Thanks again! Support found a connection to the database somehow and did the installation for me. Never did find out what the problem was and now after a full day of tweaking the forum -- the admin panel is nowhere to be accessed!
I really hope this isn't the same glitch that kept me from initiating contact with the database in the first place. I had no problem whatsoever installing another instance of phpBB a few weeks back, but it all caught up with me on the latest attempts! Any suggestions for locating the admin panel to get back to work on my board? TIA-pda
P.S. Does the presence of a database (i.e., the one for my SolidForum) mean that all my data is still backed up somewhere and all I need is a solid client to access the archives? I misunderstood the memo to mean that the forum would still be accessible as installed, but support would no longer be available from DH. Suddenly, I'm getting strange messages on my forum site and everything seems to have vanished into thin air. Sad day for a novice domain master, to be sure. TTFN and Happy Winds-day, Eeyore ~