You might want to go to this link and see if your java is installed properly and is the latest version. Sometimes the older versions will not support some of the newer coding on various sites.
I have a Dell Inspiron 1300 running XP. When I log on some sites, on particular, I get the following message"
"Oops, the puzzle failed to start in a reasonable time. This could happen if you are no longer connected to the internet or you computer has problems displaying Java applets."
The site has a troubleshooting alternative and when I use it I get the following message:
"alt=your browser understands the <APPLET> tag, but isn't running the applet for some reason." Your browser is completelly ignoring the <APPLET> tag."
Under "internet options", advanced, the "Java(Sun)" is checked, and under internet options, security setting, internet zone, the "scriping for applets" is enabled.
What could cause the inability to open, in this case, a crossword puzzle. Thanks.