ACCESS FORM stopped allowing edit to a field

I have inherited an application with a form that populates a field with a value that is meant to be edited ("Unspecified Medicine").  After editing the form allows the underlying database to be updated.  All data is from linked SQL server db.  This always worked without a problem but has stopped allowing the value to be erased and entered.  There is an old MDE around that in fact still works.

What could have changed?
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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
When did the database stop allowing edits?

After you did this:
After editing the form allows the underlying database to be updated.

Make sure that you did not inadvertently set the properties incorrectly...
A typical form will have its properties set like so:
 Edits on a form
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
...for a basic form control, the properties should be like this:
Control Properties
tim44202Author Commented:
All of those properties were set as you indicated.

In addition to the inability to enter text, I cannot select an item from the pull down list.
On the list if one clicks an entry there is an audible error tone .
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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
Please double check that the "Allow Edits" property is set to "YES"

If you set this property to NO, will exhibit the symptoms you are reporting...
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:

Is this behavior for this one control on this one form...

Or is this for all controls on all forms...?

To be sure, the compact/repair utility..., then retest

if problem still persists, create a blank new db and import all the objects

If the problem still persists, ...then you can post a sample database that exhibits this issue.

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tim44202Author Commented:
Just this form.

I have already run compact and repair.
tim44202Author Commented:
I will try your method of creating a blank DB and Importing all objects.
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
Also make a quick and dirty new version of the form (using the form wizard).
(Do not make a copy of the existing form, ...create a new form based on the same recordsource)
See if the controls on this new form work as expected.
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