Microsoft KB Archive/172101

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Article ID: 172101

Article Last Modified on 6/28/2004


  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Professional Edition
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  • Microsoft Visual Basic 4.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 4.0 32-Bit Enterprise Edition

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Deleting the data from a text box bound to certain data types, such as an integer or date, causes Error 3421:

"Data Type Conversion Error."

NOTE: If you are using a dbGrid, it's Error Method will produce Error 16389.


This is designed behavior of DAO. The data control is sending a NULL string to DAO and DAO attempts to coerce it to a number and fails. This is not a problem with the Data Control: The same behavior can be observed without the use of a Data Control, using only code. For example:

   Set db = OpenDatabase("nwind.mdb", False, False)
   Set rs = db.OpenRecordset("select shipvia from orders", dbOpenDynaset)
   rs(0) = ""


Use the following code in the Data Controls Validate method to allow the edit to occur as expected by user:

   Private Sub Data1_Validate(Action As Integer, Save As Integer)
      If Text1.DataChanged Then
         Text1.DataChanged = False 'So this data is not saved
         Data1.UpdateRecord  ' This saves the data that
                             ' may have changed in the other controls

         ' Now clear the numeric field
         Data1.Recordset![Year Born] = Null
     End If
   End Sub


This behavior is by design.


Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. Place a data control and a textbox on a form.
  2. Bind the textbox to an integer column of a table.
  3. Delete the data from the text box.
  4. Move off the record. Note that you get the "data type conversion error in the error event of the data control. This happens with Jet 3.5, 3.0, or 2.5, but does not happen in 16-bit Visual Basic.

Additional query words: kbVBp500 kbVBp600 kbVBp kbdse kbDSupport kbVBp400 kbVS97

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