as requestd by dave l, here is the relevant code. Please be gentle if I&#039;m barking up the worng tree, I&#039;m relatively new to this stuff.<BR><BR>MM_newsdsn_STRING = "ODBC;database=server.mappath(/database/news.mdb);dsn=newsdsn;"<BR><BR>Have also tried:<BR><BR>MM_newsdsn_STRING = "ODBC;database=/database/news.mdb;dsn=newsdsn;"<BR>This format has worked for me the one time I have used it in the past, thats why I&#039;m confused about why its not working.<BR><BR>Cheers<BR><BR>David<BR><BR>