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How to resolve Error 3011 in MS Access 2003

by Golvin

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MS Access is an RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) from Microsoft that combines rich user interface and efficient database tools with MS Jet database engine. It is used by many users as it is available with the MS Office product suite. The information of the Access database is stored in its primary database file, MDB (Master Database) file. Sometimes the MDB file may get corrupt thereby making the database unable to display its proper functioning. Such situations can be raised due to various reasons such as virus infections, power outages, abrupt system shutdown while the database is open, bugs in MS Access version, etc. In such cases, you should repair Access database using in-place methods. If you are unable to repair MDB file, then you should use a third-party MDB file repair software to do the needful.

Consider a scenario wherein you are using MS Access 2003. When you try to open an Access database, you are unable to do so. An error message is displayed, that is:

“The Microsoft Access database engine could not find the object <name>. Make sure the object exists and that you spell its name and the path name correctly. (Error 3011)”

There could be the following reasons for the aforementioned error message:

  • The system (or user) object may not exist.
  • The object name is misspelled.
  • The system or user object is corrupted, which is why Access is unable to recognize it.

To resolve this problem, you should perform the following methods:

  • Check the object: You should check for the existence of the specified object.
  • Verify the spellings: You should check for the correct spellings of the specified object, and try to open the database again.
  • Repair the corrupted database: You should try to repair the database using the 'Compact and Repair' option.

These mentioned methods should be able to resolve the issue corresponding to each aforementioned reason. However, if you are still not able to open the Access database then you should use a third-party MDB file repair software. Such MDB repair tools use fast and sophisticated scanning algorithms that do not modify the existing database.

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