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BUG #: 18122 (SQLBUG_65)
A SQL statement that performs an implicit or explicit conversion from numeric constant 0.0 to data type real may fail and return the following error:
Msg 8115, Level 16, State 2 Arithmetic overflow error converting numeric to type real.
To work around this problem, use the integer constant 0 whenever assigning the value zero to a column of type real.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server version 6.5. This problem has been corrected in the Post Service Pack 5a Update for Microsoft SQL Server version 6.5. To install the Post Service Pack 5a Update, you must have either SQL Server 6.5 SP5 or SP5a installed.
For information about how to download and install the SQL Server 6.5 Service Pack 5a, refer to the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
197177 INF: How to Obtain SQL Server 6.5 Service Pack 5a
If you already have SQL Server 6.5 SP5 or SP5a installed, you can download the Post SP5a Update from the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
274036 INF: How to Obtain SQL Server 6.5 Post Service Pack 5a Update
For more information, contact your primary support provider.