read access without locking dbase

i havw excel a vba macro that reads records in an access database table on a network drive.  I only have read only access to the network, however if my excel vba macro is reading the access table, and the owner of that access table is trying to read or write to his tables, he is locked out because i'm accessing it. So, even though i only have read only access to his tables, i still lock him out.  is there a way i around this so that i can read his tables at anytime without locking him out?  i tried reading the records from an access query instead of directly from his tables, but this did not help.

im looking for a vba solution.  thanks.
jtenchaAsked:
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Rory ArchibaldCommented:
You could start by posting the code you are using... ;)
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Jerry PaladinoCommented:
Couple of suggestions depending on how you are attached to the Access db.

If you are using a QueryTable (Data / Get External Data / From Access...) then open the Connection Properties dialog and change the Mode value in the connection string from "Share Deny Write" to "Read".   That may solve the situation.   See screen capture below.

If you are making the connection to Access with ADO inside VBA then again change the Mode setting.   Before you make the connection add...   cn.Mode = adModeRead         (cn being whatever your connection variable is)

Microsoft reference to this property...

Mode Property (ADO)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms676693%28v=vs.85%29.aspx 

ConnectModeEnum
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms675792(v=vs.85).aspx
Connection Properties Dialog
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