Subject Old... very old... Delphi and components problem!
Author plinehan
Hi all,

For various reasons, my company uses Delphi 3 for some of
its work. I would like to use FB embedded with this.

I downloaded components from here

because it's the only place that still has code
that supports D3.

The problem is that when I delete IB 6.0/FB 1.53 from the
machine and delete gds32.dll from the system 32 directory,
these components disappear off the palette because "the
application has failed to start because gds32.dll was not
found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem".

Can't load package C:\Program Files\FIB\FreeIBComponents\
FIBComponents.dpl. The specified module could not be

I have gone through the source and found this
in line 23 of IBase.pas
DSQL_drop = 2;
IBASE_DLL = 'gds32.dll';

The only place where I can see that the string 'gds32.dll'
occurs in the source for the components.

What I want to know is how do I get the components to
load without putting gds32.dll in the system directory.
I want to be able to write a stand alone embedded app
with no dependencies on the sytem32 directory.

Do I have to develop with Firebird running and its
gds32.dll in the system directory, and then place the
gds32.dll in the exe directory when I want to run it
standalone? I have changed the source in IBase.pas
to 'fbembed.dll' and it works fine, just so long as
this file is in the system32 directory.

Any help, tips, info, URLs and/or suggestions apprectiated.