So I did a little searching, cleared the cache for the browser, checked to see if java was enabled in the browser (it was!), and found nothing about java being disabled in the free hosting (in Godaddy help articles, but then again, we all know how "helpful" Godaddy help is!). But I decided since the economy hosting was so cheap, I would try it, as I already had another site working just fine with the economy hosting. Set up the economy hosting, and voila! now I have the regular admin working just fine!
Java must be disabled in the free hosting so ppl won't try to get rid of the ads is my best guess....