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linked table xxx is unavailable. microsoft access cannot contact the server. Check your network connectionr

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I have been using this process for quite some time but for this particular list I am getting issues.

My Process
What I typically do is:

1.Open a new access “blank” database
2.Click external data then more and select SharePoint list
3.For site address my live data is http://prime.sharepoint.com/teams/gssta/ta/load 
4.Link to data source by creating linked data
5.Then I select the list I am working with BP
6.Next I click excel from import and link and select my excel file which is attached (selecting the tab called testdata) I am appending to table BP
7.Next it tries to process and dies off with the error in the title above
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Question by:Matt Pinkston
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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...and have you checked your network connections?

Anything special about this list?

Is this same issue for all users, or just you?
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by:Matt Pinkston
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all users same error, net connections are fine
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Again, ...
"Anything special about this list?"
...as this seems to be the only variable here...
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Remember a user can create an excel file in any way they want
(Row and Columns transposed, Blank Rows or columns, data outside the expected range, Hidden rows/Columns, Subtotals, Pivot tables, Data not starting in Row 1, ...etc)

A "List" need to follow a very specif set of design rules, or it may not be recognized.

Can you post an example of the excel file that generates this error?.
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