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No Connection to User DB...Data source name not found

Last Updated: Jan 02, 2015 01:58PM MST
My Reading Coach (MRC) is a server based program that was launched in 1998 and will have its life cycle ended in 2015. MindPlay has discontinued selling MRC and Technical support for MRC will end December 31, 2015.  You may continue to use the MRC product, but technical support, lost disks, reimaged computers, lost licenses, etc. will no longer be supported.  For information about the new cloud-based version, MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC), launched in 2012, is available at www.mindplay.com .  Thank you.

"No connection to user DB...Data source name not found..."

Applicable Versions and Operating Systems 

This Article applies to the following Program Versions and Operating Systems:

My Reading Coach Platinum (1.x)
My Reading Coach Gold (1.x, 2.x, 3.x)
RAPS (1.0, 3.x)
Operating Systems
Windows Millennium, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7


When the program launches, instead of asking to select the class or school, a message comes up saying "No connection to User DB.  [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified".

Unless the error includes "Data source name not found", then this is article does not apply to the issue you are experiencing.  Please check for other articles that contain the error you are getting.


Missing ODBC driver

The ODBC driver for MySQL is not installed. 


Missing ODBC driver

The driver that lets Windows talk to a MySQL database server was not installed on the workstation.  This can be fixed by following the steps below.

1. Log in to the workstation as a Power User or Administrator.
2. Insert the program's Setup CD.
3. Cancel the install if it comes up.
4. Open My Computer.
5. Right-click on the CD drive and select "Open" from the menu that appears.
6. Double-click on the Installs folder.
7. Double-click on the Sql folder.
8. Double-click on the MySQL folder.

Depending on the version of My Reading Coach you have, there will be a file named either "MyODBC" or "mysql-connector-odbc-3.51.12-win32-Setup".  Double-click on that file.

Run through that installation, accepting all the default values.

Once that install is finished, try running the program on that workstation.

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