Mod_rewrite won't work in .htaccess


Is there anybody that can help me out? I have a Databased website and its working with PEAR for the database.

Now I try to get friendly Url’s but it won’t work with .htaccess
Mod_rewirte should work because other websites on the same server are using it.

Now I was thinking is it possible the PEAR folder contains also a folder cake–renamed By praveen/scripts/templates/skel/.htaccess

That this file blocks my .htaccess ?

RewriteEngine on RewriteRule ^$ webroot/ [L] RewriteRule (.*) webroot/$1 [L]

Any other suggestions are always more as welcome.

.htaccess in root:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule user-section-(.)-artistId-(.).html$$1&artistId=$2

Kind regards

Eno Mertens