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Hey,
I have a serious problem right now. When I trying to open tools-->Macro-->VB Editor, the error msg "Access has encountered a problem and needs to close" came out. And it seems I can't open it to get my codes.
How should I do?
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by:aanymg
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Did you try reinstalling your Access
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Is this specific to a certain MDB ... or ALL mdb's ?

mx
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You can try this:

Open Access (but not a mdb) ... then
Help>>Detect and Repair ...

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by:angie_angie
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DatabaseMX,

It's specific to one MDB only
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Access MVP) earned 500 total points
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You've got corruption ... this may or may not help - but give it a shot:

A **DeCompile** may help here ...

But first, if you have not already:
Check for any **Missing References via the VBA Editor>>Tools>>References ....

Then, follow this procedure:

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0) **Backup your MDB BEFORE running this procedure**
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1) Compact and Repair the MDB, as follows:
Hold down the Shift key and open the MDB, then from the menu >>Tools>>Database Utilities>>Compact and Repair ...
2) Execute the Decompile (See example syntax below) >> after which, your database will reopen.
3) Close the mdb
4) Open the mdb and do a Compact and Repair (#1 above).
5) Close the mdb.
6) Open the mdb:
    a) Right click over a 'blank' area of the database window (container) and select Visual Basic Editor. A new window will open with the title 'Microsoft Visual Basic' ... followed by then name of your MDB.
    b) From the VBA Editor Menu at the top of the window:
       >>Debug>>Compile
        Note ... after the word Compile ...you will see the name of your 'Project' - just an fyi.

7) Close the mdb
8) Compact and Repair one more time.

*** Executing the DeCompile **EXAMPLE**:
Here is an **example** of the command line syntax  (be SURE to adjust your path and file name accordingly) before executing the decompile:

Run this from Start>>Run, enter the following command line - **all on one line** - it may appear like two lines here in the post:
Also, the double quotes are required.

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Msaccess.exe" /decompile "C:\Access2003Clients\YourMdbNameHERE.mdb"

For more detail on the Decompile subject ... visit the Master on the subject (and other great stuff) Michael Kaplan:

http://www.trigeminal.com/usenet/usenet004.asp?1033

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by:angie_angie
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DatabaseMX,
Thanks a lot for your detailed explanation. I tried your method, but not work. I do have some backup saved at other place, and so didn't lose too much data.
Thanks again for your help!
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