This is a function I made which covers my needs.  May be of some help for 
you.  This is a "select" box but I'm sure you can modify it for a combo box.

$form_fiel_name is the name you want the box to have in your web form.
$table is the table from you want to retrieve the information
$field is the specific field from the table
$kind could be simple or multiple

function show_list_field($form_field_name, $table, $field, $kind)
        $list_result = "";
        $list_result .= "<select name=\"".$form_field_name."[]\" size=\"5
\" ".$kind.">";
        $query = "select $field from $table";
        $result = mysql_query($query) or die($mysql_error());
        while($row = mysql_fetch_array($result))
                $list_result .= "<option value=\"$row[$field]
        $list_result .= "</select>";
        return $list_result;

Hope it helps
                         Wilmar Pérez
                     Network Administrator
                       Library System
                      Tel: ++57(4)2105145
                    University of Antioquia
                       Medellín - Colombia

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