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Known issues with W2K sp2 and sp3 with Oracle 8.1.7

Are there known issues concerning the installation of sp2 or sp3 on Win2000 Advanced Server running Oracle 8.1.7 Enterprise Edition?

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There is a known problem/bug with trying to install 8.1.7 on W2K sp 3 on a Pentium 4 where the installer just doesn't want to start up due to some problem with an incompatible JIT compiler (symcjit.dll). This can be gotten around as follows:

  • Copy your CD
    Oracle8i Client Release 3 (8.1.7)
    for Microsoft Windows
    95/98/2000/NT
    Part #: A87675-01
    
    to your hard disk (e.g. to C:\oracle\Oraclient8.1.7)
  • Rename the file
      C:\oracle\Oraclient8.1.7\stage\Components\oracle.swd.jre\
         1.1.7.30\1\DataFiles\Expanded\jre\win32\bin\symcjit.dll
    
    to (e.g.) symcjit.dll.ori
  • Disable "Read Only" for C:\oracle\Oraclient8.1.7\install\oraparam.ini and edit the file like this:
    [Oracle]
    ...
    
    this original line:
    JRE_MEMORY_OPTIONS=-mx96m
    
    replace with:
    JRE_MEMORY_OPTIONS=-nojit -ms16m -mx32m
    
    Save the file a set "Read Only".
  • Run Oracle Universal Installer
      C:\oracle\Oraclient8.1.7\install\win32\setup.exe
    
This is documented on Metalink under note 1312999.1 and also at this link.

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This was first published in February 2003

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