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    It's been a long time since I have been on the board. I have completely
    retired, except for maintaining our medical billing system - which brings
    me to the question.

    Some time ago, because of my precarious health, my wife convinced me
    that we needed to purchase a billing program from someone else. Ok, I said. So we did. BUMMER !!

    After we got it, discovered that it was using (shudder) an ACCESS database.
    We have developed a subset of our own billing system for the doctors office's
    for inquiry purposes only.

    I have had no previous experience with SQL or ADO. I read enough to try AlphaADO
    to create passive files in Alpha, from the ACESS .mdb files. I used our smalles
    doctor files as a test. Worked great, except it took a terribly long time, over 2hours. At that rate, our largest doctor would take overnight.

    This was done on my DELL E527 with 2gb of memory, which has seemed to me to be
    pretty fast.

    I then duplicated what I had done on a 2nd machine, an older Dell 2350, with only
    512mb of memory. It ran the same file in a little over 2 minutes.

    I have checked every thing I can think of, reinstalled V9, upgraded to SQL server 2008, and I have had no speed up at all. If anyone can think of anything I should
    look for, I would appreciate it.

    Last edited by Lowell; 10-19-2009, 07:29 PM. Reason: (oops -hit wrong key)

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    Re: Questions about ADO

    Well, there all the obvious Windows clean up jobs-

    minimize programs running in the background (check Task Manager\services or run msconfig.exe in the Start\run box to see what's running).
    run windows disk cleanup tool
    defrag if it's an issue
    make sure your virtual memory is set to about 3 times physical ram.

    I found on my older computer that McAfee AV slowed it to a crawl so I went back to Norton. Just a thought.

    You didn't say what operating system you're using.