hi, i have problems with Idapi32.cnf

Posted on 1999-07-15
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Last Modified: 2008-03-06
Hi, when I try to install a program that I made with D3 + BDE 5.0 installshiled cannot finish the installation and say "cannot merge IDAPI32.CNF" then if I try to start my program it says BDE cannot load the driver language. Any clue of what is going on???
Question by:jamiguel
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Yes huge problems with the merging of bde versions because version 5 isa hunk of junk....we use Wise to install and it absolutely destroyed our whole setup....and we looked into using installshield but they were having the same problems with the bde5.....that was about 6 months ago though so they might have it worked out by now....

my suggestion....try installshields websitte and newsgroups.....they surely have a fix for it by now....

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ID: 1388949

The problem you described is a *documented* bug in InstallShield and Wise. So far all InstallShield has done is acknowledged that bug, but has done nothing towards fixing it in the free version if ISX. Version 2.x of InstallShield Express (the commercial and expensive version) doesn't have that problem with BDE 5.

I found a workaround for that. You can read about it in a "tip" I wrote an posted on my site:


If you're using BDE 5.0 and newer, following the instruction on the article I worte is the best way to deploy BDE to your clients.


Athena's Place: http://www.bhnet.com.br/~simonet
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jamiguel, forget about what's been said about the problem being related to BDE being installed on top of IDAPI (16-bit version of BDE). That's nothing to do with it.

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jamiguel (Kok77)

It also has nothing to do with Corel's drivers or the current video settings, as has been suggested in the Borland newsgroups (yes, I saw your posting there!). It is, as I said, a documented bug, caused only by the changes in the installation process of BDE 5 that haven't been incorporated into InstallShield Express yet.



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ID: 1388952
thanks this is a good solution, i have a other solution i get the Bdeinst 5.0 from ftp.borland.com in \pub\bde\updates
but the file is big!!! 12 Mb

Question: The file Extract.exe is c:\windows\extract.exe?
Question: The file Regsvr32.exe is c:\windows\regsvr32.exe?

Question: so that Regsvr32.exe serve?

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You can use either C:\Windows\System\REGSVR32.EXE or Delphi\Bin\tregsvr.exe for starting the DLL.

>The file Extract.exe is c:\windows\extract.exe?


>so that Regsvr32.exe serve?




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