This operation cannot be completed because of dialog or database engine failures.

September 21st, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

And now!  It's time to play..."Guess what the error message means!"

Ladies and gentlemen...the error of the night IS: "This operation cannot be completed because of database engine failures.  Please try again later."  This error occurs in Microsoft Publisher when attempting to create a Mail Merge using a CSV file.

Does it mean...

a) Your CSV file was deleted.
b) Your CSV file is corrupted.
c) Your CSV file has a stupid period in the file name.

If you answered C (Your CSV file has a stupid period in the file name) YOU WERE CORRECT!  Unfortunately, all you win is a lifetime of being the only person in your office who can troubleshoot incoherent error messages.
  1. A
    January 8th, 2009 at 16:14 | #1

    hey mango
    i think you are great

  2. January 8th, 2009 at 16:32 | #2

    Why thank you 🙂 And what brought this on?

    And, er, how did you find me here?  Did I mess up and send an email from my other account again?

    Right back at ya,
    Mango 🙂

  3. A
    January 8th, 2009 at 16:46 | #3

    I just came across the fruits of your labour when trying to google how to fix that publisher problem when I was getting that error message? I recognized the from your email account. Pretty funny that in trying to avoid emailing you, YOU STILL END UP ANSWERING MY QUESTION!

    That just cracks me up!

  4. January 8th, 2009 at 16:57 | #4

    That's awesome.  lmao.

    Well, I'm very glad this website was useful 🙂

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