Program can not find IDAPI32.DLL at startup
IDAPI32.DLL is a dynamic link library for the
Borland Database Engine. ChemPoint and ChemStat both use the Borland
database engine (BDE). When you install the programs, the BDE is
installed as well. Normally, the BDE is installed in C:\BDE
on your local drive. However, if you have previously installed
another application that requires the BDE, it may already exist on your
computer in some other location.
When ChemStat or ChemPoint is installed, the
installation program adds the path for the BDE to your system path
variables. However, in some program installations, this path setting
can fail, or the user may fail to perform the necessary steps to complete
When you try to start ChemPoint, you get a
message that the program can not find the IDAPI32.DLL file.
1. Reboot your computer after
installation. This is always required, and will fix the vast
majority of the problems. If you continue to get the error message,
then proceed with the following steps.
2. Make sure the file IDAPI32.DLL
exists on your system. From the Windows Start button, select Find
| Files or Folders. Locate the file IDAPI32.DLL. Make not
of the folder containing the file.
3. Make sure that your system path
variable contains the folder with IDAPI32.DLL. To do this, open a
DOS command prompt, and type "path" (no quotes) and press Enter.
The contents of your system path variable will be displayed.
||Checking your system path variable from
the DOS prompt. Click on image to view full size.
For Windows 95/98/ME
4. If the path does not contain the BDE folder,
then you will need to add it to your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. From the
Windows Start button, select Run and type in sysedit.
The front Window will be your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. If the folder
containing your IDAPI32.DLL file is 8 characters or less, add the line:
where C:\BDE is the folder
containing your IDAPI32.DLL file. Be sure to enter the folder on
YOUR system if it is different than C:\BDE.
If the folder containing IDAPI32.DLL is greater then 8
characters, you must enclose the folder name in double quotes. Add
the following line:
5. Save the changes to your AUTOEXEC.BAT file, and
restart your computer.
||Editing the AUTOEXEC.BAT file in the
SYSEDIT program. Click on image to view full size.
For Windows NT/2000
4. Edit the path by going to the Control Panel,
Clicking on the System icon, select the Advanced tab, and
click on the Environment Variables tab.
5. Select the Path system variable and
click the Edit button.
||Setting the Path variable in Windows
2000. Click on image to view full size.
6. Add a semi-colon to the end of the path list,
and then add the BDE folder to the path.
7. Click OK to save changes, and then
restart your computer.
If These Steps Fail:
The only thing preventing the application from finding
the IDAPI32.DLL file is the path variable. If these steps fail, then
you are not setting the path variable correctly, or possibly, your system
is not accepting the changes, or it is not processing the AUTOEXEC.BAT
1. Repeat the steps making sure the paths are
2. Uninstall ChemPoint and Reinstall.