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Paradox 7 ODBC driver

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Hi All........

One of our programmers needs to write a Business Objects version 6.5.1 report against a Paradox 7 database (both on Windows Server 2003).  Please could someone suggest a suitable ODBC driver to use to create a connection to the Paradox database files within Business Objects and where we could get the driver from?

Hope this is clear, any suggestions gratefully received.

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Unfortunately, MS stopped including the Desktop Database ODBC drivers in MDAC a few years ago.  They are included in Windows XP (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/271908) as well as in Office 2000 and XP.  The Paradox driver was part of the Jet drivers (ODBCJT32.DLL).

My experience with the MS drivers, though, is that you get what you pay for.  A far better choice would be to download the driver from DataDirect, one of the major developers of ODBC drivers.  You can download a free trial of a Paradox driver at http://www.datadirect.com/downloads/registration/connect_odbcwin/index.ssp

The cost for a full blown driver can vary.  For a desktop, it's not generally very expensive.  The cost rises significantly, however, if you're looking for a network driver.
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OK cthulthu,

Thanks for your response.

I will speak to the programmer and see if this is what he is after, whilst I understand most of your comment, i was not really clear what you meant by a network driver, the databse will be on a sepearate server not the desktop, will we need a network driver. The implication being that a desktop driver will only work for a locally installed paradox database.? or network driver meaning single licence?

Thanks for your assistance
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If you are connecting a client over a network to a central server, DataDirect typically charges more for the license.  If you are working solely on a desktop, the license is cheaper.  At one client, the difference was so great (at the time, it was $1000+ vs. $60), that I setup a process to copy the network Paradox .db and index files to the local computer before working on them.
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