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An invalid or non-existent database was specified

New Member
Posts: 6
Country: United Kingdom

An invalid or non-existent database was specified

I am using version 5 (single user)
I have not opened ACT for about 5 weeks but now when I try to access the database this message pops up 'An invalid or non-existent database was specified'
Can anyone help please?
Thank you
Nickel Elite Contributor
Posts: 595
Country: USA

Re: An invalid or non-existent database was specified

It is trying to open the last database used which has evidently been deleted or moved.. Cancel the error message and go to File | Open and see what databases are listed there.
Roy Laudenslager
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New Member
Posts: 6
Country: United Kingdom

Re: An invalid or non-existent database was specified

Thank you for your reply.
No Databases are listed. When I look at the Control Panel 'Add or Remove' ACT is still listed.
Nickel Elite Contributor
Posts: 595
Country: USA

Re: An invalid or non-existent database was specified

The databases are separate from the ACT! 6 program.
Roy Laudenslager
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Nickel Super Contributor
Posts: 441
Country: UK

Re: An invalid or non-existent database was specified

Use windows search to look for *.dbf .  This will show you and ACT! 5 databases on your machine.
 
Tom
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Posts: 6
Country: United Kingdom

Re: An invalid or non-existent database was specified

Success - In Program I have found a load of ACT files and Folders. Trouble is, I don't know what to do with them.
I have had a message re occuring on the bottom right hand side of the screen that Windows is low on virtual memory and that it is increasing the size. Also, I downloaded the web editing program 'Contribute' at the weekend (92 mb) could there be a connection?
Many thanks for tuning in to my problem.
Nickel Super Contributor
Posts: 441
Country: UK

Re: An invalid or non-existent database was specified

One of them will be *your db name*.dbf.  You can either make a note of its location and browse to it through ACT! or just double click on it.  If you get a message that your system is low on virtual memory you may want to consider putting some more RAM in your machine.  The other program shouldn't have made any difference.
 
Tom
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Posts: 6
Country: United Kingdom

Re: An invalid or non-existent database was specified

Thanks. I think I may be a bit out of my depth.
Some files are named CNT, WPI, TLB, FLT, AME, DAT etc but no DBF
Sue
Nickel Super Contributor
Posts: 441
Country: UK

Re: An invalid or non-existent database was specified

The dbf file is the main database file, you will need that to open the db.  Much more than that I can't really help you with sorry.  If there are no .dbf files on your machine at least part of the db is missing,
 
Tom
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Re: An invalid or non-existent database was specified