Yes, that is exactly what I have. In meta.php I have:
$template->name = 'card_name_first_picture_change';
$template->version = '1.0';
$template->author = 'MBD';
$template->description = 'Listing by name';?>
And in template.php I have the same code that used to be in 'card_name_first_picture_change.php'.
The strange thing is, I tried installing a template, but it looks like those are entry templates or something. But anyway, after I did that, one of the custom templates started working (card_mod2) even though there is no folder in connections_templates for it. (Here's that one: http://ppbaonline.com/directory-2/)
If you click on "Click here for members sorted by last name", it brings up the page that doesn't work.
I also tried putting them in the connections\templates folder - I think maybe that's why card_mod2 is working. However, I put the other one there too, and it's not working.
Thanks for any help you can give me.