importing tab-delimited file with different language characters into Access 2010 or SQL 2005

Hi! I am trying to import a tab-delimited file into Access and/or SQL Server 2005. The problem is that I get errors when trying to include a few fields that include alternate language characters. I am trying to use unicode in Access 2010, but the program hangs when I save the setting change that I make under Advanced in the Import Wizard. I can use ASCII but of course this doesn't return the proper encoding and the characters come out garbled. I cannot find any place at all in SQL 2005's data import wizard that allows me to adjust encoding. I have added all the relevant languages to Langauge Preferences in Office, and I have tried UTF-8 but I still get import errors mentioning corruption. Regular unicode just causes a hang in Access. UPDATE: after leaving the import wizard hanging for a while when trying to import using Unicode during the import the process, I eventually get an error "import invalid procedure call or argument".
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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
Have you tried to link the file, not importing?

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mrosierAuthor Commented:
Hi Gustav,
I have not, how can I go about doing this in Access 2010 with a tab-del file?
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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
Just select Link instead of Import after having selected the file to import/link from.

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mrosierAuthor Commented:
my apologies Gustav, I forgot about that option as I always just import data. Should I be able to run queries and manipulate this linked table the same as if I had imported the data?
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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
Yes and no. Quite often you will have first to use a simple select query where you clean up data, filter out bad records, convert data etc. Then use this query as your source for further processing.

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mrosierAuthor Commented:
ok gotcha, thanks Gustav!
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