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  • hi everyone… my blog running WordPress eversince have been running for more than a year already… 1st using 1.5, and then, last week, i upgraded it to 2.0… and nothing untoward happened since…

    my troubles started this morning, when i tried to access my site ( and i am presented with this:

    “It doesn’t look like you’ve installed WP yet. Try running install.php.”

    well, i didn’t panic right away… i thought at first it was my server… i restarted Apache, even MySQL… but all those to no avail… i tried re-installing/upgrading again… still nothing… i tried bringing it back to the previous version (1.5)… (good thing i backed it up), still nothing…

    what do i do now?? help me please?? NOW, i am starting to panic… 🙁

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  • Just a stab in the dark… did you delete your wp-config.php file or anything? Does it have the correct details in it?

    it was running correctly the day before… yes, i checked… i even copied wp-config.php from version 1.5 just to make sure…

    anybody? please?

    Definitely (hah, nothings definite) but I suspect database tables?

    check user. perhaps logging into the wrong db or a db prefix issue.

    don’t have a clue how this would have happened overnight, though.

    can you access the db via mysql admin? check tables have data etc.

    do you have a db backup? (please, oh, please, say yes)

    in wp-config pls verify:

    define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘blah_wp1’);
    define(‘DB_USER’, ‘blah_wp1’);
    define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘blahblah’);
    define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);

    if you have my sql admin access, via cpanel etc, check user, then that there are tables there, if not, restore from a backup.

    again, everything was running correctly the day before… but just to make sure, i renamed my old db, created new one, tried to install again, but still, that is a no go…

    and yes, carterco, wp-config.php is there and it has all those contents… besides, i am the only one who has full access to the server…

    the user is correct? check…
    logging onto correct db? check…
    db has correct prefix? yes, it is still wp_… check…
    db backup? uh oh… oh yes, there it is!! hehehe… check…

    Hi, I am having the same problem. Had installed and blogged for more than a week now and all of a sudden I get the message “It doesn’t look like you’ve installed WP yet. Try running install.php.”

    The website is and its hosted by dreamhost. Any help would be appreciated.

    Wizats, I notice your site is back up and running. Mind telling us what you did to fix it? (Yes, I’m having the same problem, after migrating my old database tables to the new site).

    FWIW, I had to go into my MySQL WordPress db, and re-enter the siteurl value in the wp_options table. (In my case the value was I was then able to log into WordPress.

    Could you please be more specific and lay out a few steps by step? I too have this problem after moving to a new Host and restoring my backup to my new host.

    Thank you.

    I ran into this problem last week. I think it was caused by the Mysql server crashing before completing an operation, and corrupting a table in the database.

    You can get this error message if WP can not identify a user with admin rights as explained in this thread.

    I used PHP Myadmin to examine the database.

    I noted that the wp_options table was marked: “In Use” on the PHP Myadmin Structure tab, even though the site was inaccessible.

    It was fixed by running the following query:
    mysql> repair table wp_options;

    Warning: I am not an expert on this, so proceed at you own risk!

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