Java 1.6.0_51 breaks MATLAB 2012b on Mac OS X 10.6.8

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After a system software update yesterday, the Java version on my machine was upgraded from 1.6.0_45 to 1.6.0_51. The Matlab Desktop GUI no longer works. The Matlab window does appear, but does not allow keyboard or mouse input. The terminal version of Matlab ('matlab -nodesktop') still works fine. Can The Mathworks provide a patch to resolve this issue please?
Thanks, Conor

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Shashank Prasanna
Shashank Prasanna on 20 Jun 2013

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Mark on 20 Jun 2013
I found a workaround: Close all programs
Go to Applications / Utilities / Java Preferences
The Java Prefs app will open
In the 'General' Tab, change the order of Java SE, so that the two with the older versions are on top. The versions are in the RH column on my system. For example, my toplisted version was 1.6.0_51..., which is the latest version updated yesterday. There were also two entries for 1.6.0_24... Drag these so they are on top (64-bit first)
Close the app
Start MATLAB. Now I can type and everything is good.
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Conor Fleming
Conor Fleming on 20 Jun 2013
Hi Mark,
Thanks for this answer. Unfortunately for me the only available versions are 64-bit 1.6.0_51... and 32-bit 1.6.0_51...
I'll work from the console for the moment in the hope that Mathworks issue a fix. Down the line I might see about installing an older version of Java.

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Conor Fleming
Conor Fleming on 24 Jun 2013
This issue has now been resolved. The solution has been posted by Shashank here:

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