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The ODBC data source reported the following error

by MCowling / July 26, 2009 12:25 AM PDT

Windows XP, MT1100 - Intel Pentium 4 Processor 530

The error message is this:

[Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver] Cannot open database "l". It may not be a database that your application recognizes or the file may be corrupt.

I guess that the file is corrupt because I used not to get this message when downloading photos from my Olumpus camera and mobile phone. When using Photoshop Elements 3.0 I can no longer create cards etc. Now I cannot even download photos on to my hard disc. I don't know what "l" file is so if anyone can help me put this right, I should be most grateful.

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What happens if
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 26, 2009 3:34 AM PDT

you simply connect the camera, or phone, to the PC, then use Windows Explorer to copy any images from that device to your hard drive?

I have no idea about that error message either.


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Windows Explorer
by MCowling / July 28, 2009 1:01 AM PDT
In reply to: What happens if

Thanks - I must confess I hadn't got that far in trying windows explorer which fortunately does work. However, the situation is not ideal and I shall pursue why I can't use Photoshop Elements 3.0 to do creations etc. I have already reinstalled PE 3.0 to no avail.

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Good to see the workaround works
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 28, 2009 5:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Windows Explorer

Can you tell us the process, the step by steps you used to take when using Photoshop Elements 3.0 to do creations? From the very start, eg connecting the camera to the computer, open PE3.0, go to File > Open, what then?

I'm trying to understand where in the process this fails and that error message appears.

Also, what do you mean by "Creations".

If you use Windows Explorer to copy those files from the camera to some temporary location on your hard disk, (its what I would normally do anyway, I would never work off the originals), can you then open PE3.0 and use those copies to make these creations?


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ODBC data source - reported error - things get curiouser
by MCowling / July 29, 2009 2:27 AM PDT

Ok - In Photoshop there is a create menu for cards and calendars etc. Sorry I didn't explain what I meant.

Well this is how things went.
In PE3.0 browser: File>Get Photos>From Files and Folders>ODBC data source error message

In PE3.0 edit: file>open> [got photo OK] strange thing though the photos I took and downloaded in July this year were named thus:
09May 001 etc to 09May 016. This means I have not lost the photos I thought I had which is good news.
In PE3.0 create: same error message

Now whole thing has closed with error code c0000005
Address: ed7d008

Have tried create again
Create>Card>OK>next step>add photo>save>same error message

Thank you for your advice about downloading photos to a temporary file. I have always just used "save as"

Many thanks for your help. Don't spend too much time on this. I guess it may be time to buy some new software.

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Not much more help from me I fear.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 29, 2009 4:51 AM PDT

I don't use Photoshop, so I have no idea.

If you did copy those files from the camera to some folder on the hard disk, would Photoshop be able to create what you need then?

Another option. What if you uninstalled PE3.0 and then reinstalled it? I would reboot the computer after the uninstall, to finish of the uninstall process.


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