problem to show unicode data loading from dbf file with Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0, when BDE (borland database engine) is installed RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello

    i write a code that show dbf file (foxpro 2.6 database) unicode record to datagridview

    my connection string is:

    Dim strCnnA As String = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=c:\test.dbf;Extended Properties=dBASE III;"

    dim ConnA As New OleDb.OleDbConnection

    ConnA = New System.Data.OleDb.OleDbConnection(strCnnA)


    when i load data to datagridview (vb.net) , It's all good

    But when I installed the Borland Database Engine on my system (bde for other software I need) , the unicode data on my grid Becomes corrupted.


    1- If you want to remove BDE, everything will be ok

    2- if you rename BDE (for example BDEold) at bellow address , everything will be ok

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Borland\Common Files\BDE

    why ?

    • Edited by Ashkan209 Tuesday, May 6, 2014 4:27 AM
    • Moved by Fred Bao Friday, May 16, 2014 3:19 AM Borland Database Engine Related
    Tuesday, May 6, 2014 3:42 AM

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  • Hello,

    For this issue regarding Borland Database Engine, I would like suggest you post it to:



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    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 5:34 AM
  • See if the below link helps:

    How to control whether Access loads the Borland Data Engine (BDE)

    From what I can determine BDE does not support unicode and was deprecated many years ago by Embarcadero. Since unicode support for FoxPro was rather problematic I would recommend upgrading to a different database, such as Microsoft Access, SQL CE or SQLite. FoxPro is also considered deprecated technology so I would definitely consider moving away from that platform.

    Paul ~~~~ Microsoft MVP (Visual Basic)

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 12:45 PM