Yes I did try that but it was not retrieving the database value, there must be then something else wrong somewhere. The funny thing about this is that I created these pages 3 times from scratch to avoid and errors, but somehow it must be somewhere, it even made me think that the plug in had a bug on it. Or perhaps it has some incompatability with Dreamweaver CS3 (it´s what I have).
I´ll try again and see what happens.
thanks for the input. really appreciated it.