Access VBA "Runtime error 3188 - Could not update; currently locked by another session on this machine" when updating memo field

BigRods

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Hi,

I'm getting the above error when amending a record on a text box on a form that links to a Memo field.
I mention this because this error has just started occurring on one record, and the text in the memo field exceeds 2k characters - looking at other internet searches, other people have had this problem so I thought it might be the same issue.

Is there a way around this would anyone please be able to help? The controls on the form aren't bound, and the form itself is only bound to a recordset via code upon Form_Load.

This is my code - error occurs on this line:
Code:
DoCmd.RunSQL (strSQL)
many thanks to anyone who can assist!
Code:
Select Case cmbDeathType.Value
Case "Natural Causes"
 .....
Case Else
    strSQL = "UPDATE tbl_Death SET Death_Name = " & Chr(34) & Me.txtName & Chr(34) & ", Death_Age = " & Me.txtAge & "," & _
    "Death_Gender = '" & Me.cmbGender & "'," & _
    "Death_Ethnicity = '" & Me.cmbEthnicity & "'," & _
    "death_date = #" & Format((Me.txtDateDeath), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," & _
    "Type_Death_No = " & intdeathtypeid & "," & _
    "death_level = '" & Me.cmbDeathLevel & "'," & _
    "Date_Notified = #" & Format((Me.txtDateNotify), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," & _
    "Death_Cause = '" & Me.txtDeathCause & "'," & _
    "Equivalent_Care_With_Community = " & chkCareCommunity & "," & _
    "Date_Notes_Due = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "2"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," & _
    "Date_Chronology_Due_To_CR = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "10"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," & _
    "Date_Report_Due_From_CR = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "39"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," & _
    "Date_Report_Due_To_QA_Panel = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "40"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," & _
    "Date_Report_Due_From_QA_Panel = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "50"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," & _
    "Date_Comments_Due_Back_From_CR = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "54"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," & _
    "Date_Report_Due_To_Commissioner = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "55"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," & _
    "Date_Report_Due_To_PPO = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "60"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "# WHERE tbl_Death.Death_ID = " & Me.txtDeathID & ""
End Select

DoCmd.SetWarnings False
DoCmd.RunSQL (strSQL)
DoCmd.SetWarnings True
Forms![frmmain]![NavigationSubform].Requery
 

mole999

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too many of these
& _

can cause issues, one work around is to remove them and let the text wrap behave as normal

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</xml><![endif]--> strSQL = "UPDATE tbl_Death SET Death_Name = " & Chr(34) & Me.txtName & Chr(34) & ", Death_Age = " & Me.txtAge & "," "Death_Gender = '" & Me.cmbGender & "'," "Death_Ethnicity = '" & Me.cmbEthnicity & "'," "death_date = #" & Format((Me.txtDateDeath), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," & _ "Type_Death_No = " & intdeathtypeid & "," "death_level = '" & Me.cmbDeathLevel & "'," & _ "Date_Notified = #" & Format((Me.txtDateNotify), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," "Death_Cause = '" & Me.txtDeathCause & "'," "Equivalent_Care_With_Community = " & chkCareCommunity & "," "Date_Notes_Due = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "2"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," "Date_Chronology_Due_To_CR = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "10"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," & _ "Date_Report_Due_From_CR = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "39"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," "Date_Report_Due_To_QA_Panel = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "40"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," "Date_Report_Due_From_QA_Panel = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "50"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," "Date_Comments_Due_Back_From_CR = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "54"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," & _ "Date_Report_Due_To_Commissioner = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "55"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "#," "Date_Report_Due_To_PPO = #" & Format(addduedate(Me.txtDateDeath, "60"), "mm/dd/yyyy") & "# WHERE tbl_Death.Death_ID = " & Me.txtDeathID & ""

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Micron

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What does the memo field contain that makes it 2k+ characters? It should not be a series of comments that are appended. Neither the vba sql statement or the number of characters you say are in the field should be a problem (64,000 and 32,000) as long as the memo field isn't formatted to Rich Text. It's been reported elsewhere that the limit for an rtf memo field is around 2k.

Allowing the lines to wrap in a query sql statement is fine (query sql view), but you can't do that in vba.
 

BigRods

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Thanks guys for the responses

Mole999 - I've removed the "& _" and put the sql query string on two lines (It wouldn't fit on one line in the VBA editor), but getting the same error.

Micron - Sorry, not sure what you mean by "It should not be a series of comments that are appended" ? The field is used as a comments box, so comments are added one after the other - but all other records are fine, it's just on one particular record. I put these comments into Excel and the length of the field was 2048 characters so thought this was more than a coincidence! The memo field is formatted as text.
 
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Micron

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I mean if comments are made day after day, a better way would be to have a comments table with a comments field and another field to link the comments to whatever. This is more normalized as the comments are in rows rather than repeated edits of one field. Memo fields tend to introduce problems that can be avoided by keeping multiple edits in one field. If you're only having this problem on one field, suggest you grab the comments, past into NotePad and remove them from the table field. Put them back in chunks test as you go. You might find the point where the issue arises. You might find that Notepad strips off hidden characters and the issue is gone when all the text is back.

When you say the field is formatted as text, you mean in the table I hope, not the control on the form.
 

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