Runtime error 440 maximum 59 of processes exceeded

I am using  oracle 8.1.7 (oo4o 8.1.7) and using VB6.0 to develop an application on window XP 2000. Every thing runs smoothly, but sometimes, there is an error stated that 'Runtime error 440 maximum 59 of processes exceeded' and all the connection to oracle are fail, I try to login oracle in work sheet the same error appears. I have to restart the application to run it again.
Can any one help me with this problem?

Thank a lot for your help

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Yes, you need to increase the processes parm in your init.ora file.  Check what it is now, it should be 59:
select value from v$parameter where name='PROCESSES';

Increase it to something like 500 and restart the database.

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Mark GeerlingsDatabase AdministratorCommented:
Is this a VB error on the client, or an Oracle error from the database server?  If it a database error, check your init*.ora file and look for the "processes" entry.  If that is set to "59", increase it to a larger value, then shutdown and restart the database.

It sounds to me though like this is a client-side application error, since you are apparently able to get past it by restarting the application.  If it was a database error, restarting the application would likely have no affect.  I've never used VB so I can't help you with a VB error.
huhuAuthor Commented:
Please tell me where is the  v$parameter ?
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It's a database view, you need to issue the SQL directly against the Oracle database using SQL*Plus or some other tool.
Mark GeerlingsDatabase AdministratorCommented:
Here is a query you can use for v$parameter:
select value from v$parameter where name = 'processes';

or this one to see them all:
select substr(name,1,35) "Parameter",
substr(value,1,40) "Value"
from v$parameter;

That is just an alternate way of seeing basically the same things that you can see by opening the init*.ora file on the server.
huhuAuthor Commented:
Thank you all.
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