As i saw people in trouble with installing this sun java i held back, till today i was forced to install it at housecall.tendmicro.com To my horror since i have no sound on my system anymore. (the win98SE). Even after countless reboots and disabling the sun java in IE and activating the microsoft VM in stead and opposite, many reboots no sound. The only thing i can play is a few midi files, all the rest not, no speech, not even the windows reboot sound, not from files on my system, not from CDs, not from internet. This is absolutely horrible. Looked at the installed devices, no ! marks, checked every sound device and system and all installed codecs, all said to be active everywhere on this system for every application using them, when playing music seldom an error message, i see in WMP or WinAmp the line during playing advancing but i hear nothing. Not even with switching the sound to max. Also i looked in the volume in systray, all up to the max now, nothing disabled. I found back an install file for the older Microsoft VirtualMachine - did not help either, i installed all the older and newer WMP codecs, now i'm really out of imagination what more to do. Even reinstalling the onboard SB16 (i think it was) codecs and whatever i found about them didn't help. Think some important drivers have been overwritten but which and why do some midi files still play one whichever of the devices (not sure which sound system is used for that). Any more ideas? On the XP home system i'm not sure which java VM is installed! As i don't see the java cup of coffee icon in the control panel nor in the IE advanced options i guess i whould still have the original MS VM there and all sound!