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Oracle :Initialization Error.

Posted on 2009-02-14
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had installed Oracle db on my personal computer and everything was working fine since last year or so. But for the past few days when I try to access the db(I use Toad), I am getting an error "ORA-01033 : Oracle initialization or shutdown in progress" .

Can someone help me on this please.
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Question by:KRISH_N

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crawfordits earned 800 total points
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sys / as sysdba
shutdown abort
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David earned 800 total points
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To explain your error, the database is not mounted and open for users.  May I expand on the prior comment by asking you to:
1.  Check your listener process:  From a command prompt (run cmd.exe) enter lsnrctl status and post the result.
2.  You may optionally confirm that the windows service is running through the control panel | services.
3.  If the shutdown abort works, follow up with "startup"; if that succeeds, do a clean shutdown "shutdown immediate" and then restart.
4.  If you're still stuck, my preferred approach on a windows host is to do:  oradim -SID <sidname> -STARTUP
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Initialization error can be caused by many events in the database. Therefore, there is no straight answer to your question. Experts here will assist you more effectively if you can paste the contents of database alert.log file. This file can be found under $ORACLE_HOME\admin\<instance_name>\bdump folder.

Edit alert log file in wordpad and search for string "ora-". Paste error messages here and I or some other expert will take a look.
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Sorry Crawfordits / DVZ. Followed the suggestion but no luck. When I tried to restart, though I see message stating database mounted,I still could not login to the DB.

Here are some details of my PC:
OS : Windows XP Version 2002, SP 2.
DB Installed : Oracle 9i.

Please see attached do with the steps that I did.

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mohammadzahid earned 400 total points
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oradim must be executed from the command line prompt not from sqlplus prompt

Try again


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Thanks guys for helping me out.

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