Access 2000 - 'Cannot find installable ISAM' - Also many options like 'Linked Table Manager' are grayed out

Posted on 2006-03-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
Within an Access database, which was thought to be working up until today, I am now getting an error message when tying to open a report: "Cannot find installable ISAM".

I assumed this might be down to some missing ODBC links required for some of the data needed to be retrieved for this report; But sadly when I go to Tools, many options are grayed out, in particular the 'Linked Table Manager', 'Upsizing Wizard', and so on.

What could this be down to?
Question by:wbstech
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    Hi wbstech,

    Is this on a  PC that worked yesterday?  Could be a driver issue.  What datasource are you connecing via ODBC to?

    Dave :-)
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    For the drivers:
    How to obtain the latest service pack for the Microsoft Jet 4.0 Database Engine
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    this sounds like you did some Update or SP to this PC. Maybe the Jet engine got corrupted by this.

    How to obtain the latest service pack for the Microsoft Jet 4.0 Database

    Install it and try again.
    One common mistake that causes this message are wrong connection strings. e.g. if you write DataSource instead of Data Source (but that doesn't seem the problem here.


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    It doesn't work on the majority of machines on our network (All Win2K machines) - But a select few, it does work on.

    They all have the same version of Access on.

    I also just tried updating Jet on my machine, which didn't solve it.
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    Anything new been installed?
    What is the other datasource?
    How are you connecting to it?
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    Ok the problem has been solved - It was the fact that some people had a desktop link to an old version of the database. Absolutely no idea why this is the case though.

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