Ok this is gonna be an easy fix for JetBrains...
I downloaded the latest JDK 1.4.2_02, changed the setting in the lax
file to point to the new JRE (C:
added the -Didea.no.jdk.check=true so that I can use that JRE and voila!
Now all popups work just fine, and I can read my javadocs in peace :)
Perhaps JetBrains should simply bundle the latest JRE with IDEA anyway!
Hope this helps others.