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Unable to open 8.0 database on Windows

I run Oracle 8.0 on Windows 98 for my pharmacy software. The system has been hanging a couple of times. Now when I start Oracle prior to running my application it shows the database instance started, then mounted, but stops with this error: "ORA-1122: Cannot open database."

I run Oracle 8.0 on Windows 98 for my pharmacy software. The system has been hanging a couple of times before Oracle ceased to start up. Now when I start Oracle prior to running my application it shows the database instance started, then mounted, but stops with this error: "ORA-1122: Cannot open database." I scanned the database directory files but do not seem to have a problem with the files.

What can be done when I have all the datafiles with me, but still can't get Oracle to start? Is creating a new control file a solution to get my database working? Please advise. (The previous backup dmp file that I have is very old -- about two months old.)

The ORA-1122 error is not enough to figure out the cause of your problem. Are there other error messages?

I would try to start the database again. Then look in your Alert Log located in the directory specified by your BACKGROUND_DUMP_DEST parameter. This should give more details as to why your database could not start. It might even point to a trace file which can give further information.

Once you have more information, feel free to post to this forum again.

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