I am running Oracle 11g on Windows 7 Enterprise SP2 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HD. I can connect to Oracle using SQL Plus (see below),

C:>sqlplus sys/xxxxxxxxx@XE as sysdba

SQL*Plus: Release Production on Wed Jul 9 18:52:26 2014 Copyright (c) 1982, 2010, Oracle. All rights reserved.

Connected to: Oracle Database 11g Express Edition Release - 64bit Production

... but when JDeveloper or another commercial application try to connect to I get the following error:

ORA-01033: Oracle initialization or shutdown in progress ...

Any clue or help would be really appreciated.



  • database is not open. Alter database open. But you mentioned an alert in your title? Can you elaborate or post the alert.log part?
    – Munchi
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 9:29

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Did you do anything like renaming datafiles or moving them around in the filesytem? The ORA-01122 indicates that the information in the controlfile does not match your environment.

So if you do a shutdown/restart of the database and still get the error and moved files around you should move/rename the files to their original places/names and try again.

If all this does not work, have a look at MOS 1041424.6 for details.

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