I unzipped wordpress in a subfolder, I edited the wp-config.php to point to my mySQL database on my localhost, then tried to run the wp-admin/install.php script.
The script sits for a while seemingly doing something, but it then times out after a little while with:
HTTP Error 500 (Internal Server Error): An unexpected condition was encountered while the server was attempting to fulfil the request.
No tables are created in the database, and I cant find any other logs to help diagnose this within the installation?
I went back, renamed the wp-config.php to wp-config-del.php and re-ran the install.php. This time I got the setup pages for wp-config.php and when the details were entered it again went into a stall and timed out with the same error above.
This time it complained of:
wp-admin/setup-config.php?step=2 being the culprit file that failed to load with the 500 error.