Excel .xls ActiveSync: "Error converting file" "Unknown error 8000abcd"- solved

Discussion in 'ActiveSync' started by Philip Herlihy, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. An important spreadsheet started failing synchronisation today:

    Error Converting File
    Cannot convert file '[filename]'
    Unknown error 8000abcd.

    A web search brought up only three similar incidents, and noone had
    answers. Gloom.

    I remembered that I had added a comment to a cell for the first time (in
    that workbook), and removed it. Bingo - error gone. Presented for your
    Googling pleasure...

    Excel 2003 SP3, with ActiveSync 4.5.0.

    Phil, London
    Philip Herlihy, Nov 23, 2007
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  2. I had an identical error message, but different cause.

    In Excel, I had turned on Data > Autofilter. This was enough to choke the
    conversion. After turning it off, everything was working again.
    Edward F Eaglehouse, Dec 15, 2007
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