phpmyadmin error "Cannot load mysql extension"

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I have been trying to get a php, mySQL install to work and talk
together on Windows XP SP2 with IIS.  So far I installed and received a
responce from php(V5 - manual install) though the

 <?php phpinfo(); ?>

command which prints out the current settings of the php install.

I then installed mySQL complete setup (V5) and ran the server instance
config wizard.  The, through the command line, set up a databse tables
that i required.  In windows services mySQL is running however when
trying to use phpmyadmin i get the error "Cannot load mysql extension".

I have enabled the php_mysql.dll in the php.ini file and also, as
suggested in other posts, copied the libmysql.dll and php_mysql.dll to
both the system and system32 folders.

is this an issue with IIS and php 5 and mySQL 5 and should i uninstall
php 5 and use version 4 instead?

any help would be greatly appreciated.


Re: phpmyadmin error "Cannot load mysql extension" wrote:

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No, php5 and mysql are friends.

You must have made a mistake elsewhere.

A few 'popular' mistakes:
1) Have a few php.ini's around and edit the wrong one.
Check: phpinfo() tells you which path it is using to load php.ini

2) Is mysql working allright?  
Check: Can you connect to it from commandline.

3) Do NOT store your dll's everywhere.  
Understand where they should be.
(Check in php.ini for extensiondir)

Erwin Moller

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