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BDE Tipps and Tricks

On this page you will find all known problems related with BDE database engine.

BDE Error 2501

Error message: Exception EDBEngineError in module Prdncsrv.exe at "00205166" An error occurred while attempting to initialize the Borland Database Engine (error $2501)

Original Error message $2501

Possible cause: When this error occurs it is possible you don't have enough space available.


  • Control Panel > Open BDE Administrator
  • At the left tabs select the configuration tab
  • Here select the subitem System > INIT
  • In the right view, increase the SHAREDMEMSIZE value from 2048 to 4096.
  • Confirm the change with ENTER. For safety, click with the mouse in another field to force the PDC administrator to recognize the change.
  • When you close the BDA Administrator, you will be prompted to accept the changes. Confirm this with Yes.