April 19, 2002
Q: I love to play Pogo on my two-year-old Windows 98 PC. However, the Website that hosts Pogo no longer works for me; I receive a message that says my Java applets need to be updated or something to that effect.
Why doesn't Pogo work? What do I have to download? Help me, I'm addicted!
A: While surfing the Web you often need special browser software, known as a browser plug-in, to view certain Websites. The plug-in software adds features to your browser. For example, many sites require Flash plug-in software to see animation.
In your case, the games you play require Sun Microsystems' Java Plug-in. Like the Flash plug-in, the Java Plug-in adds new functionality to your browser through applets. Applets are small Java-based programs -- such as your Pogo game -- that download from a Webpage.
It sounds like the Pogo Website you visit switched to a newer Java version. While the switch is a bit annoying, adding the new Java Plug-in to your browser is an easy process:
- Go to the Java Plug-in download page at http://java.sun.com/getjava/download.html.
- Click the big, purple download button; the download should start automatically.
- If a security warning box appears asking whether you want to install and run the Java Plug-in, click "Yes."
- The installer must first download Java, which could take between 15 and 30 minutes on a 56-Kbps dial-up connection (less for high-speed connections). Once it's downloaded, the Java Plug-in will install just like any other Windows program.
- If you need help, read the step-by-step directions on the Java Plug-in download page. But if you want a quick install, simply agree to everything by pressing the "Yes" or "Next" buttons whenever you see them. If you stay away from the "No" and "Cancel" buttons, the Java Plug-in will install without any problems.
For a link to more Java-based games, see Resources.
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