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I encountered the error while opening Linked Table Manger. Go to the KB article 319844 for various solutions from Microsoft. The first option resolved the issue. In XP Pro the DOA DLL is on the path listed on the article. Hope it works for you.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319844