See attachments 1 to 5) - and ran into the 'No Java' roadblock.

Then I tried downloading the Family/AddressBook extension - from extensions.services.openoffice.org.

It, too, fails for lack of Java. (Attachment 6) (This is what I hit yesterday)

I hope these screen-grabs help illuminate what is happening.

I like the concept of OpenOffice, but so far am not getting much joy from it! :)

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You can take the computer to java.com and download the newer version, see if that solves the problem.
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Thanks for your reply - much appreciated

But now I am really confused!! :) -

I went through the Java installation - all went OK apparently,with no error messages -
UNTIL I tried the 'How do I test whether Java is working?'

The grey square that should have the 'dancing Duke' etc. remains resolutely grey, with just a red cross in the top left hand corner. Hmmm!! :) No animation.

However, a quick run through a couple of bits of Open Office didn't come up with the 'Java needed' error - so now I don't know where I am.

I am totally unfamiliar with Open Office (except for OO Writer, which I have used before) - so I propose to play around with Open Office for a few days, see how I get on - and, if I may, keep the option open to come back to you if needed?

Thanks again
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