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I have been thinking of setting up a PhpBB on my own corner of the Internet...

But i want to test a version of the PhpBB on my local computer first, Could anyone suggest a way to achive this.

I have downloaded several programs, FoxServer Apache etc.. also Php 4.0 and SQL database stuff ;)

but upon trying to get PHPBB to work locally it blank out refuses. :( I have a Lan network which I am trying to set it up on too but I want it on my computer first.

Any pointers you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time reading this posting :)

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if it is just for you, it should not matter your lan IP will work fine, if you use apache then just use http://localhost that will just open the index page on your server.

Is there an error or something? can you post it?
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It's me that's a newbie and I am not sure on the set-up of the PhpBB, (my first attempt at php and sql etc...)

Plus how do you install the PhpBB? :oops: Like I said <<Newbie here. ;)

but I do want to learn a bit more than what i know at the moment :)
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I am now a proud Admin of my own local forums :D

I installed Foxserve, which comes with MySQL front, PHP etc. then I put the Forums Phpbb folder into the webroot folder and followed this tutorial on setting up the forums. :D

http://www.phpbb.com/kb/article.php?article_id=124

after which I had a fully working Forums :)

I wanted to know what the Admin panel was like really ;) :)
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I am too lazy & dum to set up my own. I tried it once but my current hosting sucks so much and it was on a Windows server.

Well now when I DO want one I know who to call on to set it up for me ! :twisted:
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It is a most excellent board script, and easily modified, and to the best of my ability to tell, very secure. :D
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:D It the first time I got it to actually work :)

I have tried about four or five times :oops: ;)
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Only one problem now...... My Chatter Forum is Dead as a doornail.

Only one person posting there :P :lol:
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Patience is a virtue. In my opinion so is persistence.
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no problem is that it stored locally on my personal Computer. I kinda added all the localhost stuff onto here and made it work as a server too. :D
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Alan2 wrote:
Only one problem now...... My Chatter Forum is Dead as a doornail.

Only one person posting there :P :lol:


Well if i could hope over to your LAN ip i would join :lol:
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shame is it won't even let me sign in from another pc. lololol
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How are you trying to access the page from another PC? If your site works properly on the local PC, then your other networked PC's should be able to access it, too. All you should have to do is type:

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http://yourcomputername/phpBB2_directory/index.php

Where yourcomputername = the name of the PC on which it is installed, and phpBB2_directory= the name of directory into which you installed phpBB. If you installed it into the root, skip that directory.

What most people get used to doing with sites on their own PC is type in http://localhost -- you can't use localhost to access from another PC as it resolves to itself.

Hope that helps.
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I tried this and I still have problems...

It may be my security systems over my LAN. I got it set so high that it probably is blocking the port 80 that the Forums use. ;)
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If you are using Win2K or XP also make sure other computers/users have the appropriate permissions to access the directory.
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Alan2 wrote:
I tried this and I still have problems...

It may be my security systems over my LAN. I got it set so high that it probably is blocking the port 80 that the Forums use. ;)


I dont think it blocked port 80 lol ;)
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yip I know it hasn't cos i'm browsing the internet :P

<<am going daft lol
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Alan2 -- security shouldn't be the issue. OK, we know your forum works on the computer you set it up on, correct? You can see and access it on that computer. I have to assume that the other computers can access the normal file structure on the LAN, correct? In other words they are all communicating.

So, on the computer that your board is installed on, you can access it by typing in one of two things in your browser:

Number 1
Quote:
http://localhost


Number 2
Quote:
http://computername


This assumes that your phpBB board is in the root. If not you'll have to add the directory, i.e.:


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http://localhost/phpBB_dir/index.php
or
http://computername/phpBB_dir/index.php



But when you are accessing from another computer in the LAN you have to skip the localhost part and use "computername"

What you may be missing is you also need to be sure to type the "http://"

There's should be no port involved. I run all my ASP scripts on one computer via Win98se's Personal Web Server (I don't have php support on my home computers so I use ASP instead), and the above is exactly how I access them all. Now, no one from outside your home LAN is going to be able to access it, but every computer within your home network should be able to.
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I will give that a try, thank you for helping :)

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