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Error when connecting to oracle 11g via access 2013

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Hi All,
I am trying to connect to an oracle database using access 2013
The  ODBC Data driver can connect successfully to the data source see below.
dsn
But when I try to use this data source within Access 2013 I get an error message. See below
call fail
it  is 32 bit access running on 64 bit windows 7
Any guidance appreciated. Thanks
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by:Geert Gruwez
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create a connection in odbc 32bit

you created a connection in the 64 odbc

from start, type odbc, you should 32bit and 64bit versions
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by:blossompark
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Hi Geert,
thanks for your response.
when I type odbc, i get two options
Microsoft ODBC administrator
Set up data source ODBC.
no 32 64 bit options
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by:Geert Gruwez
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use explorer to look in  C:\Windows\SysWOW64

odbcad32.exe

windows 10 displays both.
I guess you still use windows 7
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by:Alexander Eßer [Alex140181]
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Yes, Geert is correct. Use the corresponding version of ODBC:

32 bit: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe
64 bit: C:\Windows\System32\odbcad32.exe
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by:blossompark
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looking at the existing installed drivers they seem to be 32 bit?
32
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by:Alexander Eßer [Alex140181]
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Why that?! Because of the "32" within the filename?! I'd give a damn about that ;-)
odbcad32.exe exists as 32 as well as 64 bit version with the SAME name...

Are you using 64 bit Access?!
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by:blossompark
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no 32 bit access
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by:blossompark
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i am using 32 bit access
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by:Alexander Eßer [Alex140181]
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Oracle Client is 32 or 64 bit?!
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by:Geert Gruwez
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to check for the oracle client version

check what oracle paths you have
dos:
set path
> this will display all the paths to the oracle software installed ... and other software

run sqlplus
> it should state what version it started 64-bit or not

if you have multiple clients, move the 32bit path before the 64bit path in the path environment variable
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by:blossompark
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the only client i can see in environment variables is
C:\downloaded applications\instantclient-basic-windows.x64-12.1.0.2.0\instantclient_12_1
This is the one I installed ...
I will remove this and install the 32 bit version?
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by:Geert Gruwez
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not sure if the instant client is enough
you could try
and if that doesn't work, install the runtime version of oracle client
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Alexander Eßer [Alex140181] earned 250 total points
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x64 indicates 64 bit architecture. This client won't work with 32 bit ODBC (and thus not with Access)
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by:Alexander Eßer [Alex140181]
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not sure if the instant client is enough
No, you have to get the ODBC "AddOn" from Oracle ;-) should be right below the Download list on that page
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by:blossompark
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sorry...there is a previous entry in the PATh
C:\app\product\11.2.0\dbhome_2\bin; not sure if this 32 or 64
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by:Alexander Eßer [Alex140181]
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Looks like the DB installation.
Try this from command line and check 32 or 64 bit:

SET ORACLE_HOME=C:\app\product\11.2.0\dbhome_2
SQLPLUS / AS SYSDBA (or whatever login)

look for 64 bit on "welcome screen"...
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by:blossompark
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Hi Alexander,
not  able to get the expected results  with the commands above,
i will install the 32 bit client and set this as first in the PATH
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by:blossompark
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Hi Alexander and Geert,
thanks for your assistance,
i installed the 32 bit oracle client and now working ok...
Thank you!!
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