We're tearing our hair out here, so it's time to go to sleep and hope there's an answer when we wake. Our config:
using PHP 4.3.10, and MySQL 4.0.14, and mod_rewrite is available
Current version of WordPress
Hosting with http://www.pair.com
Pair has their own SQL database console installation thing, but it appears that it does what we need.
What we have tried so far:
Uploading the wordpress files (contents of the unzipped directory) into the root level of our directory.
Uploading WP files into a sub-directory of our hosted directory.
Have change the wp-config.php file and it is definitely correct.
Have deleted the database and re-created it many times.
Have deleted wordpress and re-installed many times.
Have done everything I can find that other users have said they did on these forums.
Just as many other people seem to have posted, we just get a message stating:
"Error establishing a database connection
This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can't contact the database server at localhost. This could mean your host's database server is down.
Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
Are you sure that you have typed the correct hostname?
Are you sure that the database server is running? "
I am sure the username and password are correct (though I have created a new password just in case, to no result).
I am sure I have typed the correct hostname.
I suppose technically I can't be SURE the database server is running since it is hosted by pair.com, but I have every reason to believe it is up & running.
At one point during this process we DID receive a huge amount of garbage information that I have also seen other users post about, but that only happened once. All we get now every time, is the above error. Nothing seems to help or give us any different result at all.
EXTREMELY frustrated here... definitely no "5-minute" install that's for sure.