I have a server running Oracle and ArcSDE 9.1 on SLES 9
Over the weekend the ArcSDE service stopped responding and this morning i rebooted the server.

Trying to manually start the database this morning i got the following error(s):

SQL> connect / as sysdba
Connected to an idle instance.
SQL> startup
ORA-01081: cannot start already-running ORACLE - shut it down first
SQL> shutdown
ORA-24324: service handle not initialized
ORA-24323: value not allowed
ORA-01092: ORACLE instance terminated. Disconnection forced
SQL> startup
ORA-01031: insufficient privileges

I am not an Oracle expert (obviously?). Any suggestions would be appreciated.