I am trying to install WP 2.7 on a flashdrive using Uniform Server. Instructions say it's a 10-minute job. I'm pushing 14 hours right now. Uniform Server is running Apache and MySql. I have put the wordpress download (the wordpress folder and its files) in directory www on the flashdrive as prescribed.
When I go to http://localhost/wordpress, I get the WordPress message that my username (root) and password (root) are ok, but WordPress is unable to select the database (I've tried wordpress, root_wordpress, root_root_wordpress). It suggest that maybe root doesn't have permission to use the database, but I doubt that. This is an XP computer, not Vista (thankfully).
I tried a similar thing a couple years ago, when it was a lot harder (different mySQL and Apache software and different WordPress version) but supposedly doable, but I failed. Is there any hope yet?