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[resolved] Blog reverted to "Install" Screen (14 posts)

  1. jonhebert
    Posted 5 years ago #

    My client was making some site edits, to text only, and to some html in the text editor, when all of the sudden he was presented with the "Welcome to the famous five minute WordPress installation process!" screen.

    The blog has been up and running fine for months. Yes, I know it's an old version that needs to be upgraded, yes i know it's on Yahoo (blech) and yes i know there is a redirect page. Please find it in your heart to look past these issues and help me fix what happened.

    Basically, you go to this page: http://conservationpros.com/blog and get to the blog, and it goes to the install page.

    He needs this fixed by Friday, so it is URGENT as hell!


  2. @mercime
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    My client was making some site edits, to text only, and to some html in the text editor,

    My client did the same thing "edit some html in text editor" and deleted bits and pieced from index.php, header.php,....
    Go to phyMyAdmin and backup SQL. Delete wp-admin and wp-includes folders and re-upload the version downloaded from http://wordpress.org/download/release-archive/
    Re-upload theme (if you have backup) to wp-contents/themes folder as well.
    Good luck.
    [P.S. delete or rename install.php after]

  3. jonhebert
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks Mercime. I tried to backup my database through phpmyadmin, and I get an error:

    SQL query:

    SHOW CREATE TABLE blog.wp_options
    MySQL said:

    #1016 - Can't open file: 'wp_options.MYI' (errno: 145)

    I also get this error for 'wp_posts' to.

    Any idea what is causing this and if it relates to the problem?

  4. jonhebert
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Looking into it a little more, i think the site was hacked. Now I know I should have upgraded, but let's get past that and just see if there is a way to even get the site back?

    In phpmyadmin, I try to go to the wp_options table but it tells me it cannot be found, along with a few other tables.

    I really don't have the expertise to handle this, any help is appreciated.

  5. jonhebert
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ok, I see now that there are some serious database errors, a TON of them. I'll post them here. HELP!!!!!!

    WordPress database error: [File './blog/wp_options.MYD' not found (Errcode: 13)]
    DESCRIBE wp_options;

    WordPress database error: [Access denied for user 'yscr_bbG2Px'@'localhost' to database 'blog']
    ALTER TABLE wp_options ADD COLUMN option_id bigint(20) NOT NULL auto_increment

    [Mile long post moderated: a few error codes are enough]

  6. Jeremy Clark
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Whoever hacked you also probably changed the username and probably dropped all the tables from the database.

  7. @mercime
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    He needs this fixed by Friday, so it is URGENT as hell!

    jonhebert, I hope you have old SQL backup or at least XML backup. Good luck.

  8. jonhebert
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks jeremy, what are my options?? I've read as well that this could be a database error on Yahoo's end, and that I should call and open a ticket with them. I'm trying to get them on the phone now...

  9. jonhebert
    Posted 5 years ago #

    When I go to phpmyadmin, the wp_option table is listed as "in use"

    What is that? It also shows that for wp_bas_ua and wp_posts. Could this just be somethin with yahoo?

  10. Jeremy Clark
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Well if they are still showing in database then you might still be able to recover them. You'll need to get with yahoo though.

  11. jonhebert
    Posted 5 years ago #

    RESOLVED. It's been hacked, database is fried. rebuilding now. Thanks for all your help!

  12. lenashore
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I also have had this EXACT problem. Works fine for about a month. I populate the blog, everything is good and one day I get the welcome screen.

    Looking at the database shows that the wp_options and the wp_posts are "in use". I can't access either of them.

    I've had the exact thing happen on 4 blogs now. Any ideas at all? The only thing that my tech people can come up with is that I had set the content file to 777 instead of 775. They aren't seeing any activity other than mine.

    I've had the databases so wrecked, I had to start over. Only once we could fix it.


    My version of WP is 2.6.2. Aside from the permissions - is there something else I could be doing to open myself up to hacking?

  13. jengla
    Posted 5 years ago #

    This has happened to me several times at 4outof10.com.

    It turned out to be a plugin causing problems (Simple Press Forum). If you use this plugin I suggest you try deleting it first.

    Just thought I'd add a detail just in case anyone has a similar problem.

  14. musthafa_zahir
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Wow! WordPress is very amazing community!

    I have got the solution now, thanks to Whooami

    Below is the fix, just follow the instructions, very simple!

    When your website redirects to wp-admin/install.php [FIX] :

    1. Login to phpMyAdmin.
    2. Select the database and click on 'Structure' tab.
    3. Right under the list of table there is a "Check All" link. Click on it to select all tables.
    4. From a "With selected:" drop-down menu right next to it, choose "Check table".

    To Repair:

    1. Login to phpMyAdmin
    2. Choose the affected database. If you only have one database, it should choose it by default so you don't need to do anything.
    3. In the main panel, you should see a list of your database tables. Check the boxes by the tables that need repair.
    4. At the bottom of the window just below the list of tables, there is a drop down menu. Choose "Repair Table"

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