I've done this before.. but from some reason I can't connect to MySql sucessfully

Here is what I have:
PHP Code:
$dbhost "localhost";
$dbuser "root";
$dbpasswd "IceCream";
$dbname "shields";
/*Connect to the database*/
if(!$db = @mysql_connect("$dbhost""$dbuser""$dbpasswd"))
'Could not connect to database');
'Could not connect to database $dbname');
Is there a way to get a more specific error?

What are some common problems when connecting from PHP to MYSQL

I gave root access to the DB in question. The pw, username and DBname are correct.

Any Idea's