The dBASE database driver works in one of the following two
- The latest Microsoft Jet 4.0 service pack or the Borland
Database Engine (BDE) is installed.
- Neither the latest Jet 4.0 service pack or the BDE is
The dBASE data is only updateable when the latest Jet 4.0
service pack or the BDE is installed. Without the latest Jet 4.0 service pack
or the BDE, dBASE data can be read, imported and exported, or linked to
There may be incompatibilities with certain versions of
the BDE. The symptoms of the incompatibilities vary, depending on the version
of the BDE. Microsoft recommends version 5.01 of the Borland Database Engine.
The following table lists the behavior that is supported for each of the dBASE
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|dBase 3, 4, 5 ISAM Only||Import\Export\Link-Read
|dBase 3, 4, 5 ISAM w/Jet 4.0 latest service
|dBase 3, 4, 5 ISAM w/BDE||Import\Export\Link-Read
|dBase 7-8||No support provided|
To be able to write data to a linked dBASE file from within
Access or from within a Jet 4.0 application, install the latest Jet 4.0
service pack or install the BDE.
The latest Jet 4.0 service pack
For more information about how to obtain
and install the latest Jet 4.0 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
to obtain the latest service pack for the Microsoft Jet 4.0 Database
Borland Database Engine
Contact Inprise Inc. or a third-party vendor to obtain the BDE.
Obtain licensing and run-time distribution requirements for the BDE from
Third-party dBASE ODBC driver vendors include Merant
For information about how to contact your hardware vendor, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
For more information about a hotfix, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Non-BDE Paradox and dBase ISAM drivers
For more information about using the dBASE Database driver, click Microsoft Access Help
menu, type initializing the dbase database
in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search
to view the topic.
For more information about other drivers
that use the latest Jet 4.0 service pack or the BDE in a similar
way, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
You cannot update a Paradox
database in Access 2000 and other Jet Applications
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