How to resolve the error "Run-time error '-2147217900(80040e14): Synax error in UPDATE statement using Access 2003?

I am developing an Access application in Access 2003 using an MDB type file.

In the following VBA code, I am getting the error:

Run time error '-2147217900(80040e14);
Syntax error UPDATE statement.
Do you know how I can resolve this error?

And I performed the following display while debugging my code:
?ssql
update tblUserSecurity1 set password= 'Martin29' WHERE recordnum='1'

recordnum is an AutoNumber Data Type field.

Private Sub Command34_Click()
    Dim strSQL As String
    Dim strSQLFull As String
    Dim ssql As String
    Dim rst As ADODB.Recordset
    Dim con As ADODB.Connection
    If Me.TxtPwd.Value = DLookup("password", "tblUserSecurity1", "[recordnum]=" & Me.Combo25.Value) Then
    Else
       MsgBox "Incorrect password!"
       Exit Sub
    End If
    If Nz(Me!Text28, "") <> Nz(Me!Text30, "") Then
       MsgBox "Passwords don't match!"
       Exit Sub
    End If
    If Nz(Me!Text28, "") = "" Then
       MsgBox "Please type in a new password!"
       Exit Sub
    End If
 
    Set con = CurrentProject.Connection
    Set rst = New ADODB.Recordset
    ssql = "update tblUserSecurity1 set password= '" & Me!Text28 & "' WHERE recordnum='" & Me!Combo25.Value & "'"
    rst.Open ssql, con
End Sub
zimmer9Asked:
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zimmer9Author Commented:
Guess the answer is the autonumber should not be in quotes
zimmer9Author Commented:
ssql = "update tblUserSecurity1 set password= '" & Me!Text28 & "' WHERE recordnum= " & Me!Combo25.Value & ""
rst.Open ssql, con

generates:

?ssql
update tblUserSecurity1 set password= 'Martin29' WHERE recordnum= 1

yet I still get the same error:
Run time error '-2147217900(80040e14);
Syntax error UPDATE statement.
zimmer9Author Commented:
However, if I place the following:

update tblUserSecurity1 set password= 'Martin29' WHERE recordnum= 1

manually in a query object, the code works. The system states:
You are about to update 1 row(s)
Once you click YES, you can't use the UNDO command to reverse the changes.
Are you sure you want to update these records.
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edtechdbaCommented:
Are you all set? If not, you may want to check out this update statement, it should work.

    ssql = "UPDATE tblUserSecurity1 SET password = '" & Me!Text28.Value & "' " & _
            "WHERE recordnum = '" & Me!Combo25.Value & "'"
IrogSintaCommented:
You're right about the recordnum not being in quotes; so you don't need the ending quotes either:
ssql = "update tblUserSecurity1 set password= '" & Me!Text28 & "' WHERE recordnum= " & Me!Combo25.Value
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    If Me.TxtPwd.Value = DLookup("password", "tblUserSecurity1", "[recordnum]=" & Me.Combo25.Value) Then
    Else
       MsgBox "Incorrect password!"
       Exit Sub
    End If

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can be shortened this way:
    If Me.TxtPwd.Value <> DLookup("password", "tblUserSecurity1", "[recordnum]=" & Me.Combo25.Value) Then
       MsgBox "Incorrect password!"
       Exit Sub
    End If

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I don't see the need for a recordset since you are not doing anything with it.  To run an Update SQL statement you need to use the Execute method.
So your whole code can be shortened to this:
    If Me.TxtPwd.Value <> DLookup("password", "tblUserSecurity1", "[recordnum]=" & Me.Combo25.Value) Then
       MsgBox "Incorrect password!"
    Else If Nz(Me!Text28, "") <> Nz(Me!Text30, "") Then
       MsgBox "Passwords don't match!"
    Else If Nz(Me!Text28, "") = "" Then
       MsgBox "Please type in a new password!"
    Else 
        Set con = CurrentProject.Connection
        ssql = "update tblUserSecurity1 set password= '" & Me!Text28 & "' WHERE recordnum= " & Me!Combo25.Value
        con.Execute ssql
    End If

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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
try placing the word "password" in brackets


ssql = "update tblUserSecurity1 set [password]= '" & Me!Text28 & "' WHERE recordnum= " & Me!Combo25.Value

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