On Tue, 2 Nov 2004 11:19:55 -0000, Paul Vincent <paul.vincent@(protected):
> One other piece of information: when I try using Oracle Enterprise =
> Manager to connect to the database (using SYS as SYSDBA), I go to the =
> "General" tab on Instance/Configuration, and this shows the database in =
> a "down" state (red traffic light). I then try to open the database, =
> click Apply, and the "Starting up the database" step fails with the =
: end-of-file on communication channel"
> Does this shed any more light on the possible cause of the problem?
Ok in that case I think I would do the manual startup thing.
at a command window on the server
oradim -edit -sid <your sid> -startmode manual
-- try to avoid the service trying to start the instance.
net start oracleservice<sid>
set oracle_sid=<your sid>
connect / as sysdba
you should get the underlying error.