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 When I Insert or Update a Record in Linked Tables, I Get #DELETED#

If the inserted or updated records are shown as #DELETED# in the access, then:

  • If you are using Access 2000, you should get and install the newest (version 2.6 or higher) Microsoft MDAC (Microsoft Data Access Components) from This fixes a bug in Access that when you export data to MySQL, the table and column names aren't specified. Another way to work around this bug is to upgrade to MyODBC 2.50.33 and MySQL 3.23.x, which together provide a workaround for the problem.

    You should also get and apply the Microsoft Jet 4.0 Service Pack 5 (SP5) which can be found at;EN-US;q239114. This fixes some cases where columns are marked as #DELETED# in Access.

    Note: If you are using MySQL 3.22, you must apply the MDAC patch and use MyODBC 2.50.32 or 2.50.34 and up to work around this problem.

  • For all versions of Access, you should enable the MyODBC Return matching rows option. For Access 2.0, you should additionally enable the Simulate ODBC 1.0 option.

  • You should have a timestamp in all tables that you want to be able to update. For maximum portability, don't use a length specification in the column declaration. That is, use TIMESTAMP, not TIMESTAMP(N), N < 14.

  • You should have a primary key in the table. If not, new or updated rows may show up as #DELETED#.

  • Use only DOUBLE float fields. Access fails when comparing with single floats. The symptom usually is that new or updated rows may show up as #DELETED# or that you can't find or update rows.

  • If you are using MyODBC to link to a table that has a BIGINT column, the results are displayed as #DELETED. The work around solution is:

    • Have one more dummy column with TIMESTAMP as the data type.

    • Select the Change BIGINT columns to INT option in the connection dialog in ODBC DSN Administrator.

    • Delete the table link from Access and re-create it.

    Old records still display as #DELETED#, but newly added/updated records are displayed properly.

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