This is a long story so I will make it quick. I had Instant Rails running on my machine. I needed to get a phpbb forum up and running. I have never developed in php so I downloaded xampp to get my forum up and running. Well, that broke Instant Rails. I then realized that Instant Rails comes with php. I got rid of everything and re-installed IR. Now my rails apps work again but I can't seem to get my php apps to see the mySQL that is clearly running. When I try to install phpbb and it checks for the for all its requirements it says there is no mySQL.

So my question is; can you have php apps run from within Instant Rails? If not what is the best way to get both to work on the same machine?

Thanks for any help