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Connect Timeout connection string property doesn't work with Oracle

I'm trying to set the connection timeout property for an OleDbConnection object. I read in docs that the property is read-only but can be set by adding a parameter to the connection string. My connection string looks like this:
Provider=MSDAORA;Data Source=[myTNSEntry];User ID=[myUser];Password=[myPassword];Connect Timeout=30;

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Inspecting the OleDbConnection object reveals that the connection timeout is, in fact 30 seconds which is good. Unfortunately, as soon as I try to open the connection I get an OleDbException error saying "Multiple-step OLE DB operation generated errors. Check each OLE DB status value, if available. No work was done." If I do not add the "Connect Timeout=30" argument in the connection string then the ConnectionTimeout property of the OleDbConnection object is the default 15 seconds but the Open() method works without errors. Am I missing something or am I just running into some kind of limitation with OleDb or with the Oracle provider?
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>>or with the Oracle provider?

You aren't using the Oracle Provider.  MSDAORA is the Microsoft OLE DB Provider for Oracle.

Use the native Oracle provider.
I agree. MSDAORA was a misguided attempt to fix something which is not broken, a long time ago. It causes more issues than it fixes, so skip it and use the Oracle .NET provider, which you need to have installed anyway.
If you can go with the .Net provider I would use the new Managed Driver.  No Client install necessary for it.

To clarify:  You don't have to install the .Net provider to install the OleDB driver.
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I'll look into that. Do you happen to know the name of the .NET provider I should be looking for?
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