Thank you for such a quick reply!
I've ditched Notepad, deleted the old files, and re-written them in pico but am getting the same error. Does pico also create files with DOS endings? or will it take the server I'm on time to notice the new php.ini file I'm pointing to?
EDIT Nevermind - it is working now, my phpinfo() page indicates it is looking at the proper php.ini file. BUT, it's still not letting me upload anything over 7M. I've set it to 10M in the php.ini file, but it doesn't seem to be recognizing that value...
EDIT2 GOT IT! Forced a recache and now it's operating as it should be. Thank you for turning me off Notepad!! =)