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  • Invalid Precision Error HY104


    I am a DBA and have a developer using Alpha5 v10.5. He is writing to MSSQL v2005 table. We have a DEV and Production environment setup and he is carrying out exactly the same steps in both which is to insert text to a field which is defined as VARCHAR(MAX). The error he recieves is as follows in the PROD environment but not in DEV:

    Record was not inserted:
    Database API specific error [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver]Invalid precision value SQL State is: HY104

    I have attached a screenshot of the error also. I have googled many forums and understand this is the ODBC API error but I can't find a fix. It is even more fustrating as it works in DEV but not in PROD.

  • #2
    Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

    I'm getting the same error today on an nvarchar(max) SQL field. Did you ever figure this out?


    • #3
      Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

      Hi Iviowa,

      unfortunately not, the problem still exists after trawling through so many different forums I am none the wiser, if you find a solution I would appreciate you letting me know.


      • #4
        Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

        DEV and PROD have same Alpha build?
        What version number. Why use odbc if there is a native connect.


        • #5
          Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

          try to disable write conflict flag.

          Marco Kregar

          From the north of Italy, here ....


          • #6
            Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

            Both DEV and PROD are on the same (latest build). We are using native connect, but the error mentions ODBC? Disabling the write conflict flag unfortunately does not resolve the problem.

            Replying on behalf of batsy.



            • #7
              Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

              Both DEV and Prod are running the same version (2972_3566). It's not the very latest version by I tried updating the lastest (3040_3571) but still go the error. Then went back to earlier version.

              The "Check for write conflicts" is unchecked.

              I'm not using ODBC. I'm using AlphaDAO. The radio button that is checked for Data Source is: "Remote Database accessed via AlphaDAO (Alpha Data Access Object)". I don't know why the error says "ODBC".
              Last edited by iviowa; 08-05-2010, 09:59 AM. Reason: typo


              • #8
                Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

                Here is my solution for now. If anyone has a better idea, please let me know.

                If I change my connection string to SQL 2000 it works:

                I only changed the components that were getting an error saving to an nvarchar(max) field. All other components still use 2008. I tried 2005 but got the same error:

                BEWARE: This will not work if you are using ‘Date’ fields. ‘Date’ fields (date portion only – no time part) were introduced in SQL Server 2008

                Once you make the change you will need to publish the new connection string to the server. Remember to add the connection string to the “Named AlphaDAO connection strings” in your publish settings. Republish checking “All files in the project”, uncheck “Publish new or modified files only”, click “Clear Publishing History”. I also had to restart the Application Server for the connection string to be available.

                Alpha Software worked a great deal with me to try to recreate the problem but together could not recreate it. For what it's worth, my thinking is that it may be more of a Microsoft SQL driver issue than an Alpha Software issue.


                • #9
                  Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

                  I was having this same issue, and changing the server in my connection string from 2008 to 2000 fixed it, but I didn't like the fact of being limited to using data types that were 2000 compliant. Below is a description of the cause of this problem, along with a fix.

                  Using a version of 2008 tells Alpha Five that you intend to work with SQL Server 2008 or 2008R2 or above and will be using the 2008 version of the native client for SQL server. A mismatch in the client driver can cause the error you are seeing. If you haven’t already, download sqlncli.msi for X86 on each client accessing your SQL Server database.


                  Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Native Client
                  Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Native Client (SQL Server Native Client) is a single dynamic-link library (DLL) containing both the SQL OLE DB provider and SQL ODBC driver. It contains run-time support for applications using native-code APIs (ODBC, OLE DB and ADO) to connect to Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005, or 2008. SQL Server Native Client should be used to create new applications or enhance existing applications that need to take advantage of new SQL Server 2008 R2 features. This redistributable installer for SQL Server Native Client installs the client components needed during run time to take advantage of new SQL Server 2008 R2 features, and optionally installs the header files needed to develop an application that uses the SQL Server Native Client API.

                  Audience(s): Customer, Partner, Developer
                  X86 Package (sqlncli.msi)
                  X64 Package (sqlncli.msi)
                  IA64 Package (sqlncli.msi)


                  • #10
                    Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

                    The 11-30-2011 04:17 PM solution above solves the problem for the Application Server v11.


                    • #11
                      Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

                      Originally posted by lsprowls View Post
                      The 11-30-2011 04:17 PM solution above solves the problem for the Application Server v11.
                      a link would be nice.

                      I've seen you build one before, so you know how to do it..

                      Or are you referring to post #9 of this thread?

                      I'm guessing that you are on US eastern time. There are ~ 23 other time zones that show a different time for that post......
                      Last edited by Al Buchholz; 01-12-2012, 09:37 PM.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

                        Yes, the answer is to download and install a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Native Client linked in Post #9.


                        • #13
                          Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

                          It is working, make sure to install this on your sever running the alpha five server
                          Last edited by Islip; 03-01-2012, 05:24 PM.


                          • #14
                            Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

                            What about SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence? I'm getting the error when I try to update an image field.

                            Both the App and Dev are same version. I can insert the image when running the preview from the Dev, but once published, it doesn't work.
                            Last edited by dfricke10; 12-20-2012, 04:50 PM.


                            • #15
                              Re: Invalid Precision Error HY104

                              Nevermind. Got it. Since upgrading to SQL 2012, I never changed the connection string to 2012 instead of 2008. I also installed the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Native Client from here before doing that, so I really don't know which one fixed it. But it works now.