We are replacing an old NT 4.0 server with a new Windows Server 2003, the new hardware (a Compaq ProLiant) equipped with Intel Xeon CPU. The old server was running a couple of database instances in Oracle 8i Standard Edition, which we want/need to replace with the 9i version.
The installation files for the relevant 9i edition are downloaded from otn.oracle.com, and expanded to directories named Disk1, Disk2 and so forth. But:
Whatever way I try to launch the setup, it "dies" in a few seconds, either without any message, or with the message "Could not initialize the Java virtual machine. Program will exit!". For each try it creates a new set of setup directories in C:Documents and Settings..
I have searched Oracle Metalink for help, but it does not seem to address this problem directly (for this version and this platform).
The Oracle download comes with its own JVM files. I have tried with those, as well as with more recent versions from Sun. No cure.
Does any of you have experience or references that can help me solve this and get Oracle 9i up and going? Any hints on small stupid details it is too easy to overlook?