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Pre-note: This is not a problem I am having with Minecraft. All answers I can find seem to be related to Minecraft.

Error: could not create the Java Virtual Machine. Error: A fatal exception has occurred. Program will exit.

I get this error when I try to do something Java related. I cannot launch a .jar without this error coming up and when I try to install JDK, I get this error. This has been plaguing me for a while and I was not able to research an answer so I thought I would ask it myself.

EDIT: Windows 7 (x64) Dell Studio Laptop, 4GB RAM, external Radeon HD 6950 Graphics Card. I have tried uninstalling all JVMs and reinstalling but it didn't work, although I cannot remember how thorough I was so I may try again. Here is a list of all the Java related things I have installed (found in the uninstall or change programs window):

  • Java 3D 1.5.1
  • Java 3D 1.5.1 (x64)
  • Java 3D 1.5.2
  • Java 6 Update 30
  • Java 6 Update 30 (64-bit)
  • Java 7 Update 2
  • Java 7 Update 3 (64-bit)
  • JavaFX 2.0.3 (64-bit)
  • JavaFX 2.0.3 SDK (64-bit)
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What command are you issueing? What version of the JVM do you have installed? –  Guillaume Polet Apr 3 '12 at 11:49
Also, what operating system? What machine? What architecture? How much ram do you have? –  mcfinnigan Apr 3 '12 at 12:02
Edited to include more info. Thanks for the help so far though. –  Gleeson9 Apr 3 '12 at 14:15
In a windows command prompt (Start > All programs > Accessories) type the following commands (without quotes) and include their output in your question please: 'java -version', 'echo %JAVA_HOME%' and 'echo %PATH%' –  Ali Jan 3 '13 at 12:15

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I had this problem recently, and found that the instructions HERE fixed it.

In a nutshell, the instructions show you how to make a System Variable for Java called _JAVA_OPTIONS with the value Xmx512M. This sets a global maximum heap memory size for Java.

There was one caveat I noticed though. I noticed that if you start a Java application with a maximum heap memory size larger than the one set as the System Variable, you will get errors that stop the Java Virtual Machine from running.

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Try to launch Minecraft with more heap assigned using options -Xms1024m -Xmx=1536m. I am not sure about that, but in some Minecraft forums people have same issue.

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Quoting the question: "This is not a problem I am having with Minecraft. All answers I can find seem to be related to Minecraft." –  Owen Blacker 23 hours ago

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