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October 16, 2002

Oracle 8.1.7 on Windows2000 with a Pentium 4

There is a snappy title if ever I read one. This entry is for you if you have had problems installing Oracle 8.1.7 (and above) on a Windows machine which happens to have a Pentium 4 processor.

I've just started a new job and they presented me with a spanking new laptop. As the resident Oracle guru I thought it incumbent on me to get a database up and running as soon as possible.

So I got the company copy of the Oracle8.1.7 database for Windows CD from the locked box and stuck it in the CD-Rom drive. Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Actually, that is not entirely true. The splash screen appeared, but when I selected "Install/De-install Oracle products" nothing happened.

After two days of head scratching, searching archaic forums (and the web) I have the answer to our problem. The java run time supplied with Oracle (and up to doesn't work on Windows running on a Pentium 4. Its all documented at Metalink, Oracle's support web site. If you have an account check out article number 131299.1

For those that haven't registered yet, copy the installation CD to a staging area. Rename any files you find there called symcjit.dll to symcjit.old. Then run setup.exe from the staging area and Bob is your Auntie's live in lover.

Except. A standard installation also puts a copy of Apache , complete with the JServ module in the Oracle installation. Unfortunately, the version of the JRE shipped with this software has the same problem. This is also documented on Metalink as document id 235547.999. This problem manifests as pop up messages when you start the OracleHTTP service saying things like "java.exe has failed" To resolve this problem download JRE 1.2.2_007 from Then you have a choice. You can simply install it to $ORACLE_HOME\Apache\jdk\jre, or you can install it to a staging area and copy the files jvm.dll and symcjit.dll from the staging area to the jre directory.

What a lovely way to spend a couple of days. Still, I can now query the scott/tiger tables.

Posted by Andy Todd at October 16, 2002 04:30 PM



This page was very useful in solving the problem which I was facing. I did as mentioned in the page and was out of trouble while installing 8.1.7 version.

Posted by: Vijay Chandramohan on December 12, 2002 03:04 PM

Glad to be of assistance.

Posted by: Andy Todd on December 16, 2002 04:33 PM


I have installed the oracle8i on windows2000. It is asking the host string what it means..what we have to give there. we gave the user login and password as scott and tiger respectively. could you please give the reply as soon as possible

with regards.

Posted by: naveen on February 14, 2003 10:41 AM

Thanks a lot. Last two days I am trying to installing Ora 8.1.7 in my friend's Laptop. It has a P4 procesor. Is the processor make the problem or the AGP card? Regds.. Nazmul

Posted by: Nazmul on April 15, 2003 09:52 AM

I got know the issue with Oracle 8i and pentium 4 machine from many resources including Intel's support site.Accordingly I renamed the symcjit.dll but in vain.The installation only proceded to give a error that there is no JRE on the machine.On the contrary there is JRE 1.3.1 along with JDK1.3.1 installed on the machine.Still it giving the error!Can anyone help?

Posted by: Chandrashekhar Joshi on June 19, 2003 02:39 PM

Switch over to SQL Server.At least it gets installed without any hiccups.

Posted by: Puneet on July 4, 2003 08:02 AM

Problem Oracle 8.1.7 on Windows2000 Professional with a Pentium 4. I tried with methods explained here.But not yet Solved.Waiting for the solution.

Posted by: Kishore on July 17, 2003 05:27 PM

Big help. It works for me. Win2K Pro + Oracle8.1.7 EE. I have to rename 2 files on the CD after copied to local hard drive.

Posted by: Tai on August 2, 2003 05:44 AM

This page helped me a lot to solve the problem of installing oracle 8.1.7 client on win2k machine.


Posted by: Manjunath Naik on August 6, 2003 04:13 PM

Hello sir

Thanks for your replay and that's encourage me to ask for your help again
first of all I'd like to thank you in advance , I'm oracle developer certify
and I make program with oracle but I don't know how can I make installation
for oracle 9i in windows2000 server or oracle 9i as client and I need to
know how can make backup for my data

Many thanks And Best Regards

Asmaa Mahmoud

Posted by: ASMAA on September 18, 2003 10:33 AM

how I Open oracle 8i in windows 2000 professional ?

Posted by: san on October 17, 2003 07:45 PM

there is problem while installing oracle 8i in windows2000 profesional edition in pentium 4 machines

Posted by: abhi on November 10, 2003 09:57 AM

I Have had the same problem with the above mentioned and finally figured out that it was the orapram.ini file that was the culprit. The file was pointing several wrong path names. You might want to check that.


You cannot have a relative file location specified. They need to be permenant locations such as c:\..........

Hope this helps a little bit.

Posted by: Ryan G on November 11, 2003 07:53 PM

Thanks a lot!! I have win2000 and P IV, I wasn't able to install Oracle 8.1.7 database. Then I found this page and Your tips work perfectly!!! Now i have the database instlled :). Thank you a lot once again!

Posted by: Chris on November 15, 2003 11:04 AM



Posted by: LAL on December 9, 2003 01:23 PM

i have p4 pc and windows 2000 server installed. i tried to instal Oracle 8i 8.1.7 .but it not installing in my pc.if you have idea in that share with me and
aslo i have a doubte is it works in windows2000 professional.reply as soon as possible.

Posted by: LAL on December 12, 2003 09:23 AM

I was facing a problem while installing Oracle on windows 2000. The universal installer was not showing up. Thanks to this site which helped me resolve the problem instantaneously.

Posted by: Hatim Ghadiyali on December 17, 2003 01:37 PM

Excellent. This solved by installation problem. Thanks a lot.

Posted by: Anand on December 24, 2003 11:37 AM