1) regarding .htaccess isue...
i have read htaccess info/issues. i may not have this set up correctly though i thought site/permalinks was working for four months.
my wordpress address = domain.org/blog
my index.php = domain.org/blog/php.index
my .htaccess = domain.org/.htaccess
shouldn't .htaccess sit in same folder as php.index?
note: .htaccess was 644 but just changed to 666
note: .htaccess has no code in it
reminder, the only bottom line change was upgrade apache and webhost manager though i went from php4 to 5 back to 4.
2) regarding pop-up php menu. this now only occurs in firefox on a mac platform. my isp says to check mime settings on firefox. not sure what they mean so i will ask.