I recently had a situation that running either Oracle SQL Developer or SQL Developer Data Modeler on a Windows 7 VM (more on this later) would randomly close (or crash depending on how you look at it). The log files didn’t produce anything substantial and after a lot of digging around it was due to the JVM and the video driver. Jeff Smith confirmed this over Twitter:
So it's the jvm crashing because of the video driver...happens on Windows a decent amount, usually fixed with a driver update— Jeff Smith 🥃 ☜ (@thatjeffsmith) July 21, 2017
I was using windows on a VM and it had no available video driver updates. After reading this post on StackOverflow I found there is a configuration setting to get around the issue. It wasn’t very clear as to where to make the configuration change so here it is:
AddVMOption -Dsun.awt.nopixfmt=trueon a new line after
- Restart the application
A few additional notes:
- The versions I downloaded included the JDK. If you’re using your own JDK then the location of
jdk.confwill probably be different.
- If you’re using the included JDK version then you’ll need to remember to do this step with each update of the applications.