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Can't open or create database

Posted on 2006-06-29
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For some odd reason, i cannot create a blank database or open a new one. I got so aggravated that i just installed windows xp brand new os. I then installed office xp (full) and all i want to do is create a blank data base. When i click new, and hit ok. it does nothing. No errors, no blank database. Has anyone ever seen this ?!?!
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Question by:itly09
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by:Jim Horn
ID: 17009586
Can you verify for us whether you installed full-blown Access (can do anything) vs. Access Runtime (can only run existing Access databases)?
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rockiroads earned 250 total points
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have u tried actually running it from the exe as opposed to the shortcut?

go to c:\program files\....

wherever u got it installed
look for msaccess.exe

then double click

do u get anything?

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by:rockiroads
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Look for the sample databases and double click them, do they open
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by:itly09
ID: 17009636
I installed full blown version. With every feature installed.

Just tried running from office directory msacess.exe directly and same thing. Access starts up fine. but when i click new blank database (db1) and click create, it does nothing. I wiped machine clean and tried all over again and installed latest service packs........ VERY BIZARRE ..........
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by:Jim Horn
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(Very wild guess) Just for kicks and giggles, after you click new blank database, hit your {f11} key and see if a database window appears.
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by:itly09
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LOL i hit the F11 key and still nothing. I even tried opening sample (northwind, etc...)
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by:rockiroads
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Can u open a existing DB? given u can open MSAccess.exe

kicks and giggles LOL!
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by:itly09
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No. I can open a database on our fileserver from ANY other machine my network and open a Database (with no security restrictions) and its fine, EXCEPT this damn machine ! I'm just baffled........
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by:mbizup
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Do you have scrollbars?  Is it possible that the database window is below the visible part of the window?
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by:itly09
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No scroll bars, no windows are minimized.
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by:rockiroads
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Weird one this, have u looked in msdn? or support.microsoft.com
Do u have a support contract?might be worth asking them
Im baffled here,

u can open MS Access, but when u try to open from there or create a new , nowt happens. That is indeed strange. Is there any other s/w installed on their and isnt on the others? Perhaps there is some conflict

Its nothign to do with Permissions either is it? U should get a message anyway. Have u tried doing all this logged in as administrator

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by:itly09
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Yea, and usually I wouldn't bother posting with something this minor but its VERY STRANGE and ive never seen this before. Yea i can open access but nothing else happens. This makes it even stranger - because of this problem, i reformatted the drive and reinstalled JUST office......  I didn't eve join to domain yet, didn't install any other software yet. Im logged in as local administrator. Me and my other collegues are scratching our heads here actually laughing, saying that this is impossible. THE drive has been formatted ! lol    any thoughts........?
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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itly09,

Try to open a database using another User Profile (on the same machine)

If you do not have another one, ask one of your IT staff members to create a "test" profile on the troubled PC.

Worth a try
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