|Hey John. You only need one thread per problem. ;)|
You're profile says you're running Windows XP, which means it's unlikely you're running 64-bit. Correct me if I'm wrong.
I suggest you go to the Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and uninstall all versions of Java, including a possible JavaDB. Then, install the latest Java RE, which is version 6, update 24 (1.6.0_24). If your problem still persists, you can try reverting back to Java RE 6, update 23:
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