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Cannot create a system odbc connector to mysql db in access 2010

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Hi

When i try and create a system mysql odbc in access 2010 it wont allow me as it says i dont have administrative priviledges.

I am logged on as the domain admin using access 2010 32bit and the latest mysql odbc 32bit version.

What do i have to do to create a system odbc.

I have tried running access as an administrator and still doesnt make any difference.
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by:Bitsqueezer
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Hi,

why do you try to do it with Access? If you want to create a system ODBC connection, go to the Windows Control Panel where you can simply add and test it.

But I would also recommend to generally don't setup an ODBC connection. You always need to do it on any target computer which want to use your database. Simply use a DSNless connection, you can do that with VBA and only need to use the right connection string (of course you need to install the MySQL ODBC driver on the target computer).

Here's a link which explains how to use DSNless connections in Access:
How to create a DSN-less connection to SQL Server for linked tables in Access

Although it is described for SQL Server the same works with any other external database.

You also need to recreate links in Access any time you change a view or table on the database server so with this it is easy to create a simple sub which removes all links and create them again with a list of table/view names and their corresponding names in Access.

Cheers,

Christian
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by:timb551
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You can add it in the control panel but then its not available to select within access to link the tables.
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by:Bitsqueezer
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Hi,

did you try the suggestion above to use a DSNless connection?

Your problem with the system DSN could also have something to do with your operating system, if it is 64Bit.
Here are some infos about how to use the 32Bit ODBC drivers in this case:
No ODBC Drivers available for Excel or Access in Windows 7

Cheers,

Christian
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<<You can add it in the control panel but then its not available to select within access to link the tables. >>

<<Your problem with the system DSN could also have something to do with your operating system, if it is 64Bit.>>

  You did use the 32 bit ODBC manager correct?  With a 64 bit OS, there are two ODBC managers; one for 64 bit and one for 32 bit.

  Access won't see anything created under the 64 bit ODBC manager.

  NO POINTS HERE PLEASE as Christian has this covered.

JimD.
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by:timb551
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Hi

I have tried to add the odbc link to the 32bit version of the odbc as well but it says im not logged in with administrative priliveges.


Tim
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE) earned 250 total points
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 Find the command prompt in the menu, right click on it and select "Run As Administrator".

 Then type in:

c:\windows\sysWOW64\odbcad32.exe

at the prompt.

JimD.
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by:Bitsqueezer
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Hi Jim,

I personally have no access to any 64Bit version of Windows or Office until now so it was only a guess..:-)

I didn't knew that Windows 7 now has two ODBC driver settings - good to know. I have no problem with sharing points...:-)

Cheers,

Christian
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by:timb551
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Ok, tried running the 32bit odbc as an administrator and makes no difference.  still cannot add a system odbc.
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 It still says you don't have administrator Privs? or Access doesn't see the DSN?

JimD.
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by:timb551
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The former
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 I really detest UAC at times.  Try it this way:

1. Open explorer.
2. Navigate to Windows\SystemWOW64
3. Locate ODBCad32.exe, right click on it and select "Run As Administrator"

  Does it work and if not, exactly at what point do you get a permissions error?

JimD.
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by:timb551
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None of these solutions have worked im afriad.  Now paying for microsoft support to see if they can sort.
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 OK.  Let me know...

JimD.
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Went back and retried the odbcad32.exe and for some reason its now working.

thanks
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