>I've spent countless hours trying to sift through documentation on the
>CD-ROM and technet.oracle.com, but can't find my answer there. So
>hopefully somebody from this newsgroup can help.
>I have Oracle 8i Personal Edition and Developer 2000 R2.1 installed for
>Windows 98. Is it possible to connect to this database via Form
>Builder 5.0 even though Dev2k is older? I tried using the SQLPlus (an
>older version) that came bundled with Dev2k to connect to a running
>database on my machine, but it hanged. Same thing happend when I tried
>connecting to the DB via Forms. I tried installing Oracle 7, but it
>keeps crashing everytime it installs from CD-ROM, even after
>unneccessary msvcrt.dll files deleted.
>Any help would be a excellent at this point.
>Thanks in advance
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>Before you buy.
Of course there has never been a Designer 2.1 version *specifically*
(and certified) for win 98. This might be one source of your
problems,as winsucks seems to be never downwards compatible.
Designer 2.1 doesn't know about multiple Oracle Homes, so if you want
to use it, you'll need to install it first, and install Oracle 8i in a
separate Oracle Home, as Oracle 8i uses OFA, and doesn't have version
dependent executable and dll names anymore.
You also will need to configure in the listener of Oracle 8i and the
tnsnames.ora in your developer install.
Your problems with installing Oracle 7 are caused by a non-Y2k
compliant installer. This has been posted numerous times to the Oracle
In short: it might work with this advice, and then again it might not
work at all, as Designer 2.1 hasn't been designed for Windows 98.
Sybrand Bakker, Oracle DBA