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runtime error 3709 search key not found when I add a field to a table

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I have a database split into backend and front end.  When I add an attachment field to one of the tables in the back end I get an error in some of the front end forms.  So, to my table tblSubmission I add field SubAttachments, attachment type.  Works fine in datasheet view in the back end.  

When I close it and open the front end, open the submissions form (based on tblSubmission) and then a command button that opens another form or a report I get the runtime error.  I haven't added the new attachment field into any form or query, haven't referenced it anywhere.  If I go back into the backend and delete the new field, then back to frontend, everything works fine.
Does anyone have an idea why this would happen?
Thanks!
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pdebaets earned 1500 total points
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From my notes on corruption:
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"Search Key was not found in any record"

Probably there are some bad records corrupting the table. Look for "chinese" characters in text fields. You can't delete these records unless you temporarily remove the table indexes, delete the records, then replace the indexes afterwards.
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You may want to make sure you have the latest service pack release for your version of Access. Also decompile: see: http://peterssoftware.com/t_fixerr.htm, item "f". Also compact and repair your database back-end regularly.
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I have been through all the data in the back end tables and found nothing corrupted (luckily this is a new database and doesn't have many records yet).  I tested by adding a text field to the tblSubmission and then testing the front end function.  All ok.  But when I go back into the back end table and add an attachment field I get the same error.  I have compacted and repaired several times, front end and back end, no change.  I also tried the decompile / recompile thing.
If there is corruption I can't find it and it seems only the attachment type field is a problem.  Any other ideas?
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I just found this: http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/a2007-attachment-field-type-problem-t3595201.html

Try re-linking your table after adding the Attachment field.
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Aha!  I imported my back end tables into a new database and it works now.  So, definitely corruption somewhere.  Thanks for sending me in the right direction.
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