Michael,

Brad's answer just reminded me of another issue. Protel creates a temporary 
"filename.ldb" file in the same directory like the database. In there is the 
information who is working on the ddb. If you had a crash or I have even seen it 
occasionally that this ldb file wasn't deleted after closing the ddb. This makes 
Protel believing that somebody still is working on the design and thus 
compacting is not possible. So if you have closed your ddb and still have the 
ldb file existing you should delete the ldb.

Again hope that it helps.

Emanuel

Brad Velander wrote:
> Michael,
>       sounds like either you still don't have the compress on close turned
> on, or possibly at a database size that big the compress function starts to
> fail. I might suggest that you try running the repair facility on a copy of
> the DDB see what that does.
>       How big is the DDB file? What have you got inside the DDB, besides
> this board you were working on? How big is this board (size, layers,
> component, net counts)?
> 
> Sincerely,
> Brad Velander.
> 
> Lead PCB Designer
> Norsat International Inc.
> Microwave Products
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> 
> 
> 
> 
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Robison Michael R CNIN [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
>>Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 7:22 AM
>>To: 'Protel EDA Forum'
>>Subject: [PEDA] Database maxed !
>>
>>
>>Hello,
>>
>>Well it looks like I'm in serious trouble now.  Except for
>>just a couple more mounting holes and some minor silkscreening
>>on the bottom layer, I have finished this board.
>>
>>I posted earlier about an error with "File too big."  As
>>suggested, deleting a couple of the huge mechanical layers
>>allowed me to save.
>>
>>Now I'm getting this error when I try to save all:
>>
>>[Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver] Database has
>>reached maximum size.
>>
>>In an effort to fix this problem, I have deleted all but
>>two of the mechanical layers, and I still have the error.
>>I don't understand this.  I've been regularly saving all,
>>and the incremental amount I added since the last "save 
>>all" is microscopic compared to the reduction of file size 
>>by deleting all those mechanical layers.
>>
>>Any suggestions would be appreciated.  I'm getting a bit
>>nervous. 
>>
>>Thanks, Michael Robison
> 
> 
> 


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