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I have a dropdown box and three radio buttons on my webform- RadioButton A, B and C.  When radiobutton A or B is selected, then the dropdown box uses one datasource (with a default selection, so the empty string "" is not an option).  When radiobutton C is selected, I want to clear the values from the drop down box and disable it- so nothing can be selected.  

Current behavior:  The dropdown box is enabled/disabled properly, depending on which radiobutton is pressed.  When it is disabled, however, you can still view whatever choice was selected when it was enabled.  I want the dropdown box to be CLEARED and disabled... and can't figure out how to do it.

Current Technique (is there an easier way??): I am trying to accomplish this by changing the datasource of the dropdown box... but this does not appear to be workinig.  Each click of the radiobutton causes a postback to the page, so I check to see which radio button is checked and try and update the datasource of the dropdown box accordingly.  As I said before, the box itself is enabled/disabled correctly.... I just always see the previously selected text in the disabled box.  

Code below, Thanks much, Jessica

HTML Snippet-

<asp:tablerow>
   <asp:tablecell horizontalalign="right" verticalalign="Bottom" cssclass="label">Access Level</asp:tablecell>
   <asp:TableCell Width="10"></asp:TableCell>
   <asp:tablecell>
      <asp:DropDownList id="ddlAccess" Runat="server" CssClass="text_box"></asp:DropDownList>
   </asp:tablecell>
</asp:tablerow>
<asp:tablerow>
   <asp:tablecell horizontalalign="right" verticalalign="bottom" cssclass="label">Type</asp:tablecell>
   <asp:TableCell Width="10"></asp:TableCell>
   <asp:tablecell>
      <asp:RadioButton GroupName="type" Runat="server" Text="Advisor Company" ID= "rbAdvComp"></asp:RadioButton>
      &nbsp;&nbsp;
      <asp:RadioButton ID="rbRIAFirm" GroupName="type" Runat="server" Text="RIA Firm"></asp:RadioButton>
      &nbsp;&nbsp;
              <asp:RadioButton GroupName="type" Runat="server" Text="Both" ID="rbBoth"></asp:RadioButton>
   </asp:tablecell>
</asp:tablerow>


Codebehind (VB)

 Private Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
        On Error GoTo handleerr
        Dim errhandle As New clsError
        Dim db As New clsRIADB
        Dim intcount As Integer

        Dim x As FirmType
        ria_id = Request.QueryString("id")
'function that retrieves all the company information based on the id from the db
        x = db.getRIAFirm(ria_id)
   
         If Not IsPostBack Then
            'whoooole bunch of processing that I omitted here for clarity

                'Initial set of the radiobuttons, based on what is stored in the db
                If x.Type = 1 Then
                    rbRIAFirm.Checked = True
                ElseIf x.Type = 2 Then
                    rbAdvComp.Checked = True
                Else
                    rbBoth.Checked = True
                End If

        End If

'Outside the postback I check for which radiobuttons are checked and try and set the datasource of the dropdownlist accordingly.
        If rbRIAFirm.Checked Or rbBoth.Checked Then
            ddlAccess.Enabled = True
           
'function below returns dataview from database of dropdownlist options
            Dim z As DVErrType
            z = db.getAccessLevel
            ddlAccess.DataSource = z.DV
            ddlAccess.DataTextField = "access_level_desc"
            ddlAccess.DataValueField = "access_level"
            ddlAccess.DataBind()
            For intcount = 0 To (ddlAccess.Items.Count - 1)
                If UCase(ddlAccess.Items(intcount).Text) = UCase(x.AccessDesc) Then
                    ddlAccess.Items(intcount).Selected = True
                End If

            Next
        Else

'THIS IS THE PART THAT DOESN'T WORK
            ddlAccess.SelectedValue = Nothing
            ddlAccess.DataSource = Nothing
            Dim dt2 As DataTable = New DataTable
            Dim dr2 As DataRow = dt2.NewRow()
            dt2.Columns.Add(New DataColumn("access_level", GetType(String)))
            dt2.Columns.Add(New DataColumn("access_level_desc", GetType(String)))
            dr2(0) = ""
            dr2(1) = ""
            dt2.Rows.Add(dr2)

            Dim dv2 As DataView = New DataView(dt2)
            ddlAccess.DataSource = dv2
            ddlAccess.Enabled = False
        End If

        errhandle = Nothing
        db = Nothing
 End Sub
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Question by:jmamer
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David H.H.Lee earned 2000 total points
ID: 11910542
jmamer ,
>>I want the dropdown box to be CLEARED and disabled... and can't figure out how to do it.
This part :
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ddlAccess.SelectedValue = Nothing
ddlAccess.DataSource = Nothing

Change to :
ddlAccess.Items.Clear() 'clear items
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by:EBatista
ID: 11911895
just call DataBind after setting up the DataSource to nothing:
...
ddlAccess.DataSource = Nothing
ddlAccess.DataBind()
...

regards
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by:janeburton
ID: 11913488
Dim dv2 As DataView = New DataView(dt2)
ddlAccess.DataSource = dv2
ddlAccess.Enabled = False
ddlAccess.DataTextField="something"
ddlAccess.DataValueField="somthing"
ddlAccess.DataBind()
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