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    Red face opening .mdb files with mdb viewer in juanty

    Hi all,

    New to linux so need some urgent help if possible. I am trying to open an .mdb (Ms access file) file for my GF (she tells me its a collection of past exam questions).

    I only run os x and ubuntu (jaunty) so dont have acess to windows. I have tried opening the file using mdb viewer but every time i try to open it within the programme it just quits it self. I was wondering if anyone has had any similar problems or knows of any solutions/alternatives. I have already tried to open it in open office, while it does open i get about 2,500 pages with all kinds of strange characters on the screen and no real readable text!

    Please please bear in mind im new to linux and also not a computer programer etc so please keep it as user friendly as possible

    Thanks guys and hope to hear from you soon

    DrB

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    Re: opening .mdb files with mdb viewer in juanty

    Try to open the file with a plain-text editor, if that only shows up weird symbols try a Hex-editor. However, it will be hard to read the contents because Microsoft doesn't uses an easy save technique.

    Hope this helped you.

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    B!ndsa

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    Re: opening .mdb files with mdb viewer in juanty

    Quote Originally Posted by Bindsa View Post
    Try to open the file with a plain-text editor, if that only shows up weird symbols try a Hex-editor. However, it will be hard to read the contents because Microsoft doesn't uses an easy save technique.

    Hope this helped you.

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    B!ndsa

    Hi Bindsa

    Thanks for your help, have tried all that you suggested above but alas to no avail but thanks anyway. Back to work, but will check back later to see if anyone else has any ideas.

    Thanks again

    DrB

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    Re: opening .mdb files with mdb viewer in juanty

    Hi DrB
    I have the same problem and no solution. Did you find one?

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    Re: opening .mdb files with mdb viewer in juanty

    Which mdb viweer you are using?

    I am using Ubuntu Lucid and I had the same problem with an .mdb file which was created by Motorolla.

    I have solved this problem by running this command in terminal:

    sudo apt-get install mdbtools-gmdb

    and then I found the program in the Applications>Office>Mdb Viewer

    I opened my file and it worked correctly.

    I hope this is helpful

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