Corrupted files


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R. Cecil Eldredge

I recently had what I erroneously thought was a Q2005 problem that
turned out to be a typical user screw-up.

During one of the exercises in futility, I decided to import the file
into MS Money, & it said I had a corrupted file. I consequently ran
VALIDATE, & it showed no corruption. I then downloaded the earliest
backup which is a Q2001 file, tried to import it into Money. The file
is not corrupted, but the version of Money I have can't convert Q2001
files. I had started creating a new 2005 file on 2/21 that had 5
accounts & 14 or 15 transactions in it. For giggles I tried importing
it, but Money said it, too, was corrupted. Again, VALIDATE can find
nothing wrong with it.

I'm sure my live file is corrupted because I can find a couple of
adjusting entries at the beginning of 2 accounts, but I can't
understand how my new file became corrupted. I don't recall any
abnormal terminations or anything.

Does anyone have any thoughts?
 
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Rick Hess

R. Cecil Eldredge said:
I recently had what I erroneously thought was a Q2005 problem that
turned out to be a typical user screw-up.

During one of the exercises in futility, I decided to import the file
into MS Money, & it said I had a corrupted file. I consequently ran
VALIDATE, & it showed no corruption. I then downloaded the earliest
backup which is a Q2001 file, tried to import it into Money. The file
is not corrupted, but the version of Money I have can't convert Q2001
files. I had started creating a new 2005 file on 2/21 that had 5
accounts & 14 or 15 transactions in it. For giggles I tried importing
it, but Money said it, too, was corrupted. Again, VALIDATE can find
nothing wrong with it.

I'm sure my live file is corrupted because I can find a couple of
adjusting entries at the beginning of 2 accounts, but I can't
understand how my new file became corrupted. I don't recall any
abnormal terminations or anything.

Does anyone have any thoughts?

MS$ can't convert a Q fileset of the same year. IOW, MS$2005 can't read any
Q fileset newer than Q2004.

Thus, MS$ would think your Q2005 fileset was corrupted since it can't
convert it.
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Rick Hess
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R. Cecil Eldredge

MS$ can't convert a Q fileset of the same year. IOW, MS$2005 can't read any
Q fileset newer than Q2004.

Thus, MS$ would think your Q2005 fileset was corrupted since it can't
convert it.
This brings up another question. When I tried to convert the
uncorrupted Q2001 file, MS$ passed it as far as corruption is
concerned but then said it couldn't convert it because it didn't
recognize the file format. Shouldn't it have done the same thing with
my new Q2005 file if it wasn't corrupted?
TANSTAAFL
 
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Rick Hess

R. Cecil Eldredge said:
This brings up another question. When I tried to convert the
uncorrupted Q2001 file, MS$ passed it as far as corruption is
concerned but then said it couldn't convert it because it didn't
recognize the file format.
What version of MS$?

Shouldn't it have done the same thing with
my new Q2005 file if it wasn't corrupted?
TANSTAAFL
MS$ cannot read a Q fileset of the same year. THERE IS NO MS$ VERSION THAT
WILL READ Q2005!!!!! I don't know how else to explain it.

Read here if you don't want to take my word for it:
http://www.microsoft.com/money/quicken.mspx


Perhaps more importantly, why do you think your Q2005 fileset is corrupted?
Hint: Your correct answer can in no way state "because MS$ can't read it";
and if you say that one more time, I'll know that the banana boat you
previously referred to is back in port.
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R. Cecil Eldredge

What version of MS$?



MS$ cannot read a Q fileset of the same year. THERE IS NO MS$ VERSION THAT
WILL READ Q2005!!!!! I don't know how else to explain it.

Read here if you don't want to take my word for it:
http://www.microsoft.com/money/quicken.mspx


Perhaps more importantly, why do you think your Q2005 fileset is corrupted?
Hint: Your correct answer can in no way state "because MS$ can't read it";
and if you say that one more time, I'll know that the banana boat you
previously referred to is back in port.
Rick,

Maybe I'm reading something into all of this that doesn't exist.

I did a VALIDATE for Q tech support a few months ago that showed
corruption in 2 of my accounts. Although I've done a couple of
VALIDATE's since that were ok, tech support still seemed to think it
was corrupted.

I know what one of the adjusting entries was for because I've found
the duplicate records, but the adjusting date was 10/0/00 which should
be an invalid date in anyone's calendar. My thought was that a date
like that had to screw up the index, but maybe Quicken doesn't really
care about what the dates are?

I think it's time to drop this whole fruitless line of pursuit. I
don't intend to convert to MS$ anyway. I'll finish typing up my
procedure to convert to XP Pro & get on with my life.

Thanks once more.


TANSTAAFL
 
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Rick Hess

R. Cecil Eldredge said:
I did a VALIDATE for Q tech support a few months ago that showed
corruption in 2 of my accounts. Although I've done a couple of
VALIDATE's since that were ok,
The Validate routine can repair the damage, and often (usually??) does.

tech support still seemed to think it
was corrupted.
Unfortunately, a common response from Intuit Tech support is "file
corruption" when they have no other answers.

They told me that years ago for a problem I was having. I don't remember
now what that problem was then, but I'm still using the same fileset years
later with tens of thousands of entries and over one hundred accounts. I'm
having no apparent problems today.

I have been so discouraged by the lack of competance of Intuit tech support,
I haven't called them in years. There are extremely knowledgeable people in
this NG who have solved all problems I have had with Q. This NG is the best
source of help I have found.

I know what one of the adjusting entries was for because I've found
the duplicate records, but the adjusting date was 10/0/00 which should
be an invalid date in anyone's calendar. My thought was that a date
like that had to screw up the index, but maybe Quicken doesn't really
care about what the dates are?

I think it's time to drop this whole fruitless line of pursuit. I
don't intend to convert to MS$ anyway. I'll finish typing up my
procedure to convert to XP Pro & get on with my life.
Are you still having problems (with Q), or do you simply have doubts about
your fileset's integrity due to the tech support's suggestion that you have
corruption?
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R. Cecil Eldredge

Are you still having problems (with Q), or do you simply have doubts about
your fileset's integrity due to the tech support's suggestion that you have
corruption?
I don't suppose I have any real doubts about the integrity of the file
because I can reports against it back to the beginning of time.

Back before I retired, I learned that the first line of defense
against quirky problems was other users. Even competitors had no
problem helping as long as it didn't compromise their doing business.
I guess that's another one of those things I let slip post-retirement.

Thanks for the help.


Cecil

TANSTAAFL
 

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