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How do you add xy data to a DEM Raster in ArcGIS 10.1?

I have done this before, and it has worked just fine. However, when I recently tried adding a MS Access database which has lat/lon coordinates for 10 sites, it did not work (I am currently using Microsoft Office 2013, I am not sure whether this has anything to do with it but when it worked before I was using Microsoft office 2010). I have tried many ways, for instance:

1) Saving the Access table as a .mdb and then on ArcCatalog making the OLE DB connection using Microsoft Jet 4.0. OlE Provider. Apparently the connection was a 'success, so I proceeded to create a feature class 'from XY' Table. When I add this to the DEM raster in ArcMap, it does not display the site locations.

2) I have also tried saving the Access table as a .accdb, then adding the database connection using 'Microsoft Office 12.00 Access Database Engine'. I typed in the correct pathway and when I click on 'Test Connection' the program crashes.

3) Finally I have tried adding xy data in ArcMap, but encounter the same problems - either it doesn't display or the program automatically shuts down.

If anyone can please let me know whether I am missing a crucial step or something is actually wrong with the software, or whether there is anything else I can do, it would be greatly appreciated!

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That isn't an error report, just a message saying "ArcMap has crashed" :) –  Martin Nov 26 '13 at 9:11
    
is there anything else I can do? sometimes there is a message saying something like 'you don't have permission to create database connection' which doesn't make sense given that I have done this before. –  user19622 Nov 26 '13 at 9:19
    
What do you mean by "add xy data to a DEM Raster in ArcGIS 10.1"? Are you simply trying to display a point layer (from an MS Access database table with lat/long values) on top of a raster layer (the DEM)? –  PolyGeo Nov 26 '13 at 10:20
    
Yes, that's what I am trying to do. If you could provide some advice it would be massively appreciated! –  user19622 Nov 26 '13 at 13:06
    
Are the field names of your database "arc-friendly" (no blancs, special characters, less than 8 characters, no numbers at beginning). Did you try exporting to .dbf and import that? –  G-wizard Nov 26 '13 at 15:47

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