CMS Contributions - "Unable To Update File" Error Message When Posting Attendance

PROBLEM: After entering attendance and clicking OK to post, an error message displays stating "Unable to Update File".

SOLUTION: From CMS for Windows, click File | Utilities | CMS Table Repair.

On the Table Repair Utility Screen, click Browse in the upper right corner. Find the table ATDETAIL.DB and click Open.

Jot down the Number of Records, located about half way down the left side of the screen. You'll need that number in a few seconds.

Click the Verify Button at the bottom of the screen. It will come back with either "Table and Header Verify Okay" or "Table Requires a Rebuild". Jot down this message and click OK.

Click the Rebuild Button at the bottom of the screen. When complete, it will come back with a Number of Records Successfully Recovered. That number should match the number you jotted down previously. Click OK | OK.

Repeat these steps with the following tables:


Now with the last table, at the bottom of the Browse button, you'll see Alias : WORK. Click the little down arrow next to WORK and choose PRIV. Now find the table ATENTER.DB and continue with the steps to rebuild it. 

Click Close when complete.

From your CMS Attendance System Main Menu, click Enter Attendance.

Click the down arrow at Attendance Date and select the oldest date displayed.  Click OK.

This will post any Attendance information previously entered but unposted due to errors.

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