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Oracle on Pentium 4 conflict

Here's a trick for installing Oracle 8i on Pentium 4 machines.

The installation of Oracle8i on a Pentium 4 computer will exit without any error message and without displaying the setup window. The reason for this is that the Pentium 4 architecture has problems with the Just In Time installer.

To solve the problem, just find all copies of the file symcjit.dll and rename them to symcjit.org. The installer will now work. Copy the installation CD to the hard drive and make the changes, then install from the HDD. Voila! I've tested this with an installation type of "client" and the CD used was the full Oracle 8i 8.1.7 server.

Reader Feedback

W.C. writes: "My comment is this tip is not very informative and is only a subset of the content available on the Metalink report. From my experience with the P4 platform install, the problem only seems to affect P4's from 1.7 GHz and above. I am sure there are many Intel based servers out there that are below this thereshold and this problem would not affect them. I also would like the tip to elaborate on the 'changes' required to make the install work. As I recall, renaming the file symcjit.dll was all I did. What is the explaination for copying all the files to the hard drive? It would also be nice to know from anyone out there why this JIT is having the problem in the first place. Is it the Intel algorithm, Oracle, or a problem with Microsoft? This reminds me of the release of the AMD 400 MHz cCPUs. Microsoft had some problems with the speed and a patch was soon released to correct a timing routine as I recall. Is this a similar problem?"

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This was last published in December 2001

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