[Wine]Re: Access 97 on Wine 20041019

Jörg Schaible joerg.schaible at gmx.de
Wed May 4 13:02:27 CDT 2005

jurgen wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm having trouble getting Access 97 working with Wine 20041019. Word and
> Excel work just fine, as far as I've used them, but Access simply refuses
> to start. I've installed off an original installer CD through the
> WineTools ( 2.11jo) utility. I customised the install, removing everything
> except for the basic application files for Word, Excel and Access. I've
> also installed all of the Base Setup and all of the Windows System
> Software from WineTools.
> During install, it complains about not being able to update the workgroup
> database, but the install completes fine anyway. When I navigate to
> Access's folder and type "wine MSACCESS.EXE", the splash screen comes up
> just fine, then a second later, I get an error dialogue box:
> Microsoft Access couldn't find the file "C:\windows\system\system.mdw".
> This file is required for startup.
> Doing a bit of reasearch, I learnt that this file has something to do with
> Access's workgroup (tee hee) functions. I tried touching the file and
> setting it to 777, also tried copying system.mdw from a "real" Windows
> machine, but both of these solutions ends up with an out of memory
> dialogue on launch. It's progress though, I got a *different* error. :-)

IIRC there is a utility installed in the access directory to switch and
create new workgroups. Other system.mda's won't work, since they are
created individually for your system at installation time. Try to run this
tool and create a new one and switch the access system to it.

- Jörg

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