I am trying to install Oracle8i SE on a Windows 2000 Professional workstation for use as a test system. When I select 'Install/Deinstall components' the CD reads for a moment then stops. There is no error message to go on, it merely stops reading. I thought perhaps I needed to install JRE so that Oracle Universal Install would run, but I tried that with no sucess. I then thought perhaps I had some Windows security policies setup to stop me running it, but I can't see anything there. I have tried a different copy to see if it was the CD, but that didn't work. I tried PE instead of SE, but no joy there either! I am at the end of my patience with such a simple issue. Please help!
This sounds exactly like a well-documented bug in the installer code on Pentium 4 systems with an easy workaround. Metalink NOTE 131299.1 states that patch number 1507768 can be obtained from Metalink as a fix. This patch is actually the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) application. You would install the OUI installer from the patch and then use the newly-installed OUI (from Start->Programs->Oracle Installation Products) to perform the installation from the CD.
The NOTE also included several workarounds and I'll include the easiest one that I've used before here (snipped from the NOTE):
1. Create a temporary directory on your server.
2. Copy the entire contents of the Oracle RDBMS Server CD to the temporary directory created in step 1.
3. Search the directory structure created in Step 1 for the existence of the filename symcjit.dll.
4. Rename each copy of the symcjit.dll to symcjit.old.
5. Run the setup.exe from the installwin32 directory (under the directory on your hard disk used in Step 1) and install Oracle 8.1.x and related products.
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