format() function gives #name on report

I have 20 pc's using my Access 2005 application. Just one of these pc's has a problem that when the user previews a report which uses the format() function, she gets #Name instead of the correct value.

I seem to remember seeing this years ago and it turned out to be a .dll with the wrong version, but I can't remember anything more. Can someone point me in the right direction please?
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Randy PooleCommented:
Have you attempted to set the default printer to something else and still see if it happens?
TownTalkAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply. I tried a different default printer and got the same result. Last time this happened I had to paste in a .dll from another pc. I can't remember which .dll though.
Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
You most likely have a missing reference issue on that machine.
Go to (in code) menu Tools, References and check out or correct any reference labelled MISSING.

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TownTalkAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply Gustav. My users are using .ACCDE files in runtime Access. They cannot get into that screen.
Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
Then create a small test app with the same references and run that as an accdb on the machine in question.


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TownTalkAuthor Commented:
Hmmm..... i just copied my master .accdb file onto that pc and it wouldn't open at all. It faulted in my opening procedure, but because it's only runtime access it wouldn't show me the module window.

It's the end of the day here, and i'm not in the office tomorrow. So i'm going to pick this up on Friday. Thanks for your help so far.

TownTalkAuthor Commented:
Because the machine is question is running Access Runtime, there is no possibility to bring up a code window or to look for missing references. So for a quiet life, I wrote myself a function which mimics what I need the format() function to do. So now my problem is fixed. I accepted your answer in order to close down this thread. Thanks for your input.

Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
You could try running this code:
Public Function VerifyReferences(ByVal booErrorDisplay As Boolean) As Boolean

' Verify Access' external references and re-establish these if possible.
' Uses function IsBroken97().
' 2001-07-29. Cactus Data ApS, CPH.
' 2003-07-23.
'   Changes:
'   Added call to DoCmd.Echo True to allow for display of MsgBox.
'   Removed call to SysCmd() compilation which did not work.
  Dim refA                    As Access.Reference
  Dim refX                    As Access.Reference
  Dim strRefFullPath          As String
  Dim booNotBuiltInRefExists  As Boolean
  Dim booIsBroken             As Boolean
  Dim booRefIsMissing         As Boolean
  Dim strMsgTitle             As String
  Dim strMsgPrompt            As String
  Dim strMsgHeader            As String
  Dim strMsgFooter            As String
  Dim lngMsgStyle             As Long
  Dim strCrLf                 As String
  ' No special error handling.
  On Error Resume Next
  ' User oriented error message.
  strMsgTitle = "Missing support file"
  strMsgHeader = "One or more supporting files are missing:" & vbCrLf
  strMsgFooter = vbCrLf & vbCrLf & "Report this to IT support." & vbCrLf
  strMsgFooter = strMsgFooter & "Program execution cannot continue."
  lngMsgStyle = vbCritical + vbOKOnly
  ' Look for the first reference in the database other than
  ' the built in "Access" and "Visual Basic for Applications".
  For Each refA In Access.Application.References
    If refA.BuiltIn = False Then
      ' At least one not built in reference is in use.
      booNotBuiltInRefExists = True
      ' Check if the reference is not broken.
      If IsBroken97(refA) = False Then
        ' The first not missing not built in reference is found.
        Set refX = refA
        Exit For
      End If
    End If
  If booNotBuiltInRefExists = False Then
    ' Only built in references are in use.
    ' Nothing more to do.
    If refX Is Nothing Then
      ' All not built in references are missing.
      ' Don't remove missing references as there is no way to
      ' re-establish a reference if its identity is lost.
      ' Remove this not built in reference and add it back to
      ' force Access to revalidate all references.
      ' This may or may not rebuild links to missing references.
      With Access.Application.References
        strRefFullPath = refX.FullPath
        .Remove refX
        .AddFromFile strRefFullPath
      End With
      Set refX = Nothing
    End If
    ' Check references if any should be missing.
    ' If so, no attempt to read a reference is done as it most likely
    ' either is not installed or has been moved to an unknown directory.
    For Each refA In Access.Application.References
      booIsBroken = IsBroken97(refA)
      If booIsBroken = True Then
        ' Build list of missing files.
        strMsgPrompt = strMsgPrompt & vbCrLf & refA.FullPath
      End If
      booRefIsMissing = booRefIsMissing Or booIsBroken
    ' If any reference is broken, display error message if requested.
    If booRefIsMissing = True And booErrorDisplay = True Then
      strMsgPrompt = strMsgHeader & strMsgPrompt & strMsgFooter
      Access.DoCmd.Echo True
      VBA.MsgBox strMsgPrompt, lngMsgStyle, strMsgTitle
    End If
  End If
  Set refA = Nothing
  ' If References have been updated, the application is left decompiled.
  ' Run command in AutoExec macro to compile and save all modules.
  VerifyReferences = Not booRefIsMissing

End Function

Public Function IsBroken97(ByVal ref As Access.Reference) As Boolean

' Alternative method to check if a reference is broken
' as the IsBroken property cannot be used in Access97.
' 2000-03-19. Gustav Brock. Cactus Data ApS.

' Refer to this article at Microsoft Technet:
' Article ID: Q186720
' The information in this article applies to:
' Microsoft Access 97
' In Microsoft Access, IsBroken is a property of the References collection.
' The Microsoft Access Help topic on the Isbroken property states the following:
' The IsBroken property returns a Boolean value indicating whether a
' Reference object points to a valid reference in the Windows Registry.
' Although this statement is correct, to receive this Boolean value
' you must trap for errors that are generated by the broken reference.
' Also, the IsBroken property becomes True only when the file being referenced
' is deleted and the Microsoft Windows Recycle Bin is emptied.
' This article details the steps necessary to receive the Boolean value.

  Dim booRefOK As Boolean
  On Error GoTo Err_IsBroken97
  If Len(Dir(ref.FullPath, vbNormal)) > 0 Then
    booRefOK = Not ref.IsBroken
  End If

  IsBroken97 = Not booRefOK
  Exit Function

  ' Ignore non existing servers, drives, and paths.
  Resume Exit_IsBroken97
End Function

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