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Problems with ImageIcon in JButton

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I can't seem to get an image to show up on a JButton...Here is my code, what's wrong with it?
private void initialize()
Icon fileg = new ImageIcon("images/mail11.gif");
Icon setupg = new ImageIcon(SETUPGIF);
Icon newmailg = new ImageIcon(NEWMAILGIF);
Icon deleteg = new ImageIcon(DELETEGIF);
Icon checkg = new ImageIcon(CHECKFORMAILGIF);
buttonPanel = new JPanel();
file = new JButton("File", fileg);
setup = new JButton("Setup", setupg);
newMail = new JButton("New Mail", newmailg);
delete = new JButton("Delete", deleteg);
checkForMail = new JButton("Check Mailbox", checkg);

messageViewer = new JPanel();
inbox = new JPanel();
}//end of initialize
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Here is the code which displays button with icon. Check you code with this.
class gifButton extends JFrame{
// create image icon
Icon fileg = new ImageIcon("*.GIF");
Icon setupg = new ImageIcon("*.GIF");
// create button with icon
JButton file = new JButton("File", fileg);
JButton setup = new JButton("Setup", setupg);
/* // Alternate method - of creating a button with icon.
JButton file = new JButton("File");
JButton setup = new JButton("Setup");
setup.setIcon(setupg); */
getContentPane().setLayout(new GridLayout(3,2));
addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter(){
public void windowClosing(WindowEvent e){
public static void main(String arg[]){
new gifButton().show();
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I don't know what kind of a layout you are using, but sometimes the buttons don't appear big enough to show both the text and the icon. If you are using a null layout, try setting the bounds of your buttons to be a little larger button.
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