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  • I have been trying to install WP on my server for several days. I got that annoying “unable to connect to the database” message, messed around reading here and at my webhost, and tried to upload the files and try again.
    This time I got a message that says, “You appear to already have WordPress installed. If you would like to reinstall please clear your old database files first.”
    Now if this is indeed already installed great, how do I get to the password to log in? If it is not installed correctly, what do I need to do to “clear your old database files first” ??
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Kathleen Rolloff

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  • Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    If you have phpmyadmin, log in, click the name of your database.
    You should see a list of tables that WordPress created.
    Check the box next to each, then ‘Drop’ them.
    If your db has stuff other than WP in it – be careful !

    There are no tables listed there. Now what?

    Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    Download and open ‘wp-config.php’
    Go to this line:
    $table_prefix = 'wp_'; // example: 'wp_' or 'b2' or 'mylogin_'
    Change that to this:
    $table_prefix = 'wp2_'; // example: 'wp_' or 'b2' or 'mylogin_'
    Upload it and retry the install.

    ok tried that – same message. Also tried the following:
    I tried uploading the files to a new domain name, got the same message. I then deleted all the files from both domains, deleted the wordpress files from my computer, redownloaded them from the WP site, uploaded the info to the domain again, got the same message. Next I went in to the host control panel – deleted the data base completeley – went to the install page ( and STILL got a message that says that WP is already installed on the data base – (when there is NO Database there).

    Moderator James Huff


    Halfelf Minion 🚀

    Kathleen, try downloading WP v1.2.1 again and install with that newly downloaded copy. Don’t forget to wipe your MySQL database of any possible wordpress tables.

    Check your wp-config.php file to see exactly which DB you have it configured to work with. Then go into your control panel and ensure that you have deleted that DB. It’s obviously making a connection to something, otherwise it wouldn’t report that back.

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