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1064 error on query with subquery

I'm using MySQL version 4.0.18-nt and php-myadmin with version 4.3.4. I have a query with a subquery:
select num from request
where num in (select max(num) from request group by num2)
I get the #1064 error ("You have an error in your SQL syntax"), and I don't know why. According to the documentation, my syntax is correct. Any thoughts?
Subqueries are only available from MySQL 4.1 and higher. You will need to upgrade.

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