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Microsoft KB Archive/170740

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Article ID: 170740

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q170740


When you run a macro that returns data to Microsoft Excel, the following error message appears:

This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. If the problem persists contact the program vendor.

If you click Details, an error message similar to the following appears:

EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module EXCEL.EXE at 0137:30035ffa.

If you click Close, Microsoft Excel closes.


This problem occurs when you do the following:

  • You click (activate) an embedded chart in the worksheet. -and-

  • You run a macro that uses the SqlRetrieve function.


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To work around this problem, deselect the chart by clicking a cell on the worksheet before you run the macro. To do this programmatically, add the following statement on a line before the SqlRetrieve command:


NOTE: the range you select can be any cell on the worksheet.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Excel 97 for Windows. This problem was corrected in Microsoft Excel 97 for Windows, Service Release 1.


The SqlRetrieve function is available as part of the Xlodbc.xla ODBC add-in included with Microsoft Excel. The ODBC functions allow you to connect to external data sources directly.

For additional information about the Xlodbc.xla add-in, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

124218 XL: Macro Examples Using XLODBC Functions


For more information about the SqlRetrieve function, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel Visual Basic Help, type the following text


and then double-click the selected text to go to the "SqlRetrieve Function" topic.

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