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Import MDB

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  • Subject: [mg95355] Import MDB
  • From: dh <dh at>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 06:10:25 -0500 (EST)

Version 7 on Vista


according to Wolfram Mathematica should be able to read an Access database. The 

first example from the manual:

Import[ "ExampleData/buildings.mdb", "Elements" ]

works as expected. However, the next example (and all others) from the 


Import[ "ExampleData/buildings.mdb", "Datasets" ]

reports an error: "Import::fmterr: Cannot import data as MDB format."

As this is not a very exaustive message, I do not know whats wrong.

In the manual I found: "System requirement: Import of MDB files is 

supported on computers that are capable of running Java 1.5." I am 

running version 1.6, could it be that a newer version is not accepted by 



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