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Microsoft KB Archive/172356

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Article ID: 172356

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172356


In Microsoft Excel 97, when you open a workbook, you may receive the following error message:

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

If you click Details, you receive an error message similar to either of the following:

EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module EXCEL.EXE at 0137:3019b403.


EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module KERNEL32.DLL at 0137:bff9a5d0.


This problem may occur if the following conditions are true:

  • In Microsoft Excel 97, you run a Visual Basic for Applications macro that uses Data Access Objects (DAO) to add, remove, or modify records in a list in the workbook. -and-

  • One or more of the worksheets in the workbook contains a formula that refers to any of the following functions included in the Microsoft Excel Analysis ToolPak:

          BESSELI      GCD           OCT2BIN
          BESSELJ      GESTEP        OCT2DEC
          BESSELK      HEX2BIN       OCT2HEX
          BESSELY      HEX2DEC       ODDFPRICE
          BIN2DEC      HEX2OCT       ODDFYIELD
          BIN2HEX      IMABS         ODDLPRICE
          COUPDAYS     IMCOS         PRICEMAT
          COUPDAYBS    IMDIV         QUOTIENT
          COUPNCD      IMLN          RECEIVED
          COUPNUM      IMLOG10       SERIESSUM
          COUPPCD      IMLOG2        SQRTPI
          CUMIPMT      IMPOWER       TBILLEQ
          DEC2BIN      IMREAL        TBILLYIELD
          DEC2HEX      IMSIN         WEEKNUM
          DEC2OCT      IMSQRT        WORKDAY
          DELTA        IMSUB         XIRR
          DISC         IMSUM         XNPV
          DOLLARFR     ISEVEN        YIELD
          DURATION     ISODD         YIELDDISC
          EDATE        ISSHARED      YIELDMAT
          EFFECT       LCM
          EOMONTH      MDURATION


If this problem occurs, you cannot open the workbook. You may be able to recover data contained within the workbook if you follow the steps shown in the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

142117 Excel: Summary of Methods to Recover Data from Corrupted Files

147216 XL: Linking to Data in a Damaged File (5.0 and Later)

To prevent this problem, do not use Data Access Objects to add or modify records in a Microsoft Excel 97 workbook if the workbook contains formulas that refer to functions in the Analysis ToolPak.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. This problem no longer occurs in Microsoft Excel 2000.


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In Microsoft Excel 97, you can use Data Access Objects in a Visual Basic for Applications macro to add, remove, or modify records in a database. If the database is in a Microsoft Excel 97 workbook, you can add a record to the list in the workbook by using a macro similar to the following sample code:

   Sub AddRecordToTest()

       ' IMPORTANT: Create a reference to "Microsoft DAO 3.5 Object
       ' Library" before you attempt to run this macro. To reference the
       ' library, click References on the Tools menu, click the check box
       ' for the library and click OK.

       ' Dimension variables for use by DAO.
       Dim Db As Database
       Dim Rs As Recordset

       ' Open the database in Test.xls.
       Set Db = OpenDatabase("C:\My Documents\Test.xls", _
           False, False, "Excel 8.0;")

       ' Open the list in Sheet1 of Test.xls. The list starts in cell A1.

       ' These commands select the last record in the list, add a new
       ' record, set the value in the first column of the list, and update
       ' the list.
       Rs.Fields(0).Value = 1

       ' Close the list and database.

   End Sub

If you run this macro, a new record containing the value 1 is added to the list in Sheet1 of Test.xls. However, if Test.xls contains a formula that refers to a function included in the Analysis ToolPak, you cannot open Test.xls after running this macro.

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